To become a Correctional Officer with the Idaho Department of Correction, you must be able to meet the minimum criteria, which include: at least 18 years old, a United States citizen (or eligible to work in the US), have a high school diploma or GED, not have any felony convictions, have a positive work history, and be able to pass a background test and drug screen.
Additionally, you will need to be and be in good physical and mental health. You must have standard (or correctable) vision. The ability to efficiently function in a high-stress environment is critical.
While not mandatory, IDOC seeks candidates who have college courses or work experience relevant to law enforcement, prior law enforcement or military experience, and/or previous work experience with two years job stability. However, Correctional Officer is an entry-level position and no previous experience is required.
To apply, visit the DHR website, click on the appropriate job listing, and click on “apply now” to fill out an application. If there isn’t a current correctional officer job opening, or there is not a position at the facility you would like, you can sign up to receive e-mail notifications as positions become available.
Part of your online application involves taking two tests, so be sure to have at least an hour of time to devote to test taking. Have a calculator, a pen, and scratch paper handy in case you need them.
Be sure to download and print the Background Investigation Questionnaire. Fill it out and submit it with proof of citizenship, diplomas or education transcripts, and DD-214. It may take up to three weeks for your background investigation to be completed. If you do not pass the background check, you will receive an e-mail informing you that your application was not approved. Also check e-mail and phone messages in the event that you are contacted questions about your application or background.
If your background investigation and application are approved, you will be invited for an in-person interview. Bring with you the previously submitted documents such as proof of citizenship, diplomas and transcripts, and/or military discharge paperwork.
You will receive a conditional offer of employment if you are selected for hire among the other applicants. Fill out the Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Academy Application packet. You will attend 10 weeks of training where you will experience New Employee Orientation, a week of job shadowing, field training, and POST Academy. You will become a certified Peace Officer when you pass the academy training.
You can visit the IDOC website at http://www.idoc.idaho.gov/ or contact 208-658-2020 for more information.