Corrections and Custody Officer 1 (CO1)
Multiple On-Call Positions
Washington Corrections Center (WCC)
SAVE THE DATE! Qualified candidates will be invited to interview on October 25th or, November 20th, 2018.
Successful candidates would attend the February Training Academy
The Washington State Department of Corrections is seeking highly motivated and talented individuals for the positions of Correctional Officer 1 at the Washington Corrections Center (WCC) in Shelton, WA. WCC is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. These are on-call/intermittent positions with no minimum hour guarantee.
Washington Corrections Center (WCC) is located 35 miles west of Olympia, the state capital. WCC is the Reception and Diagnostic Center, a close-custody facility with the primary responsibility to process, test, and classify all adult male felons sentenced to prison in Washington State. The facility has eight living units and houses 1,500 offenders. There are about 600 offenders screened and assessed each month. WCC is also the major hub for transfer of offenders to and from facilities throughout the state.
On-call staff may have the opportunity to work an average of 32-40 hours per week, although the positions have no minimum hour guarantee. Incumbents will be required to attend 6 weeks of full time paid training immediately upon hire and will be considered for full time permanent and/or temporary vacancies as they occur. All correctional officers, including those in on-call positions, are provided with a benefits package including medical, dental, vision and retirement as well as paid sick leave, holiday pay and paid vacation; provided they work at least 20 hours or more each week.
Whether the work is inside a prison, in community corrections, or in an administrative office, the Washington State Department of Corrections professional staff experience a high degree of personal satisfaction knowing they are creating environments in which all offenders can learn to make choices that contribute to a safer society.
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This job class is designated as in-training. The employee will advance to CO2 after satisfactory completion of the CO1 training requirements.
In an adult correctional facility, Correctional Officers provide safety and security, and assist in controlling, directing, and monitoring the activities and movement of incarcerated individuals. This includes maintaining security of the institution and controlling movement into, out of and within the institution in accordance with established department methods and procedures.
Correctional Officers are expected to be a positive role model and work with the incarcerated individuals to help them become productive members of society from the day they arrive under supervision. Correctional Officers use interpersonal skills and good communication skills to correct and counteract criminal thinking while maintaining safe confinement environments for the individuals to pursue a successful re-entry into communities. The successful candidates for Correctional Officer 1 will possess creative thinking, self-confidence, strong role-modeling and good physical and mental conditioning.
Overtime is an essential function of this position.
Correctional Officers must successfully complete Correctional Worker Core (CWC), a six-week academy for all correctional workers employed in DOC prison facilities. We know that managing difficult people takes more than force. It takes observation, knowledge, skills and continual practice. Every DOC employee is provided with initial training designed to help assure safe working conditions and will continue to get on-the-job training throughout their employment.
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Graduation from high school or GED
Valid Driver's license
The legal (Constitutional) right to carry a firearm is required;
pre-employment process includes drug testing and psychological evaluation.
No more than 1 termination in the last 5 years
No more than 1 formal disciplinary action in the last 5 years (including termination)
Never consumed alcohol while at work or on duty when policy or practice prohibited
Never impaired by Cannabis, THC, or any illegal drug, in any form, while at work or on duty
No consumption of Cannabis or THC in any form in the last year
No consumption of any illegal or non-prescribed narcotic in the last 10 years
No more than 1 DUI in last 5 years
Zero felony convictions (lifetime)
No dishonorable discharge (enlisted) or dismissal (officers) from any branch of the armed forces
'The mission of DOC is to improve public safety.'
For additional information about the agency, please visit doc.wa.gov.
The work of a Correctional Officer, and the required training, can be physically demanding at times. Click here (Download PDF reader) to review a description of the training you'll receive, and the associated requirements.
Please include a minimum of three professional references with your application. A professional reference is defined as an individual who has been paid to supervise your work and can attest to your work performance, technical skills, and job competencies. If you do not have any or sufficient professional references, please include non-related professionals, such as educators or other professional associates. Phone number AND email address are required for all professional references.
Prior to a new hire, a background check including criminal record history will be conducted. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant's suitability and competence to perform in the position.
Employees may work directly with or in close proximity to incarcerated individuals in a potentially hazardous setting. Please consider this when deciding whether to apply.
We are committed to maintaining a drug and alcohol free work environment, and our employees are expected to comply with all state and federal laws. A pre-employment drug test will be administered as part of the selection process, and applicants who test positive for any controlled substances, will be disqualified from consideration.
Oleoresin Capsicum (OC) is an aerosol pepper spray made available as a means of self-defense and/or de-escalation. Applicants with sensitivities or allergies are encouraged to ask about the level of exposure they could expect in this position.
Animal care projects are a common component of most Washington State prisons, including dog and cat programs. Applicants with animal sensitivities or allergies are encouraged to ask about the level of exposure they could expect in this position.
Tuberculosis (TB) is a priority health issue for DOC employees. The successful candidate will be required to provide valid proof of a baseline TB skin test within 60 days from the date of hire. When positive tests result, further information, testing and treatment may also be required. Employment is not contingent upon test results.
This position is included in a union shop.
We are committed to hiring individuals who possess core diversity competencies:
Foster a positive attitude and openness toward the ever changing social and cultural makeup of the workplace.
Work effectively with people of different perspectives, abilities, disabilities, races, religions, ages, lifestyle preferences and social, ethnic and cultural backgrounds.
Respectfully acknowledge people's differences and recognize these differences as important and valuable.
Be culturally sensitive and appropriate.
Respect and value diverse backgrounds and traditions.
DOC is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, honorably discharged veteran, veteran status, genetic information, or the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability or the use of a trained guide dog or service animal by a person with a disability.
Many DOC jobs are covered by the Public Safety Employees' Retirement System (PSERS). If someone moves from a Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) eligible position to a PSERS eligible position, they actually retire under two different systems/plans. For more information, please contact the Department of Retirement System at: 1-800-547-6657.
For questions about this recruitment, or to request reasonable accommodation in the application process, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 360-407-5746. For TTY service, please call the Washington Relay Service at 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.lick here to learn more about the Correctional Officer hiring process.