To become a Correctional Officer with the Wisconsin Department of Corrections, you must be at least 18 years old, a United States citizen (or legally entitled to work in the USA), have a high school diploma or equivalent, have had a valid driver’s license for at least two years, and have a Wisconsin driver’s license at the time of appointment.
In order to pass the background check, you cannot have any felony convictions for which you have not been pardoned. Any domestic violence convictions will disqualify your from corrections officer employment. You must also have less than three traffic violations over the past two years.
The most recent statewide Correctional Officer job announcement, code 14-00321, has a deadline date of February 17, 2014. To apply, log-in to your WISCJOBS account and complete information for job search keyword 14-00321. Once you have submitted your application, and it is accepted, you will receive a notice through the mail to go in to take a written test. The test is a 55 question multiple-choice exam which will gauge your reading comprehension, judgment and evaluation abilities.
Then you will be panel interviewed by three DOC employees who will determine if you are a good fit for the position. It will serve you well to be prepared with knowledge of the position for this interview. A selection panel will review all applicants’ backgrounds, test score, and interviews to determine who they would like to proceed in the hiring process.
If selected, you will need to pass both a medical exam and a fitness test. A physician is needed to determine your capacity to perform the physical aspects of a corrections officer job. The fitness test consists of a 1.5 mile run, push-ups, and sit-ups.
Training is a six-week program where you will learn how to effectively communicate with and supervise inmates, report writing, crowd control, and weapons qualifications. Then you will complete one week of on the job training at your assigned facility.