POSTED ON 1/21/2021 CLOSED ON 2/11/2021
State of Alaska Hired Organization Address Seward, AK Full Time

Job Posting for CO I at State of Alaska

The Department of Corrections, Division of Institutions, is recruiting for a Correctional Officer I position at Spring Creek Correctional Center in Seward, Alaska.

Correctional Officers also earn up to 16 days of paid leave for the first two years of employment, increasing after 2 years based on years of service, as well as also receiving 11 paid holidays annually.
What you will be doing:
Building a future for yourself in a career that provides security in benefits, salary, abundant room for personal growth and advancement, as well as being a member of a team that has long been a pillar in our community.  You will be working a week on week off schedule, which includes shifts of 6am to 6pm one week, then after your week off, you’ll rotate to 6pm to 6am, alternating weeks going forward.  That means you are only scheduled 6 months of the year!   Also, with this type of schedule, when you take a week’s vacation you will have 3 consecutive weeks off.  
Upon your arrival at the facility and after your first week of orientation, you immediately start your role as supervisor of inmates with your Field Training Officer working by your side to learn skills for the care and custody, security, and reformation of inmates.  
During the first 12-14 months of employment, new Correctional Officers are provided structured field training within the facility and will attend a 7 week Correctional Officer Academy.  After successfully completing the training and receiving the Alaska Police Standards Council (APSC) Correctional Officer Certificate, you will promote to the Correctional Officer II level.

Our organization, mission, and culture:
The mission of Spring Creek Correctional Center is to provide a secure environment for staff and offenders that promotes public safety and provides an opportunity for staff development, and reformative offender programming to ensure safety and efficient resources management.  As the State of Alaska's only Maximum Security adult male facility we provide confinement for minimum, medium, and close custody sentenced felons including the state's most violent and predatory offenders.

The benefits of joining our team:
$5000 sign up bonus ($2500 upon hire/first scheduled day at facility and $2500 upon CO II certification following successful completion of the Academy).
Correctional Officers also earn up to 16 days of paid leave for the first two years of employment, increasing after 2 years based on years of service, as well as also receiving 11 paid holidays annually.
Moving and relocation incentives may be available to the selected candidates.?????

The working environment you can expect:
Spring Creek Correctional Center is a maximum security state operated adult correctional institution.  The institution has a capacity of over 500 male inmates and employs approximately 200 staff.  While much of Spring Creek's inmate population serve long term sentences, we also house prisoners serving shorter sentences.  
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. 
  • 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 I/II positions. Correctional Officers who recruit a new officer, who successfully completes probation and the academy, are eligible to be awarded an additional 40 hours of personal leave to be credited to their leave account.
    Be a citizen of the United States of America or resident alien who has demonstrated the intent to become a citizen of the United States of America.
    Have a high school diploma or a General Educational Development (GED) certificate.
    Be at least 21 years of age at time of appointment.
    Possess a valid driver's license issued within the United States at time of appointment.

At the time of employment: be 21 years of age and a United States citizen; 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 I 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.
Applicants are required to either attach to their application or provide at time of interview the following:
  • Last three performance evaluations (if available); and
  • List of three professional references.
IMPORTANT NOTICE - Background Investigation Requirements and Deadline 
 Applicants who meet minimum qualifications and the pre-interview screening criteria will be offered an interview.

A full criminal history check will be required for all applicants. As part of this process you will need to complete the F-3 Personal History located at: and submit to: You will not be moved forward in the process without this completed form.
Candidates will be required to submit copies of the following documents:  
  • HS diploma, GED or transcripts (must show date of graduation)
  • Birth certificate or 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-2 Form) 
  • Military Evaluations, if applicable
The background investigation requires candidates to complete a background packet, which includes attaching the above required documents in order to verify the minimum qualifications and requirements set forth by the Alaska Police Standards Council are met. Upon hire, applicants will also be subject to fingerprinting. 
Note: Applicants who are not forthright, honest, or who intentionally or unintentionally omit information during the recruitment and selection process may be disqualified from further consideration of employment.

Upon successful completion of the interview, the most 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, tuberculosis screening, and psychological evaluation. All job offers are conditional pending successful completion of these requirements. Applicants who are given a conditional job offer will be responsible for scheduling and paying for their own medical examination.

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.

Questions regarding the application process can be directed to the Workplace Alaska hotline at 800-587-0430 (toll free) or (907) 465- 4095. If you choose to be contacted by email, please ensure your email address is correct on your application and that the spam filter will permit email from the '' domains. For information on allowing emails from the '' domains, visit the Lost Password Help page located at .

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For specific information in reference to the position please contact the hiring manager at:
Name: Jodi Lawry
Phone: 907-224-8119

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