OREGON DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS
2575 Center St NE
SALEM, OREGON 97301
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Updated: October 15, 2020
Job Classification: Correctional Officer
The Oregon Department of Corrections (ODOC) is building an ongoing eligibility list for Correctional Officer.
All candidates must complete the REACT test AND also complete the department application via Workday. Candidates must submit an ODOC application for each institution to be considered for the position.
***Oregon Department of Corrections does not require candidates to complete the PHQ or ORPAT***
Salary Information: $3,823 - $6,364 Monthly
Benefits Information: Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision plans with premiums currently covered in full for both employees and dependents.
This position is eligible for Police & Fire (P&F) benefits through the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS), as defined by statute.
Contact Information: Recruitment Team: email@example.com
The Oregon Department of Corrections (ODOC) seeks to employ career-oriented candidates and offers employment opportunities in a wide variety of challenging occupations. Most of our career opportunities are permanent, full-time positions available in one of our institutions or administration buildings located throughout the state. Careers at ODOC put an emphasis on personal growth, advancement, and the opportunity to serve as part of a team of dedicated correctional professionals. If you become a member of our team, you will have a full range of benefits available as an employee of the State of Oregon. In addition to competitive salaries, we offer retirement and medical benefits, paid vacation days, employee assistance programs, a state employees credit union, and deferred compensation plans.
ODOC’s mission is to promote public safety by holding offenders accountable for their actions and reducing the risk of future criminal behavior.
Area Information: 14 Locations Statewide
US Citizen: Yes
High School Grad/GED: Yes
Ability to Read/Speak English: Yes
Qualifications & Desired Attributes:
Entry level position for the Department of Corrections: Correctional Officer is the entry level for those seeking a career in correctional security. ODOC offers an additional four security classifications requiring increasing levels of leadership skills: Corporal, Sergeant, Lieutenant, and Captain.
Nature of the Work: A Correctional Officer (CO) provides ongoing supervision of adults in custody (AICs) through observation and person-to-person supervision. COs protect the public daily by keeping our prisons secure and by role modeling appropriate behavior. COs are credited with creating a safe environment by preventing incidents such as escapes, assaults, and contraband trafficking.
Responsibilities: Specific duties vary and may include being assigned to towers, gate control, housing units, segregation, recreation, mobile patrol, special details, mail room, inmate work crews, and hospital watches - just to name a few.
Correctional Officers (COs) are responsible for overseeing individuals who have been convicted of a crime and sentenced to serve time in a prison facility. COs maintain security and adult in custody (AIC) accountability to prevent disturbances, assaults, and escapes.
Regardless of the setting, COs maintain order within the institution and enforce rules and regulations. To help ensure AICs are orderly and obey rules, COs monitor the activities and supervise the work assignments of AICs. Sometimes, COs must search AICs and their living quarters for contraband like weapons or drugs, settle disputes between AICs and enforce discipline. COs periodically inspect facilities, 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, and most importantly, COs conduct frequent and routine counts at night and during the day to ensure all AICs are accounted for.
COs report orally and in writing on AIC conduct and on the quality and quantity of work done by AICs. COs also report security breaches, disturbances, rule violations, and any unusual occurrences, and they typically keep a daily log or record of their activities. COs cannot show favoritism and must report any AIC who violates the rules. Should the situation arise, they help the responsible law enforcement authorities investigate crimes committed within their institution.
Working Environment: Most Correctional Officers (COs) are employed in one of 14 State Department of Corrections prisons, watching over the approximately 14,000 adults in custody (AICs) who are incarcerated there at any given time. Although prisons can be dangerous places to work, prison populations are more stable than jail populations, and COs in prisons know the security and custodial requirements of the adults in custody with whom they are dealing.
In prison facilities with direct supervision cell blocks, COs work unarmed. They are equipped with communications devices so they can summon help if necessary. These COs often work in a cellblock alone, or with another CO, among the 50 to 100 AICs who reside there. The COs enforce regulations primarily through their interpersonal communications skills and through the use of progressive sanctions, such as the removal of some privileges.
In the highest security facilities, where the most dangerous AICs are housed, COs often monitor the activities of AICs from a centralized control center with closed-circuit television cameras and a computer tracking system. In such an environment, the AICs may not see anyone but COs for days or weeks at a time and may leave their cells only for showers, solitary exercise time, or visitors. Depending on the AICs' security classification within the institution, COs may have to restrain AICs in handcuffs and leg irons to safely escort them to and from cells and other areas and to see authorized visitors. COs also escort AICs between the institution to courtrooms, medical facilities, and other destinations outside the institution.
Federal Prison Rape Elimination Act: 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: http://nicic.gov/PREA