Wyoming Corrections Officer Job Description

Correctional officers in Wyoming take pride in their jobs as professionals who have completed an extensive training and certification process. While maintaining order and security in correctional facilities, officers will also have the chance to encourage good behavior among inmates.

One particularly creative work environment for correctional officers is the Honor Farm facility, where inmates are tasked with breaking wild horses caught on Bureau of Land Management territory. This is a process that starts with round pen work and progresses to halter work, then saddling, and eventually rider acceptance. Correctional officers have the opportunity to work in five principle state facilities:

  • Wyoming State Penitentiary in Rawlins
  • Wyoming Women’s Center in Lusk
  • Wyoming Honor Farm in Riverton
  • Wyoming Honor Conservations Camp/Boot Camp in Newcastle
  • Wyoming Medium Correctional Institution in Torrington

Wyoming Corrections Training

Newly hired officers will complete an intensive 10-week Peace Officer Standard and Training (POST)-certified Wyoming Department of Corrections (DOC) Training Academy in Rawlins. This includes a one-week job shadow, and staff who will be working in prisons will attend the academy for an additional four weeks. Training will instruct officers on how to become qualified professionals, and is provided in the following areas:

  • De-escalation techniques
    • Verbal Judo
    • Motivational interviewing
    • Calm logic
  • Defensive tactics
  • Wyoming case law and DOC procedures and policies

During the academy officers will receive their normal salaries, and those with previous experience working in corrections may be eligible to attend a shortened version of the academy. Officers will need to earn passing scores on a physical fitness test at three separate assessments throughout the academy in the events of sit-ups, push-ups, and a 1.5-mile run.

Eligibility

Candidates interested in correctional officer jobs should be aware of the minimum requirements they will need to meet in order to have their applications be considered. The basics include:

  • Having no felony convictions
  • A high school diploma or GED
  • Being a U.S. citizen at least 18 years old

Before being hired, candidates will also need to be able to make it through a screening process that includes:

  • A criminal history, driving record, and employment history check
  • Urinalysis drug test
  • Oral interview
  • Video-based REACT test
  • Physical fitness test

What to Include in an Application

When applying for Wyoming correctional officer positions candidates will need to include their completed State employment application, background questionnaire, and an IRS Form 8821. Also required as part of the application packet are copies of a candidate’s:

  • DD 214 if previous military service
  • Acceptable form of identification: social security card, birth certificate, or passport
  • Driver’s license
  • Credit report
  • Relevant training records
  • High school diploma or GED, and/or college transcripts

Once a candidate has assembled their full and complete application packet, it can be mailed to the Department of Correction’s recruiter on Wyotte Drive in Cheyenne.

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