Skip to Main Content


Fluent in American Sign Language (ASL)

Recruitment #19-004080-0001


The Correctional Officer will perform similar position duties and serve within the Deaf tier at MCI-J where a majority of Deaf and hard of hearing inmates are housed. Communication modes vary from one to another inmate and the incumbent of this position shall be fluent in American Sign Language in order to communicate with Deaf inmates who primarily communicate in American Sign Language.   

All qualified applicants should apply for the position by following this link.

You may also visit the State of Maryland Job Openings board ( and search for the Correctional Officer I recruitment.

Please be sure to indicate your fluency in American Sign Language when you complete your application.




Multiple positions are located throughout the State of Maryland. 

Main Purpose of Job

Correctional Officer I is the entry level of work involving the custody, security and supervision of adult inmates in a correctional facility. 


Attends an entrance level training program certified by the Maryland Correctional Training Commission

Attends firearms training; Learns specific duties on various security posts through on-the-job training

Maintains control of inmates while escorting individuals or groups within the prison

Keeps accurate head counts of inmates in the assigned security post

Conducts inspections and searches of inmates and inmate access and work areas for drugs, weapons and other unauthorized materials

Enforces rules of conduct among inmates and learns when to prepare reports of infractions

Operates manual and electronic locking systems

Subdues and restrains inmates during fights, riots and escape attempts

When standing an armed post, learns how to determine the need for using firearms and uses them when necessary

Assists in the search for escapees, their capture and return to the institution

Assists in maintaining the custody of inmates during transport to other institutions or court appearances

Drives motor vehicles when transporting inmates, making outside security rounds, searching for escapees and related activities

May search visitors for contraband

May place inmates in handcuffs, restraining belts and leg irons

Performs other related duties. 


Education: High School diploma or G.E.D. certificate acceptable to the Maryland State Board of Education as described in the Correctional Training Commission regulation.

Experience: None

Note: The above educational requirement is set by the Correctional Training Commission in accordance with Correctional Services Article, Section 8-209. 


Fluency in American Sign Language


1. Employees in this classification may be assigned duties which require the operation of a motor vehicle. Employees assigned such duties will be required to possess a motor vehicle operator's license valid in the State of Maryland.

2. Employees in this classification may be required to operate buses for the transportation of inmates. Employees assigned such duties will be required to obtain a Class B Commercial Driver's License with passenger and air brakes endorsements valid in the State of Maryland.

3. American Sign Language Fluency. The agency will evaluate your ability to communicate effectively in ASL. Candidates must demonstrate language proficiency in order to be considered for this recruitment.


1.  Employees who have not already done so must meet the selection standards required and successfully complete the training prescribed by the Maryland Correctional Training Commission for a correctional officer during their probationary period, (Correctional Services Article, Section 8-209). Selection standards for correctional officer training are listed in detail in the Code of Maryland Regulations Title 12, Subtitle 10, Chapter 01 and include the following:

U.S. Citizenship or Resident Alien status

Must be at least 21 years of age

A completed background investigation

Oral interview

Physical Examination

Polygraph Examination

2. Employees in this classification hired or reinstated on or after July 1, 2016 shall successfully complete the Entrance Level Firearms Training prescribed by the Maryland Correctional Training Commission (Code of Maryland and and demonstrate practical knowledge and proficiency in the safe use and care of firearms on a periodic basis.  

3. Employees are subject to call-in 24 hours a day and, therefore, must provide the employing agency with a telephone number where they can be reached.

4. Employees in this classification are subject to substance abuse testing in accordance with Code of Maryland Regulations 17.04.09, Testing for Illegal Use of Drugs.


Candidates who meet the minimum qualifications, successfully complete the written examination and hiring process will be placed on the employment eligible list.The list will be used by the DPSCS to select employees for at least two years.



If you have any questions about this recruitment, please contact the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services at 410-339-4200.


Please apply online by clicking here and then clicking the Apply link.

6776 Reisterstown Road
Baltimore, MD 21215

TTY Users: call via Maryland Relay

As an equal opportunity employer Maryland is committed to recruiting, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State’s diversity.

Bilingual applicants are encouraged to apply.

People with disabilities and bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply. We thank our Veterans for their service to our country.

Powered by JobAps