Corrections Deputy – Entry Level

Tacoma, WA
Pierce County

Salary: $34.43 – $44.60 Hourly.

Position Summary:

This is work performed to provide care and custody of adult prisoners and to maintain order and discipline among the prisoners of the Pierce County Corrections and Detention Center, a maximum-security facility. Employees in this classification are responsible for the operation of the jail on a 24-hour, 7 day-a-week basis, and the direct and indirect supervision of inmates.

Essential Functions:

  • Monitor and control the activities of inmates, either individually or in groups.
  • Supervise inmates during mealtime feeding, visitation time, recreation, counseling and work assigned to prisoners.
  • Use independent judgment to take emergency action when necessary, including verbal de-escalation, physical and lethal uses of force.
  • Take informal action to correct inmate behavior as appropriate.
  • Conduct security checks and maintain security in all areas of the jail, as assigned.
  • Write all required reports/documentation of activity.
  • Investigate suspected rule violations.
  • Perform all physical and administrative tasks to book, search, and release prisoners.
  • Answer telephone calls and monitor jail access and egress.
  • Operate office equipment, communications equipment, personal computers and corrections automated systems.
  • Communicate effectively verbally and in writing to people of all ages and from all social, cultural, ethnic and economic backgrounds.
  • Perform duties of the position in a confined, controlled and high security environment.
  • Perform the functions and duties of all shifts in all required areas of the facility.
  • When commissioned and authorized, carry arms while transporting prisoners outside the jails or on other specific assigned duties.


  • High School diploma or G.E.D. certificate.
  • At least age twenty (20) at time of appointment.
  • Valid Washington State driver’s license at time of appointment and be able to provide proof of insurability.
  • Must be a United States citizen or lawful permanent resident and ability to read and write the English language as required by RCW 41.14.100.
  • Ability to pass the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission physical fitness requirements as well as those physical fitness standards required by the Sheriff’s Department.
  • Ability to successfully complete Pierce County Sheriff’s Department background investigation.
  • Entrance to and successful completion of the Corrections Academy or Equivalency Academy is a condition of continuing as required by RCW 43.101.