Corrections Officer I

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Corrections Officer I

Job Definition

This is entry-level corrections work in the management and treatment of offenders in Missouri Department of Corrections facilities.

Job Description

  • Maintains security in buildings, towers and other posts of an adult correctional facility; intervenes during emergencies or altercations and gains physical control of offenders.
  • Supervises movement of offenders inside and outside the correctional facility, conducts periodic counts of offenders, and searches offenders and their living quarters for contraband.
  • Escorts and/or transports offenders to predetermined locations.
  • Supervises offenders in housing units and during the performance of work activities and recreational and religious activities; conducts inspections for health and safety hazards.
  • Prepares and submits reports on offender violations of divisional or correctional facility rules, unusual offender behaviors, observed mechanical deficiencies, and security breaches or failures.
  • Discusses minor adjustment problems with offenders; refers serious problems to proper correctional facility staff and promotes rehabilitation by attempting to modify offender’s social attitudes, discouraging undesirable behaviors, and encouraging worthwhile activities.
  • Supervises visits with offenders; searches visitors, offenders, buildings, and grounds for contraband.
  • Performs work in accordance with established rules, regulations, post orders, and specific instructions; receives general administrative direction.
  • Performs other related work as assigned.
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Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Introductory knowledge of the rules and regulations concerning the supervision, control, and treatment of adult offenders in a correctional facility.
  • Introductory knowledge of use-of-force guidelines and the ability to apply those guidelines in a professional manner.
  • Skill in use of firearms and emergency equipment.
  • Ability to remain alert, observant, and physically able to respond to work situations and emergencies.
  • Ability to enforce rules, regulations, and discipline with firmness, tact, and impartiality.
  • Ability to understand rules, regulations, and procedures.
  • Ability to complete assigned tasks and responsibilities with limited supervision.
  • Ability to concentrate on a task over an extended period of time.
  • Ability to comprehend and follow instructions.
  • Ability to accurately prepare and maintain records and reports.
  • Ability to operate a motor vehicle.
  • Ability to be trained in the use of firearms and maintain annual certification.
  • Ability to be trained in the use of emergency equipment.
  • Ability to be trained in computer usage and telecommunications equipment.
  • Ability to communicate effectively.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff, offenders, and the general public.

Paid training is provided.

Qualifications

  • One or more years of work experience 
  • 19 years of age or older
  • High school diploma or proof of high school equivalency
    (30 earned credit hours from an accredited college or university may substitute for the stated experience.)

Special Requirements

  • Successful completion of an essential functions evaluation administered by the Missouri Department of Corrections will be required prior to employment.
  • Ability to pass a background investigation administered by the Missouri Department of Corrections.
  • Ability to complete and maintain firearms certification training administered by the Missouri Department of Corrections.
  • By assignment, a position may require possession of a valid vehicle operator’s license.
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Job Type

Full time

Shifts

  • Day
  • Evening
  • Night

Salary Range

$31,288 - $44,476 Annual

Benefits

  • 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

View state employee benefits information »

Applying

To be considered, every applicant must complete a Department of Corrections application. Include copies of transcripts if applicable. If you are a veteran, please include a copy of your DD 214 or NGB 22.

Submit the completed application by mail, fax or email.

Corrections - Office of Personnel
Central Hiring Unit
2729 Plaza Drive
Jefferson City, MO 65102
doc.employment@doc.mo.gov 
Fax: 573-526-7666

Download a Department of Corrections application.

931-1419.pdf