• Kitsap County, WA
  • Port Orchard, Washington
  • Mar 23, 2024
Full Time Public Safety
  • Salary: $24.35 - $33.57 Hourly USD

Job Description


Do what you love while serving the community where you live!

We offer great benefits, including medical, dental, and a pension.

Join our dedicated team of professionals to serve the citizens of Kitsap.

If you believe all youth can succeed if provided the right life skills and supportive relationships, this is the career for you!

As a Juvenile Detention Officer, you will help teach how to overcome obstacles; reenter communities; participate in pro-social activities and reduce the likelihood of re-offending.

Our team is committed to providing comprehensive , effective, and individualized services to each youth and their families. We pride ourselves in providing a safe, supportive , professional, and caring environment for our teammates and the youth we serve . We are seek ing teammates that share that common vision and want to make a difference.

We are currently seeking Juvenile Detention Officer s to join our tea m. Interacting with youth in th e Kitsap County Juvenile Detention Facility , your focus will be managing behavior using the least restrictive means; coaching and using conflict resolution skills to teach and promote pro-social behavior; disciplining when appropriate in accordance with well-defined procedures . A successful candidate m ust have experience and/or the desire to work with youth and must have the ability to set appropriate boundaries .

To learn more about Kitsap County and Juvenile and Family Court Services please visit our website at: https://spf.kitsapgov.com/juv/Pages/default.aspx

To learn more about Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission and the Academy please visit their website at: https://fortress.wa.gov/cjtc/www/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=408&Itemid=262


Required Education and Experience
  • High School diploma or GED; AND
  • Must be at least 21 years of age.

Preferred Education, Experience or Other Qualifications
  • At least one year working with youth
  • One year of college level coursework in the area of corrections, law enforcement, law and justice, police science or social services related to correctional rehabilitation from a college or university accredited by an agency recognized by the US Department of Education.
  • Experience working in therapeutic detention, residential treatment, or closely related field

Required Licenses, Certificates, Examinations/Tests and Other Requirements

Please note : The incumbent is responsible for obtaining and maintaining all of the following required licenses, certifications and other requirements.

Prior to employment the successful candidate must :
  • Submit a copy of their State employment driving record abstract to verify their eligibility to drive for Kitsap County.
  • Pass a comprehensive background investigation/criminal background check which includes fingerprinting through law enforcement agencies.
  • Pass all job-related examinations/tests necessary to demonstrate required knowledge, skills and abilities, in a multi-phase testing process. These tests include polygraph, psychological exam, and a pre-employment physical.

Within 30 days after employment the successful candidate must :
  • Complete Bloodborne/Airborne Pathogens training and receive Hepatitis B vaccine or sign a waiver.
  • Complete a Tuberculosis Test (and yearly thereafter).
  • Possess and submit a copy of a valid and current CPR/First Aid Certificate.
Within one year after employment the successful candidate must:
  • Complete the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission Academy
Driving Requirements
The successful incumbent must meet the driving requirements of this position and submit a copy a current driving record/abstract (from state of residency) to review for eligibility to drive for Kitsap County prior to employment.The successful incumbent must obtain a valid Washington State Driver's License prior to hire and maintain a satisfactory driving record as outlined in the Kitsap County Vehicle Use Policy.

This position is categorized as:
  • Category 1: Driver operates County-owned vehicle.
Criminal Conviction Standards:
  • The successful incumbent will or may have unsupervised access to children under 18 years of age, or a vulnerable person, or access to a secured/confidential facility or computer system(s). As a result, Kitsap County will be conducting an extensive criminal background check by law enforcement agencies, which includes fingerprinting.
    • Please review the following list of disqualifying crimes and negative actions to determine if you meet our standard for this position: https://www.dshs.wa.gov/ffa/disqualifying-list-crimes-and-negative-actions

(The physical demands described are representative of those that must be met by the employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Kitsap County provides reasonable accommodation to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.)

Positions in this class typically require :
  • The duties in this position are performed in a secured 24 hours/day, 7 day/week juvenile detention facility, occasionally escorting detainees to court or to appointments. Occasionally work will be performed in an office setting.
  • Employees in this department are considered essential employees and must report to work regardless of inclement weather or other conditions.
  • Driving a vehicle and exposure to the hazards associated with all weather conditions and traffic will be occasionally required.
  • Must have sufficient strength and flexibility for activities involving running, jumping, balancing, climbing, crawling, kneeling, bending, stooping, twisting, crouching, reaching, lifting, carrying, dragging, throwing, pushing/pulling in order to physically subdue and restrain detainees in a variety of volatile, possibly dangerous situations.
  • Adequate vision to observe the behavior of detainees and assess the safety and security of the facility.
  • Adequate hearing to monitor all radio communications for safety and security of the facility, workers, and incarcerated youth.
  • Repetitive motions when manually completing required logs/reports.
  • Speaking/talking when communicating with juvenile detainees.
  • Exertion of force of up to 50 pounds occasionally, and/or up to 20 pounds frequently and/or 10 pounds constantly to move objects.

Incumbents may be :
  • Subject to exposure to physical hazards such as: restricted work areas or blood and body fluids requiring the use of safe biohazard and blood borne pathogen prevention methods.
  • Exposed to potentially violent or hostile individuals in volatile and dangerous situations within the facility which require sufficient strength and flexibility to physically restrain a juvenile weighing over 100 pounds.


(Any one position may not include all of the duties listed nor do the listed examples include all tasks which may be found in positions of this class.)

Essential Job Functions :

  • Maintain safety of the pod on assigned shift; assure security procedures are followed; screen approved visitors.
  • Provide supportive encouragement and guidance to youth, utilizing opportunities afforded during direct supervision of pod assignments, and offer instruction, advice and assistance.
  • Assist juveniles in cultivating appropriate social, behavioral, and interpersonal skills and attitudes useful in community living; lead recreational activities and give instruction in games.
  • Monitor activities of daily living of juveniles; search quarters and new admissions for contraband and hazardous items; escort juveniles to areas of the building.

  • Utilize ACCESS, JIS/JCS, and ODYSSEY to create records of admission and release from detention.
  • Utilize web-based case management system (Rite Track) for each juvenile admitted to the facility; maintain shift records of activities of juveniles in the web-based case management system.
  • Observe and record behavior; physically control disturbed juveniles; respond to emergency situations; make regular security checks on rooms and facilities; discipline juveniles for rule infraction.
  • Maintain orderly appearance of assigned area; launder clothing and bedding utilizing hazardous waste protocol if needed; dispense health and grooming items.
  • Assist the arresting law enforcement officer or intake officer in admitting or releasing juveniles from the facility.

  • Collect data on juveniles to compile social history; provide data for use in diagnosis and Court reports; participate with the supervisor in preparing diagnostic/behavioral reports.
  • Central control and lead post pod position includes responsibility for all internal movement, control and security; monitoring of all two-way radio communications and all camera and security systems.
  • Respond to inquiries within scope of knowledge or transfer inquiries to supervisor.


  • Who May Apply: This position is open to the general public. Applications will be screened for qualifications and completion of all the required materials and forms. The most competitive applicants may be contacted for further steps in the selection process, which may include testing for office and computer skills.
  • Classified as eligible for overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
  • This position is covered by the Kitsap County Extra Help policy in the Personnel Manual.
  • Internal applicants should be aware that a change in union status or bargaining unit may impact your benefits and accruals. Please contact Human Resources if you have questions.
  • Kitsap County is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, family or medical care leave, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws, regulations and ordinances. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements. If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or the recruiting process, please contact our Human Resources Office.
  • This recruitment is being used to fill current openings for full-time and on-call positions, and may be used to fill future openings for up to six (6) months.
  • Work hours will vary, depending on assigned shift.

If you are having technical difficulties, creating, accessing or completing your application, please call NEOGOV toll-free at (855) 525-5627 or email support@neogov.com.

No benefits are offered with this position exceptthose required by the state or federal law.

Closing Date/Time: 12/31/2024 12:00 AM Pacific

Job Address

Port Orchard, Washington United States View Map