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Job Code: 611200

Pay Plan: Classified

Pay Grade: 18

Occupational Category: Protective Services

Effective Date: 06/27/2013

Class Definition:

Correctional Officer I jobs are with the Department of Corrections at various locations throughout the state. Vacancies may occur in Burlington, Rutland, St. Albans, St. Johnsbury, Windsor, Newport, Waterbury and Springfield.

Correctional duties involve the supervision, custody, treatment, and training of inmates confined in a correctional facility. Duties are performed under the supervision of higher ranking staff and in accordance with operational procedures of the assigned facility. All employees of the Agency of Human Services perform their respective functions adhering to four key practices: customer service, holistic service, strength-based relationships and results orientation. 

Examples of Work:

Employees in this class are responsible for receiving and controlling inmates, preventing escapes as well as resolving conflict and developing communication skills with individuals under high levels of fear, stress and anger and enforcing departmental rules and regulations on an assigned shift at a State correctional facility. Duties include presenting a positive and pro social role model, maintaining various records on inmates, supervising work details, transporting inmates to a variety of medical or correctional institutions, and ensuring the proper discharge of inmates. Work occasionally involves an element of personal danger during emergencies and in controlling potentially violent inmates. Duties are performed in accordance with established departmental regulations and security procedures. Supervision is received from a superior officer who reviews work for compliance with established rules and regulations.

Environmental Factors:

Duties are performed largely within a correctional facility and in the immediate area of inmates. High stress situations are predictable, even frequent. The potential of physical assault or injury is present. Transportation and supervision of inmates outside of the correctional facility may be required. A valid motor vehicle operator's license is necessary. Overtime and emergency duty are predictable. Shift assignments may change in accordance with the needs of the facility.

Minimum Qualifications

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Skill in reading and comprehending written communications.
  • Ability to write in a clear, legible manner.
  • Ability to perform rapid arithmetic calculations.
  • Awareness of security principles and procedures applicable to a penal facility.
  • Awareness of the emotions, attitudes and group dynamics of confined inmates.
  • Ability to learn the operation of electro-mechanical security equipment typically used in security institutions.
  • Ability to learn proper and safe use of firearms.
  • Ability to learn and use appropriate physical restraint techniques.
  • Ability to perform job duties within the framework of the four key practices of the Agency of Human Services: customer service, holistic service, strengths-based relationships and results orientation. 

Education and Experience:

Education: High school graduation or GED.
Experience: Two years full-time work experience. Preference will be given to individuals who have previous experience working in a correctional setting or have a military background. College coursework from an accredited college or university may be substituted on a year for year basis for the experience.

Minimum Physical Requirements:

Adequate physical condition to perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodation. As a Correctional Officer it is important to understand that one of the essential tasks associated with the job is the ability to don a self-contained breathing apparatus and perform evacuation procedures, potentially including search and rescue functions. The Department of Corrections must adhere to OSHA standards that relate to use of such devices, including CFR 1910.134(e), "Medical Evaluation," which states: "Employers must provide a medical evaluation to determine each employee's fitness to wear a respirator."

Special Requirements:

Overtime work is required to maintain safe staffing levels and is considered a condition of employment. The ability to work overtime as required is considered an essential function of this job class.

The Department of Corrections does not hire anyone who has been convicted of a felony without a waiver from the Commissioner of Corrections. Any person under supervision or sanctioned for a misdemeanor conviction within the past 5 years is likewise ineligible for employment.

Candidates must pass any level of background investigation applicable to the position. In accordance with AHS Policy 4.02, Hiring Standards, Vermont and/or national criminal record checks, as well as DMV and adult and child abuse registry checks, as appropriate to the position under recruitment, will be conducted on candidates, with the exception of those who are current classified state employees seeking transfer, promotion or demotion into an AHS classified position or are persons exercising re-employment (RIF) rights.