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Corrections Officer (Certified & Trainee)

at Volusia County

Posted: 7/19/2020
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 2600442
Keywords: emergency

Job Description

Overall Job Objective

Major Functions


The County of Volusia is seeking Certified Corrections Officers and Corrections Officer Trainees for the Corrections Division. These positions are located in Daytona Beach, Florida; and will be responsible for providing custody, control, care and general welfare of inmates detained in the County Correctional Facilities.


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 $18.19 Hourly

Rotating 12-Hour Shifts Every Six Months Including Weekends and Holidays
(6:00 am - 6:00 pm/ 6:00 pm - 6:00 am)




$16.60 Hourly
Assigned 8-Hour Shifts While Attending the Academy

**NOTE: This position is posted on a continuous basis and may close without notice.**

Illustrative Duties

(NOTE: These are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work performed. The omission of specific duties does not exclude them from the position.) 
  • Admits and releases persons committed to the County correctional facilities.
  • Places inmates under confinement in cells or other jail areas as directed, and cares for them as long as they are confined therein.
  • Maintains good order and conduct and is responsible for the care, general welfare, and feeding of inmates, as assigned.
  • Maintains the area of assigned responsibility in a clean, sanitary, and orderly manner.
  • Assigns and directs inmates in such work details as required.
  • Patrols cell blocks.
  • Takes periodic counts of inmates in cell blocks.
  • Exercises reasonable and/or special care or action, as the need dictates or as directed, in handling special or unusual inmates or other emergency situations.
  • Checks inmates and cell areas for contraband, escape attempts, unauthorized articles, weapons, etc.
  • Is held accountable for tools and equipment of the area of responsibility.
  • Responsible for the thorough search and removal of all unauthorized personal articles and contraband from all prisoners to be confined or detained in the County's correctional facilities.
  • Performs clerical duties related to the receipt and release of inmates.
  • May be assigned to other county locations based upon operational needs.
  • Attends work on a regular and consistent basis.
  • Must adhere to Federal, State, County and Local ordinances.
  • Responds to emergency situations.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Requirements

** Due to the sensitive nature of this job all candidates applying for either position will be required to undergo an extensive criminal background process. **
  • High School Diploma or GED.
  • Possession of a current Corrections Certification issued by the Florida Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission.
  • Must be a United States Citizen (per F.S. 943.13).
  • Must be at least eighteen (18) years of age (per F.S. 943.13).
  • Must possess and maintain a valid Florida driver's license.
  • Must have passed the CJ-BAT
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Must be a United States Citizen (per F.S. 943.13).
  • Must be at least eighteen (18) years of age (per F.S. 943.13).
  • Must possess and maintain a valid Florida driver's license.
  • Must have passed the CJ-BAT or: 
    • Candidate must take the CJ-BAT and obtain a passing score within seventy-five (75) days of invitation to an interview with the Corrections Division.
CJ-BAT   (Note: Certified Corrections Officers do NOT have to take the CJ-BAT.)
The CJ-BAT for Corrections must be taken and passed within 75 days of the candidates invitation to interview.  The BAT measures the defined "minimum competencies" in three separately-timed sections as follows: Section I - behavioral attributes; Section II - memorization; and Section III – written comprehension, written expression, deductive reasoning, and inductive reasoning. In total, there are 97 questions on the BAT. The exam takes 1 ½ hours (90 minutes) to complete.     For more information please visit:  http://www.daytonastate.edu/assessment/bats.html
  • TO REGISTER for the FDLE Basic Abilities Test Exam, please go to the PearsonVue website at https://home.pearsonvue.com/fdle/bat .  Follow instructions to choose your test location.

    Candidates will need to create a Pearson VUE account before being able to register for an exam. The unique client candidate ID will be a nine alpha-numeric field. The prefix will be BAT followed by 6 numeric digits.

  • All payments for exam fees are handled through Pearson VUE.
  • Candidates may request accommodations from Pearson VUE, as noted in the "Accommodations" section. The Pearson VUE Accommodations Team will schedule the appointments and make the necessary arrangements.
  • REMEMBER: All FDLE (BAT) exams should be scheduled at least 24 hours in advance of the date the candidate wishes to take the exam.
Paid Training
  • If hired as Corrections Officer Trainee, the Corrections Division will pay for the Florida State Correctional Officer training program and the initial attempt to take the state certification examination.
    • Based on satisfactory performance of trainee program prior to Academy start.
    • Correctional Officer Trainees are assigned eight (8) hour shifts while attending the Academy.
Pre-Employment and Annual Physical Abilities Test
  • You must pass a pre-employment and annual physical ability test as a condition of employment. The testing program will consist of a series of physical abilities tests conducted at our training site. The battery of job-related field tests is intended to be completed in the fastest possible time and will require maximum effort by the participant. Tests are designed to measure balance, muscular endurance and strength, flexibility, anaerobic power and capacity, fine motor skill and aerobic power. Tests will include two 220 yard runs, jumping over obstacles (12-24 inches high), climbing over a wall (40 inches high), two 50 foot-sprints and movement around a series of pylons, low crawl under 27" bars two times, and climbing a dozen stairs twice. The test concludes with the participant having to turn a key in a lock with both the dominant and non-dominant hand. The total time allotted for the test is 6½ minutes.
Nicotine Statement
  • It is this organization's policy that individuals hired into special risk positions may not use any form of tobacco at any time, whether on or off duty, as a condition of employment. Candidates must be nicotine-free by the time of pre-employment physical/drug exam, including nicotine-containing products used in tobacco replacement therapies.
Emergency Activations
  • This position is mission essential and must be available for on call duty during emergency situations/activations.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Knowledge and understanding of the attitudes and behavior patterns of persons under restraint
  • Able to gain knowledge of penal rules, regulations, and procedures governing the confinement and release of prisoners.
  • Able to keep records and make reports.
  • Able to establish and maintain effective working relationships with associates, other law enforcement officers, and the public.
  • Able to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Able to work under stressful conditions
  • Able to interact effectively with others.
  • Must be able to relocate to other county locations based upon operational need.

Mental Demands:
 Ability to read and comprehend technical, legal, and professional journals and manuals; reports, summaries, laws, statutes and procedures. Ability to perform basic mathematical functions. Ability to apply rules, procedures, laws to real life situations including emergencies. Ability to speak clearly and concisely in English. Ability to write detailed reports, summaries, instructions relaying information in English. Ability to analyze situations for potential infractions, dangers.

Physical Demands: Ability to effectively see, hear, talk, run, walk, lift 150 pounds without assistance, pull, push, drag, grasp, feel, finger dexterity, stoop, kneel, crouch, climb.  Ability to sit, stand and balance for extended periods of time.  The use of personal devices (corrective lenses, hearing aids) are permitted as long as the individual can effectively defend himself/herself with/without the device. Ability to react immediately, both physically and mentally, to emergency situations. Visual acuity (peripheral vision, depth perception, color acuity) necessary to operate a motorized vehicle.

Environmental Demands: Primarily inside work. Exposure to confined, closed spaces on a continuous basis. Exposure to heights (towers). Ability to withstand indoor/outdoor climate changes such as heat, humidity, sunlight, rain, and cold for extended time. Ability to withstand infrequent exposure to adverse environmental conditions (fumes, chemical sprays, human waste, odors, noises).
Volusia County is a drug free workplace and an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to a diverse workforce.