Florida Certified and Non-Certified Corrections Positions
STABILITY, RESPONSIBILITY AND TEAM WORK
To be a Corrections Officer with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office means you are a member of a team dedicated to providing order and stability to incarcerated offenders.
This career path requires tremendous responsibility and provides long term job security.
JSO’s Department of Corrections is comprised of more than 750 Corrections Officers and civilian personnel. The department includes three correctional facilities all provide secure, humane, corrective and productive detention of individuals incarcerated in Duval County.
A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION
Here at the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office we view the time that offenders are incarcerated as time that can be spent restoring character, improving education and developing life skills.
Corrections Officers are the foundation on which this philosophy is built. The daily interaction with offenders affords Corrections Officers the opportunity to help people become better citizens and more capable of functioning in society upon release. This in turn helps reduce the rate of recidivism in Jacksonville.
PAIR YOUR PASSIONS WITH YOUR CAREER
Working in Corrections means you are in a diverse field where you can mirror your passions with your career. Following a probationary period, Corrections Officers have numerous opportunities to move to different assignments.
Do you enjoy helping people turn their lives around? Be a part of our Programs Unit and help teach incarcerated individuals important skills that they can use after being released from lock-up. This includes helping them learn to read and write; helping inmates get their GED; teaching basic tips regarding parenting; or teaching substance abuse classes.
Do you like dogs? Help the inmates train and care for dogs in the “A New Leash For Life” program or tryout for our K-9 Unit where we have Corrections Officers paired with a four-legged partner to help locate missing individuals in the community.
Do you like to sew or build? Help inmates learn a skillset that they can apply toward future job opportunities once they are released. Inmates will frequently help as part of our work force program and be taught how to sew, build, or train dogs all skills that can be applied to future jobs.
Do you seek specialized roles? We have opportunities in various areas from intake to releasing which are important to help keep the department up and running.
There are also opportunities in our Corrections Intelligence, Security Unit, Pretrial Services and Home Detention units.
The possibilities are truly endless!
Working in Corrections is a great starting point in a career in law enforcement. You can work as a Corrections Officer while pursuing other necessary requirements to become a Police Officer.
Officers are eligible to take advancement tests for the rank of sergeant followed by lieutenant after fulfilling the years of service and educational requirements outlined by the agency.
Are you interested in joining our team? Please click here to apply! A member of our recruitment team will be in touch.
We hope to have you on our team real soon to help transform the lives of inmates in our care!
Qualifications | What To Do After You Apply | Physical Abilities Test | Salary | Benefits | Equivalency of Training
Be at least 18-years of age
Be a citizen of the United States of America
Must possess a valid driver’s license in your state of residence
Applicants must have a High School diploma or GED equivalent (official transcripts required)
Be in good physical condition. Please see below for information about the Corrections Physical Abilities Test.
Must be able to run a mile in under 12 minutes.
Must pass Correctional Officers Basic Ability Test (COBAT) with a score of 70% or better.
Be of good moral character
NOT HAVE TATTOOS above the collarbone (e.g., neck, face, or behind the ear) or below the wrist (e.g., hands, fingers).
NOT HAVE received a dishonorable discharge from any of the Armed Forces
NOT HAVE been convicted of any felony
NOT HAVE been convicted of a misdemeanor involving false statement, perjury or domestic violence
- IN ADDITION, the following areas may result in applicants being suspended from the hiring process: credit history including bankruptcy and collections; past drug use; inappropriate social media; driving history, work history; criminal activity and associations with known criminals; and inappropriate tattoos.
WHAT TO DO AFTER YOU APPLY
Non-Certified Corrections Applicants
Criminal Justice Basic Abilities Test - To register and schedule please visit www.pearsonvue.com/fdle or by calling 1.877.729.0059 (toll free) Monday - Friday, 7 a.m. - 10 p.m.; Saturdays, 7 a.m. - 4 p.m.; and Sundays 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. CST
Certified Corrections Officers
- A Correction’s Training Certification issued by the Florida Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission. A copy of state exam test score must be submitted.
The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office will sponsor recruit training for Non-Certified Corrections at the Northeast Florida Criminal Justice Training Center. Recruits will receive a salary and tuition will be paid to the candidates selected for the class.
INFORMATION ABOUT THE CORRECTIONS PHYSICAL ABILITIES TEST
The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office conducts a series of physical ability tests as part of the Correctional Officer application requirements. The test is a continuous course composed of certain events relative to the job of Corrections Officer. It encompasses a total of 100 yards and is set in an indoor setting (surface floor). The following is a description of the test.
- The applicant will begin the test at the starting point (foot of staircase) where the test monitor will instruct the applicant to begin.
- The applicant will sprint 25 yards (around the outside of the rubber mat in the gym) to a point where a dragging dummy is laying on the ground.
- The applicant will drag the dummy (165 lbs.) for 15 yards and then sprint 15 yards to a staircase.
- The applicant will ascend six stairs to a platform and back down six stairs to the floor (each step must be stepped on and the handrails may be used).
- The applicant will then sprint 15 yards where they will handcuff a dummy.
- Finally, the applicant will sprint 30 yards and don a Scott Air Pack, which is mounted on the wall.
- Once the applicant dons the air pack, the test monitor will record the time and document it on the appropriate form.
- A score of 62.51 seconds or greater is a failing score.
The applicant must be able to run a mile in under 12 minutes
While going to the Academy and during the Field Training Program, Corrections Recruits receive a starting salary of $38,004 annually. First year Corrections Officers with the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office start at $42,110. A Corrections Officer’s salary tops out at $67,582 annually.
A Corrections Sergeant’s salary ranges between $57,277 to $79,402 annually. While a Corrections Lieutenant’s salary ranges between $67,299 to $93,294 annually.
These base salaries typically increase every year in accordance with applicable collective bargaining agreements. In addition, those in Corrections ranks may be eligible to receive education incentives. Other pay premium includes shift differential, working out-of-classification, state career incentives for advanced training, etc.
A $5,000 signing bonus for both certified and non-certified applicants (new hires to the agency) to be disbursed in the following schedule: $2,000 upon completion of the Corrections Training Academy, $2,000 upon completion of the Corrections Field Training Officer (FTO) Program, and $1,000 at the end of probation. (November 15, 2019)
Paid Time Off (Personal Leave) begins at 200 hours per year and tops out at 350 hours per year
240 hours per year for Military Leave
- 12 Paid Holidays
Approximately 15 work days a month (on a 12-hour schedule)
Medical / Dental / Vision plans
- Defined Contribution Plan – 10% from employee, City of Jacksonville contributes an additional 25%
- Employees are vested in the Defined Contribution Plan at three years of service. Employees may separate from the agency and withdraw from the plan at age 50 without penalty
The Consolidated City of Jacksonville and the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office are Equal Opportunity / Equal Access Employers. To read the Mayor's Statement please click here. For more information about Equal Employment Opportunity, visit www.dol.gov/dol/topic/discrimination/ or www.eeoc.gov.
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EQUIVALENCY OF TRAINING (EOT)
The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office provides paid Equivalency of Training (EOT) for those applicants who wish to pursue a career at the agency. This is a way to transfer your qualifying state, military or federal certification to the state of Florida. The program is open to law enforcement and corrections applicants who have served at least one (1) year in that position in the state they are currently certified.
For more information please email JSORecruiter@jaxsheriff.org
or call 904.713.4870.