Yakima County Human Resources

  • 108-XXX Corrections Officer-DOC

    Working Title
    Corrections Officer
    Regular Full Time Budgeted
    FLSA Status
    Department of Corrections
    Required Testing/Exercises
    Written Examination
    Teamsters-DOC Officers, Corporals & Sergeants
    Open Date
    Close Date
    $23.18 per hour
  • Overview

    There are twelve Corrections Officer openings with the Yakima County Department of Corrections.  These positions are 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 online applicaiton 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, Permananet Resident, 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.


    Special Note:

    Bilingual English/Spanish desirable, but not required.


    Special Requirements:

    • Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and provide proof of citizenship (e.g. birth certificate, U.S. passport, Naturalization Papers)
    • High school diploma or GED certificate; be able to successfully pass a background investigation, polygraph examination, pre-employment drug screen, psychological test and physical agility test prior to being hired.
    • Within six months of employment must successfully complete the Correction Officer’s academy.
    • Within one year of employment must become weapons qualified.
    • Must have a valid Washington State Driver’s License.
    • Minimum 21 years of age at time of employment.
    • Work on a rotating shift basis is required to include nights, weekends and holidays.
    • This is a Teamsters Local #760 Bargaining Unit position.



    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:

    • 5 points - Current Washington State Corrections Certification                                  
    • 5 points - College – 1 point per 45 credit hours up to a maximum of                         
    • 5 points - Fluently bilingual in language of our largest ethnic minority jail population      
    • 5 points - Successful Military Service – 1 point per year up to a maximum of          
    • 5 points - Three years as a certified full-time corrections officer within 3 years      

    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.


    Equipment Operated:

    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.


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