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Corrections Officer

Start Date: November 22, 2023 | End Date: May 20, 2024
County: Cumberland County
Job Type: Public Safety - Corrections

Welcome to the role of Corrections Officer! We are looking for someone who is passionate about justice and safety, and who is committed to the rehabilitation of inmates. As a Corrections Officer, you will be responsible for the safety, security, and supervision of inmates in the Cumberland County Jail in Portland, Maine. You will also be responsible for monitoring and enforcing regulations, managing inmates' behavior, and providing guidance and support. If you are looking for a job that allows you to make a difference in the lives of those you serve, this is the job for you!  Cumberland County will pay you (Starting pay of $25.44/hr to $28.12/hr, depending on experience) to certify as a Maine corrections officer; no experience is necessary for this exciting opportunity!  Already certified in corrections? We'll pay you a $6,000 sign-on bonus!

Job Responsibilities

  • Maintain security and safety of correctional facility, inmates and staff;
  • Conduct rounds to ensure adherence to regulations and procedures;
  • Monitor inmates’ activities and enforce disciplinary actions;
  • Search inmates and their living quarters;
  • Escort inmates to court hearings, medical appointments, and other destinations;
  • Monitor and record inmate behavior and document violations;
  • Issue disciplinary warnings and sanctions;
  • Respond to inmate requests and grievances;
  • Provide crisis intervention and de-escalation;
  • Supervise and monitor inmate work activities;
  • Operate and maintain security control systems;
  • Provide information and assistance to visitors;
  • Prepare reports and document activities.

Job Requirements 

  • Must possess a high school diploma or GED;
  • Must be at least 18 years of age;
  • Must hold a valid driver's license;
  • Must pass a physical exam, including drug screen;
  • Must have excellent communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Must have the ability to work a flexible schedule, including nights, weekends, holidays and overtime;
  • Must be able to pass a criminal and work history background check;
  • Must be able to work in a stressful environment;
  • Must be able to maintain a professional demeanor;
  • Must be able to stand and walk for long periods of time;
  • Must have excellent decision-making skills;
  • Must have knowledge of, or ability to become knowledgeable of, law enforcement procedures and protocols;
  • Must have the ability to work with inmates in a firm, yet compassionate manner;
  • Must have basic computer skills;
  • Must have the ability to use chemical agents and other physical altercation deterrents.

Cumberland County offers an excellent and comprehensive benefits package including health insurance with NO DEDUCTIBLE, an educational assistance program, and Maine State Retirement with social security contributions. Plenty of room for advancement within the jail, patrol and other county government departments.  Starting pay of $25.44/hr to $28.12/hr, depending on experience.  (Lots of earning potential with additional hourly stipends and other incentives!)* We look forward to reviewing your application!

*Shift differentials of $0.55/hr for 3‐11pm shift and $0.85/hr for 11pm‐7am shift.  Weekend shift differential of $.50/hour.  $4.17/hr stipend paid for all hours worked over 56.  Education stipend of $0.19/hr for Associate’s degree and $0.38/hr for Bachelor’s Degree.  Master CO Stipend of $.50/hr.  If you're a certified corrections officer, lateral credit can be given for up to 15 years of service for pay and up to 10 years of service for vacation time PLUS an additional sign-on bonus of $6,000!

Cumberland County is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or protected Veteran status.

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