Employment Opportunities

A Heart For Service

Have a heart for service? Join our team!

The Missouri Department of Corrections works to improve lives and make Missouri communities safer. We manage and supervise justice-involved Missourians on probation, in prison and on parole. In 90 locations throughout the state, we employ 11,000 people in more than 200 job classifications.

We have an urgent need for corrections officers, probation and parole assistants and cooks.

Ready to apply? Register at ease.mo.gov or call 573-526-6477.



Vince Rost

Photo of Vince Rost.

"After you've been a probation and parole officer for a while, when you have that person who calls you back and says, 'Hey, I'm being successful. Thank you very much for the things that you did,' that is very fulfilling."

Title: Probation & Parole Unit Supervisor
Starting position: Probation & Parole Officer
Hometown: St. Charles (born 1969), Hermitage (graduated 1987)
Education: Master's degrees in human resources development & criminal justice administration
Previous jobs: Plastics production manager, U.S. Navy senior chief gunner's mate


Shaneal Richmond

Young African-American woman in uniform.

"Helping the residents -- that really makes me feel good at the end of the day, knowing that I did something good."

Title: Probation & Parole Assistant
Starting position: Corrections Officer I
Hometown: Fulton
Education: Criminal justice




Myles Strid

Captain Myles Strid


"Corrections requires drive, integrity and bravery. I can't think of a group of people I would rather serve with."

Title: Major
Starting position: Corrections Officer I
Hometown: Fulton (originally Columbia)
Education: Associate’s degree in criminal justice administration
Previous job: Vending machine service technician



Mimi Nazu

Mimi Nazu


"Teamwork is essential. I feel that I am cared about, appreciated and considered family."

Title: Functional Unit Manager
Starting position: Corrections Officer I
Hometown: Jefferson City (originally the Congo)
Education: Master’s degree in public administration
Previous job: Certified nursing assistant in a nursing home




  • Pre-service and in-service training
  • Paid holidays
  • 10 hours annual leave per month
  • 10 hours sick leave per month
  • Health insurance (medical, vision, dental for employees and family)
  • Paid life insurance
  • Long-term disability insurance
  • Missouri State Employee Retirement System
  • Deferred compensation plan
  • Cafeteria plan
  • Uniforms provided when required
  • Access to credit union
  • Direct deposit of paycheck
  • Employee health, wellness and safety initiatives
  • MOST 529 College Savings Program

Application Process

Complete an application at ease.mo.gov. If you’re qualified, you'll be notified by email. If an examination is required, you'll be notified of the time and place. Your merit score(s) will be sent to you by email, and your name will be placed on a "Register of Eligibles." Eligibility for some job classifications is based on education and experience only. All male applicants ages 18-25 must be registered with the Selective Service System. Corrections officer candidates must be at least 19 years old with a high school diploma or certificate. Background checks are conducted.

In addition to completion of the EASE process, jobs might require a completed Department of Corrections application.

Download an application.

Hiring Process

When vacancies occur, the state agency may request a Register of Eligibles and/or fill the vacancy through the transfer/ re-employment/ promotion process. If a register is requested, your name may be sent to the agency. Merit System rules require that vacancies be filled from the top 15 applicants or 15 percent of available applicants. Your score determines whether you receive an invitation to interview.