Correctional Officer
State of Montana - Lewistown, MT

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Job Listing Detail

Position Title:
Correctional Officer

  • Applications must be received by Midnight Mountain Time on the closing date.
Listing Number: 8652-12116

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For more information contact:
State Agency:
Corrections

500 Conley Lake road

Deer Lodge , MT
59722

Phone: (406)846-1320 2303

Fax: (406)846-2950

TTY: Montana Relay Service at 711

E-mail: hcallarman@mt.gov

  • OR -
Local Montana Job Service Workforce

Position

Number(s):
64122489, 64122490, 64122491, 64122492, 64122493, 64122494, 64122495

Openings:
7

Location(s):
Lewistown

Job Status:
Full-Time Permanent

Shift:
Varied Shifts

Date Posted:
10/4/2012

Closing Date:
10/17/2012

Department:
Corrections

Division:
DOC Lewistown Infirmary

Bureau:
Union:
MEA-MFT

Bargaining Unit:
005

Band/Grade:
3

State Application Required:
Yes

Salary:
$12.57 - $15.60

Salary Unit:
Hourly

Additional Salary Information: Overtime is available according to the collective bargaining agreement. Benefits include medical, dental, life insurance, credit union, deferred comp, Game Wardens Retirement, and paid vacation, sick, and military time.

Applicant Pool: If another department
vacancy occurs in this job title within six months, the same applicant pool may
be used for the selection.

Special Information:
This position oversees generally the security and safety measures for the Offenders and Infirmary. Correctional Officers help ensure the Infirmary is operated for the safety of the public, as well as the Offenders.

This position is located in beautiful Lewistown, Montana. This position works in the Department of Corrections Lewistown Infirmary, and will be working with Offenders who have been placed at the Infirmary due to illness, injury, or a medical/psychiatric condition, requiring nursing care and assistance with everyday tasks. Work includes contact with Offenders who may be aged and infirm. Exposure to potentially volatile situations may occur. There is potential for the use of mechanical or soft restraints and other active control measures.

Must be able to respond physically in the event of an emergency. Must be able to cope with stressful situations associated with working in a satellite correctional environment.

Shifts will be as follows: Candidates will be assigned to either Morning shift (6 AM - 6PM) or Evening Shift (6 PM - 6 AM) with one 8 hour shift every other week.

Women and minorities are underrepresented in this position and are encouraged to apply. Underrepresentation is addressed in the Department’s EEO Action Plan.

Successful applicant(s) will be subject to:
Criminal History Background Check
Driving Record Check

Duties:
  • Supervise Offenders on or off property. Correctional Officers are responsible for a wide variety of security duties relative to the safe, orderly and cost effective operation of the Infirmary including, but not limited to, conducting thorough inspections and searches of Offenders, Infirmary and grounds, performing security observation, preparing documentation regarding Infirmary matters such as incident reports, disciplinary documentation, counts and logs, operating security equipment, recognizing critical behavior, restraining and controlling Offenders, and responding to emergencies.
  • Enforce and follow rules and regulations including, but not limited to written and/or oral directives, post orders, and special instructions in addition to policies and procedures which dictate daily, routine and emergency procedures.
  • Serve as a Safety Officer to oversee all aspects of the basic needs and welfare of Offenders, on or off property. Participate and assist in case management and classification procedures.
  • Provide intervention for Offenders by facilitating and/or overseeing counseling, medical care, first aide, clothing & laundry, janitorial and housekeeping supplies, transportation of Offenders, meals, movement, jobs and other services as required.
  • Observes Offenders on a daily basis for signs of mental stress or other mental health warning signs, and respond appropriately according to Post orders and operating policies and procedures. Observe Offenders for possible referral to mental health professionals, including but not limited to signs of depression, anxiety, suicidality, and other risk factors.
Competencies:Successful Candidate will have the following qualities:
  • Must be loyal, dedicated, committed, and demonstrate actions which align with needs and goals of the Infirmary and tasks at hand. Must desire and actively seek continuous learning in a professional way. Responsible and trustworthy in performing job related tasks.
  • Must communicate both orally and in writing accurately and understandably, utilizing appropriate grammar and spelling, and aid others in effective communication. Must listen effectively, and actively seek constructive feedback, while being open to other’s ideas. Initiates contact to clarify issues or problems in a timely manner.
  • Must be: dependable, responsible, of good judgment, decisive, accurate, be attentive to detail, thorough, consistent, able to maintain confidentiality, a role model, ethical, honest, trustworthy, conscientious, flexible, adaptable, independent, emotionally mature, non-judgemental, a leader, team player. Must display motivation, innovation, initiative, energy, objectivity, and foresight in evaluating and responding to challenging situations, problems and opportunities.
  • The ability to be trained in basic medical terminology and procedures is imperative to the safe operation of the Infirmary. Must have the ability to be trained in basic medical procedures which may be common in an Infirmary setting.
  • Must have the ability to work with aged and infirm people groups, and be able to cope with stressful situations which may be unique to a correctional infirmary, such as working with Offenders with chronic illness, both mental and physical, on a daily basis, end of life procedures, and potentially frequent hospital visits. Must be comfortable working in a medical environment on a daily basis.
Education/Experience:
A combination of education and experience equivalent to high school graduation. Two years of progressively responsible Correctional Officer experience is preferred. A valid Montana Driver’s license is required.

Supplemental Questions:
The Department of Corrections Vision statement reads. "As leaders in corrections, department employees affect the quality of life for all Montanans by demonstrating and promoting honesty, integrity and accountability in all our public service."

Each applicant will need to answer the following supplemental questions. Responses to the first two questions should be no less than 100 words each. The applicant will be assessed on content, spelling and grammer, and following directions.

Please describe your experience in working with aging people groups and your experience in working with those who have mental health challenges.
Tell us what experience you have had in the field of Human Services, Social Services, Corrections or Justice, military corrections, law enforcement, and weapons familiarity?
(Minimum of 100 word response.)
Do you have a valid driver's license? If so, in which state was it issued?

Additional Materials Required: None Required

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