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Department of Corrections
Correctional Officer - Statewide 2020 
Job Announcement Code(s): 19-02882

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Brown, Chippewa, Columbia, Crawford, Dane, Dodge, Fond du Lac, Grant, Jackson, Juneau, Milwaukee, Racine, Sheboygan, Waushara, Winnebago
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  Job Working Title:
    Correctional Officer

Type of Employment:
Full Time (40 hrs/week)
Starting pay is $18.65 per hour and includes an excellent State Benefits package. Completion of a paid seven-week training program and a twelve-month probationary period is required. Pay Schedule/Range: 05-31. Additional salary information can be found at the bottom of the Position Summary section below.
Special Qualifications:
Please select only the institutions in which you are interested in working. Do not select "all". See "Special Notes" section below for additional requirements and information on locations.
Contact information in the How to Apply section of this announcement.
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Assessment Information:
66500 -  039  Correctional Officer-Updated December 2018 
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NOTE: As public safety employees, telecommuting is not an option for these positions.  The Department of Corrections is still dedicated to protecting the health and well-being of our staff and persons in our care. In our effort to mitigate the impact and potential spread of COVID-19, we have implemented several preventative measures to maintain a safe environment for those living and working in our stateís correctional facilities.  For more details, see:

 Do you want to make a positive difference in the lives of others? 

Our Mission:

- Protect the public, our staff and those in our charge.
- Provide Opportunities for positive change and success.
- Promote, inform and educate others about our programs and successes.
- Partner and collaborate with community service providers and other criminal justice entities.

The Wisconsin Department of Corrections is seeking highly motivated individuals who are interested in a career in criminal justice to join our team.


Apply now to be considered for one of the 2020 Correctional Officer Training Academies:  

  • September 1, 2020

  • September 29, 2020

  • October 27, 2020

Take a look at what it's like to be a DOC Correctional Officer!  Click here.

Upon hire candidates will complete a paid seven-week pre-service training program which includes on-the-job training at a Correctional Institution. Meals and lodging will be provided during the pre-service training for those who reside more than 80 miles from the training location.  Training will focus on report writing, human/public relations, weapons familiarization, supervision of inmates, communication skills and standards of conduct.

To view a video of the Correctional Officer training, please click here.

Eligibility on the register is for 3 months.

Position Summary:   

Correctional Officers perform security-related tasks in the institution they are assigned. They direct and monitor inmate behavior, counsel inmates, conduct personal searches and may transport inmates to/from other institutions, medical facilities, county jails, etc.

Additional Pay Information:

Selected candidates new to state service will start at $18.65 per hour and will receive semi-annual increases of approx. $0.49/hour until reaching 24 months of service. Compensation for current or former State employees may vary and will be in accordance with applicable language in Statutes, Administrative Code, and the Compensation Plan.

Differential pay is available for certain night and weekend shifts, and employees may be eligible for FLSA premium overtime.

Special Notes:   

  • At least 18 years of age upon appointment

  • Hold a valid driverís license

  • No felony convictions without a pardon

  • No domestic violence convictions

  • Pass a medical exam, drug test, and fitness test

  • Requires ability to work overtime

  • Meet firearms standards

  • High school diploma or equivalent

  • Applicants must be legally entitled to work in the United States (i.e. a citizen or national of the US, a lawful permanent resident, or an alien authorized to work in the US without DOC sponsorship) at the time of application.

    The Department of Corrections will conduct criminal background and traffic violation checks on all applicants. Upon hire, all new DOC employees are subject to fingerprinting and drug testing.

    Drug policy: Any applicant who is offered employment in a position which requires a pre-employment drug screen must pass the screen as a contingency to employment. Applicants who fail or refuse the drug screen will not be given further consideration for employment.

    Some positions may require the candidate meet State Fleet Requirements.

    Every effort will be made to assign candidates to institutions based on location preferences.  However, actual assignments will be based on operational needs at the time the offer is made.

    Qualifications:   A qualified applicant will have experience in problem solving, effective communication and conflict resolution.

    How To Apply:   Before filling out the application, please read all of the instructions on page 1 of the assessment.

    1. Click "Log In to Apply" at the top of the job announcement and log into your account. If you do not have an account you must create one.

    2. When you have logged in, find and view the Correctional Officer job announcement 1902882.

    3. Click "Apply Now" at the top of the job announcement.

    4. Review your Job Application and make any necessary updates and click "Continue."

    5. Complete the Job Preferences screen (select only the counties you want to work in) and click "Continue." You will be taken to the first page of the assessment.

    6. Follow the assessment instructions and click "save and continue" at the bottom of every page.

    7. When you have answered all of the questions, click "Finalize Assessment" to submit your application for this job.

    8. You will be required to upload a resume as part of the application process. A resume builder is available when you create an account in Wiscjobs if you need assistance.
    Please email if you need assistance.

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