There are several Corrections Officer openings with the Yakima County Department of Corrections. This position is responsible for maintaining the safety and security of inmates at the Yakima County Department of Corrections. Gender-specific (female) hiring preference may apply to fill the Corrections Officer positions in order to create a safer booking process of same gender pat-downs, for minimum staffing levels and to comply with conventional standards of sexual privacy.
How to Apply for this position:
#1 please complete the on-line application at: http://www.yakimacounty.us
#2 Mail the required documentation. See checklist below.
#3 if you do not want to mail the required documentation, you may stop by our office and submit the documentation. Applications will not be reviewed without ALL required documentation.
Required Documentation - Must be submitted to Yakima County Human Resources, 128 N 2nd Street, Room B-27, Yakima, WA 98901 PRIOR to the closing date to be eligible:
Paid $20.00 testing fee (for the written exam)
Cashier’s Check, Money Order or Cash in the exact amount only
Proof of Citizenship
Copy of Birth Certificate, Naturalization papers, etc.
Proof of a High School education
Copy of H.S./GED, or college degree/transcripts
*** You will be notified in writing of the date/time/place of the written exam ***
Preference Points - Documentation must be turned by the closing of the job to receive points:
Current Washington State Corrections Certificate 5 points
(Within 3 years)
Copy of certification must be provided
College - 1 point per 45 credits, for a maximum of 5 points
Copy of diploma or college transcripts must be provided
Successful Military Service - 1 point per year up to a maximum of 5 points
Copy of DD214 required & Application for Veterans Preference
Fluently bilingual in language of our largest ethnic minority jail population
Spanish/English written and spoken 5 points
Information to be provided on application
Certified full-time corrections officer experience within the last 3 years 5 points
Information must be provided on application
Lateral Corrections Officer 5 points
Essential Job Functions:
Receives and books incoming prisoners; Verifies that proper documents are submitted; Receives and safeguards inmate personal property and valuables; Searches prisoners for weapons and contraband using pat down, metal detector and/or strip procedures; Inspects for injuries; Fingerprints, photographs; Insures the location and wellness of inmates; Conducts periodic checks of floor and cells to verify the proper conduct of inmates; Searches cells for contraband materials; Moves inmates within the facility for visitation, exercise/recreation, court appearances, church services and school; Controls inmates through verbal communication and; in some situations, physical restraint; Responds to emergencies within the facility and may be called upon to administer first aid and evacuate inmates; Dispenses meals and retrieves meal trays accounting for all utensils; Prepares written, typed and/or computerized logs and reports; Administers the release of inmates.
Other Job Functions:
Transports and guards inmates in non-secure areas for appointments, medical treatment, court appearances or assignment to other facilities; Oversees clean up of cell area by inmates; Oversees the work of inmate workers; Operates control room equipment; Orders and dispenses commissary items for inmates.
Answers and forwards incoming calls; Distributes inmate mail, checking for contraband; Collects urine samples for drug testing; Other related duties as assigned.
Experience and Training: Any combination of experience and training which demonstrates the required knowledge, skills and abilities.
Bilingual English/Spanish desirable, but not required.
Qualified applicants will be required to pass a written examination. Only applicants passing the written examination with a 75% will be considered for the hiring list.
A $20.00, non-refundable, examination fee will be required at the time of application. Please pay by CASHIERS CHECK, MONEY ORDER OR CASH IN THE EXACT AMOUNT ONLY. Cashiers checks and money orders should be made payable to the Yakima County Human Resources. No personal checks will be accepted. Proof of indigence may be cause to waive the required fee.
Preference points will be added to passing written scores prior to the hiring list being formed as follows:
Preference points will only be awarded to those individuals who provide documentation with their application.
Documentation and examination fee are required at the time that applications are submitted. Applications will not be accepted without required documentation and fee. For these reasons, you may not apply via the internet.
Metal detector, typewriter, computer, teletype, copy machine, camera, portable radio, fire extinguisher, self contained breathing apparatus, handcuffs, pepper spray canisters and “less than lethal” devices, video/audio recorder, and control room panel/door control devices.
Working Conditions/Physical Requirements:
Work is performed predominately indoors and includes long periods of both standing and sitting; Officers are exposed to inmates who may be verbally abusive and potentially physically violent; Officers may be required to use physical force on inmates/arrestees; Officers may come into contact with contagious diseases; Officers must be able to hear, speak, lift, sit, stand, walk, climb ladders and stairs, squat and kneel, bend, twist, turn, reach above head, and support up to 25 pounds.