Position Title: Correctional Officer Full-Time

Salary: $22.8154 per hour

How to Apply:

Applications for the position of Correctional Officer, Full-Time are accepted on a continuous basis. Applications are submitted online. After reviewing this job announcement, please click on the link at the bottom of the page to apply online. A resume may not be substituted for an application.

Minimum Requirements:

High school diploma or its equivalent. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and be a U.S. Citizen.

Candidates must pass a Physical Agility Test and possess a valid driver’s license to continue in the selection process. 

Act 33/34 clearances are required prior to appointment at the cost of the applicant.

It is the policy of Allegheny County that in order to receive a final offer of employment, candidates must successfully pass a background check, which includes verification of Allegheny County Real Estate Tax status, and drug/medical examinations as required for the position. The pre-employment drug screen must be completed within 48 hours of the acceptance of the conditional offer of employment. 

Position Summary:



  • Supervises all functions within a housing pod in accordance with the basic rules and principles of direct supervision. 
  • Coordinates all inmate movement in-house to include utilization of the recreation yard and the visiting booths.
  • Enforces rules of conduct, security and work assignments in accordance with appropriate interpersonal communication practices and makes verbal and written reports of significant violation or irregularities to supervisory staff.
  • Transports and escorts prisoners and detainees using handcuffs and other appropriate restraints.
  • Performs other related duties as required.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of:

  • Methods and practices of detention facilities to include individual, group attitudes and behavior of inmates
  • Crisis intervention functions to include: counseling; suicide prevention; recognizing abnormal behavior and taking appropriate action

Skill in:

Ability to:

  • Communicate effectively orally and in writing; demonstrate communication skills in court and other formal settings
  • Run to pursue fleeing inmates; perform rescue operations and other duties which may involve: entering and exiting secured areas; lifting, carrying and dragging heavy objects; climbing up to and down from elevated surfaces; climbing through openings; jumping over obstacles; crawling in confined areas; use necessary physical force to protect oneself or others from harm
  • Inspect unclothed inmates, including body cavities, with exposure to body fluids, wastes; possibly encounter deceased persons
  • Work all shifts and forced overtime if staff shortages occur
  • Use or learn to use a personal computer as an input/output device
  • Obtain certification to carry a Department issued weapon during training and maintain their firearm certification for the first five years of employment.


Residency: Not required to live in Allegheny County
Veterans' Preference: Will be awarded to eligible candidates.