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We continually strive for a workforce that reflects the growing diversity within the State of Illinois.  A variety of employee backgrounds, perspectives, ideas and experiences are crucial to our ability to most effectively serve the public.  Bilingual skills welcome

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Date:  Jul 28, 2022

Springfield, IL, US, 62702-5643

Job Requisition ID:  136

Agency:  Department of Corrections 
Closing Date/Time:   
Salary:  Expected Starting Salary: $40,632.00 
Job Type:  Salaried Full Time 
County:  Lee; Adams; Brown; Christian; Clinton; Cook; Crawford; Fayette; Fulton; Greene; Henry; Jefferson; Johnson; Kane; Knox; LaSalle; Lawrence; Livingston; Logan; Macon; Montgomery; Morgan; Peoria; Perry; Pike; Pope; Randolph; Rock_Island; St._Clair; Vermilion; Will 
Number of Vacancies:  Varies
Plan/BU:  RC006 

Job Responsibilities

Under immediate supervision of the Correctional Lieutenant, for a period not to exceed six months, receives formalized and on-the-job training in security and custodial duties in the Security Department of an Illinois Correctional Center.

Minimum Qualifications

  1. Requires knowledge, skill and mental development equivalent to completion of four (4) years of high school.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Requires elementary knowledge of resident behavior problems.
  • Requires working knowledge of the methods and objects of discipline required for persons under restraint.
  • Requires ability to complete a pre-service security training course.
  • Requires ability to control and direct residents.
  • Requires ability to establish and maintain satisfactory working relationships with coworkers and others.
  • Requires ability to learn to prepare reports of unusual happenings or accidents or violations of rules.
  • Requires ability to understand rules, regulations and requirements of the institution.
  • Requires ability to learn to train residents in performing required tasks.
  • Requires ability to profit from formal and on-the-job training experiences.
  • Requires ability to become aware of specific problems and needs of residents in a custodial setting.
  • Requires ability to set a good example by personal conduct and attitude.
  • Requires ability and willingness to follow orders.


Employment Conditions

  1. Requires ability to successfully complete a firearms training course and learn the proper use of firearms.
  2. Requires the ability to pass the Illinois Department of Corrections background check. 
  3. On January 1, 2020, the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act will make it legal for residents over the age of 21 to produce, consume and sell cannabis in Illinois. Please note that although the law has changed, the Department will continue to enforce the Department’s zero tolerance Drug Testing policy.  The use of unauthorized drugs, including cannabis, by an employee, regardless of the position held is prohibited. 
  4. Governor Pritzker announced a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy for all State employees whose job duties require them to work in a congregate care facility. All 24/7 congregate-care facilities operated by the Illinois Department of Corrections are included in this mandate, which is scheduled to take place October 14, 2021.  Administration is currently in negotiations with AFSCME for employees covered under a collective bargaining agreement in regard to this mandate.  


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:  3 Designated Shifts by Work Location. Days Off Vary. 
Work Location:  Varies (Illinois Department of Corrections Facility List


All Correctional Officer Trainees are required to attend six weeks at the Corrections Training Academy in Springfield, Illinois.  Facilities will select applicants for hire from the county eligibility list.  

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Job Function: Public Safety