Correctional Officer

Fargo, ND
Cass County Government

Salary: $48,846.

Essential Functions:

  • Supervise pre-trial inmates and convicted prisoners; maintain unit security and manage intimate movement.
  • Ensure intimate rights are always preserved.
  • Manage daily routines and schedules.
  • Ensure inmates are properly admitted and released from housing units.
  • Advise and counsel inmates as necessary.
  • Manage behavior and enforce rules; document actions and observations as required by policy.
  • Maintain accurate headcounts.
  • Provide orientation to new inmates; conduct regular well-being checks of all inmates as required.
  • Inspect cells and common areas, and conduct searches for contraband.
  • Administer medications as necessary; provide emergency medical aid as necessary; refer inmates to facility services as necessary.
  • Mediate and de-escalate conflicts between inmates; respond to disturbances.
  • Escort inmates throughout the facility.
  • Conduct intake procedures with new arrivals; conduct release procedures, as necessary.
  • Must successfully complete, or obtain waivers based upon an assessment of previous training and experience, initial and ongoing training requirements, including the Field Officer Training Program. All training is conducted under the direct supervision of qualified training officers.
  • Must attend and successfully complete an approved course of Correctional Officer Basic Training, typically assigned within the first year of employment.


  • High school or higher.
  • Must possess at least a high-school diploma, or equivalent, at time of application.
  • Must demonstrate strong communication skills, including the ability to remain professional at all times and under adverse or stressful situations.
  • Must demonstrate the ability to effectively communicate with individuals of various mental capacities and abilities.
  • You must have a current driver’s license.
  • Must be able to walk, run, lift, carry, and have sufficient dexterity in both limbs to perform other manual tasks associated with correctional activities.
  • Must have eyesight correctable to 20/20 and hearing within normal audible range.
  • Must be able to testify in court.
  • Must successfully pass a full background check, including criminal history and credit evaluation.
  • Must successfully pass psychological screening and assessment.

Preferred Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, Corrections, Sociology, Psychology or a related field.