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Job: CDOC - Correctional Officer (Buena Vista)

Colorado Department of Corrections

CDOC - Correctional Officer (Buena Vista)

Colorado Department of Corrections

Job Description

Job type: Part-time (Temporary)

Salary: $25.00/per hour.

Location: Buena Vista 


The mission of the Colorado Department of Corrections is "To protect the citizens of Colorado by holding offenders accountable and engaging them in opportunities to make positive behavioral changes and become law abiding, productive citizens."

Our vision..."Building a safer Colorado for today and tomorrow."

If your goal is to build a career that makes a difference and builds greater public confidence in good government, consider joining the dedicated people of the State of Colorado. Our professionals strive to support state government and the citizens of Colorado. Customer service is a key component for every position in state government as is the focus on ideas and ways to redesign the delivery of services in making state government more effective and efficient.

In addition to a great agency and rewarding, meaningful work, we offer:

  • Distinctive career advancement opportunities throughout the state system;
  • Strong, secure, yet flexible retirement benefits including PERA Defined Benefit Plan or PERA Defined Contribution Plan plus 401K and 457 plans

Description of Job: This part-time, temporary position is located in Buena Vista, CO., performing correctional officer duties to include maintaining the safety and security of the Colorado Department of Corrections' (CDOC) Buena Vista Correctional Complex. This position supports the CDOC Mission, Vision and Values with integrity and commitment while preparing offenders for community reentry.

Positions respectfully communicate with offenders and their families, coworkers, supervisors, managers and the public; presenting a professional and dependable workforce.

Positions must cooperate with other staff members and work as a cohesive team, while managing a diverse offender population. Positions maintain the safety and security of the general public, staff and offenders; duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Monitoring and controlling access to the facility and restricted areas;
  • Monitoring facility perimeter, detaining unidentified pedestrians and/or vehicles;
  • Operating a variety of mechanical doors, security devices, equipment and alarms;
  • Controlling movement of inmates throughout daily schedules;
  • Escorting and transporting inmates in authorized state vehicles;
  • Monitoring visiting areas;
  • Conducting formal, informal and emergency counts;
  • Cross checking and maintaining movement logs;
  • Conducting searches for contraband (this may include canine, metal detector, pat, perimeter, strip and vehicle searches);
  • Inspecting facility and cells to maintain health, safety and sanitation standards;
  • Inspecting offender mail;
  • Utilizing proper protocols when responding to emergency situations, such as fights, medical emergencies, fires and escapes;
  • Following established tool and key control, ensuring proper storage and documentation;
  • Attending roll call;
  • Documenting incidents utilizing established reporting practices;
  • Communicating pertinent information to coworkers and supervisors.

Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment Appeal Rights

  • High School Diploma or a GED certificate.

Conditions of Employment:

  • Must be 18 years of age, have no felony convictions or domestic violence history, and possess a valid, unrestricted driver's license.

Required Competencies:

  • Strong work ethic, integrity and dependability;
  • Sound judgment and decision making skills;
  • Self-control, strong sense of ability to work in stressful situations;
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to effectively cooperate with other staff members and inspire teamwork;
  • Ability to read and comprehend the English language;
  • Ability to effectively communicate fluently in English both verbally and in writing;
  • Ability to visually observe and audibly hear in order to observe changes, inappropriate activity, hazards or potential security breeches and verbally communicate pertinent information;
  • Ability to visually observe and monitor inmate whereabouts and maintain an accurate count in assigned areas;
  • Ability to verbally communicate clearly and willingness to do so respectfully;
  • Knowledge of criminal justice systems regarding treatment of inmates and/or incarcerated individuals, which includes state statutes, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA); and department Administrative Regulations, policy, standards and guidelines;
  • Ability to perform intermediate computer keyboarding skills and communicate via computer based email;
  • Ability to study information and recount events in a written, comprehensive, legible method;
  • Ability to incorporate the CDOC mission statement while completing daily job duties; Knowledge of and willingness to apply effective correctional methods to prepare inmates for community reentry;
  • Willingness and ability to respectfully communicate with inmate families and the public;
  • Ability to effectively communicate and work with inmates through daily monitoring in a variety of situations;
  • Ability to control, direct and instruct inmates individually and in groups;
  • Willingness to respectfully work with a diverse population;
  • Ability to remain alert and observant throughout shift;
  • Ability to conduct searches (canine, general area, metal detector, pat, perimeter, strip or vehicle);
  • Ability to use fingers to detect attributes of objects such as size, shape and texture during searches and to manipulate security equipment;
  • Ability to safely operate and monitor ingress and egress mechanical doors;
  • Ability to learn about and utilize firearms, restraints, chemical agents, and security devices in a safe and professional manner;
  • Ability to learn to operate communications equipment in a professional manner (e.g., two-way radio, telephone switchboard, public address equipment);
  • Ability to use hands to seize, hold, grasp and turn objects;
  • Willingness to follow chain of command and established safety and security protocols;
  • Ability to quickly respond to emergencies (such as fights, medical emergencies, fires or escapes);
  • Ability to use physical force to control a situation;
  • Ability to climb stairs and walk on hard surfaces throughout shift;
  • Willingness and ability to work outside during inclement weather;
  • Willingness and ability to adhere to the CDOC Drug Deterrence Program.


Important Information 

The Assessment Process: Your application will be reviewed to determine if you meet the minimum Qualifications (MQ's). Applicants that meet MQ’s will be included in the Comparative Analysis process. Colorado Revised Statutes require that state employees are hired and promoted through a comparative analysis which may include, but is not limited to, a suitability screening, eSkills Assessment, oral assessment, written performance assessment or it may include a review of your application material and your responses to any supplemental questions by a Subject Matter Expert (SME) to assess and rank applicants in order to establish an eligible list for referral to the hiring manager for final consideration.

Be sure the “Work Experience” section of your application is complete and specifically addresses your qualifications, experience, and accomplishments as they relate to the Description of the Job, Minimum Qualifications, Required Competencies and Preferred Qualifications as listed above. Resumes and “see resume” statements will not be accepted in lieu of the “Work Experience” section of the application. Failure to include adequate information or follow instructions by the closing date may result in your application not being accepted and/or may affect your score, rank or inclusion in the final pool of eligible applicants.

If you have transcripts, a license or other relevant documentation regarding your qualifications, upload and attach copies to your application.

In order to process a background investigation, your application must include at least (10) ten years of the most current work experience unless experience related to the job for which you are applying is later than (10) years. Failure to provide this information could result in delays and/or elimination from the background investigation process.

Toll Free Applicant Technical Support: If you experience technical difficulty with the NEOGOV system (e.g. uploading or attaching documents to your online application) call NEOGOV technical support at 855-524-5627 Mon-Fri between 6 am and 6 pm (Pacific Time). Helpful hints: if you are having difficulty uploading or attaching documents to your application first, ensure your documents are PDF or Microsoft Word files and second, close the document before you attempt to upload (attach) it.

**You are encouraged to print a copy of this announcement for your records**

Conditions of Employment: All job offers are contingent upon a successful medical screening by a healthcare professional, certifying the candidate's ability to perform the essential functions of the position, completed at the applicant’s own expense. Applicant must consent to hold harmless CDOC and its agents and staff from any liability arising in whole or in part from the testing and the use of this information in connection with CDOC’s consideration of application for employment.

**The CDOC recently mandated employee COVID-19 vaccinations. All employees must be fully vaccinated and submit documented proof of the COVID-19 vaccination. CDOC conducts regular vaccine clinics for employees who are not vaccinated. Religious and medical exemptions, and reasonable accommodations shall be addressed as required by law. Note: Fully Vaccinated means two (2) weeks after a second dose in a two-dose series of the COVID-19 vaccine, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or two (2) weeks after the single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson Johnson’s Janssen vaccine, as defined by the State of Colorado’s Public Health Order and guidance issued by the Colorado Department of Public Health Environment.**

  • All CDOC employees must submit to routine COVID-19 testing;
  • Must be 21 years of age;
  • Possess a valid driver’s license;
  • Possess a high school diploma or GED;
  • Have NO felony convictions, to include any actions defined in 5 U.S.C. 301; U.S.C. 509, 510; 42 U.S.C. 15601-15609. The CDOC shall not hire nor promote anyone who may have contact with an offender who has engaged in sexual abuse which includes acts, activity, and sexual behavior, in a prison or other institution as defined in 42 U.S.C. 1997; or has been convicted of engaging or attempting to engage in sexual activity in the community facilitated by force, overt or implied threats of force or coercion, or if the victim did not consent or was unable to consent or refuse, or has been civilly or administratively adjudicated to have engaged in the activity described in the above paragraph. The agency shall consider any incidents of sexual harassment in determining whether to hire anyone who may have contact with offenders or residents;
  • Applicants must be legally eligible to work in the United States to be appointed to this position. CDOC uses e-Verify, an Internet-based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. CDOC does not sponsor non-residents of the United States;
  • Successfully pass all modules of the Colorado Department of Corrections Basic Training, to include English reading comprehension, relevant competency assessments and written/practical exams in Defensive Tactics;
  • Possess the physical ability to successfully complete Defensive Tactics: Lift arms above head and kick as high as own waist; Stabilize another person to accomplish a controlled take down; Use arms, palms of hands, shins, and feet to deliver blows; Withstand impact (slow speed or with a safety bag) on own body from strikes/blows; Swing a baton in a striking technique; Rotate body 90 degrees with feet planted for striking with foot or using a defensive tactic; Get down on one or both knees and up again with multiple repetitions;
  • Will be exposed to Oleoresin Capsicum during Basic Training and will be exposed while on assignment;
  • Must be able to see and hear in order to observe, address and respond to potential breaches in safety and security;
  • Seize, hold, control or subdue violent or assaultive persons and defend oneself or others to prevent injury;
  • Demonstrate body agility, strength of all four limbs and the ability to walk and climb stairs consistently;
  • Work in situations involving assaultive behavior, physical control of another person and/or restraint situations;
  • Deal with individuals with a range of moods and behaviors, utilizing tactfulness and a congenial, personable manner;
  • Work with people of the opposite sex, diverse racial ethnic groups, mentally ill and emotionally disturbed offenders;
  • Communicate by talking, listening and/or signaling people to convey or exchange information, assignments;
  • Work in an environment with fluctuating noise and temperature (hot and cold) which may include working outdoors in inclement weather and/or concrete floor/wall work settings;
  • Willing and able to travel;
  • Willing and able to work various shifts, days, afternoons, graveyards (nights) which includes a rotating shift schedule;
  • TB (tuberculosis) screening is required of all new employees upon hire.

Successful completion of a background investigation is required. Should applicant’s background reveal criminal charges, it shall be the responsibility of the applicant to provide the Department of Corrections with written/official disposition of any charges.

The CDOC is committed to a drug and alcohol free work environment. Our employees are expected to comply with all state and federal laws. A drug test will be administered to all new employees; employees must successfully pass. Random drug screening will occur throughout employment.

Appeal Rights: If you receive notice that you have been eliminated from consideration for this position, you may file an appeal with the State Personnel Board or request a review by the State Personnel Director.

An appeal or review must be submitted on the official appeal form, signed by you or your representative. This form must be delivered to the State Personnel Board by email ([email protected]), postmarked in US Mail or hand delivered (1525 Sherman Street, 4th Floor, Denver CO 80203), or faxed (303.866.5038) within ten (10) calendar days from your receipt of notice or acknowledgement of the department’s action.

For more information about the appeals process, the official appeal form, and how to deliver it to the State Personnel Board; go to spb.colorado.gov; contact the State Personnel Board for assistance at (303) 866-3300; or refer to 4 Colorado Code of Regulations (CCR) 801-1, State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures, Chapter 8, Resolution of Appeals and Disputes, at spb.colorado.gov under Rules.

Supplemental Information: After submitting an application, you should receive an immediate email acknowledging your submission. If you do not get the email, please check to ensure you have actually submitted the application and typed the correct email address on the application.

Include a working email address on your application; one that is checked daily as time sensitive correspondence WILL take place via email. You may receive email notifications from a Colorado Dept of Corrections employee or from this email address [email protected] It is your responsibility to ensure that your email will accept these notices and/or review your junk mail and spam filtered email; if you do not receive correspondence soon after the closing date, please contact the "Department Contact" listed in this announcement. Please contact Kathleen Murphy @ [email protected] or at 719-226-4430.


The State of Colorado believes that equity, diversity, and inclusion drive our success, and we encourage candidates from all identities, backgrounds, and abilities to apply. The State of Colorado is an equal opportunity employer committed to building inclusive, innovative work environments with employees who reflect our communities and enthusiastically serve them. Therefore, in all aspects of the employment process, we provide employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, medical condition related to pregnancy, creed, ancestry, national origin, marital status, genetic information, or military status (with preference given to military veterans), or any other protected status in accordance with applicable law.

Colorado Department of Corrections is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, our agency will assist individuals who have a disability with any reasonable accommodation requests related to employment, including completing the application process, interviewing, completing any pre-employment testing, participating in the employee selection process, and/or to perform essential job functions where the requested accommodation does not impose an undue hardship. If you have a disability and require reasonable accommodation to ensure you have a positive experience applying or interviewing for this position, please direct your inquiries to our Employee Relations Specialist, Ana Andersen, at [email protected] or call 719-226-4401.



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