In order to apply for a job as a correctional officer with the State of Washington Department of Corrections (DOC), you will need to apply for a position on the DOC website.
You cannot apply unless a position is listed online. Positions are listed as they become available. When multiple similar job listings are posted, you will need to submit separate applications for each position you are interested in applying for.
You can sign up for e-mail alerts and receive notification when a position becomes available by filling out the Job Interest Card.
Upon conditional hire, you must pass both a written and a physical test. You will need to pass the written exam with a score of at least 70% in order to advance to attempt the physical ability test. The written test covers topics such as deductive reasoning and written comprehension. The physical exam consists of push-ups, sit-ups, and a 1.5 mile run.
After passing your tests, you will attend the Correctional Worker Core Academy (CORE), a six week training program where you will learn how to become a successful correctional officer. Skills to learn cover a broad range of subjects, including: booking and intake procedures, dealing with gang activity, acting in a professional manner, appropriate use of physical force, and hostage survival techniques. Throughout the training, there will be exercises to practice applying the new skills, as well as course quizzes and tests.
The State of Washington has implemented a one-of-a-kind on the job training program for new correctional officers. Called COACH (Correctional Officer Achievement Program), in this year-long program you will build upon the foundational proficiencies learned at CORE while applying your skills in the workplace under the instruction and supervision of Correctional Sergeants and Job Coaches.
For more information, or for help with filling out your online application, call the DOC jobs line at 1-888-727-9925, or visit www.careers.wa.gov and click on the “help” tab.