All inmates are expected to maintain a job assignment. Many job assignments are controlled through a Performance Pay System, which provides monetary payment for work. Federal Prison Industries has a separate pay scale. Unit Managers approve all job changes and ensure the changes are posted on the Daily Change Sheet.
Institution maintenance jobs are usually the first assignment an inmate receives. These jobs might include work in Food Service, in the unit, or in a maintenance shop. FCI Gilmer has a significant number of inmate jobs in the factory operated by Federal Prison Industries, also known as UNICOR. Inmates wishing to work in UNICOR are placed on a waiting list for factory employment. UNICOR employs and trains inmates through the operation of factories producing high-quality products and services for the Federal Government. In addition, UNICOR earnings fund other inmate programs, and pre-industrial training to prepare inmates for employment.
Steel-toed safety shoes must be worn to work as designated in policy.