Corrections Position

Clark County Sheriff's Office - Corrections Officer



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Clark County Sheriff's Office - Corrections Officer

Last updated on August 31, 2021
PST Partner Agency since April 12, 2018

Vacancies: 12

Important Information

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Community Information

Clark County is located in the southwestern part of the State of Washington, across the Columbia River from Portland, Oregon. Clark County offers 656 square miles of excellent livability and a relatively low cost of living from urban cities and towns, to the hundreds of miles of beautiful countryside. There is no state income tax. See further information on the website listed below.

Department Information

Clark County Sheriff’s Office values the ethical characteristics of trustworthiness, responsibility, respect, fairness, caring and citizenship, and we are looking for applicants who share and uphold these characteristics while carrying out their assigned duties. The commitment to retain and promote from within are reflected in the long-term quality staff that are entrusted with a unified message of safety and community improvement.

Corrections Deputies are a critical component of law enforcement by providing care and security for the inmates of the Clark County jail facilities. The Corrections department is dedicated to protecting the community from the inside.

Duties include moving inmates within the facility, monitoring visitation, recreation, and meal service. Additional duties include performing safety and security searches, monitoring jail access, and writing reports on inmate rule violations and general conduct issues. Most assignments will involve supervision of male and female inmates ranging from minimum to maximum security levels. Opportunities range from supervising inmate living units and participation on the security response team to assisting inmates in successfully reentering the community.

Corrections Deputies are responsible for the around-the-clock operation of the jail and must be available to work all shifts as assigned; day, swing and grave including weekends and holidays. Commensurate with seniority and work experience, Corrections Deputies may serve in specialty and ancillary assignments. Corrections Deputies are represented by the Clark County Corrections Deputy Guild.

Lateral Candidates must possess these additional qualifications:

• Two to three years of custody experience in a comparable county, municipal or state agency in the United States.

• Current certification through a state corrections academy (comparable to Washington State Academy).

• Have the ability to successfully complete the Washington State Training Commission’s Equivalency Academy within the first 12 months of employment and prior to completion of probation.

Eligible Lateral candidates are not required to pass the Physical Agility Test and will be considered and placed on a separate eligibility list once testing is complete.

A career with the Clark County Sheriff’s Office offers variety, advancement, and the satisfaction that comes from making a real difference in the lives of others. We are actively seeking qualified minorities, women and veterans to enhance its work force and to reflect the diversity of the community.

• Competitive entry-level hourly wage

• Salary paid while attending the corrections academy

• Work 4 days on, 4 days off

• Uniforms, dry cleaning and required equipment provided

• Paid military leave and G.I. Bill participation

• Retirement benefits of Washington State Public Safety Employees Retirement System Plan

• Medical, dental, vision health care plans

• Deferred compensation plans

• Flexible spending accounts

• FTO premium pay

• Comp time accrual

• Five paid holidays annually

Opportunities to gain experience in specialty assignments and duties include: Courtroom Transport; Honor Guard; Hostage Negotiator – Crisis Intervention Team; Inmate Classifications; Facility Intelligence; Security Response Team; Instructor; Field Training Officer; Work Release; Background Investigator and Internal Affairs

Promotions within the department are based on competitive civil service examinations. Eligible candidates would be Deputies who have completed a minimum of 2 years of corrections experience. We currently have 5 Corrections Commanders and 18 Corrections Sergeant Positions.

Corrections Deputies in the Sheriff’s Office are governed by State Civil Service laws, which require specific recruitment and testing procedures. This recruitment will be used to create a continuous one-year eligibility list to fill current and future positions within the Sheriff’s Office.

Clark County Washington is a growing and diverse community. The Sheriff's Office values our community’s diversity and seeks ways to promote equity and inclusion within the organization and with the public. Applications from candidates with knowledge, ability and experience working with a broad range of individuals and communities with diverse racial, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds are highly encouraged.

Area Information

County: Clark
Population: 459,000
# of Staff: 421

Hiring Status

Clark County Sheriff's Office - Corrections Officer has 12 vacancies.

This is a continuous listing and scores are downloaded on a regular basis.

Once an applicant has tested and applied successfully, no new written scores will be accepted until the applicant is no longer on the current Eligibility List. Vacancies are filled after successful background investigations by Civil Service "rule of five" with the top five candidates forwarded to the appointing authority for selection as vacancies occur.

Note: The Clark County Sheriff’s Office uses custom third-party online software for personal history questionnaires. The PST personal history statement will not be accepted.

Number of Current Vacancies: 12

Salary Information

$26.59/hour to $35.69/hour OR $5,078/month to $6,988/month (Plus Longevity steps at 8, 9 and 10 years)

Benefit Information

  • Salary paid while attending the corrections academy
  • Work 4 days on, 4 days off
  • Uniforms, dry cleaning and required equipment provided
  • Paid military leave and G.I. Bill participation
  • Retirement benefits of Washington State Public Safety Employees Retirement System Plan
  • Medical, dental, vision health care plans
  • Deferred compensation plans
  • Flexible spending accounts
  • FTO premium pay
  • Comp time accrual
  • Five paid holidays annually

For additional details on benefits:

Clark County Sheriff's Office - Corrections Officer Requirements

Category Requirement Required at time of...
    Test Hire
Written Examination Yes, required
LEO/CO Physical Ability Test (PAT) Yes, required

Your physical ability test must be completed 90 days (~3 months) before or after your passing written exam.

Minimum Age 21
US Citizen/Lawful Permanent Resident US Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident.
High School Grad/ GED Yes
Driver's License Required Yes
Ability to Read & Write the English Language Yes
Basic Corrections Academy Certification The Sheriff's Office will send newly hired deputies to the academy for the four (4) weeks of training; or the forty (40) hour equivalency training.
Prior Experience Requirement • Solid writing skills and basic report preparation.
• Communication skills, mediation and problem solving.
• Ability to exercise sound judgment.
• Ability to use a computer with knowledge of various software applications.
Veterans Preference Points Yes
Multiple Scores from Same Applicant Once an applicant has interviewed no new written scores will be accepted for one year.
Request/Access Scores Continuously

Clark County Sheriff's Office - Corrections Officer Disqualifiers

The following are automatic and potential disqualifiers. Applicants should not apply to our agency if they indicate any of the automatic disqualifiers. Potential disqualifiers will be considered on a case by case basis.

Category Disqualifier
Automatic One (1)  DUI conviction within the last seven (7) years.
Automatic Suspension of driver's license, Reckless or Negligent driving within the past three (3) years.
Automatic Two DUI Convictions; regardless of dates.
Drug Usage
Automatic Any illegal drug substance (including marijuana) usage, ingestion, or distribution within past twelve (12) months of application.
Automatic Use of any illegal drugs in the last three (3) years.
Automatic Illegal use of ANY controlled substance while employed in a criminal justice capacity.
Automatic Any use of prescription medications not prescribed to you within the last 3 years.
Criminal Activity
Automatic Any adult felony conviction.
Automatic Any misdemeanor, or felony conviction while employed in a criminal justice capacity.

Any Non-violent misdemeanor convictions within the past three (3) years.

Potential Juvenile felony conviction will be carefully reviewed.
Automatic Been convicted of any crime under a domestic violence statue.
Automatic Unlawful sexual misconduct.
Automatic 3 or more terminations, or leaving employer in lieu of termination.
Potential Current credit accounts, or unresolved accounts in collection will be carefully reviewed.
Potential NOTE: If you have committed illegal actions, whether or not you were caught, these actions may be grounds for disqualification. If you have questions regarding this issue, you may contact the Clark County Chief Civil Service Examiner.

Contact Information

Clark County Sheriff's Office - Corrections Officer

Clark County Human Resources
1300 Franklin St PO Box 5000
Vancouver, WA 98666 Clark County


Agency Test Requirements
Written Examination: Yes, required
PAT: Yes, required

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