Correctional Officer - NC Dept of Public Safety - Statewide (Prison Facilities)

Correctional Officer
North Carolina Department of Public Safety - Raeford, North Carolina

Jul 13, 2021

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Application Deadline:
Dec 31, 2021

Salary Information

Entry Level:
$$33,130.00 - $48,058.00 annual

Job Description

NCDPS is recruiting for Correctional Officer I, Correctional Officer II, and Correctional Officer III positions.  Correctional Officers ensure the care, custody, and control of inmates.  Officers must tour assigned areas which will require periodically climbing stairs; observing inmate activity in person and on closed-circuit monitors; identify inmates who have behavioral, medical, or other problems so that appropriate safety and security measures may be taken; and perform general security duties to prevent escape, disorder, rule infractions, and harm to inmates, visitors, and staff.  The general security duties performed by officers require them to search inmates, visitors, cells and other areas for weapons and contraband; monitor and regulate inmate and staff movement; maintain and record inmate counts, cell assignments, and other pertinent information; escort inmates within and outside the institution; use and maintain keys and other equipment; and supervise inmate work details.   Specific security duties vary by post assignment.  

Inmates are assigned to various "custody" levels including "Minimum," "Medium," and "Close" which identifies the level of supervision that is required.  As such, each Correctional Officer level of classification below corresponds with the custody level of inmates that they will be supervising:

Correctional Officer I: Minimum – Inmates at these facilities require a minimum amount of oversight, they are permitted to enter/exit cells without permission during certain times of the day.   Starting salary $33,130.

Correctional Officer II: Medium – Inmates at these facilities do not require as much oversight as those at Close facilities, but require more supervision than those at Minimum facilities.  Starting salary $34,220.

Correctional Officer III: Close - Inmates at these facilities require close supervision at all times.   Movement throughout the prison is heavily controlled.  Starting salary $36,598.

Some NC prisons contain more than one custody level of inmates.  For a complete list of prisons AND the custody levels at each prison, Click HERE.

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WORK SCHEDULE: Employees must be able to work any shift including rotating, fixed shift or split shift.  All shifts may include days, nights, weekends, holidays, and mandatory overtime as required.  

PERSONAL APPEARANCE: Employees must adhere to an appearance and grooming standard. Click HERE to view NCDPS Personal Appearance Policy.  Every employee is mandated to be in compliance with this policy.

CONTINUOUS RECRUITMENT: We continuously recruit for Correctional Officer I, II, and III levels statewide.  There may not be a current vacancy at all facilities.  Your application will be considered active for 365 days.   Only one application can be submitted during this time.

SPECIAL NOTE:  All applications received will be reviewed and considered for all three levels of Correctional Officer (Officer l, ll and lll) based upon individual qualifications of each applicant.

SALARY INFORMATION: Refer to the "Minimum Education and Experience Requirements" section for qualification information. Please note that if there are no fully qualified candidates for the Correctional Officer II or Correctional Officer III positions, management may consider trainee candidates. Candidates must possess High School or General Educational Development (GED) diploma or an equivalent combination of education and experience, and must be eligible for certification by the NC Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission.  Trainees must successfully meet all requirements in order to move up to the fully qualified Correctional Officer II or Correctional Officer III job classification.  Trainee salaries will be less than that of those employees who are fully qualified.  The pay is adjusted when the employee is fully qualified (see below chart):

Correctional Officer I Salary Grade (GN06)  $33,130 starting salary Correctional Officer II Salary Grade (GN07) $33,130 (trainee - with no experience)                                                                         $34,220 (fully qualified with 12 months experience) Correctional Officer III Salary Grade (GN08) $33,130 (trainee with no experience)                                                                         $34,220 (trainee with 12 months experience)                                                                         $36,598 (fully qualified with 24 months experience)

BENEFIT INFORMATION This is a full-time position (40 hours per week) with ++State Benefits++

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities / Competencies

Conditions of Employment:

* Effectively communicate with inmates, staff, and members of the general public.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

Correctional Officer I: High School Diploma/GED from accredited school or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Correctional Officer II: High School Diploma/GED from accredited school and one-year experience as Correctional Officer; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Correctional Officer III: High School Diploma/GED from accredited school and two years' experience as Correctional Officer; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

EQUIVALENT COMBINATIONS OF EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: An equivalent combination of the education and experience listed below may be considered to meet the minimum education and experience requirements (above) for the Correctional Officer II and Correctional Officer III positions.

•       Associate Degree in any field  •       Bachelor's Degree in any field  •       Military experience (no dishonorable discharge, one year of full-time military service          is equal to one year of experience)  •       Probation/Parole Officer (PPO)  •       Any sworn law enforcement or juvenile detention experience at the federal,                              state county, or municipal level  •       Correctional Officer within North Carolina or from another state  •       County Jailor  •       Municipal Police Officer  •       Deputy Sheriff  •       Detention Officer  •       Federal Correction Officer  •       Special Officer (Certified Police Officer) i.e., Hospital Police  •       Related criminal justice or law enforcement roles

This is not an exhaustive list, other experience may be applied therefore it is important that you complete all portions of the application.

It is important that your application include all relevant education and experience in the Education and Work Experience sections of the application form. Embedded or attached resumes ARE NOT accepted as a substitution for a completed application.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS: *Must be at least 20 years of age and a citizen of the United States.

*Must be eligible for certification by the NC Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards     Commission.  Click ++HERE++ for specific certification requirements.

*Must possess a valid driver's license.

*As part of the Criminal Justice Background investigation process, applicants with military experience must submit an unaltered copy of the DD-214, Report of Separation (long form) along with their application.  Applicants seeking Veteran's Preference must attach a DD-214.

*Applicants in the National Guard must also submit Form NGB-23A.

*Pass Psychological testing as required by NC Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission.

  • Pass Physical Examination as required by NC Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission.
  • Pass Drug Screening as required by NC Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission.

**Attend and successfully complete (6) weeks of Basic Correctional Officer Training (BCOT) at a Training Facility.  Employees shall be scheduled for BCOT during their 2nd week of employment.**

Supplemental and Contact Information

The N.C. Department of Public Safety (DPS) is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages qualified men and women to apply. DPS uses the Merit-Based Recruitment and Selection Plan to fill positions subject to the State Personnel Act with the most qualified individuals. Hiring salary will be based on relevant qualifications, internal equity and budgetary considerations pertinent to the advertised position.

  • Online applications are only accepted through ++https://oshr.nc.gov/work-nc++
  • Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of the state application. Embedded or attached resumes ARE NOT accepted as a substitution for a completed application.  “See Attached Resume”__, etc. will result in an incomplete application.
  • To receive credit for all of your work history and credentials, you must list the information on the State of North Carolina application in the Education and Work Experience sections of the applications form. Any information omitted cannot be considered for qualifying credit.
  • Degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.
  • Applicants seeking Veteran's Preference must attach a DD form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, along with your application.
  • During the online application process if additional documentation is required, attach the documentation at the bottom of Step 4 in the application process.
  • If applying for a position certified through the North Carolina Department of Justice-Criminal Justice Standards Division, refer to ++http://www.ncdoj.gov/getdoc/831a884b-7b81-42bf-aa64-6d725bbbd49e/Criminal-Justice-Education-and-Training-Standards.aspx++ for specific certification requirements.

The N.C. Department of Public Safety must adhere to the United States Department of Justice Final Rule on the "National Standards to Prevent, Detect, and Respond to Prison Rape" under the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) Standards at 28 C.F.R. Part 115 Docket No. OAG-131 RIN 1105-AB34. Refer to ++http://www.ncdps.gov/document/prea-hiring-and-promotion-prohibitions++ for hiring and promotion prohibition requirements for all positions in the N. C. Department of Public Safety.

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Job Requirements

  • Age: 20
  • Education: High School Diploma or GED
  • Experience: No experience necessary

Contact Information

Kim Shaw

North Carolina Department of Public Safety
180 Sandhills Drive, Bldg. C
Raeford, North Carolina 28376
phone: 9198052353

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