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South Dakota Department of Corrections
Pierre, South Dakota (United States)

Correctional Officer

South Dakota Department of Corrections | View Profile
Job ID: 53843
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3200 East Highway 34
Pierre, South Dakota 57501 | View Map


Job Description:

Job ID: 10709
Agency: Department of Corrections - Women's Prison 
Salary: $16.70 per hour, $17.70 per hour on weekends 
Pay Grade: GF

For more information on the Department of Corrections, please visit http://doc.sd.gov.

Maintains custody of women in the Women's Prison by enforcing institutional operations memoranda and procedures to ensure the safety and security of the inmates and employees and that confinement conditions are maintained.

Officers are assigned a specific post in an area such as a control room, cell hall, visit room, or recreational area. Common duties in most posts include observing inmates in cell halls, recreation areas, dining halls, school, health services and shower rooms; supervising inmates by assigning duties and monitoring work; preparing reports of incidents and rule infractions; conducting inmate counts and maintaining log books; escorting and transporting inmates to and from inside and outside appointments; inspecting and searching cells, common areas, inmates and visitors; monitoring and controlling gates and cell doors; and responding to crisis situations.

Service as a correctional officer at the Women's Prison is an excellent way to begin a law enforcement career and to gain supervisory experience. We train new officers in everything they will need to know; no prior education or experience is necessary. After two years of service, projected pay for correctional officers exceeds $34,000 annually, in addition officers are eligible for Class B retirement with 8% matching contributions. Uniforms are provided.

Correctional Officers at the Women's Prison must be able to work all shifts (6 A.M. - 2 P.M.; 2 P.M. - 10 P.M. & 10 P.M. - 6 A.M.).  Weekend shifts are 12 hour shifts (6 A.M. - 6 P.M. or 6 P.M. - 6 A.M.).  Correctional officers are required to work every other weekend along with some overnights and holidays.

Questionnaire: Applicants will be required to answer a series of job related questions when submitting an application for this job.

Required Testing: Applicants will be required to take an employment test in order to pass onto the next round of the hiring process.

NCRC: If you possess a National Career Readiness Certificate, please submit the certificate with your application. For more information on how to acquire a National Career Readiness Certificate contact a South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation Job Service Office. A certificate is not necessary to be considered.

Successful applicant(s) will be required to undergo a background investigation. An arrest/conviction record will not necessarily bar employment. Offers of employment are conditional upon successful completion of a drug screening.



The State of South Dakota offers paid employee health insurance plus ten paid holidays, generous vacation leave accrual, and medical, dental, vision, and other benefits. For more information visit http://bhr.sd.gov/workforus/workbenefits.aspx.


This position is a member of Class B retirement under SDRS.


Amount of Pay:

Frequency of Pay:

per hour

Other Qualifications:

The Ideal Candidate Will Have: 

Knowledge of: 

  • English grammar, spelling and punctuation. 

Ability to: 

  • make sound decisions;
  • think clearly and logically and respond quickly during emergencies;
  • perform tasks with constant physical and mental alertness;
  • identify problems and assess incidents or situations in a logical and methodical way;
  • observe and recall inmate behavior, surroundings, and events;
  • perform tasks with an inquisitive mind;
  • work cooperatively with others as part of a team;
  • maintain focus and remain positive and composed during crisis;
  • recognize the relative importance of multiple tasks;
  • to observe and hear inmates;
  • endure prolonged periods of time standing, walking and climbing stairs;
  • operate two-way radios, firearms and restraining devices;
  • exercise tact and discretion in dealing with others; and
  • communicate information clearly and concisely.


Minimum Education:


Age Requirement:


U.S. Citizenship:



Direct Supervision of Defendants



Work Schedule:

1st Shift, 2nd Shift, 3rd Shift, Rotating Shift, Weekdays, Weekends




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