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Corrections Officer

Florida Certified and Non-Certified Positions


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.

Are you interested in joining our team? Please click here to apply! A member of our recruitment team will be in touch.

Additional Information:  Benefits Equivalency of Training | Physical Abilities Test | Qualifications Salary What To Do After You Apply


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.


Please watch this video to learn about the exciting opportunities available at the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.

Following a required amount of time, Corrections Officers have numerous opportunities to move to a different fulltime assignment. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Assisting with educational programs offered to incacerated individuals; 
  • Helping the inmates train and care for dogs in the "A New Leash for Life" program;
  • Overseeing inmates in the work force program;

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.

  • 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.

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.

Are you interested in joining our team? Please click here to apply! A member of our recruitment team will be in touch.


Non-Certified Corrections Applicants

  • Criminal Justice Basic Abilities Test - To register and schedule please visit 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

    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.

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 is providing PAID Equivalency of Training (EOT) for those applicants who wish to work for the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office (JSO). This program allows you to be an employee of JSO and be paid a regular salary while you are in the course and studying for the state exam. We will also cover the full cost of the EOT course which is about $1,000 (including the $250 application fee). EOT courses are held here at the Northeast Florida Criminal Justice Center (Police Academy) in Jacksonville, FL roughly two to three times a year.


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.

Evolution 1

  • 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.
Evolution 2

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 $39,900.00 annually. First year Corrections Officers with the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office start at $41,988.00 (step 1). A Corrections Officer’s salary tops out at $70,761.60 annually (12 hour shift).

A Corrections Sergeant’s salary ranges between $64,474.20 to $84,911.40 annually (12 hour shift). While a Corrections Lieutenant’s salary ranges between $77,364.00 to $101,896.20 annually (12 hour shift).

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
  • Overtime assignments
  • 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
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