In order to become a Corrections Officer with the Kansas Department of Corrections, you must meet the following basic minimum qualifications: at least 19 years old, have a high school diploma or equivalent, and possess a valid driver’s license. You need to be able to pass a background check, so you cannot have any felony convictions or any domestic violence convictions. Alcohol and drug related convictions will be screened, and you will need to take a drug test at hire.
You need to be able to perform the Essential Physical Functions of a CO I(A), which include the ability to subdue violent inmates with physical force, climb stairs, respond quickly to emergency situations, and be alert for long time periods.
You need to be capable of effectively communicating with written sentences, have good observation skills and recall ability, remain calm during stressful situations, and be able to cooperate with both coworkers and inmates.
To apply, visit http://da.ks.gov/ps/aaa/recruitment/jobsteps.htm, where you can register, search job postings, and fill out an application online. Please note that all applicants for State of Kansas positions must fill out a Kansas Tax Clearance Certificate, found here.
Your application will be screened to ensure that all minimum requirements have been met. You will be rated through an evaluation of criteria and preferred competencies. If selected, you will be notified by the hiring manager to continue in the selection process and participate in an interview.
You will need to pass the KDOC Corrections Officer Test. The COT will measure your suitability as a corrections officer. Testing is offered about once every three months. Click here for recruitment contact information to schedule testing.
After you are interviewed, highest ranking candidates will be put on a hiring list. When vacancies come up, contenders are hired in rank order. Your name will remain on the list for six months.
You will attend the KDOC Correctional Officer Training Program. Orientation is 40 hours, and additional training is 200 hours. You will learn everything you need to be a successful Corrections Officer. There is a one year probationary period for new corrections officers.
For more information, please contact the Kansas Department of Corrections, Human Resources Division, Landon State Office Building 900 SW Jackson ST, 4th floor, Topeka, KS 66612, or the KDOC employment website at http://www.doc.ks.gov/employment.