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Date:  Jun 27, 2024

Centralia, IL, US, 62801

Job Requisition ID:  36674

Agency :  Department of Corrections 
Closing Date/Time: 12/31/2024 
Salary:   Anticipated Starting Salary: $4,470 month; CBA Applies; Full Range: $4,470 - $6,333/month.  
Job Type:   Salaried 
County:   Adams; Brown; Christian; Clinton; Cook; Crawford; Fayette; Fulton; Greene; Henry; Jackson; Jefferson; Johnson ; Kane; Knox; LaSalle; Lawrence; Lee; Livingston; Logan; Macon; Montgomery; Morgan; Peoria; Perry; Pike; Pope; Rock Island; St. Clair; Vermilion; Will  
Number of Vacancies:   100  
Plan/BU: RC006   


This position is a union position; therefore, provisions of the relevant collective bargaining agreement/labor contract apply to the filling of this position.


This position can only be reached via promotion.




Follow the application Instructions on the Correctional Officer Trainee posting.



Posting Identification Number  36674 


Position Overview

The Correctional Officer performs security and custodial duties, supervising and maintaining control of Individuals in Custody’s movement and activities on an assigned shift, giving direction and making decisions as required, referring non-routine decisions to the superior officer, as well as enforcing and maintaining disciplinary, safety, sanitary, security and custodial measures.  The Correctional Officer position is a vital position for the custody, control, and safety of all IDOC facilities. The candidate must have successfully completed an approved correctional officer training program. We encourage all staff that meet the minimum requirements to apply.

Job Responsibilities

  1. Maintains orderly conduct of visitors and individuals in custody.
  2. Serves as the tower officer.
  3. Serves as a writ officer certifying safety and security of the individual in custody being escorted on writ.
  4. Serves as an inter/outer patrol officer. Makes routine patrols of the perimeter areas checking for contraband, unauthorized person and security breaches.
  5. Completes disciplinary and incident reports on individuals in custody.
  6. Enforces, maintains discipline, safety, sanitation, security and custodial measures in all areas of assignment.
  7. Performs other duties as required or assigned which are reasonable within the scope of duties enumerated above.

Minimum Qualifications

  1. Requires knowledge, skill, and mental development equivalent to completion of four (4) years high school.
  2. Requires the successful completion of an approved correctional officer training program.

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Prefers working knowledge and understanding of the methods and objects of discipline required to handle persons under restraint.
  2. Prefers the ability to enforce and maintain discipline, safety, sanitations, security, and custodial measures.

Conditions of Employment

  1. Requires the physical ability to perform duties assigned..
  2. Requires a valid, appropriate driver’s license and the ability to travel statewide.
  3. Requires ability to carry a firearm.
  4. Requires ability to pass the IDOC/IDJJ background check.
  5. Requires ability to pass a drug screen.  The use of unauthorized drugs by an employee, regardless of the position held, is prohibited.
  6. Applicants are required to abide by all vaccine and/or other medical standards as set out by the employer.

About the Agency

The Illinois Department of Corrections is a multicultural agency deeply committed to ensuring diversity, equity, and inclusion.  This commitment is at the forefront of our operations, hiring, policies and procedures, and training. We recognize the benefit of workplace empowerment, the importance of diversity and fully support an environment where ALL employees are treated fairly, respectfully, and have equal access to opportunities and resources necessary to thrive and contribute to the agency’s success. IDOC genuinely values the differences of individuals in our custody and is committed to ensuring a healthy living environment where they feel valued, respected, and included. Through our commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI), we shall establish and uphold agency policies and practices conducive to eliminating all forms of exclusion including, but not limited to, racism, ageism, ableism, sexism, discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender, and religious oppression. The IDOC team works to serve justice in Illinois and increase public safety by promoting positive change in behavior of individuals in custody, operating successful reentry programs, and reducing victimization. Employees enjoy excellent benefits, including health, vision, and dental insurance; retirement plan and deferred compensation; state holidays and other benefit time off; tuition reimbursement; and pre-tax benefit programs. The department also offers extensive training and career advancement opportunities. The Illinois Department of Corrections is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Work Hours:  Varies by location.  

Training Location: Training Academy; 980 W. Grove Road, Decatur, IL 62521
Work Location: 9330 Shattuc Rd, Centralia, Illinois, 62801  
Agency Contact:

Posting Group:  Public Safety  


This position [DOES NOT] contain “Specialized Skills” (as that term is used in CBAs).





Please see application instructions for a Correctional Officer Trainee. Upon successful completion of a three month trainee period and a four and a one-half month probationary period, Correctional Officer Trainees can be certified as Correctional Officers.


Any questions, please contact the Illinois Department of Corrections, Central Screening Office -

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