I. JOB SUMMARY
Performs moderately complex correctional work involving the care and custody of offenders. Work involves the direct supervision of offender work groups in their daily assigned duties; preventing escapes; and maintaining discipline in conformance with strict rules, regulations, and standard operating procedures. Works under general supervision with moderate latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.
II. ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
A. Assumes a high level of responsibility for the care and custody of assigned offenders through knowledge of and adherence to laws, rules, regulations, and standard operating procedures governing the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ).
B. Searches for contraband and provides security; counts, feeds, and supervises offenders in housing, work, and other areas accessed by stairs; and maintains security of assigned areas involving long periods of sitting and standing, climbing stairs and ladders to reach assigned areas, and working at heights.
C. Provides custody and security of offenders including observing actions of offenders, squatting and bending to conduct “pat” and “strip” searches of offenders, restraining and securing sometimes assaultive offenders, and transferring and transporting offenders by walking or riding in various vehicles such as trailers, vans, buses, and other forms of transportation.
D. Supervises and provides security of offenders performing technical skills such as construction, maintenance, laundry, food service, and in varied industrial and agricultural operations which involve climbing stairs and ladders and climbing around the inside or outside of buildings; works outdoors and indoors without air conditioning; works around motorized or moving equipment and machinery; and is subject to all types of weather.
E. Ability to work protracted, irregular, and overtime hours as needed; responds to emergencies, including climbing stairs and ladders while searching for escaped offenders, hearing calls for and calling for help, giving first aid at the emergency site, carrying an injured or unconscious offender or employee various distances to safety up or down stairs and ladders; and uses force and deadly force, including the use of chemical agents and firearms, to control offenders.
F. Reads, reviews, and properly applies information found in offender records which is related to the offender’s health and safety and to the security of the facility; provides leadership and technical guidance to other staff; complies with policies, procedures, rules, and regulations; enforces offender disciplinary rules; and prepares and maintains records, forms, and reports. * Performs a variety of marginal duties not listed, to be determined and assigned as needed.
III. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
*You must be a citizen of the U.S., or an alien authorized to work
in the U.S.
*You must be at least 18 years old.
*You must possess a High School Diploma from an accredited senior
high school or equivalent, or a state or military-issued General
Education Development (GED) certificate.
*You must not be on active duty in the military, unless on terminal
leave. (Applicants may apply if they are within 6 months of eligibility.)
*You must not have been discharged from the Armed Forces under
*You must never have been convicted of a felony.
*You must never have been convicted of an offense involving domestic
*You cannot have had a Class B misdemeanor conviction within the past
*You cannot have had a Class A misdemeanor conviction within the past
*You cannot be on probation for any criminal offense.
*You cannot have any criminal charges pending or have an outstanding
*You must be able to perform the essential functions of a Correctional
Officer, with or without reasonable accommodation.
*You must pass the TDCJ Drug Test.
*You must pass the TDCJ Physical Agility Test.
*Male applicants, age 18 through 25, must provide proof of Selective
Service registration or exemption from Selective Service registration.
A veteran who has completed at least two years active military service
and been discharged under honorable conditions, or an applicant who has
earned an associate’s degree or bachelor’s degree from an accredited
college will start as a Correctional Officer IV, pay level 4 $3,284.27
per month. Regular promotions within the career path continue,
progressive to $3,720.17 at 61 months TDCJ service.
A CO applicant with prior government correctional custody or law
enforcement experience within the 36-month period preceding date of hire
shall be hired at a pay level corresponding with the months of service
if dates of employment are verified by former employer and the applicant
left employer in good standing.
Title Monthly Salary Maximum Security Salary Months of Service
CO II $3,472.82 $3,577.01 0 to 2
CO II $3,574.18 $3,881.40 3 to 6
CO III $3,670.64 $3,780.76 7 to 12
CO IV $3,776.91 $3,890.22 13 to 24
CO IV $3,889.90 $4,006.60 25 to 36
CO IV $4,002.89 $4,122.97 37 to 72
CO V $4,278.20 $4,406.55 73+
*Salary rates may differ for return-to-work retirees who are not
Former employees who held correctional officer or security supervisor
positions and that have been separated less than 36 months can
re-apply by faxing the required documents to 936-437-3111.
The following Military Occupational Specialty codes are generally
applicable to this position. Applicants must fully complete the
summary of experience to determine if minimum qualifications are met.
31, 19, 18, 11, 31C, 31E, 31B, 19K, 19D, 18B, 11B, 749X, 649X, MA,
5811, 5831, 5832, 5804, 58, 3P
SEE https://tdcj.texas.gov/unit directory FOR UNIT LOCATIONS.
*Outside applicants will be required to submit to pre-employment drug testing as a condition of employment.*