• Kitsap County
  • Port Orchard, Washington
  • Apr 30, 2019
Full Time CORRECTIONS Human and Social Services Probation
  • Salary: $22.18 - $29.83 Hourly

Job Description


Make a difference in your community! Kitsap County Juvenile and Family Court Services is seeking committed individuals who have a passion for working with youth as a Juvenile Detention Officer. If you are committed to providing innovative, comprehensive and effective services to youth, families, schools and the community and have a professional and caring demeanor, this careermight be right for you!

We have an exciting opportunity for Juvenile Detention Officer toto join our team.Incumbents in this position provide supervision and care of juveniles placed in the Kitsap County Detention Facility. Responsibilities includeproviding direction and guidance to juveniles, as well as disciplining when appropriate,and in accordance with well-defined procedures.If you have experience working with youth, are able to set appropriate boundaries, value diversity, and feel that every individual has the ability to succeed, then this may be the position for you!

To learn more about Kitsap County and Juvenile and Family Court Services please visit our website at: https://spf.kitsapgov.com/juv/Pages/default.aspx

To learn more about Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission and the Academy please visit their website at: https://fortress.wa.gov/cjtc/www/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=408&Itemid=262


Required Education and Experience
  • High School diploma; AND
  • Two years offull-time experience working indetention, security,residential treatment, military security or supervision, or closely related field
  • Must be at least 21 years of age.
Preferred Education, Experience or Other Qualifications
  • Associate's or Bachelor's Degree in the Criminal Justice, Social Sciences, Law Enforcement or related field from a college or university accredited by an agency recognized by the US Department of Education.
  • Must have at least one year of working with youth in either a volunteer or professional capacity
Required Licenses, Certificates, Examinations/Tests and Other Requirements
Please note : The incumbent is responsible for obtaining and maintaining all of the following required licenses, certifications and other requirements.

Prior to employment the successful candidate must :
  • Submit a copy of their State employment driving record abstract to verify their eligibility to drive for Kitsap County.
  • Submit official transcripts from an accredited college or university if education is being used to meet the minimum qualifications.
  • Pass a comprehensive background investigation/criminal background check which includes fingerprinting through law enforcement agencies.
  • Pass all job-related examinations/tests necessary to demonstrate required knowledge, skills and abilities, in a multi-phase testing process. These tests may include, but are not limited to, physical agility, written, oral, skill, medical examination, polygraph, and psychological examination.
Within 30 days after employment the successful candidate must :
  • Complete Bloodborne/Airborne Pathogens training and receive Hepatitis B vaccine or sign a waiver.
  • Complete a Tuberculosis Test (and yearly thereafter).
  • Possess and submit a copy of a valid and current CPR/First Aid Certificate.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • Knowledge of basic principles of human behavior and adolescent psychology,
  • Knowledge of basic self defense techniques and security precautions,
  • Knowledge ofmethods of data collection, documentation and report writing,
  • Knowledge of and ability to preform First aid and CPR treatment.
  • Skill in applyingconstructive techniques in communicating instructions and procedural information to detainees and others.
  • Skill in planning andorganizing work and completing tasks within prescribed timeframes.
  • Ability to appear for scheduled work with regular, reliable and punctual attendance.
  • Ability to work a non-traditional work schedule, including irregular hours and possibly irregular days and be subject to on-call responsibility.
  • Ability to establish and maintain cooperative, effective, and productive working relationships using tact, patience and courtesy.
  • Ability to understand, learn, enforce in a positive manner, and comply with facility policies and procedures.
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment and respond appropriately to emergency situations in an institutional setting.
  • Ability to maintain routine paper and computer records.
  • Ability to maintain a consistently fair attitude toward detained juveniles while exercising authority under demanding situations.
  • Ability to maintain current CPR and First Aid certifications.
  • Ability to successfully complete and pass all required tests, examinations and training.

Working Conditions Physical Activities

(The physical demands described are representative of those that must be met by the employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Kitsap County provides reasonable accommodation to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.)

Positions in this class typically require :
  • Twisting, stooping, bending, squatting, kneeling, crawling, climbing, crouching, sitting, standing, walking and reaching (over shoulders, at waist and below waist) in the course of the job.
  • Adequate vision to observe the behavior of detainees and assess the safety and security of the facility.
  • Adequate hearing to monitor all radio communications for safety and security of the facility, workers, and incarcerated youth.
  • Repetitive motions when manually completing required logs/reports.
  • Speaking/talking when communicating with juvenile detainees.
  • Exertion of force of up to 50 pounds occasionally, and/or up to 20 pounds frequently and/or 10 pounds constantly to move objects.
Incumbents may be :
  • Subject to exposure to physical hazards such as: restricted work areas or blood and body fluids requiring the use of safe biohazard and blood borne pathogen prevention methods.
  • Exposed to potentially violent or hostile individuals in volatile and dangerous situations within the facility which require sufficient strength and flexibility to physically subdue a juvenile weighing over 100 pounds.


(Any one position may not include all of the duties listed nor do the listed examples include all tasks which may be found in positions of this class.)

Essential Job Functions :
  • Monitor eating, bathing and dressing of juveniles; search quarters and new admissions for contraband and hazardous items; escort juveniles to areas of the Departments buildings.
  • Maintain safety of the pod on assigned shift; assure security procedures are followed; screen approved visitors.
  • Provide supportive encouragement and guidance to youth on a personal basis, utilizing the opportunities afforded during direct supervision pod assignments either in one-to-one or small group situations, and give instruction, advice and assistance on personal problems.
  • Observe and record behavior; physically control disturbed juveniles; respond to emergency situations; make regular security checks on rooms and facilities; discipline juveniles for rule infraction.
  • Prepare a file on each juvenile admitted to the facility and maintain a written shift record of activities of juveniles.Create a computer record of admission and release of each juvenile in computer system.
  • Maintain orderly appearance of assigned area; launder clothing and bedding utilizing hazardous waste protocol if needed; dispense health and grooming items.
  • Assist the arresting law enforcement officer or intake officer in admitting or releasing juveniles from the facility.
  • Collect data on juveniles to compile social history; provide data for use in diagnosis and Court reports; participate with the supervisor in preparing diagnostic/behavioral reports.
  • Central control and lead post pod position includes responsibility for all internal movement, control and security; monitoring of all two-way radio communications and all camera and security systems.
  • Assist juveniles in cultivating appropriate social, behavioral, and interpersonal skills and attitudes useful in community living; lead recreational activities and give instruction in games.
  • Respond to inquiries within scope of knowledge or transfer inquiries to supervisor.


This position is:
  • Who May Apply: This position is open to the general public. Applications will be screened for qualifications and completion of all the required materials and forms. The most competitive applicants may be contacted for further steps in the selection process, which may include testing for office and computer skills.
  • Classified as eligible for overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
  • Covered under a collective bargaining agreement.
  • Internal applicants should be aware that a change in union status or bargaining unit may impact your benefits and accruals. Please contact Human Resources if you have questions.
  • Kitsap County is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, family or medical care leave, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws, regulations and ordinances. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements. If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or the recruiting process, please contact our Human Resources Office.
  • Work hours will vary, depending on assigned shift.
  • Employees in this department are considered essential employees and must report to work regardless of inclement weather or other conditions.
  • Open until filled and the applications received for this recruitment may bereviewedforfuture openings.

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