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CDOC/Correctional Officer I ($1,000 sign on bonus for select locations)

at State of Colorado

Posted: 6/24/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 1907112
Keywords: emergency

Job Description

Overall Job Objective

Department Information


Who May Apply: This position is open to Colorado state residents and non residents.  Applications will be considered from residents and non-residents of Colorado for Sterling, Limon , Buena Vista and Trinidad vacancies.

Applications are being accepted for facilities located in Denver, Canon City, Sterling, Trinidad, Buena Vista, Crowley County, Pueblo, Limon, Rifle & Delta.

We are currently offering an additional $300 per month housing pay in Buena Vista for permanent full time staff and while funding is approved.

Those who apply for the Sterling location between July 1, 2017 and July 30, 2019, and are hired as permanent full time for Sterling, are eligible to receive a $1,000 sign on bonus to be distributed as follows: $250 paid after successful completion of Basic Training; $250 paid after six months of satisfactory employment as a CO I at the Sterling Correctional Facility; and $500 paid after one year of satisfactory employment as a CO I at the Sterling Correctional Facility. For more information about this opportunity, please contact Jen Griebel at 719-226-4430.

The mission of the Colorado Department of Corrections is "To protect the citizens of Colorado by holding offenders accountable and engaging them in opportunities to make positive behavioral changes and become law abiding, productive citizens."

Our vision..."Building a safer Colorado for today and tomorrow".

If your goal is to build a career that makes a difference and builds greater public confidence in good government, consider joining the dedicated people of the State of Colorado. Our professionals strive to support state government and the citizens of Colorado. Customer service is a key component for every position in state government as is the focus on ideas and ways to redesign the delivery of services in making state government more effective and efficient.

In addition to a great agency and rewarding, meaningful work, we offer:

  • Distinctive career advancement opportunities throughout the state system;
  • Strong, secure, yet flexible retirement benefits including PERA Defined Benefit Plan or PERA Defined Contribution Plan plus 401K and 457 plans;
  • Medical and dental health plans;
  • Short and long term disability coverage;
  • Paid life insurance;
  • 10 paid holidays per year plus vacation and sick leave;
  • Wellness program, tuition reimbursement, training opportunities and more.

Description of Job

The Correctional Officer I (CO I) positions maintain the safety and security of Colorado Department of Corrections' (CDOC) prison facilities throughout the state.  Correctional Officers support the CDOC Mission, Vision and Values with integrity and commitment while preparing offenders for community reentry.

Correctional Officers respectfully communicate with offenders and their families, coworkers,  supervisors, managers and the public; presenting a professional and dependable workforce. Positions must cooperate with other staff members and work as a cohesive team, while managing a diverse offender population.

Positions maintain the safety and security of the general public, staff and offenders; duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Monitoring and controlling access to the facility and restricted areas;
  • Manning an armed post (this requires annual firearms certification);
  • Monitoring facility perimeter, detaining unidentified pedestrians and/or vehicles;
  • Operating a variety of mechanical doors, security devices, equipment and alarms;
  • Controlling movement of offenders throughout daily schedules;
  • Escorting and transporting offenders in authorized state vehicles;
  • Monitoring visiting areas;
  • Conducting formal, informal and emergency counts;
  • Cross checking and maintaining movement logs;
  • Conducting searches for contraband (this may include canine, metal detector, pat, perimeter, strip and vehicle searches);
  • Inspecting facility and cells to maintain health, safety and sanitation standards;
  • Inspecting offender mail;
  • Utilizing proper protocols when responding to emergency situations, such as fights, medical emergencies, fires and escapes;
  • Following established tool and key control, ensuring proper storage and documentation;
  • Attending roll call;
  • Documenting incidents utilizing established reporting practices;
  • Communicating pertinent information to coworkers and supervisors.
Positions are subject to working additional hours and/or shifts to maintain safety and security.

Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights

- High School Diploma or a GED certificate.

Conditions of Employment:
- Must be 21 years of age, have no felony convictions or domestic violence history, and possess a valid, unrestricted driver's license.

Required Competencies:
  • Strong work ethic, integrity and dependability;
  • Sound judgment and decision making skills;
  • Self control, strong sense of ability to work in stressful situations;
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to effectively cooperate with other staff members and inspire teamwork;
  • Ability to read and comprehend the English language;
  • Ability to effectively communicate fluently in English both verbally and in writing;
  • Ability to visually observe and audibly hear in order to observe changes, inappropriate activity, hazards or potential security breeches and verbally communicate pertinent information;
  • Ability to visually observe and monitor offender whereabouts and maintain an accurate count in assigned areas;
  • Ability to verbally communicate clearly and willingness to do so respectfully;
  • Knowledge of criminal justice systems regarding treatment of offenders and/or incarcerated individuals, which includes state statutes, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA); and department Administrative Regulations, policy, standards and guidelines;
  • Ability to perform intermediate computer keyboarding skills and communicate via computer based email;
  • Ability to study information and recount events in a written, comprehensive, legible method;
  • Ability to incorporate the CDOC mission statement while completing daily job duties;
  • Knowledge of and willingness to apply effective correctional methods to prepare offenders for community reentry;
  • Willingness and ability to respectfully communicate with offender families and the public;
  • Ability to effectively communicate and work with offenders through daily monitoring in a variety of situations;
  • Ability to control, direct and instruct inmates individually and in groups;
  • Willingness to respectfully work with a diverse population;
  • Ability to remain alert and observant throughout shift;
  • Ability to conduct searches (canine, general area, metal detector, pat, perimeter, strip or vehicle);
  • Ability to use fingers to detect attributes of objects such as size, shape and texture during searches and to manipulate security equipment;
  • Ability to safely operate and monitor ingress and egress mechanical doors;
  • Ability to learn about and utilize firearms, restraints, chemical agents, and security devices in a safe and professional manner;
  • Ability to learn to operate communications equipment in a professional manner (e.g., two-way radio, telephone switchboard, public address equipment);
  • Ability to use hands to seize, hold, grasp and turn objects;
  • Willingness to follow chain of command and established safety and security protocols;
  • Ability to quickly respond to emergencies (such as fights, medical emergencies, fires or escapes);
  • Ability to use physical force to control a situation;
  • Ability to climb stairs and walk on hard surfaces throughout shift;
  • Willingness and ability to work outside during inclement weather;
  • Willingness and ability to adhere to the CDOC Drug Deterrence Program.
The Application and Assessment Process: Your application will be reviewed to determine if it meets the minimum Qualifications (MQ's). If it does meet the MQ's, it will be included in the Comparative Analysis process. Colorado Revised Statutes require that state employees are hired and promoted through a comparative analysis. The analysis for this position will include a suitability screening and a background investigation.
In order to process a background investigation,  your application must include at least (10) ten years of the most current work experience unless experience related to the job for which you are applying is later than (10) years. Failure to provide this information could result in delays and/or elimination from the background investigation process.

Be sure the "Work Experience" section of your application is complete and specifically addresses your qualifications, experience, and accomplishments as they relate to the Description of the Job, Minimum Qualifications, Required Competencies and Preferred Qualifications as listed above. Resumes and "see resume" statements will not be accepted in lieu of the "Work Experience" section of the application. Failure to include adequate information or follow instructions by the closing date may result in your application not being accepted and/or may affect your score, rank or inclusion in the final pool of eligible applicants.
If you have transcripts, a license or other relevant documentation regarding your qualifications, upload and attach copies to your application.  
Toll Free Applicant Technical Support
If you experience technical difficulty with the NEOGOV system (e.g. uploading or attaching documents to your online application) call NEOGOV technical support at 855-524-5627 Mon-Fri between 6 am and 6 pm (Pacific Time).  Helpful hints: if you are having difficulty uploading or attaching documents to your application first, ensure your documents are PDF or Microsoft Word files and second, close the document before you attempt upload (attach) it.

**You are encouraged to print a copy of this announcement for your records**

Conditions of Employment
All job offers are contingent upon a successful medical screening by a healthcare professional, certifying candidate's ability to perform the essential functions of the position, completed at the applicant's own expense.  Applicant must consent to hold harmless CDOC and its agents and staff from any liability arising in whole or in part from the testing and the use of this information in connection with CDOC's consideration of application for employment.

* Former employees of the Colorado Department of Corrections (CDOC) who were disciplinary terminated or resigned in lieu of termination MUST disclose the information on your application and may not be eligible for employment at CDOC.
  • Must be 21 years of age;
  • Possess a valid Driver's License;
  • Possess a High School Diploma or GED;
  • Have NO felony convictions, to include any actions defined in 5 U.S.C. 301; U.S.C. 509, 510; 42 U.S.C. 15601-15609. The CDOC shall not hire nor promote anyone who may have contact with an offender who has engaged in sexual abuse which includes acts, activity, and sexual behavior,  in a prison or other institution as defined in 42 U.S.C. 1997; or has been convicted of engaging or attempting to engage in sexual activity in the community facilitated by force, overt or implied threats of force or coercion, or if the victim did not consent or was unable to consent or refuse, or has been civilly or administratively adjudicated to have engaged in the activity described in the above paragraph. The agency shall consider any incidents of sexual harassment in determining whether to hire anyone who may have contact with offenders or residents.
  • Successfully pass all modules of the Colorado Department of Corrections Basic Training, to include English reading comprehension, relevant competency assessments and written/practical exams in Defensive Tactics;
  • Possess the physical ability to successfully complete Defensive Tactics;
  • Will be exposed to Oleoresin Capsicum during Basic Training and may be exposed while on assignment.
  • Lift arms above head and kick as high as own waist;
  • Stabilize another person to accomplish a controlled take down;
  • Use arms, palms of hands, shins, and feet to deliver blows;
  • Withstand impact (slow speed or with a safety bag) on own body from strikes/blows;
  • Swing a baton in a striking technique;
  • Rotate body 90 degrees with feet planted for striking with foot or using a defensive tactic;
  • Get down on one or both knees and up again with multiple repetitions;
  • Positions that have direct contact with offenders may be exposed to Oleoresin Capsicum;
  • Must be able to see and hear in order to observe, address and respond to potential breaches in safety and security;
  • Seize, hold, control or subdue violent or assaultive persons and defend oneself or others to prevent injury;
  • Demonstrate body agility, strength of all four limbs and the ability to walk and climb stairs consistently;
  • Work in situations involving assaultive behavior, physical control of another person and/or restraint situations;
  • Deal with individuals with a range of moods and behaviors, utilizing tactfulness and a congenial, personable manner;
  • Work with people of the opposite sex, diverse racial ethnic groups, mentally ill and emotionally disturbed offenders;
  • Communicate by talking, listening and/or signaling people to convey or exchange information, assignments;
  • Ability to read and comprehend the English language;
  • Ability to effectively communicate fluently in English both verbally and in writing;
  • Work in an environment with fluctuating noise and temperature (hot and cold) which may include working outdoors in inclement weather and/or concrete floor/wall work settings;
  • Willing and able to travel;
  • Willing and able to work various shifts, days, afternoons, graveyards (nights) which includes a rotating shift schedule;
  • TB (tuberculosis) screening is required of all new employees upon hire.
Successful completion of a background investigation is required. Should applicant's background reveal criminal charges, it shall be the responsibility of the applicant to provide the Department of Corrections with written/official disposition of any charges.
The CDOC is committed to a drug and alcohol free work environment.  Our employees are expected to comply with all state and federal laws.  A drug test will be administered to all new employees; employees must successfully pass.  Random drug screening will occur throughout employment.
If you receive notice that you have been eliminated from consideration for the position, you may protest the action by filing an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the date you receive notice of the elimination. Also, if you wish to challenge the selection and comparative analysis process, you may file an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the receipt of notice or knowledge of the action you are challenging. Refer to Chapters 4 and 8 of the State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures, 4 CCR 801, for more information about the appeals process.  The State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures are available at A standard appeal form is available at:  If you appeal, your appeal must be submitted in writing on the official appeal form, signed by you or your representative, and received at the following address within 10 days of your receipt of notice or knowledge of the action: Colorado State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director, Attn: Appeals Processing, 633 17th Street, Suite 1320, Denver, CO 80202-3604. Fax: 303-866-5038. Phone: 303-866-3300.  As of November 12, 2013, the Board will be located at 1525 Sherman Street, 4th Floor, Denver, Colorado 80203.  The ten-day deadline and these appeal procedures also apply to all charges of discrimination.


Supplemental Information

After submitting an application, you should receive an immediate email acknowledging your submission. If you do not get the email, please check to ensure you have actually submitted the application and typed the correct email address on the application.
Include a working email address on your application; one that is checked often as time sensitive correspondence WILL take place via email. You may receive email notifications from a Colorado Department of Corrections employee or from this email address  It is your responsibility to ensure that your email will accept these notices and/or review your junk mail and spam filtered email; if you do not receive correspondence soon after the closing date, please contact the "Department Contact" listed in this announcement.