Correctional Officer I

Workplace Alaska - Alaska

Full-time$23 - $34 an hour
Looking for a flexible schedule? Like your free time?

The Department of Corrections, Division of Institutions, is recruiting for Correctional Officer I positions across the state.

You are able to select your preferred location(s) in the supplemental questions; the Department of Corrections will not choose a location placement for you.

Our high vacancy facilities at this time are:
Anchorage Correctional Complex (Anchorage)
Goose Creek Correctional Center (Mackenzie Point/Wasilla)
Lemon Creek Correctional Center (Juneau)
Spring Creek Correctional Center (Seward)

The recruitment period for this vacancy has been extended. The original closing date was on June 17, 2019. If you have already applied for this position
there is no need to reapply.

Alaska's correctional facilities require 24-hour coverage / 365 days and offer many different work schedules, including a "week on/week off" that alternates "day/night shifts." In addition to the 7 days on/7 days off schedule, Correctional Officers earn up to 16 days of paid leave, for the first two years of employment, increasing after 2 years, based on years of service, as well as receiving 11 paid holidays annually.

The mission of the Alaska Department of Corrections is to promote public safety. Our Division provides secure confinement, access to reformative programs and offender management planning that promotes successful community reentry.

The Department of Corrections is looking for motivated, flexible, and detailed oriented individuals to join our team. There are 12 state operated jails/prisons housing adult female and male sentenced and unsentenced persons. These institutions have a capacity of over 4,664 male/female offenders and employs more than 1,000 staff consisting of both Correctional Officers and support staff. This recruitment is for an 84-hour work week, with a schedule of "week on/week off" that alternates "day/night shifts."

Correctional Officers are the cornerstone to the Department's mission, through their daily interaction with offenders. This daily interaction with offenders affords the Correctional Officers the opportunity to help people become better citizens, more capable of functioning in society upon release, thereby helping to reduce the rate of recidivism, within the State of Alaska.

During the first 12-14 months of employment, new Correctional Officers are provided structured field training, within the prison, and will attend a six-week Correctional Officer Academy. Upon successfully completing the training and receiving the Alaska Police Standards Council (APSC) Correctional Officer Certificate, the incumbent will promote to the Correctional Officer II level. The assigned hourly salary is dependent on location. Additional information can be located at: (if the location you interested in applying for is not listed, please use the base Anchorage information.)

Correctional Officer I positions perform work under the immediate supervision of experienced staff and supervisors, to learn the duties expected and perform skills for the custody, security, care and reformation of prisoners, assigned to the department's custody. The incumbent participates in on-the-job and classroom training programs, through the Department of Corrections Training Academy and Field Training Programs, and performs assigned tasks at the entry level.

The key responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to:
Assist in supervising the movement of prisoners to/from work assignments, meals, recreation and housing units/dormitories;
Supervise prisoner work details;
Operate security control room;
Assist with maintaining order and discipline, learn and apply techniques of handling unruly and violent prisoners, using the minimum force necessary, in resolving situations;
Conduct routine security checks and inspections, inspect prisoner quarters and conduct prisoner counts;
Assist in creating and maintaining an atmosphere conducive to the rehabilitation of prisoners;
Assist in the prevention of escapes;
Observe and record prisoner behavior; and
Prepare oral and written reports.

The ideal candidate for this position will demonstrate the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:
Working knowledge of personal computer workstations and related business software;
Ability to read and comprehend statutes, regulations, and procedures, apply them to specific situations, and explain procedures and requirements to the public and others;
Ability to understand and impartially apply institutional policies, procedures, and techniques, used to deal with the inmate population;
Ability to model socially acceptable attitudes and behavior;
Ability to think and act quickly in emergencies;
Ability to analyze situations and adopt an effective course of action;
Ability to manage and direct groups of varying sizes;
Ability to learn and apply techniques of self-defense, firearms, and appropriate force to protect oneself and others;
Ability to follow oral and written instructions, learn and retain information, ask questions and elicit required information, and speak and write clearly and effectively;
Ability to exercise a high degree of tact, discretion, and sound judgment, in recognizing and diffusing conflict; and
Ability to exercise sound judgment in a wide variety of situations.

The Department also recognizes that recruiting efforts by Correctional Officers is an effective tool for new recruits. Under the provisions of the current bargaining collective bargaining agreement, current officers may be credited with Recruitment Incentive Leave, for proactively participating in recruiting efforts for Correctional Officer I/II positions. Correctional Officers who recruit a new officer, who successfully completes probation and the academy, are eligible to be awarded an additional 40 hours of personal leave, to be credited to their leave account.

Correctional Facilities are located in various Alaska communities and during the application process, applicants will be allowed to select their preference for consideration and may select more than one location; however, successful applicants will be offered positions, based upon interview scores, total number of vacancies and the needs of the department.

For job seekers unfamiliar with the Alaska Department of Corrections, the following is a listing of communities where our facilities are located along with links for more information:
Anchorage - Anchorage Corr Complex -
Bethel – Yukon-Kuskokwim Corr Cntr -
Eagle River – Hiland Mountain Corr Cntr -
Fairbanks – Fairbanks Corr Cntr -
Juneau – Lemon Creek Corr Cntr -
Ketchikan – Ketchikan Corr Cntr -
MacKenzie Point – Goose Creek Corr Cntr -
MacKenzie Point – Point MacKenzie Corr Farm -
Nome - Anvil Mountain Corr Cntr -
Palmer – Mat-Susitna Corr Cntr -
Seward – Spring Creek Corr Cntr -

Moving and relocation incentives may be available to the selected candidates.

At the time of employment: be 21 years of age and a United States citizen; have a high school or home school diploma recognized or certified by a state or a local school district within a state as having met that state's graduation requirement; or have a General Educational Development certificate.

Special Note:
Appointment to Correctional Officer I is conditional, pending successful completion of a thorough background investigation, psychological evaluation, drug screening, and medical examination.

Possess a valid driver's license issued within the United States at time of appointment.

Employees must be willing to work shift assignments and on-call availability may be required.

Individuals not continuously employed since February 9, 1991, by the State of Alaska Department of Corrections in a "correctional officer," "probation officer," or "parole officer" position, as defined by 13 AAC 85.900, are subject to requirements established by Alaska Police Standards Council (APSC). As a condition of continued employment, these individuals must obtain a basic correctional officer certificate issued by the APSC within 14 months of hire.

Any employment action that resulted in discharge, resignation in lieu of discharge, or discipline, must be disclosed at the time of application to vacancies within this classification. Applicants who fail to provide this information will be deemed to be ineligible for interview or further consideration. Applicants with an employment action that makes them ineligible for certification under APSC regulations will be ineligible to receive an interview or further consideration.

For purposes of the minimum qualifications for this job class, "misdemeanor" means:
1) A crime classified as a misdemeanor in Alaska at the time the crime was committed.
2) A crime committed in another jurisdiction for which there was a conviction in that jurisdiction by a civilian or military court is a "misdemeanor" conviction if the crime has elements similar to those of a misdemeanor under Alaska law at the time the offense was committed.
3) An offense punishable as a misdemeanor in Alaska or under the law of another jurisdiction, that results in a completed suspended imposition of sentence, expungement of record, or a pardon, is considered a "misdemeanor" conviction unless the offense was committed by the person before the age of 21.

A qualified applicant may not:
Have been convicted of any felony or a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence by a civilian court of Alaska, the United States, another state or territory, or by a military court.

Have been convicted during the past ten (10) years by a civilian court of Alaska, the United States, another state or territory, or by a military court of a crime of dishonesty or moral turpitude, of a crime that resulted in serious physical injury to another person, or of two or more driving under the influence offenses.

Have illegally manufactured, transported, or sold a controlled substance during the past 10 years, provided you were under 21 years of age at the time.

Have illegally used a Schedule IA, IIA, IIIA, IVA, or VA controlled substance during the past 5 years, provided you were at least 21 years of age at the time.

Have used marijuana during the last year, provided you were at least 21 years of age at the time.

Have been denied certification by the Alaska Police Standards Council or the responsible certifying agency in any other issuing jurisdiction unless the denial, revocation, or surrender has been rescinded by the council under 13 AAC 85.270 or by the responsible certifying agency of the issuing jurisdiction.

Have ever used a controlled substance while employed as a certifiable municipal, state, federal peace officer, correctional officer, adult probation officer, or military law enforcement officer.

IMPORTANT NOTICE - Background Investigation Requirements and Deadline
Applicants who meet minimum qualifications and the pre-interview screening criteria will be offered an interview.

A full criminal history check will be required for all applicants. As part of this process you will need to complete the F-3 Personal History, located at: and submit to: You will not move forward in the process without completing this step.

Candidates will be required to submit copies of the following documents:
HS diploma, GED or transcripts (must show date of graduation)
Birth certificate or passport
HS Foreign Equivalency Evaluation, if applicable
Naturalization certificate, if applicable
DD-214 form, if applicable (must show date and type of discharge and reason for separation narrative for all periods of service in each branch of the military, such as the DD-214 Long Form and NGB-2 Form)
Military Evaluations, if applicable
The background investigation requires candidates to complete a background packet, which includes attaching the above required documents, in order to verify the minimum qualifications and requirements, set forth by the Alaska Police Standards Council, are met. Upon hire, applicants will also be subject to fingerprinting.

Note: Applicants who are not forthright, honest, or who intentionally or unintentionally omit information during the recruitment and selection process may be disqualified from further consideration of employment.

The most qualified applicants will receive a job offer that is conditional, upon successful completion of the background investigation, medical examination, drug screening and psychological evaluation. All job offers are conditional pending successful completion of these requirements. Applicants who are given a conditional job offer will be responsible for scheduling and paying for their own medical examination.

It is crucial that you are honest and provide accurate information in your application, during your interview, and during the background investigation process. All information requested is required. It is important that you keep copies of all documents that you submit. Any copies of documents submitted to our office will not be returned and requested copies will be denied.

The Department of Corrections follows and maintains federal and state requirements standards including, but not limited to, Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) standards which apply to all public and private institutions that house adult or juvenile offenders. PREA standards preclude the department from hiring or promoting anyone who has engaged in, or been convicted of any conduct which would violate PREA standards related to sexual assault including:
Sexual abuse in a prison, jail, lockup, community confinement facility, juvenile facility, or other institution;
Convicted of engaging or attempting to engage in sexual activity in the community facilitated by force, overt or implied threats of force, or coercion, or if the victim did not consent or was unable to consent or refuse; or
Has been civilly or administratively adjudicated to have engaged in the activity described above.

This individual position is EXEMPT from current hiring restrictions and is open to candidates who qualify.

If post-secondary education is required to meet the minimum qualifications, you must fill in the Education section of the application. If you have not obtained a degree, please indicate the number of units completed. Copies of transcripts are required to verify educational credentials if used to meet the minimum qualifications for a position. Transcripts can be attached at the time of application or provided at the time of interview, at the discretion of the hiring manager.

Education completed in foreign colleges, universities, or high schools may be used to meet the minimum qualifications listed above. If utilizing this education, you must show that the education credentials have been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and that such education has been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs; or an accredited U.S. post-secondary institution reports the other institution as one whose transcript is given full value, or full value is given in subject areas applicable to the curricula at the post-secondary institution or high school. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.

If using work experience in your Applicant Profile, you must also provide the employer name, your job title, dates of employment and whether full or part-time. Applicant Profiles will be reviewed to determine if the responses are supported and Minimum Qualifications are clearly met. If they are not, the applicant may not advance to the interview and selection phase of the recruitment.

This position requires the use or possession of a firearm or ammunition. In accordance with the federal Omnibus Consolidated Appropriations Act of 1997 (PL 104-208), if you have been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence, you may not hold this position.

A "misdemeanor crime of domestic violence" is an offense that is (1) a misdemeanor under Federal or state law; and (2) has, as an element, the use or attempted use of physical force, or the threatened use of a deadly weapon, committed by a current or former spouse, parent, or guardian of the victim, by a person with whom the victim shares a child in common, by a person who is cohabiting with or has cohabited with the victim as a spouse, parent, or guardian, or by a person similarly situated to a spouse, parent, or guardian of the victim.

If you have ever been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence, do NOT apply for this position.

Please be aware – this position requires the use of the Alaska Public Safety Information Network (APSIN)/Alaska Corrections Offender Management System (ACOMS). A security clearance issued by the Department of Public Safety (DPS) is necessary to use APSIN/ACOMS. DPS will deny security clearance for any applicant who has been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor in this state or another jurisdiction, or who may be a fugitive from justice. Additionally, security clearance will be withdrawn if DPS discovers that material information was falsified or omitted at the time of the initial application for security clearance.

All Department of Corrections employees are required to be fingerprinted. The successful candidate must pass a criminal history check.

This recruitment may be used for more than one (1) vacancy. The applicant pool acquired during this recruitment may be used for future vacancies for up to ninety (90) days after this recruitment closes. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply to each recruitment notice to ensure consideration for all vacancies.

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Phone: (907) 465-5492