Correctional Officer

$4,660 - $7,782 monthly
  • California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation
  • Sacramento, CA, USA
  • Dec 04, 2019
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Job Description


Correctional Officer

Join Our Team


The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) offers rewarding peace officer career opportunities. 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, 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.  

Apply for a Correctional Officer position today!

Number of positions available

Approximately 1,800 annually 


35 prisons, hiring statewide

Hiring Timeframe



Qualifications/Minimum Requirements

  • AGE

At least 20 YEARS of age at the time of application and 21 YEARS of age at the time of appointment to the Academy.



Graduation from a U.S. high school, G.E.D. or equivalent from a U.S. institution, or a California High School Proficiency Examination (CHSPE) certificate is required, or possession of a college degree (Associate of Arts or higher) from an accredited college or university.



United States citizenship or a permanent resident who is eligible for and has applied for citizenship at the time of application.



As a minimum requirement, a thorough background investigation must be conducted prior to a candidate’s appointment or training as a Correctional Peace Officer. Additionally, must have no felony convictions and eligible to own/possess a firearm.


  • $4,660 - $7782 monthly after academy 

 Benefits / Comprehensive Medical and Retirement Package

  • Medical, dental, vision (lifetime benefits for vested employees)
  • CalPERS retirement, 2.5% at 57 years of age.
  • Paid sick and vacation leave
  • Bilingual Pay
  • Education incentive
  • Recruitment and Retention Differential Pay
  • 401 (k) plan and Deferred Compensation

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 13-week comprehensive training academy is required prior to appointment at the Basic Correctional Officer Academy in Galt, CA (salary during academy: $3,788 per month)


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Arne Eastlund


• 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