Correctional Officer
Corrections-Operations - Oregon

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These positions are with the Oregon Department of Corrections (ODOC) in Lakeview, Madras, Wilsonville, North Bend, Ontario, Salem, Tillamook, Pendleton, and Umatilla . This recruitment will be used to establish a new list of qualified people and will be used to fill vacancies as they occur.
If you are interested you should apply now as we could stop taking applications at any time.
Correctional Officer is an entry level position for those seeking a career in correctional security. Correctional Officers promote public safety by holding offenders accountable for their actions and by reducing the risks of future criminal behavior. Previous correctional experience is not a requirement for Correctional Officer. Duties & Responsibilities
Nature of the Work
Correctional Officers are responsible for overseeing adult offenders who have been convicted of a crime and sentenced to serve time in a prison facility. Correctional Officers maintain security and inmate accountability to prevent disturbances, assaults, and escapes. Generally work is in a 24-hour, 7 day a week operation, with night shifts, weekends, holidays and overtime as required.
Most Correctional Officers are employed in 1 of 14 State Department of Corrections prisons, watching over the approximately 14,000 offenders who are incarcerated at any given time.
Correctional officers maintain order within the institution and enforce rules and regulations. Correctional Officers help ensure inmates are orderly and obey rules. Correctional Officers monitor the activities and supervise the work assignments of inmates. Sometimes, officers must search inmates and their living quarters for contraband such as weapons or drugs, settle disputes between inmates, and enforce discipline. Correctional Officers periodically inspect the facilities, checking cells and other areas of the institution for unsanitary conditions, contraband, fire hazards, and any evidence of rule infractions. In addition, they routinely inspect locks, window bars, grilles, doors, and gates for signs of tampering. Officers also inspect mail and visitors for prohibited items. Qualifications & Desired Attribute
To Qualify for Correctional Officer …
  • High School Diploma, GED, or Bachelor's degree
  • 21 Years of Age or Older
  • Meet DPSST Physical Standards
  • Good Employee Work History
  • Have a History of Law Abiding Behavior
  • United States Citizen
  • No evidence of substance abuse
  • Possess a valid driver’s license
  • Satisfactory driving record within the last 3 years.
  • Possess reading comprehension, report writing and retention abilities
  • Proficient using computers
  • Satisfactorily pass an ODOC Background Investigation How to Apply
Only complete applications will be considered. Be sure to answer all supplemental questions and attach all required documents. Qualified applicants whose responses most closely match the requirements for this position will be invited to interview.

Step 1
Submit the NEOGOV online application and all of the following:
Background Information Questionnaire
Criminal History and DMV Authorization
Release and Authorization to Release Information
Copy of your High School Diploma, GED certificate, or Bachelor's degree
Be sure to download these 3 forms before you click on apply . Do not use previous versions of these forms. Use only current forms listed below. If you currently have older versions of these forms attached to you online application please delete them from your application. All forms must be dated and signed with a date that is within the last 30 days of applying or re-applying.

Correctional Officer Supplemental Form
Word 2007 Application
Acrobat Reader Application

Criminal History and DMV Authorization
Word 2007 Form
Acrobat Reader Form

Employment History Release Form
Word 2007 Form
Acrobat Reader Form

You must attach PHOTOCOPIES of all of the following documents if applicable:
DD214 or 215 Discharge Form (If Applicable)
Veterans Preference Letter (If Applicable)
College Transcripts (If Applicable)
Applicants for the position of a Correctional Officer will be required to furnish documentary evidence of one of the following:
1. High School diploma or transcripts; or
2. General Educational Development (GED) certificate; or
3. A four-year, Bachelor's degree issued by an accredited college or university.

Transcripts will be used during the application scoring process.
High school diploma/GED certificate: Diplomas received by non-accredited learning centers will not be accepted. A letter from your high school on school letterhead may be substituted for the diploma; and
If you are requesting Veteran’s Points you must submit copy of your military DD214/DD215 Discharge Form. The DD214 must be the long form, and show the "Type of Separation", and "Character of Service".
To apply, click on the "Apply" link above (after you have download the 3 required forms).

Step 2
ODOC will review your application and process your application by the following 5 evaluation steps.
Application Received. Only applications complete and using the latest ODOC releases and forms will be accepted. If the application, and/or Background Information Questionnaire are incomplete, and/or all required supplements are not received, your application will be rejected.
Auto Scoring Supplemental Questions. Your application will be scored on skills, experience, and history of law abiding behavior. Applications meeting the desired attributes for Correctional Officer will proceed to the next step in the process.
Application Preliminary Review. Applicant background files are prepared for processing.
Criminal History Check (LEDS/DMV). Information is gathered though various sources including, but not limited to: LEDS, NCIC, DMV, or other regional and national computer databases.
Background Check. Your application is now ready for the background check process to begin. Applications are prioritized based on the needs of the prison facilities.
Applicants may login to NEOGOV and check the status of their application any time. Due to the high volume of applicants your application may take some time to go through the review process.

Step 3
Applicant’s whose names are added to the list of Correctional Officers, will remain active on the applicant list for twelve months. As vacancies occur, various institutions around the state request these lists. Your name will only appear on hiring lists matching your geographic availability. Hiring lists are pulled as vacancies occur. We are unable to predict vacancies or timelines for recruiting.

Step 4
If hired, you will be required to pass a medical exam in accordance with Oregon Department of Corrections physical requirements. Additional Information
All College Transcripts should be submitted to receive credit for education coursework.
You must have a valid e-mail address to apply for jobs with the Oregon Department of Corrections. All communication regarding your application and status will be done by e-mail.
Oregon Department of Corrections (OCOC) complies with the Federal Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA). PREA prohibits ODOC from hiring, or promoting anyone who has engaged in, been convicted of, or been civilly or administratively adjudicated for engaging in sexual abuse in Institution settings. These include a jail, prison, or other correctional facility (including juvenile corrections) AND any institution or facility where people are residing for the purpose of receiving care or treatment (e.g., adjudicated delinquent, neglected, placed in State custody, mentally ill or disabled, chronically ill, or physically disabled, etc.). These include skilled nursing care, intermediate or long-term care, or custodial or residential care (e.g., group home, rehabilitation, assisted living/nursing home, hospice, etc.).
This standard requires ODOC to conduct background checks on all applicants considered for employment or promotion to consider any incidents of substantiated allegations of sexual abuse or sexual harassment in determining whether to hire or promote anyone who may have contact with inmates.
For more information regarding PREA please visit:
This position is eligible for Police & Fire (P&F) benefits through Public Employees Retirement System (PERS), as defined by statute.
Application Reference Number: DOC14-0601OC
If you have application login problems, get an error message during the application process, or are experiencing other technical (computer related) difficulties, please call the NEOGOV help line for assistance at 1-877-204-4442.

Veterans Preference Points are awarded to eligible veterans seeking employment with the Oregon Department of Corrections. Veterans must provide appropriate documentation to qualify for these additional preference points and must submit the documentation with each application. The DD215 must accompany the DD214 that was modified. Only DD214 Member Copy 4, Service Copy 2 and Service Copy 3 are accepted to verify character of service. Other copies will not be accepted and points will not be awarded.

Required documentation must include:
a copy of the DD214/215 for the five (5) point preference; OR
a copy of the DD214/215 and a public employment preference letter from the United States Department of Veterans’ Affairs for the ten (10) point preference.
The Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries, Apprenticeship and Training Division have approved the initial one year training program for Correctional Officer’s for VA benefits. This apprenticeship program is for qualified veterans who are hired by ODOC that complete the required educational benefit application paperwork. Specific questions about qualifying for this benefit, once hired by ODOC, should be directed to staff at: .
ODOC does not offer visa sponsorships. Within three days of hire, applicants will be required to complete an I-9 and confirm authorization to work in the United States. Applicants will be subject to a Computerized Criminal History and Motor Vehicles check as well as background investigation. Adverse background information may be grounds for disqualification.
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