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Professionalism- Respect.-Integrity- Duty.-Excellence





We support the pursuit of professional growth and development through a culture that encourages great employees, great attitudes and great teamwork.

The Utah Department of Corrections is looking for those who want to make a difference in other's lives and the community. If you would like to be a Correctional Officer for our Draper site prison or our Gunnison site prison, and receive your POST training with us, as a full time paid employee, then this job is for you!

Job Description
A Correctional Officer maintains safety, security and surveillance over institutional programs and activities, including supervision and monitoring of inmates.

Principal Duties
The Correctional Officer position requires POST Certification. (If you are not POST Certified, we will put you through the academy in order to obtain the necessary certifications, as a full time paid employee.) Correctional Officers are the the Prison's front-line employees, their duties include:

  • Involved in the day to day operations of the prison.
  • Searching cells for contraband.
  • Monitoring the movement of inmates inside and between facilities.
  • Generally supervising and maintaining security within the facility.
  • Monitoring schedules, participating in resolution of disorderly behavior.
  • Having a sense of community. As the inmates live together for extended periods of time. The Correctional Officer must find ways to encourage community and peace within the inmate population.
  • Provides information and makes informed decisions concerning inmate behavior, attitudes, goals, etc.
  • Correctional Officers interact with inmates daily and can make the biggest impact on an inmate's experience while in the care and custody of the Utah Department of Corrections.
  • Performs security and custody duties including inmate supervision, cell searches, inspections, inmate movement; prepares inmate incident and disciplinary reports.
  • Coordinates activities with institutional needs and enforces security regulations on or off property.

The Ideal Candidate
The best candidate will be able to, or be a:

  • Supervise and monitor inmates
  • Positive role model
  • Become a leader
  • Facilitate Programming/Education opportunities for inmates
  • Communicate clear expectations and positive reinforcement 
  • Provide creative/innovative ideas for offender management
  • Create a safe and positive environment for staff and inmates
  • High character and integrity
  • Team Player
  • Able to work with a diverse population
  • Problem solver / Conflict resolution
  • Strong interpersonal skills

Academy Start Date      Academy Number         Date application must be submitted
June 4, 2018                          PSA 297                                February 11, 2018

**The academy date listed above is subject to change, based on the number of applicants. 

Why You Should Join Our Team
You can make a difference in public safety and help offenders transform their lives. Be a positive role model and become a leader. Plus Correctional Officers are eligible for a comprehensive benefits package from day one including;

  • Medical, Dental, Vision,
  • 401k,
  • 11 paid Holidays,
  • You can accrue up to 2.6 weeks of Annual Leave AND 2.6 weeks of Sick leave per year!  
  • A 25 year pension

The Agency
The Utah Department of Corrections as a dedicated team of professionals ensures public safety by effectively managing offenders while maintaining close collaboration with partner agencies and the community. Our team is devoted to providing maximum opportunities for offenders to make lasting changes through accountability, treatment, education, and positive reinforcement within a safe environment.

For additional information about the Utah Department of Corrections please go to this link. http://www.corrections.utah.gov/


The State of Utah offers eligible employees a variety of benefits including medical, dental, life and disability insurance, as well as a comprehensive leave program.  Please click the following link for detailed information: Benefits

Amount of Pay:


Frequency of Pay:

per hour

Other Qualifications:

Example of Duties:
  • Officers search inmates for contraband, such as weapons and drugs, settle disputes between inmates, and enforce discipline.
  • Officers enforce regulations through effective communication and the use of progressive sanctions, which involve punishments, such as loss of privileges.
  • Officers may aid inmates in their rehabilitation by scheduling work assignments, counseling, and educational opportunities.


 Typical Qualifications:
(includes knowledge, skills, and abilities required upon entry into position and trainable after entry into position)
  • communicate information and ideas clearly, and concisely, in writing; read and understand information presented in writing
  • applicable laws, rules, regulations and/or policies and procedures
  • speak clearly, concisely and effectively; listen to, and understand, information and ideas as presented verbally
  • principles, theories, and practices of Corrections
  • use security and/or control techniques or devices to secure people, facilities, property, supplies or equipment
  • coordinate the activities or tasks of people, groups and/or organization(s)
  • use the inmate classification and disciplinary system for inmate management
  • observe the environment, paying attention to changes, inappropriate activity, or potential problems
  • the offender management review system
  • functionally supervise interns, volunteers, or resident workers


Minimum Education:


Age Requirement:


U.S. Citizenship:



Direct Supervision of Defendants






Prisons & Institutions



Application Deadline: