Oregon Corrections Officer Job Description

The Oregon Department of Corrections is responsible for correctional operations in the state. Overall, Oregon has 14 separate correctional facilities, which house more than 13,000 inmates. In Oregon, the only inmates that are placed into state-run correctional facilities are those that have been convicted of crimes that have resulted in a sentence of at least 12 months, usually due to felony convictions and other serious crimes of that nature.

Correctional officer jobs are rewarding in Oregon, as the state offers a promotion system that most other states do not. This allows correctional officers to move up the ladder quickly when compared with other states. On average, an entry-level corrections officer in Oregon makes $3,136 to $4,302 a month, depending on their experience level, the location of the correctional facility they are working in and other factors.

The Nature of the Job

Working at one of the 14 correctional facilities in the state is a demanding and stressful job, which is why proper training and experience is such a big factor. The largest responsibility for corrections officers is the supervision of inmate activity and ensuring the safety of the inmates and employees inside the building, as well as the public that resides outside of the facility. The most important task of correctional officers is to conduct surveillance and enforce rules in order to ensure inmates obey all regulations and serve out their sentences in a peaceful manner.

Requirements and Qualifications

Federal Bureau of Prisons

Students and professionals seeking a job with the Federal Bureau of Prisons must first meet these minimum standards:

  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Be at least 21 years old and no older than 36
  • Have a criminal history free from felony or serious misdemeanor convictions
  • Good credit history
  • Be able to perform these tasks
    • Carry or drag a 75 pound dummy 694 in under three minutes
    • Run an obstacle course in under 59 seconds
    • Climb a ladder and clasp an item within seven seconds
    • Ascend 108 stairs in 45 seconds while holding a 20 pound weight belt
    • Run one quarter of a mile and handcuff a target in 2 minutes and 35 seconds

GS-5 correctional officers receive between $31,315 and $40,706 in annual salary and must possess these qualifications:

  • Have a bachelor’s degree; or
  • Have at least three years of experience in
    • Teaching
    • Emergency response
    • Management
    • Security
    • Sales

GS-6 correctional officers are eligible for salaries between $34,907 and $45,376 and must meet these standards:

  • Have nine semesters of graduate courses in
    • Law
    • Criminal justice
    • Social science
  • Have a year of experience in
    • Corrections
    • Law enforcement
    • Mental health facility work

Oregon Department of Corrections

Before applying for correctional officer jobs with the Oregon Department of Corrections, a potential applicant should first review the basic qualifications and requirements for the position. These include the following:

  • Must be at least 21 years of age
  • Must have the ability to obtain a Class B drivers license that can transport up to 26,000 pounds or 16 people.
  • Must have a high school diploma, GED or an equivalent level of education
  • Must be legally able to carry a firearm
  • Must be in good physical condition and of high moral character
  • Must have a criminal history with no felonies or serious misdemeanors
  • Must be able to pass a drug screen
  • Must be a citizen of the United States, and preferably a resident of the state of Oregon
  • Must have 20/30 corrected vision in each eye

Training

Federal correctional officers are required to complete 200 hours of training prior to active service.  An 80 hour orientation at the assigned facility is followed by a 120 hour training program held at the Staff Training Academy.  After the first year, federal correctional officers must obtain at least 16 hours of training each year.

If an applicant is deemed qualified for a correctional officer job in Oregon, they must then complete training at the Department of Public Safety and Standards Training academy.

New hires are required to complete 200 hours of training during their first year of employment, and are then required to complete 40 hours of training every year thereafter throughout their career.

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