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Correction Officer Trainee

New York, NY

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Correction Officers are responsible for the custody and security, as well as for the safety and well-being of incarcerated individuals in New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS) correctional facilities, shock incarceration correctional facilities, work release centers and drug treatment campuses. Incumbents are also responsible for incarcerated individuals requiring mental health services and those who require health care at hospitals or health care centers outside of Departmental facilities.

Correction Officer Trainees are required to participate in, and satisfactorily complete, requirements of a 12-month training program before advancing to Correction Officer. As part of the program, you will attend the Correctional Services Training Academy for a minimum 8-week formal training program.

You may find more information on the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision employment and recruitment page(External Link).

Examination Process
The Correction Officer Trainee examination offers the opportunity to apply and compete in a Department of Civil Service test utilizing an online questionnaire. Applicants can apply below.

In the online questionnaire, a candidate will answer questions regarding their education, certification, licensure, and experience. The information provided in the online questionnaire will be used to review a candidate's qualifications and serves as the test for these titles.

Online questionnaires can be submitted any time. DOCCS will score online questionnaires periodically throughout the year when candidates are needed to fill vacancies. Once added to the eligible list, candidates will have a two-year period of eligibility for appointment from that list. There is a six-month retest policy for this examination program. You can submit an online questionnaire as frequently as every six months.

DOCCS is responsible for reviewing qualifications and adding candidates to their eligible list(s). DOCCS will communicate directly with candidates regarding requests for additional information on qualifications and score notices. In addition, DOCCS will be responsible for canvassing (e.g., inquiring about your interest in the job and location) eligible lists to fill their vacancies.

Questions about eligible list usage, eligible list status, and the hiring process for these positions should be directed to DOCCS. In addition, candidates should contact DOCCS directly with any changes to name, phone number, email, mailing address, or location preferences.

Phone: (518) 485-9500
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