Correctional Officer

Correctional Officer

Corrections employees transform lives. Throughout the state, the dedicated professionals on our team work with Missourians in 20 prisons and 44 probation and parole districts to advance public safety. We facilitate job training, rehabilitation, treatment and education to equip Missourians involved in the criminal justice system with the skills they need to contribute to their communities, inside and outside our walls. About 95 percent of people who enter the prison system ultimately are released. Our job is to help them be good neighbors.

To realize our mission of improving lives for safer communities, we need talented staff in all job types — corrections officers and probation & parole officers, teachers and counselors, cooks and maintenance workers, investigators and support staff.

Join a team that makes a difference.

Job Description :

A position in the Missouri Department of Corrections is more than a job. It’s a calling. Corrections employees transform lives, equipping Missourians in the criminal justice system with the skills they need to contribute to their communities, inside and outside our walls. More than 95 percent of people who enter the prison system ultimately are released. We want to make sure they’re good neighbors.

Primary Responsibilities :

  • Maintains security in buildings/towers/other posts of an adult correctional facility; intervenes during emergencies or altercations and gains physical control of offenders
  • Supervises movement of offenders inside/outside the correctional facility; conducts periodic counts of offenders; searches offenders and their living quarters for contraband; Escorts/transports offenders to predetermined locations
  • Supervises offenders: in housing units; during the performance of work activities; during recreational/ religious activities
  • Conducts inspections for health and safety hazards; prepares/submits reports on offender violations of divisional or correctional facility rules/unusual offender behaviors/observed mechanical deficiencies/ security breaches or failures
  • Discusses minor adjustment problems with offenders; refers serious problems to proper correctional facility staff; promotes rehabilitation by attempting to modify offender’s social attitudes/discouraging undesirable behaviors/encouraging worthwhile activities
  • Supervises visits with offenders; searches visitors/offenders/buildings/grounds for contraband
  • Performs work in accordance with established rules/regulations/post orders/specific instructions; receives general administrative direction
  • Performs other related work as assigned

Qualifications :

Must be 19 years of age or older.


  1. Ability to pass a background investigation administered by the Missouri Deparmtent of Corrections.
  2. Ability to complete Defensive Tactics and Standard First Aid\CPR training during Basic Training administered by the Missouri Department of Corrections.

By assignment, a position may require:

  1. Ability to complete and maintain firearms certification training administered by the Missouri Department of Corrections.
  2. Possession of a valid vehicle operator’s license.

     All requested documents MUST be received by the closing date listed.

Compensation and Benefits :

  • Missouri State Employee Retirement System
  • Deferred compensation plan
  • Health insurance (medical, vision, dental for employees and family)
  • Paid life insurance
  • Long-term disability insurance
  • Cafeteria plan
  • Paid holidays
  • 10 hours annual leave per month
  • 10 hours sick leave per month
  • Uniforms provided when required
  • Pre-service and in-service training
  • Access to credit union
  • Direct deposit of paycheck (required)
  • Employee health, wellness and safety initiatives
  • MOST 529 College Savings Program

More Information :


  • Algoa Correctional Center-Jefferson City
  • Cremer Therapeutic Correctional Center-Fulton
  • Fulton Reception & Diagnostic Center-Fulton
  • Jefferson City Correctional Center-Jefferson City
  • Ozark Correctional Center-Ozark
  • South Central Correctional Center-Licking
  • Tipton Correctional Center-Tipton
  • Kansas City Reentry Center-Kansas City
  • Moberly Correctional Center-Moberly
  • Maryville Treatment Center-Maryville
  • Western Missouri Correctional Center-Cameron
  • Western Reception, Diagnostic & Correctional Center-St. Joseph
  • Eastern Reception, Diagnostic & Correctional Center-Bonne Terre
  • Farmington Correctional Center-Farmington
  • Missouri Eastern Correctional Center-Pacific
  • Potosi Correctional Center-Potosi
  • Southeast Correctional Center-Charleston
  • Boonville Correctional Center-Boonville
  • Chillicothe Correctional Center-Chillicothe
  • Northeast Correctional Center-Bowling Green
  • Women’s Eastern Reception & Diagnostic Correctional Center-Vandalia

How to Apply :

The Missouri Department of Corrections is proud to have a tradition of promotion from within for employees looking for and seeking distinctive career paths. As you work for the department, we invite you to consider your goals and make choices to actively head toward them. We seek to recognize employees who serve with distinction.

If you have questions about this position please contact:

The State of Missouri is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

Company Info

: Statewide (MO)

: $32k - $44k

Job Location

Corrections Department 2729 Plaza Dr, Jefferson City, MO 65109

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