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Corrections, Department of

Social Worker - Corrections - AODA - Statewide 

Job Announcement Code(s): 09-02923

Brown, Chippewa, Columbia, Crawford, Dane, Dodge, Douglas, Fond du Lac, Grant, Jackson, Juneau, Kenosha, Lincoln, Milwaukee, Oneida, Outagamie, Racine, Sawyer, Sheboygan, St. Croix, Waushara, Winnebago
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  Job Working Title:
    Social Worker - Corrections

    Social Worker - Corrections

    Social Worker - Corrections

    Social Worker - Corrections

Type of Employment:
Full Time (40 hrs/week)
Part Time (less than 40 hrs/week)
Applicants with Permanent State of Wisconsin Social Worker Certification or Licensure will be hired at a starting annual salary of $38,870 per year base pay plus between $1.00 and $2.00 per hour add-on based on AODA certification level (SAC, CSAC, or SACIT). These positions include a State benefits package. A six-month probationary period will be required. Schedule and Range 12-06.
Special Qualifications:
Applicant must be certified or licensed as a Social Worker by the State of Wisconsin which includes temporary certification (not Training) in order to be considered for this position. This position also requires AODA Certification (SAC, CSAC, or SACIT) from the State of Wisconsin. Note: emphasis in Substance Abuse can not be substituted for the certification.
If you have questions about this recruitment, please contact or (608) 240-5506.
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Exam Information:
51802 -  003  Social Worker Corrections - AODA 
Preview Exam  

Current vacancies:

Correctional Treatment Centers:  Black River Falls Correctional Center in Jackson County;   St. Croix Correctional Center in New Richmond, St. Croix County; Drug Abuse Correctional Center in Winnebago, Winnebago County; Flambeau Correctional Center in Hawkins, Sawyer County; Kenosha Correctional Center in Kenosha, Kenosha County.

Correctional Institutions: Oakhill Correctional Institution in Oregon, Dane County; Oshkosh Correctional Institution, Winnebago County; Racine Youthful Offender Correctional Facility in Racine County; Kettle Moraine Correctional Institution in Plymouth, Sheboygan County;

Social Workers who are certified or licensed as a Social Worker AND as a Substance Abuse Counselor by the State of Wisconsin, can make a positive difference in the lives of Wisconsin's incarcerated population. These positions assess inmate problems and capacities, formulate case plans, provide treatment counseling individually and in groups, monitor inmates progress, etc. Treatment efforts will be coordinated with other institution staff, parole agents, inmate families, and community resources. These positions require the incumbent to possess current AODA treatment certification in the form of a Substance Abuse Counselor (SAC), Clinical Substance Abuse Counselor (CSAC) or Substance Abuse Counselor in Training (SACIT) certification from the State of Wisconsin in addition to the Social Worker credential.

The Department of Corrections administers Wisconsinís state prisons, community correctional centers, and juvenile corrections programs. It supervises the custody and discipline of all prisoners in order to protect the public and seeks to rehabilitate offenders and reintegrate them into society.

Job Duties:   

  • assess, evaluate, and develop a plan for inmates assigned to caseload regarding treatement and security needs

  • review case files to determine inmates selected for AODA programming

  • monitor inmates' programs

  • provide direct social service to inmates in the areas of AODA treatment programming, overall goals, and institution and social functioning

  • coordinate services with team members, other staff, and community resources regarding transfer and release planning

Special Notes:   

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

The Department of Corrections will conduct criminal background checks on applicants prior to selection. Upon hire, all new DOC employees are subject to fingerprinting.

Certification or Licensure as a Social Worker by the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS) is required in order to be considered for these vacancies.
  An employee with a Temporary Certificate will be required to obtain Permanent Certification within 6 months of hire. 


This position requires the applicant to possess a current AODA treatment certification from the state of Wisconsin in the form of a Substance Abuse Counselor (SAC), Clinical Substance Abuse Counselor (CSAC) or Substance Abuse Counselor in Training (SACIT) certification. Study with an emphasis in Substance Abuse is not a substitute for certification. 

For more information please watch our recruitment videos at

Job Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:   

  • social work methods and treatment modalities including group and individual counseling

  • treatment techniques related to drug/alcohol problems

  • community resources and support programs

  • interviewing techniques

  • dynamics of human relationships

  • problem identification and problem resolution techniques

  • criminal justice system

  • case planning

  • investigative methods

  • effective overall oral and written communication skills

  • social and cultural foundations of corrections institution inmates
  • How To Apply:   

    Apply online! Click "Log In To Apply" at the top or bottom of this announcement.  You will be required to create a WISCJOBS account or open your existing account. You will then complete a 6 question credential review/exam.  Be sure to "Save Answer" and upon completion, "Finalize" your exam. Once you have finalized the exam, you will receive an e-mail indicating that you have successfully completed the process. You can review and update your application and exam materials on-line at any time.

    This is considered an eligibility exam and all eligible applicants will receive a passing civil service score of 70. You must be able to provide a current Wisconsin certification or licensure number and expiration date for both your Social Worker credential AND your Substance Abuse credential in order to successfully apply.


    Questions regarding the application process may be directed to Kris Dowse at (608) 240-5506 or e-mail Kristine.dowse@wi.govApplications will be accepted until the needs of the department are met.  Eligible candidates will be placed on the Statewide register and will be invited to participate in interviews for future vacant positions as they occur in areas of the state where the candidate has indicated an interest on the application form


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