Corrections Officer

Correctional Officer
St. Louis County Justice Services - St. Louis, Missouri

Apr 30, 2021

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Application Deadline:
May 31, 2021

Salary Information

Entry Level:
$17.71 hourly
Academy Graduate:
$18.15 hourly

Job Description

Are you seeking a career with purpose, a position serving your community with work that truly matters? If so, we are accepting applications for the position of Corrections Officer. 

We will screen your application and if you best meet the qualifications, you will be invited to take our Corrections Officer Video Test (COVT).  The test includes a variety of scenarios with multiple-choice answers including reading, writing, and counting assessments.

The test will take at least 3 hours to complete. Test dates are yet to be determined. Applicants will be notified by email as soon as dates are available.

Your application is valid for 6 months after the date of submission.  If you are not notified within 6 months, you will need to reapply.

Corrections Officers are responsible for maintaining the safety, custody, security, and control of inmates at all levels of security in all environments, including: indirect or direct supervision, prisoner processing, and work release.

Positions are assigned to the Justice Center located in Clayton and are full time. This is a 24/7 operation; employees may work day, evening, or night shifts.  Visit the ++Justice Services website++ for detailed information relating to the management of the St. Louis County Justice Center.

As an employer, St. Louis County cares about the health and well-being of our employees. In an effort to provide for the best possible work-life balance, the County offers a generous benefit package which includes affordable health insurance, dental and vision coverage, 4 weeks of Paid Time Off the first year, 10 paid holidays, deferred benefit retirement plan, paid life insurance as well as short and long term disability. A full listing of benefits is available under the benefit tab at the top of this page.

Additional Information

Examples of Duties

Maintaining order and discipline within the housing units.

Supervising, escorting, and transporting inmates.

Coordinating and monitoring daily activities of inmates.

Patrolling and inspecting housing units and inmate cells.

Conducting scheduled and random searches of inmates and assigned areas to maintain a safe and secure environment.

Maintaining an appropriate record of daily activities, disciplinary action, inmate movements, and services provided.  Entering the information into a computerized system.

Enforcing rules and regulations to ensure adherence to policy and defined procedures.

Assisting fellow officers.

Working to achieve the highest level of correlation to enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of the facility.

Performing such additional duties as may properly be required of a position in this job class, with the required abilities and under the indicated working conditions and environment.

Required to work mandatory overtime and to work on any shift as needed.  Assists subordinate officers with difficult public contacts and intervenes to resolve disputes or other problems.

Job Requirements

  • Age: 21
  • Education: High School diploma or GED equivalent required.
  • Experience: Completion of 30 credit hours in behavioral sciences, criminology, corrections, or a related area and two years of responsible work experience; or any equivalent combination of training and experience.

++Physical Requirements: ++Extensive standing, walking, climbing stairs at least eight times daily per shift, using and lifting emergency equipment (fire extinguisher, AED, pepper spray, taser etc), bending, stooping, pulling, pushing, reaching overhead, continuously wearing an equipment belt, using a breathing apparatus, listening for possible disturbances, observation of required areas.

Possession of a valid driver's license upon completion Corrections Officer Video Test (COVT).

*Free of felony convictions and A Misdemeanors have to be approved for hire by the Director of Justice Services.

The selection procedure will include but is not limited to the following:

  1. Satisfactory completion of an employment application.
  2. Selection for the COVT based on minimum qualifications from the employment application.
  3. Passing the COVT based on a qualifying score determined by the Division of Personnel.
  4. Applicants passing the COVT will be placed on the eligible list.  The Division of Personnel will certify the top candidates from the eligible list to the Department of Justice Services for further consideration.  Your name will remain on the eligible list for up to two years.

All applicants conditionally offered a position will be required to submit a urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Screening will be performed by a reputable clinical laboratory. The cost of screening will be borne by the County.

++HOW TO APPLY++:  Applicants interested in applying for this position should visit our website at  We only accept On-line applications.

Contact Information

Shanell Hill-Waldon

St. Louis County Justice Services
100 S. Central
St. Louis, Missouri 63105
phone: 314-615-7250

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