Correctional Officer I

Correctional Officer
Vermont Department of Corrections - Waterbury, Vermont

Jun 7, 2022

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Application Deadline:
Dec 31, 2030

Salary Information

Entry Level:
$19.42 hourly
Academy Graduate:
$20.35 hourly
Lateral Transfer:
$Transfers from other states must attend the Vermont Correctional Academy annual
Top Pay:
$Varies with promotions and positions annual

Job Description

$19.42/HR Upon Hire / $20.35 at 6 mos. / $21.06 at 18 mos.

FULL TIME BENEFITS: $42,238 base salary, PLUS $2,000.00 annual training pay.

Beginning July 1st:

Wages and Steps:

  • July 2022: 3% Hourly Wage Increase plus Continuation of Step Increases
  • January 2023: $1500 Lump Sum Payment
  • July 2023: 2% Hourly Wage Increase plus Continuation Step Increases
  • January 2024: $1000 Lump Sum Payment

Shift and Weekend Differential

  • 2nd Shift: $0.85 increased to $2.00 per hour
  • 3rd Shift: $1.00 increased to $2.50 per hour
  • Weekend: $0.75 increased to $1.50 per hour
  • Living Unit differential increased from $0.50 to $1.50 per hour

If hired, applicants will “shadow” for a minimum of 40 hours at the facility. They will then attend a five-week paid academy. Once they have graduated, they will return to the facility for two weeks of OJT (on the job training) with an assigned Facility Training Officer. After that two-week period, the cadet becomes a probationary officer. The probationary period lasts a minimum of six months.

The Start date for this position is based on your availability. Positions vary and we run on a 3-shift schedule, 5 days on and 2 days off. Shifts are as follows: 1 shift - 6:00 AM to 2:00 PM, 2 shift - 2:00 PM to 10:00 PM, 3 shifts 10:00 PM to 6:00 AM. Shifts and schedules are assigned by seniority first and may be determined by facility needs.


We have immediate openings for Correctional Officers. Correctional Officers in Vermont work in a system that believes in the basics of human change. Intensive training prepares entry level Correctional Officers for a career that blends security work, human services and leadership opportunities. This work is rewarding on many levels and draws on a wide range of skills. The ideal candidate has strong communication and leadership skills to maintain order and control as well as strong judgment to make good decisions in high stress situations.


The start of your career in Corrections begins with a week at the correctional facility observing the duties and role of a correctional officer. Then, the next five weeks of instruction are at the Vermont Correctional Academy, where you will learn the core skill set of a corrections professional. After graduation, you will participate in eighty hours of onsite training supervised by staff at your new facility.

Who May Apply

This position, Correctional Officer I (Northwest State Correctional Facility) (Job Requisiton #24023), is open to all State employees and external applicants.

Please note that multiple positions in the same work location may be filled from this job posting. Recruitment is ongoing for each correctional facility, although the availability of specific vacancies varies.

Resumes will not be accepted via e-mail. You must apply online to be considered.

AHS BACKGROUND CHECKS: Candidates must pass any level of background investigation applicable to the position. In accordance with AHS Policy 4.02, Hiring Standards, Vermont and/or national criminal record checks, as well as DMV and adult and child abuse registry checks, as appropriate to the position under recruitment, will be conducted on candidates, with the exception of those who are current classified state employees seeking transfer, promotion or demotion into an AHS classified position or are persons exercising re-employment (RIF) rights.

Beginning September 15, 2021, State of Vermont Executive Branch employees must attest to being fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus or be subject to regular COVID-19 testing and masking requirements.

Class Definition

Correctional Officer I jobs are with the Department of Corrections at various locations throughout the state. Vacancies may occur in Burlington, Rutland, St. Albans, St. Johnsbury, Newport, and Springfield.

Incumbents in this class are responsible for the supervision, custody, treatment, and training of inmates confined in a correctional facility. Duties are performed under the supervision of higher-ranking staff and in accordance with operational procedures of the assigned facility. All employees of the Agency of Human Services perform their respective functions adhering to four key practices: customer service, holistic service, strength-based relationships and results orientation.

Environmental Factors

Duties are performed largely within a correctional facility and in the immediate area of inmates. High stress situations are predictable, even frequent. The potential of physical assault or injury is present. Transportation and supervision of inmates outside of the correctional facility may be required. A valid motor vehicle operator's license is necessary. Overtime and emergency duty are unpredictable. Shift assignments may change in accordance with the needs of the facility.

Minimum Qualifications


High school graduation or equivalent AND two (2) years or more full-time work experience.


One (1) year or more of college level course work AND one (1) year or more of full-time work experience.


Two (2) years or more of college level course work.

Minimum Physical Requirements:

Adequate physical condition to perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodation. As a Correctional Officer it is important to understand that one of the essential tasks associated with the job is the ability to don a self-contained breathing apparatus and perform evacuation procedures, potentially including search and rescue functions. The Department of Corrections must adhere to OSHA standards that relate to use of such devices, including CFR 1910.134(e), "Medical Evaluation," which states: "Employers must provide a medical evaluation to determine each employee's fitness to wear a respirator."

Preferred Qualifications

Experience working in a correctional setting

Military experience

DOC PREA Requirements

*_Conviction History Requirements: *_Candidates who have any felony conviction record or who, within the past five (5) years, have been placed under supervision or sanctioned for a misdemeanor conviction must receive a waiver from the Commissioner of Corrections in order to be considered for employment. You may access the application and corresponding documents by clicking here. Once you have completed the application, please send it directly to the hiring manager identified as the contact person in this job posting.

*_PREA (Prison Rape Elimination Act) Requirements: *_In accordance with federal regulation, any person applying for employment in the Department of Corrections must provide relevant information. Previous institutional employers will be contacted and required to provide information regarding substantiated incidences of sexual abuse or resignation during a pending investigation of an allegation of sexual abuse. By submitting this online job application, you certify all information furnished is true and complete. The information you provide in accordance with this regulation may be used, and previous employers may be contacted for the purpose of investigating and verifying your work history.

Special Requirements

Overtime work is required to maintain safe staffing levels and is considered a condition of employment. The ability to work overtime as required is considered an essential function of this job class. Additionally, work on weekends and holidays may be required. Must attend and pass annual mandated training.

The Department of Corrections does not hire anyone who has been convicted of a felony without a waiver from the Commissioner of Corrections. Any person under supervision or sanctioned for a misdemeanor conviction within the past five (5) years is likewise ineligible for employment.

Candidates must submit to an investigation applicable to the position. In accordance with AHS Policy 4.02, Hiring Standards, Vermont and/or national criminal record checks, as well as DMV and adult and child abuse registry checks, as appropriate to the position under recruitment, will be conducted on candidates, with the exception of those who are current classified state employees seeking transfer, promotion or demotion into an AHS classified position or are persons exercising re-employment (RIF) rights.

Total Compensation As a State employee you are offered a great career opportunity, but it's more than a paycheck. The State's total compensation package features an outstanding set of employee benefits that are worth about 30% of your total compensation, including:

  • 80% State paid medical premium
  • Dental Plan at no cost for employees and their families
  • Flexible Spending healthcare and childcare reimbursement accounts
  • Two ways to save for your retirement: A State defined benefit pension plan and a deferred compensation 457(b) plan
  • Work/Life balance: 11 paid holidays each year and a generous leave plan; many jobs also allow for a flexible schedule
  • Low cost group life insurance
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Incentive-based Wellness Program
  • Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program

Want the specifics? Explore the Benefits of State Employment on our website.

Equal Opportunity Employer The State of Vermont celebrates diversity and is committed to providing an environment of mutual respect and meaningful inclusion that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The State does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion or belief, national, social or ethnic origin, sex (including pregnancy), age, physical, mental or sensory disability, HIV Status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital, civil union or domestic partnership status, past or present military service, membership in an employee organization, family medical history or genetic information, or family or parental status. The State’s employment decisions are merit-based. Retaliatory adverse employment actions by the State are forbidden.

Job Requirements

  • Age: 18+
  • Education: High school diploma or GED
  • Experience: At least two years of work experience

Contact Information

CFSS Matthew Engels

Vermont Department of Corrections
105 State Street
Waterbury, Vermont
phone: 802-527-4352

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