Correctional Officer I/II - Continuous Opening

  • Napa County
  • Napa, California
  • May 15, 2024
  • Salary: $85,612.80 - $111,280.00 Annually USD

Job Description

The Napa Valley

Internationally known for its fine wines exciting restaurants and world-class resorts, is home to 140,000 residents who share a strong sense of community and a legacy of preserving and protecting our rich agricultural heritage.

Located in the heart of California's preeminent wine region, the Napa Valley is also part of the dynamic San Francisco Bay Metropolitan Area. With its sunny Mediterranean climate and proximity to the mountains and ocean, the Valley offers residents easy access to virtually unlimited shopping, dining, cultural and recreational opportunities.

The Napa Valley's strategic location, natural and cultural resources, history of responsible land use planning and attractive quality of life provide the ideal mix of small town living and big city amenities.

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Napa County as an Employer

As an organization, the County is dedicated to improving the lives of our citizens and reflecting the best of the community's values: Respect, Accountability, Dedication, Integrity and Innovation. Learn more HERE .

The Position

Napa County is recruiting to establish an Eligibility List for the position of Correctional Officer I/II - Male and Correctional Officer I/II - Female. Under California Code of Regulations Title 15, gender is a bona fide occupational qualification for the position of Correctional Officer. The eligibility list established from this recruitment will be used to fill full-time, part-time, limited-term, and extra help vacancies for up to one year.

We appreciate your interest in a Correctional Officer I/II position with Napa County. We strongly recommend that you familiarize yourself with the Napa County Corrections Department. Information can be found here: . Because the County jail is a 24-hour, 7-day-per-week operation, employees are called upon to workday and night shifts as well as weekends and holidays.

About the Department of Corrections:
The Napa County Department of Corrections is dedicated to providing professional correctional services to the citizens of Napa County. The Napa County Department of Corrections has jurisdiction over the Napa County Jail facility; it does not operate under the authority of the Napa County Sheriff’s Office. The facility houses both pre-sentenced and sentenced inmates. The Department of Corrections is responsible for the coordination of all programs and services related to the institutional care, treatment and rehabilitation of inmates, including:
  • Classification
  • Diagnosis
  • Intake screening
  • Programs that deal with sentencing alternatives

Salary Information:
Correctional Officers also receive a 5% Detention Services Premium in addition to the salary listed below.

Correctional Officer I:
$41.16 - $49.00 Hourly
$3,292.80 - $3,920.00 Bi-Weekly
$85,612.80 - $101,920.00 Annually

Correctional Officer II:
$44.87 - $53.50 Hourly
$3,589.60 - $ 4,280.00 Bi-Weekly
$93,239.60 - $111,280.00 Annually

Newly hired Correctional Officers may also qualify for*:
  • Signing Bonus of $5,000
  • Vacation Leave Bank of 80 hours upon successful completion of the probationary period (lateral transfers from other agencies only)
  • Student Loan Forgiveness
* Conditions apply based on a version of the Hiring and Promotional Incentive Pilot Program Policy in effect on the hire date.

About the Position of Correctional Officer I/II:
Correctional Officer I is a trainee position. Employees hired into this job classification will work initially under close supervision, learning the procedures, practices, techniques, and methods of custody, control, and counseling of inmates. Employees working at this level will receive training in all areas of operations, settings, and assignments. They will be working with a broad range of people in various detention settings and assignments.

Correctional Officer II is the fully qualified working level in the Correctional Officer series. Incumbents are expected to work independently using judgment and initiative within established department guidelines and procedures.

Position Requirements for Correctional Officer I/II:
  • Persons employed in this class must be willing to work odd irregular and/or rotating shifts, holidays, and weekends.
  • Must be 21 years of age.
  • Must be a United States citizen or permanent resident.
  • Mandated Standards and Training for Corrections program requirements must be completed before permanent status may be granted.
To qualify for this Correctional Officer I an individual must possess any combination of experience and education that would likely produce the required knowledge and abilities. A desirable combination is:
  • Experience: None required. Some institutional work experience is highly desirable.
  • Education: Equivalent to completion of the twelfth grade. (Equivalent to two years of college with course work in criminal justice, sociology, psychology, corrections, and/or behavioral sciences is highly desired.)
To qualify for Correctional Officer II classification, an individual must possess any combination of experience and education that would likely produce the required knowledge and abilities. A desirable combination is:
  • Experience: One year of corrections experience in a detention setting.
  • Education: Equivalent to completion of the twelfth grade. (Equivalent to two years of college with course work in criminal justice, sociology, psychology, corrections, and/or behavioral sciences is highly desired.

The Recruitment Process:
Applications will be reviewed on a continuous basis. The next review of applications will be the week of August 5, 2024.

The recruitment process in order to establish an eligibility list includes:
  • Completion of the employment application
  • Minimum qualification application screening
  • Mandatory Information Session
  • BSCC Written Examination
  • Oral Panel Examination
In order to be placed on the eligibility list for Correctional Officer I/II, you must successfully complete all the steps successfully. Information sessions will be waived for those out-of-state or out of area off 200 miles or more from Napa, CA.

The dates for the information session, written examination, and oral panel examination are tentative and will be provided in more detail once scheduled.

Study Guide for the written exam: Adult-Corrections-Officer-Juvenile-Corrections-Officer--Probation-Officer-Study-Guide-PDF (

Human Resources reserves the right to cancel or make changes, additions, and/or deletions to the examination dates and/or times as the need occurs and/or depending on the number of applications received.


  • When choosing to apply, please be aware that if you have taken the BSCC written examination with Napa County's Adult Correction Officer and passed within the 90 days (90 days from the last date you tested), you are not eligible to be considered for this position. You must allow 90 days to elapse from the last written exam you took and passed in order to be eligible.
  • Napa County does not accept test scores from outside agencies.
  • If you meet the Correctional Officer II requirements, your application will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis regarding the BSCC written examination requirement.

Example of Duties

The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices. Assume responsibility for the discipline, control, security and safety of inmates on an assigned shift; screen and classify inmates regarding health, mental health, pre-trial release, custody housing, crisis intervention and correctional programming; supervise the security and conduct of various housing areas/day rooms during group meetings, meals, bathing, at recreation, during visitations, institutional activities and on work assignments; counsel inmates individually and in group settings within the correctional facility; process inmates admitted to the correctional facility; receive inventory, package and label personal property of inmates during booking process; maintain an accurate record-keeping system for personal property in accordance with established guidelines assigning alphabetical and/or numerical identification codes; return personal property to inmates upon discharge; issue or supervise the issuance of clothing and supplies to inmates; maintain clear and concise records related to inmates and job assignments; prepare written reports on inmates; search inmates' mail, cells and other areas for contraband and/or security and safety problems; confer with supervisors or other officers regarding behavioral and other inmate problems; communicate problems within the facility to supervisory and management staff; manage the cleanliness of the facility and equipment; assist in the maintenance of the facility and equipment; prepare reports as they relate to the detention facility.



English language usage, including spelling, grammar, and punctuation.

Correct vocabulary, grammar, and punctuation to prepare understandable written documents.

Attitudes and behavior patterns of persons in custody and the factors underlying criminal behavior.

Basic record keeping.


Interpret and enforce institutional rules, regulations, and policies with firmness, tact, and impartiality.

Analyze situations accurately and thoroughly in order to determine and implement effective, appropriate courses of action.

Effectively work with inmates in a variety of assignments and custodial settings.

Promote acceptable attitudes and behavior of inmates.

Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with staff, the public, other departments, and outside agencies.

Communicate information in a clear and concise written form.

Communicate orally in English in an effective, understandable manner.

Prepare and maintain clear, concise, and comprehensive records and reports.

Follow both oral and written instructions to complete daily assignments.

Establish and maintain effective working relationships with peers and supervisors.

Communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.

Deal with people in stressful situations.

Follow oral instructions to complete daily assignments.

Follow written instructions to complete daily assignments.


Consistently walk up and down stairs.

Lift and carry up to a 10-pound utility belt.

Run during an emergency.

Lift and/or drag up to 165 pounds.

Stand for a long period of time.

Sit for long periods of time while working at a computer and looking at security monitors.

Special Qualifications :

Candidates are required to: successfully pass the course requirements for the possession of a valid P.C. 832 Certificate (Arrest and Detention).

Pass a comprehensive background investigation.

Pass a pre-employment physical examination which includes a hearing analysis.

Pass a pre-employment psychological examination.

Pass a polygraph examination.

Mandated Standards and Training for Corrections program requirements must be completed before permanent status may be granted.

Willingness to work on call. Persons employed in this class must be willing to work odd irregular and/or rotating shifts, holidays, and weekends.

Must be 21 years of age.

Must be a United States citizen.

Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge, skills, and abilities would be:


None required. Some institutional work experience is highly desired.

Must have a High School Diploma or General Educational Development (GED). Equivalent to two years of college with coursework in criminal justice, psychology, sociology, corrections, and/or behavioral sciences is highly desired.

License or Certificate: *
*Any license, certification, or registration required for this position shall be maintained (i.e., active and in good standing) at all times during employment with Napa County. For continued employment with Napa County, you must maintain such license, certification, or registration to meet the minimum qualifications of this position.


Napa County employees automatically become Disaster Service Workers. This means that when Napa County experiences emergencies (earthquake, wildfire, power outage, etc.) you may be asked to pivot from your regular duties to provide critical services to those affected by the emergency (CA Govt Code § 3101).

Applicants requiring accommodation during the application and/or selection process pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) should contact the County of Napa Human Resources at (707) 253-4303.

Napa County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Salaries are based on a five-step range. Appointments are usually made at the beginning step with advances occurring at six months and the completion of each year thereafter. Salary rates are reviewed annually.

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Certain designated County positions require a candidate to pass a physical examination prior to appointment. Offers of employment are conditional upon successful completion of this examination.

All employees hired into allocated positions or extra help positions will be fingerprinted.


FOR POSITIONS IN THE DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS AND THE PROBATION DEPARTMENT - The selection process will include an oral board interview, psychological assessment, background investigation, and a pre-employment physical exam.

Closing Date/Time: Continuous

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