Job Title:

Corrections Officer

Closing Date/Time:



$24.09 - $29.28 Hourly
$4,175.03 - $5,074.47 Monthly
$50,100.34 - $60,893.66 Annually 

Job Type:

Regular > Full Time


City of Olympia, Washington



NOTE: Special Application Instructions

      Lateral Transfers (transfers from another corrections institution or Washington State Criminal Justice Corrections Academy graduates) may submit an online application, by clicking on the "Apply" link at the top right above.

      If you do not meet the criteria above you are an Entry Level Corrections Officer candidate. The City of Olympia uses Public Safety Testing (PST) as the initial step for hiring entry-level corrections officers. Persons interested in applying for corrections officer positions should visit the PST website at: to begin the process. Payment of a fee is required.

      The Olympia Police Department is currently hiring for one vacancy.

      The application process will remain open until this position is filled.

About the Position
The Olympia Police Department is looking for an enthusiastic and dedicated professional to join the Department. This individual will be accountable for the safety and well being of prisoners; and the safety of employees and citizens in the vicinity of the jail.

Ideal Candidate Profile
The ideal candidate will:

      Perfom quality work without supervision.

      Interact professionally with all segments of society.

      Work within policies and rules with a heightened awareness of safety and security.

      Maintain composure and take responsible action during stressful situations.

      Ability to make decisions using tact, discretion, courtesy, and respect.



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 Examples Of Essential Duties:

The essential functions of this position include but are not limited to:

      Receives, searches, books, fingerprints, and photographs incoming prisoners.

      Issues jail uniforms.

      Classifies and houses prisoners.

      Prepares and escorts prisoners for court, monitors prisoners in court; and may take into custody court committed defendants.

      Release prisoners and their property according to established procedures, bail, court order, or as otherwise ordered by appropriate authorities.

      Assigns and directs work on inmate workers and other inmates.

      Ensures sanitary standards are maintained in food service operation.

      Monitors prisoner well being; summons medical aid; and communicates with medical staff.

      Maintains a log of all medications for inmates; dispenses medication according to medical instructions.

      Conducts periodic cell searches to ensure adherence to jail rules and regulations and confiscates contraband.

      Write reports documenting incidents and places items into evidence.

      Monitors prisoners both directly in person and by use of an indirect video monitoring system.

      Accesses information from a computer system, sends teletypes, pulls records for court and accesses records from microfilm.

      Maintains and updates jail records.

      Punctual, regular and reliable attendance is essential for successful job performance.

 Typical Qualifications:


      Knowledge of methods of jail security

      Knowledge of jail facility regulations and applicable RCW’s and WAC’s.

      Knowledge of emergency first aid procedures.

      Skill in defusing potentially violent/explosive situations.

      Skill in operating personal computers and associated office software programs such as word processors, databases, and spreadsheets.

      Ability to apply general policies and procedures to specific situations.

      Ability to manage uncooperative or violent prisoners without the use of force, if possible.

      Ability to communicate effectively in a variety of routine and emergency situations.

      Ability to apply necessary and approved physical control of violent prisoners for self-defense and to ensure the safety of other prisoners and personnel.

      Ability to deal courteously with the general public over the counter and on the telephone.

      Ability to work from written and verbal instructions.

      Ability to supervise inmates in cleaning and maintenance activities.

      Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the public, Department employees and jail inmates.

      Ability use and maintain firearms.

      Demonstrated punctual, regular and reliable attendance is required.


      High School diploma or GED required.

      Prior experience in supervising jail inmates and college-level course work or current training in corrections, sociology, psychology, criminal justice, health, and first aid are preferred.

      Successful completion of the Corrections Officer Academy sponsored by the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission is required within six months of employment.

Special Requirements:

      Corrections Officers must be a U.S. citizen and at least 21 years of age at the time of hire.

      A valid Washington State Drivers' License is required upon employment.

      Qualification in First Aid and CPR; WCIC certification; and successful completion of a polygraph, and psychological examination, and criminal background check are conditions of employment.

      Ability to meet and maintain physical and health standards is a condition of employment.

      Ability to possess a firearm in accordance with Federal or State regulations is a condition of continuing employment.

      Conviction of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence may result in not being hired or termination of employment as a corrections officer.