Correctional Officer 1 (SW23.09A)




Correctional Officer 1 (SW23.09A)


$26.40 - $29.01 Hourly


Statewide, AK

Job Type

Full Time

Job Number






Opening Date


Closing Date

9/29/2023 5:00 PM Alaska



Position Open To

All Applicants

Bargaining Unit

Correctional Officers




Job Description



Are you looking to start a new, exciting, fulfilling career that’s more than just a job?
Are you interested in Law Enforcement or Criminal Justice?

The Department of Corrections is recruiting for multiple Correctional Officer 1 positions.

This is a continuous recruitment posting, if you have already applied for a Correctional Officer position, there is no need to reapply.

Correctional Officers earn up to 16 days of paid leave for the first two years of employment, increasing after two (2) years based on years of service, as well as also receiving 11 paid holidays annually.


This recruitment is for an 84-hour work week, with a schedule of "week on/week off" that alternates "day/night shifts."


Moving and relocation incentives may be available to the selected candidates based on location and vacancy rates.

What you will be doing:
Correctional Officer 1 positions perform work under the immediate supervision of experienced staff and supervisors to learn the duties expected and perform skills for the custody, security, care, and reformation of prisoners assigned to the department's custody. The incumbent participates in on-the-job and classroom training programs through the Department of Corrections Training Academy and Field Training Programs and performs assigned tasks at the entry level.
During the first 12-14 months of employment, new Correctional Officers are provided structured field training within the prison and will attend a six-week Correctional Officer Academy. After successfully completing the training and receiving the Alaska Police Standards Council (APSC) Correctional Officer Certificate, the incumbent will promote to the Correctional Officer 2 level.

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Watch Alaska DOC’s Correctional Officer video here: 

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Our organization, mission, and culture:
The mission of the Alaska Department of Corrections is to promote public safety. Our division provides secure confinement, access to reformative programs and offender management planning that promotes successful community reentry.
Correctional Officers are the cornerstone to the Department's mission through their daily interaction with offenders. This daily interaction with offenders affords the Correctional Officers the opportunity to help people become better citizens more capable of functioning in society upon release, thereby helping to reduce the rate of recidivism within the State of Alaska.
The working conditions you can expect:
You will be working in a correctional facility (links to each facility below). Correctional facilities are operated 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Mandatory overtime may be required at some facilities.
Who we are looking for:
To be successful in the position, a candidate will need the following core competencies:

  • Ability to follow oral and written instructions, knowledge of business software, and effectively communicate required information;
  • Ability to learn and apply techniques of self-defense, firearms, appropriate force to protect oneself / others and act quickly in emergencies, including diffusing conflicts by utilizing sound judgment; and
  • Ability to read and comprehend statutes, regulations, and procedures, apply them to specific situations, and explain procedures and requirements to the public, others, and the inmate population.

To truly excel in this position, a candidate will have or develop the following competencies:

  • Assist with maintaining order and discipline, operate security control room, learn and apply techniques of handling unruly and violent prisoners, using the minimum force necessary, in resolving situations, and routine security checks and inspections; and
  • Assist in creating and maintaining an atmosphere conducive to the rehabilitation of prisoners.

In the supplemental Questions, you can choose your preferred location(s) from facilities listed below:
The Department of Corrections is looking for motivated, flexible, and detail-oriented individuals to join our team. There are 13 operating jails/prisons statewide housing a capacity of over 4,664 male/female offenders and employing more than 1,000 staff consisting of both Correctional Officers and support staff.  We are currently recruiting for the following institutions:  
For job seekers unfamiliar with the Alaska Department of Corrections, the following is a listing of communities where our facilities are located along with links for more information:

  • Anchorage - Anchorage Correctional Complex -
  • Bethel - Yukon Kuskokwim Correctional Center - 
  • Eagle River - Hiland Mountain Correctional Center -   
  • Fairbanks - Fairbanks Correctional Center - 
  • Juneau - Lemon Creek Correctional Center -
  • Ketchikan - Ketchikan Correctional Center -
  • Kenai - Wildwood Correctional Center - 
  • Nome - Anvil Mountain Correctional Center - 
  • Palmer - Mat-Su Pretrial - 
  • Seward - Spring Creek Correctional Center -
  • Sutton - Palmer Correctional Center - 
  • Point MacKenzie - Goose Creek Correctional Center -

The assigned hourly salary is dependent on location. Additional information can be located at: (if the location you're interested in applying for is not listed, please use the base Anchorage information).




A full criminal history check is required for all applicants.




The F-3 Personal History Statement Form and Background Packet can be downloaded at:

Once completed and notarized return to:

As part of the personal history, applicants will be required to submit copies of the following documents:

  • Certified Highschool/GED transcripts (must be received directly from certifying institution and show date of graduation)
  • Birth certificate or valid passport
  • HS Foreign Equivalency Evaluation, if applicable
  • Naturalization certificate, if applicable
  • DD-214 form, if applicable (must show date and type of discharge and reason for separation narrative for all periods of service in each branch of the military, such as the DD-214 Long Form and NGB-22 Form)
  • Military Evaluations, if applicable

Upon successfully passing screening criteria, qualified candidates will receive a job offer that is conditional. The conditional job offer is contingent upon the applicant completing and passing: a background investigation, drug screening, medical examination, and psychological evaluation. The medical examination requirement will be coordinated and paid for by the Department. All job offers are conditional pending successful completion of these requirements.

The Department also recognizes that recruiting efforts by Correctional Officers is an effective tool for new recruits. Under the provisions of the current collective bargaining agreement, current officers may be credited with Recruitment Incentive Leave for proactively participating in recruiting efforts for Correctional Officer 1/2 positions. Correctional Officers who recruit a new officer, who successfully completes probation and the academy, are eligible to be awarded an additional 60 hours of personal leave to be credited to their leave account.

Correctional Facilities are located in various Alaska communities and during the application process, applicants will be allowed to select their preference for consideration and may select more than one location; however, successful applicants will be offered positions based upon total number of vacancies and the needs of the department.


Minimum Qualifications


At the time of employment: be 21 years of age and a United States citizen or US National; have a high school or home school diploma recognized or certified by a state or a local school district within a state as having met that state's graduation requirement; or have a General Educational Development certificate.
Special Note: 
Appointment to Correctional Officer 1 is conditional, pending successful completion of a thorough background investigation, psychological evaluation, drug screening, and medical examination.
Possess a valid driver's license issued within the United States at time of appointment.
Employees must be willing to work shift assignments and on-call availability may be required.
Individuals not continuously employed since February 9, 1991, by the State of Alaska Department of Corrections in a "correctional officer," "probation officer," or "parole officer" position, as defined by 13 AAC 85.900, are subject to requirements established by Alaska Police Standards Council (APSC). As a condition of continued employment, these individuals must obtain a basic correctional officer certificate issued by the APSC within 14 months of hire.
Any employment action that resulted in discharge, resignation in lieu of discharge, or discipline, must be disclosed at the time of application to vacancies within this classification. Applicants who fail to provide this information will be deemed to be ineligible for interview or further consideration. Applicants with an employment action that makes them ineligible for certification under APSC regulations will be ineligible to receive an interview or further consideration.
For purposes of the minimum qualifications for this job class, "misdemeanor" means:
1)  A crime classified as a misdemeanor in Alaska at the time the crime was committed.
2)  A crime committed in another jurisdiction for which there was a conviction in that jurisdiction by a civilian or military court is a "misdemeanor" conviction if the crime has elements similar to those of a misdemeanor under Alaska law at the time the offense was committed.
3) An offense punishable as a misdemeanor in Alaska or under the law of another jurisdiction, that results in a completed suspended imposition of sentence, expungement of record, or a pardon, is considered a "misdemeanor" conviction unless the offense was committed by the person before the age of 21.
A qualified applicant may not:
Have been convicted of any felony or a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence by a civilian court of Alaska, the United States, another state or territory, or by a military court.
Have been convicted during the past ten (10) years by a civilian court of Alaska, the United States, another state or territory, or by a military court of a crime of dishonesty or moral turpitude, of a crime that resulted in serious physical injury to another person, or of two or more driving under the influence offenses.
Have illegally manufactured, transported, or sold a controlled substance during the past 10 years, provided you were under 21 years of age at the time.
Have illegally used a Schedule IA, IIA, IIIA, IVA, or VA controlled substance during the past 5 years, provided you were at least 21 years of age at the time.
Have used marijuana during the last year, provided you were at least 21 years of age at the time.
Have been denied certification by the Alaska Police Standards Council or the responsible certifying agency in any other issuing jurisdiction unless the denial, revocation, or surrender has been rescinded by the council under 13 AAC 85.270 or by the responsible certifying agency of the issuing jurisdiction.

Have ever used a controlled substance while employed as a certifiable municipal, state, federal peace officer, correctional officer, adult probation officer, or military law enforcement officer.


Additional Required Information

The Department of Corrections follows and maintains federal and state requirements standards including, but not limited to, Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) standards which apply to all public and private institutions that house adult or juvenile offenders. PREA standards preclude the department from hiring or promoting anyone who has engaged in, or been convicted of any conduct which would violate PREA standards related to sexual assault including:

  • Sexual abuse in a prison, jail, lockup, community confinement facility, juvenile facility, or other institution;
  • 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 above.

If post-secondary education is required to meet the minimum qualifications, you must fill in the Education section of the application. If you have not obtained a degree, please indicate the number of units completed. Copies of transcripts are required to verify educational credentials if used to meet the minimum qualifications for a position. Transcripts can be attached at the time of application or provided at the time of interview, at the discretion of the hiring manager.

Education completed in foreign colleges, universities, or high schools may be used to meet the minimum qualifications listed above. If utilizing this education, you must show that the education credentials have been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and that such education has been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs; or an accredited U.S. post-secondary institution reports the other institution as one whose transcript is given full value, or full value is given in subject areas applicable to the curricula at the post-secondary institution or high school.  It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.

If using work experience in your Applicant Profile, you must also provide the employer name, your job title, dates of employment and whether full or part-time. Applicant Profiles will be reviewed to determine if the responses are supported and Minimum Qualifications are clearly met. If they are not, the applicant may not advance to the interview and selection phase of the recruitment.

This position requires the use or possession of a firearm or ammunition. In accordance with the federal Omnibus Consolidated Appropriations Act of 1997 (PL 104-208), if you have been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence, you may not hold this position.

A "misdemeanor crime of domestic violence" is an offense that is (1) a misdemeanor under Federal or state law; and (2) has, as an element, the use or attempted use of physical force, or the threatened use of a deadly weapon, committed by a current or former spouse, parent, or guardian of the victim, by a person with whom the victim shares a child in common, by a person who is cohabiting with or has cohabited with the victim as a spouse, parent, or guardian, or by a person similarly situated to a spouse, parent, or guardian of the victim.

If you have ever been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence, do NOT apply for this position.

Please be aware – this position requires the use of the Alaska Public Safety Information Network (APSIN)/Alaska Corrections Offender Management System (ACOMS).  A security clearance issued by the Department of Public Safety (DPS) is necessary to use APSIN/ACOMS.  DPS will deny security clearance for any applicant who has been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor in this state or another jurisdiction, or who may be a fugitive from justice.  Additionally, security clearance will be withdrawn if DPS discovers that material information was falsified or omitted at the time of the initial application for security clearance.

All Department of Corrections employees are required to be fingerprinted. The successful candidate must pass a criminal history check.

This recruitment may be used for more than one (1) vacancy. The applicant pool acquired during this recruitment may be used for future vacancies for up to ninety (90) days after this recruitment closes. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply to each recruitment notice to ensure consideration for all vacancies.
The State of Alaska complies with Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Individuals with disabilities, who require accommodation, auxiliary aides or services, or alternative communication formats, please call 1-800-587-0430 or (907) 465-4095 in Juneau or TTY: Alaska Relay 711 or 1-800-770-8973 or correspond with the Division of Personnel & Labor Relations at: P.O. Box 110201, Juneau, AK 99811-0201. The State of Alaska is an equal opportunity employer.


You can ONLY apply for this position through the Workplace Alaska website or via hard-copy application. If you accessed this recruitment bulletin through a job search portal such as AlaskaJobs or any other database, you MUST use a Workplace Alaska online or hard-copy application to successfully apply. Instructions on how to apply with Workplace Alaska may be found on the Workplace Alaska "How to Apply" webpage, found here:



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Contact Information

For specific information in reference to the position please contact the hiring manager at:
Name: Recruitment & Retention Unit
Phone: (907) 269-5455


State of Alaska


PO Box 110201

Juneau, Alaska, 99811


(800) 587-0430 (Statewide toll-free number)
(907) 465-4095 (Juneau and out-of-state callers)



Anchorage, AK

15 day(s) ago

Closing Date 2023-09-29