Thank You for Your Interest in a Career in Corrections
If you are interested in pursuing a rewarding career as a Corrections Officer, take the first steps to qualify for our hiring event today! By following the simple steps outlined below, you will be on your way.
The Application Process
Step 1: Job Interest Form
Submit an online Job Interest Form today to provide your contact information to our recruiters and answer a brief pre-screening survey.
- To start the application process, CLICK HERE to complete a Job Interest Form.
Qualified candidates will be contacted within two business days to review your qualifications, answer questions you may have, and discuss the next steps in the process.
Step 2: WorkKeys Assessment & Application
Qualified applicants will be scheduled for an Assessment Workshop to complete required WorkKeys assessments and submit a Bernalillo County Online Employment Application.
The WorkKeys assessments and qualifying scores required for the Corrections Officer position are as follows:
Work Keys Assessment
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For more information about the WorkKeys assessment, click here to access the WorkKeys FAQs
and complete practice assessment questions.
Step 3: Interview, Background & Reference Check
Following the submission of your application and qualifying WorkKeys assessment scores, you will be contacted by a member of the MDC Recruitment Team to schedule an interview at our hiring event. Qualified candidates will then be subject to a comprehensive criminal background and reference check process starting the day of your interview.
Step 4: Psychological Evaluation, Drug Test & Physical Exam
Applicants who successfully complete the interview, criminal background and reference check will then proceed to a written and oral psychological exam followed by a physical examination and drug test.
Step 5: Employment Offer, Hire & Training Academy
After successful completion of all of the requirements described above, applicants may receive an official offer of employment by Bernalillo County. If the offer of employment is accepted, the applicant will be scheduled for an upcoming twelve-week Corrections Officer Training Academy Class.
Need More Information?
If you have questions or need additional information, please feel free to contact the MDC Recruitment Team.
MDC is proud to offer our Corrections Officers a competitive compensation package as follows:
Starting Pay: $14.26/Hour
5+ Years of Service: $19.39/Hour
Applicants with a year or more of experience may qualify for our Lateral Entry Program, which provides for compensation starting at the Post-Probation or 5-Year pay rate.
In addition to a competitive pay package, Corrections Officers are eligible to participate in a full range of health and financial benefits including:
- Health, Dental and Vision Insurance
- 25 Year Retirement Pension Plan
- Deferred Compensation
- Group Term Life Insurance
- Vacation, Sick Leave & Personal Holidays
- 11 Paid Holidays
- Employee Educational Assistance Program
- On-Site Staff Wellness Center
- Free Meals While On Duty
- Free Gated Parking
The Role of a Corrections Officer
As a Corrections Officer at one of the nation’s best operated jails, you will play a critical role in protecting the public and executing our mission to provide a safe and secure environment for our staff and the inmates in our custody. For those who rise to the challenge, MDC offers the opportunity to learn, grow, excel and achieve new heights personally as you develop the knowledge and skills to carry out the role of Corrections Officer.
In this capacity, you will work one-on-one with inmates to proactively manage and direct the daily operation of the units. Some of your daily responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Communicate effectively with a varied population of offenders including individuals from diverse racial, cultural and economic backgrounds.
- Directly manage general inmate behavior in areas assigned.
- Make periodic checks of the housing unit to ensure that the environment is safe and secure for staff and inmates.
- Maintaining an accurate count of the inmates assigned to the housing unit.
- Performing personal and cell searches to prevent the introduction of contraband into the facility.
- Instruct inmates in the general housekeeping and sanitation of the housing areas.
- Tactfully and courteously establish and maintain effective working relationships with the public, internal staff and law enforcement agencies.
- Maintain control and discipline of the inmates.
- React quickly and calmly to emergency situations and make effective decisions based training and policy while in stress situations and circumstances.
For more information on a career as a Corrections Officer, complete a Job Interest Form
Frequently Asked Questions
How long is the MDC Corrections Officer Training Academy?
The Corrections Officer Training Academy lasts 12 weeks and is made up of nine weeks of highly interactive classroom and hands-on training, followed by three weeks of on-the-job training.
What are the work hours for the Training Academy?
The academy is primarily operated from 7 a.m. - 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. However, during on-the job training, Cadets can expect to work on all three shifts.
If I have previous experience in corrections, am I required to complete the MDC Corrections Officer Training Academy?
Yes. At MDC we feel that your best opportunity for success is to complete our Academy so that you are able to learn MDC specific operational standards.
I have previous experience in corrections, am I eligible for a hiring starting pay?
MDC has a Lateral Entry Program that allows for increased pay opportunities for applicants with previous experience in corrections. To qualify, you must meet the following requirements:
- At least one year of experience in corrections within the last year.
- Completion of probation.
- Completion of an ACA accredited or equivalent training academy.
Eligibility determinations will be made solely by MDC and must be supported through verification and documentation provided by the applicant and their previous employer.
Once I complete the Academy, what shift will I work?
Corrections Officers may be assigned to any of our three shifts based on the needs of the department. Our current shifts are as follows:
Day: 7 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Swing: 3 - 11 p.m.
Grave: 11 p.m. - 7 a.m.
Following probation, you will have an opportunity to bid for shift in seniority order.
What will my days off be after the Academy?
Much like shift assignment, Corrections Officers may be assigned to days off based on the needs of the department. Officers are scheduled for two days off in a row.
Following probation, you will have an opportunity to bid for days off in seniority order.
Am I required to work overtime?
Once you complete the Academy, you may be required to work overtime when needed. Overtime is offered on a voluntary basis in seniority order. If posts remain vacant, overtime may be required on a mandatory basis.
What opportunities are there for career advancement?
MDC strives to offer career development and advancement opportunities to all of our team members in an effort to provide an enriching and rewarding career. As a Corrections Officer, there are many options for growth laterally in your career as well as opportunities for those who desire upward mobility into management positions.
Currently, you may qualify for participation in the promotional process for the position of Sergeant once you have completed three years of service at MDC. Following, you may qualify for participation in the promotional processes for the positions of Lieutenant, Captain, Assistant Chief or Chief as positions are available.
Additionally, lateral growth opportunities into specialized assignments are available after the completion of probation for those wishing to remain in the Corrections Officer position. These assignments include:
Corrections Emergency Response Team
Community Custody Program
Security Threat Group
Training & Recruiting
Field Training Officer
What is the WorkKeys Assessment and why do I have to take it for this position?
WorkKeys is an assessment tool that measures “real world” skills that MDC believes are critical to your success as a Corrections Officer. This tool is used to select, develop and retain a high performance workforce.
I have previously taken the WorkKeys Assessments and did not meet the minimum score. Is there something I can do to prepare to take it again?
Yes. You may access the link below to access the KeyTrain Curriculum and Learning Tools to help you master the applied workplace skills measured by WorkKeys. Click the link below for more information.