Correctional Officer I

  • County of Yolo
  • Woodland, California
  • Sep 20, 2021

Job Description


The County of Yolo is recruiting to fill multiple regular, full-time positions in the class of Correctional Officer I at the Yolo County Sheriff's Office. This is a terrific entry-level law enforcement opportunity with a fantastic agency! Candidates that meet the employment standards for the position will be asked to participate in a written exam to determine who should be placed on an eligible list to receive further consideration. Once the selection process has been completed by the Sheriff's Office, selected candidates will be assigned to work at the Monroe Detention Center.
Under direct supervision, the incumbent will assist with the guarding, control, and supervision of inmates at an adult detention facility; and to do other related work as required.

Distinguishing Characteristics
This is the entry level class into the Correctional Officer series. Incumbents are expected to perform a variety of duties in inmate intake, processing, and custody; in a training capacity learn to perform the full range of correctional duties characteristic of the class of Correctional Officer II. Incumbents are expected to fully qualify for Correctional Officer II at the end of one year in this position.
This recruitment will be open until the positions are filled. Interested applicants should submit an online County of Yolo Employment Application and responses to supplemental questions. Submitted applications will be reviewed on a regular basis, and the applications of qualified individuals will be invited to participate in the next step of the selection process. For important and detailed information regarding the application and selection process for this recruitment, please see the APPLICATION AND SELECTION PROCESS section of this job announcement below.

Essential Functions

The following duties are typical of those performed by the incumbent in this classification; however, other duties may also be required:
  • Receives, books and processes incoming inmates; prepares related paperwork; photographs inmates, and takes fingerprints.
  • Maintains security through key, door, tool, and equipment control.
  • Receives visitors; processes correspondence, phone calls and request slips.
  • Controls contraband through routine facility and inmate searches; supervises the conduct and security of inmates in cells and in movement during meals, visitation, and institutional activities.
  • Supervises inmates in the performance of assigned duties; is responsible for the discipline and control of inmates; assists medical and psychiatric staff in the management of inmates.
  • Promotes positive attitudes among inmates through instruction and discipline.
  • Watches for changes in moods or attitudes among the inmates that might indicate a security or safety risk.
  • Investigates non-criminal incidents within the facility.
  • Performs monetary transactions, data terminal operations, and processing of booking, bail, warrants and court paperwork.
  • Prepares prisoners for and assists in their transportation; processes inmate discharges and release.
  • Arranges for medical care of sick and/or injured inmates.

Employment Standards

Education: Graduation from high school or possession of G.E.D.

Age: Applicants must be minimum 21 years of age at time of appointment

Background Requirements:

  • Shall not have been convicted of a felony in this state or any other state or in any Federal jurisdiction; or convicted of any offense in any other state or in any Federal jurisdiction, which would have been a felony if committed in this state.
  • Shall have good moral character and integrity as determined by a thorough background investigation according to specifications of the State of California Board of Corrections
Knowledge of: criminal attitudes and behavior patterns; purposes and methods of discipline as applied to persons under criminal confinement.

Ability to: interpret and enforce institutional rules, regulations and policies with firmness, tact, and impartiality; effectively control, direct and instruct inmates individually and in groups; understand and follow rules, oral and written instructions; promote acceptable attitudes and behavior of inmates; make quick, effective and reasonable decisions in emergencies; learn and use radio, safety and security equipment, emergency medical equipment, fire suppression and evacuation equipment; operate office equipment and type simple forms and reports; conduct cell and body searches; respond to emergencies which may include breaking up fights, holding a person down, or avoiding a punch; lift and carry bodies, run up stairs in emergencies, climb stairs, and walk all day or stand for long periods of time; hear radio, alarms, phones or low sounds; identify sounds in emergency situations; operate control panels and switches; remove materials from cells, conduct searches and pat downs; remove handcuffs; bend, stoop, squat, kneel and crawl.
License: Positions in this classification require incumbents to possess and maintain a valid California driver's license, Class C or higher, to carry out job related duties. Individuals who do not meet this requirement due to a physical or mental disability may request a reasonable accommodation.

Application & Selection Process

Application Process

It is highly recommended that you print this job bulletin for future reference.

Your application should highlight all relevant education, training, and experience, and clearly indicate how you meet the minimum qualifications for the position as of the final filing date. Application information must be current, concise, and related to the requirements in this job announcement. In addition to a completed application, applicants are required to submit a completed supplemental questionnaire for this position. Incomplete applications will be disqualified.

Additional documents may be submitted to the Yolo County Human Resources Office in any one or more of the following ways:
* As an attachment to the online application
* By e-mail to
* By fax to (530) 666-8049
* By hand-delivery to 625 Court Street, Room 101, Woodland, CA 95695. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

All required documents must be received by the Human Resources Office by the closing date. Postmarks will not be accepted. Human Resources is not responsible for the untimely delivery of materials sent via U.S./specialized mail, or County interoffice mail.

Selection Procedure
The following is a tentative schedule of events that will occur as part of the selection process. The selection process steps may change with or without notice.

* Screen for Minimum Qualifications
* Written Examination
* Oral Examination
* Department Selection Interview
* Behavioral Assessment
* Background Investigation
* Tentative Job Offer
* Psychological Exam
* Medical Exam

Written Examination
All candidates meeting the minimum qualifications will be invited to the written examination. This examination may test for, but is not limited to, the essential knowledge and abilities listed in this job announcement. Qualified applicants will be notified of the exact date, time, and location of the examination to the email address included in the application. All candidates competing in the testing process will receive written notice of their examination results by email. Applicants achieving a passing score will be placed on the eligible list in rank order. The rank is determined by the test score attained from the examination, in conjunction with any county or veteran's preference points.

Contact Information
For questions about the position or about employment with the County, please contact Human Resources by e-mail at or by phone at (530) 666-8055.

Equal Employment Opportunity
It is the policy of the County of Yolo to provide equal employment opportunity for all qualified persons, regardless of sex, sexual orientation, race, color, ancestry, religious creed, national origin, physical disability (Including HIV and AIDS), mental disability, medical condition (cancer or genetic characteristics/information), age (40 or over), marital status, pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions, or any other classification protected by federal, state or local laws or ordinance. The County will comply with all of its obligations under State and Federal laws regarding the provision of reasonable accommodations to applicants. Reasonable testing arrangements may be made to accommodate applicants with disabilities or who are unable to attend a scheduled test due to religious reasons in accordance with the Fair Employment and Housing Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Please call the County of Yolo Human Resources Office at (530) 666-8055 at least five (5) business days prior to the scheduled test date to request accommodation. Documentation from a medical doctor, rehabilitation counselor, or other qualified professional will be required.

Job Address

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