County of Alameda

Keeper (#8740)

Bargaining Unit: SEIU 1021 - Misc Sub/Para Prof (012)
$27.75-$33.73 Hourly / $2,220.00-$2,698.40 BiWeekly /
$4,810.00-$5,846.53 Monthly / $57,720.00-$70,158.40 Yearly

Under direction, to keep watch of and move inmates within the hospitals to deter escape, to assist in transporting inmates between outside medical facilities, and to do related work as required.


Positions in this class are unarmed and are located in the Sheriff's Office. Keepers report to a Deputy Sheriff on duty or to a Sergeant in charge at a specified work location.

NOTE: The following are the duties performed by employees in this classification. However, employees may perform other related duties at an equivalent level. Each individual in the classification does not necessarily perform all duties listed.

1. Guards inmates awaiting trial or confined in hospitals to prevent escape opportunity.

2. Alerts Deputy Sheriff or Sergeant on duty of any attempts of escape or unusual occurrences relating to inmates.

3. Moves inmates within County facilities, and assists in transporting inmates between outside medical facilities.

4. Assists the Sheriff's staff in searching for weapons and contraband.

5. Monitors visitors of inmates as prescribed by the Sheriff's Department.

6. May provide written statement for inclusion in Departmental Incident Reports.

7. May be required to apply restraint devices.


Candidates must be at least 2l years of age at time of employment.


Must have completed or be currently enrolled in a course in Laws of Arrest and Firearms as specified in Section 832 of the California Penal Code.

NOTE: If currently enrolled in the course, candidates must complete the required training within six months of employment on their own time and own expense.

NOTE: The Civil Service Commission may modify the above Minimum Qualifications in the announcement of an examination.

NOTE: The level and scope of the following knowledge and abilities are related to duties listed under the “Examples of Duties” section of this specification.

Knowledge of:

• Provisions of the Penal Code relating to laws and methods of arrest, search and seizure, ethics and discretionary decision making.

Ability to:

• Effectively deal with inmates and the public.
• Think and act quickly and effectively in emergencies.
• Follow oral and written instructions.
• Be confined to a localized area for long periods of time.

Revised: 5/27/87
Revised: 3/10/97
Old document: 0825h
New document: Jobspecs/8740
CSC Date: 4/2/97


Alameda County offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package that affords wide-ranging health care options to meet the different needs of a diverse workforce and their families. We also sponsor many different employee discount, fitness and health screening programs focused on overall well being.  These benefits include but are not limited to*:

For your Health & Well-Being

  • Medical – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Dental – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Vision or Vision Reimbursement
  • Share the Savings
  • Basic Life Insurance 
  • Supplemental Life Insurance (with optional dependent coverage for eligible employees) 
  • County Allowance Credit
  • Flexible Spending Accounts - Health FSA, Dependent Care and Adoption Assistance
  • Short-Term Disability Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Voluntary Benefits - Accident Insurance, Critical Illness, Hospital Indemnity and Legal Services
  • Employee Assistance Program

For your Financial Future

  • Retirement Plan - (Defined Benefit Pension Plan)
  • Deferred Compensation Plan (457 Plan or Roth Plan)

For your Work/Life Balance

  • 12 paid holidays
  • Floating Holidays
  • Vacation and sick leave accrual
  • Vacation purchase program
  • Catastrophic Sick Leave
  • Group Auto/Home Insurance
  • Pet Insurance
  • Commuter Benefits Program
  • Guaranteed Ride Home
  • Employee Wellness Program (e.g. At Work Fitness, Incentive Based Programs, Gym Membership Discounts)
  • Employee Discount Program (e.g. theme parks, cell phone, etc.)
  • Child Care Resources
  • 1st United Services Credit Union 

*Eligibility is determined by Alameda County and offerings may vary by collective bargaining agreement.  This provides a brief summary of the benefits offered and can be subject to change.


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