Correctional Officer

$4,309 - $7,195 monthly
  • California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation
  • Sacramento, CA, USA
  • Dec 04, 2019
Full time Government Legal Other Physical Security Personal Security Law Enforcement Supervisor Safety

Job Description


Correctional Officer


Number of positions available

Approximately 1,800 annually



35 prisons, hiring statewide


Hiring Timeframe




The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) is one of the world's largest correctional employer.  The CDCR team is comprised of more than 60,000 dedicated employees, working at 35 different prisons throughout California. We enhance public safety through safe and secure incarceration of offenders, effective parole supervision, and rehabilitation strategies to successfully reintegrate offenders into our communities.  


Becoming a peace officer with CDCR means you are joining a family of dedicated, hardworking men and women responsible for ensuring public safety throughout California. Once you join CDCR, there are many career options you can take as a peace officer including Parole, Internal Affairs, Correctional Safety as well as specialized team assignments including Investigative Services Unit, Safety Emergency Response Team, Negotiations Management, Crisis Response Team, Gang Task Force, and Fugitive Apprehension Team.


The endless opportunities within CDCR can change your life as it provides an avenue for upward mobility, and secures a FUTURE for you and your family.  Only you can choose your path, and only you can make it happen.  


Qualifications/Minimum Requirements

  • US Citizen or applied for citizenship
  • 21 years of age (20 at the time of application)
  • S. high school diploma/GED
  • No felony conviction
  • Legally eligible to own/possess a firearm



  • $4,309 - $7,195 monthly after academy
  • *A 3% raise will be awarded as of June 1, 2018




Benefits / Comprehensive Medical and Retirement Package

  • Medical, dental, vision (lifetime benefits for vested employees)
  • CalPERS retirement, 2.5% at 57 years of age.
  • Paid vacation


Job Description:  Correctional Officer Duties

  • Supervise inmates in housing areas
  • Maintain security and conduct counts of inmates
  • Control inmate movement within the prison
  • Listen and watch for unusual sounds or sights that may indicate illegal activity
  • Perform searches of inmates and their living quarters or work assignment locations
  • Visually survey prison grounds from an armed tower or central security area
  • Respond to the scene of a disturbance or an emergency
  • Write incident reports
  • Transport inmates to court or medical facilities in the community



A 12-week comprehensive training academy is required prior to appointment at the Basic Correctional Officer Academy in Galt, CA (Salary during academy: $20.21 per hour)







• U.S. Citizen or applied for citizenship • 21 years of age (20 at the time of application) • U.S. HS diploma/GED •No felony conviction • Legally eligible to own/possess a firearm