Sheriffs Inmate Labor Specialist III (#RP0723)
$24.04-$29.23 Hourly / $4,167.70-$5,065.87 Monthly / $50,012.49-$60,790.49 Yearly


Under general supervision, supervises staff who perform work using inmate work crews; recruits, schedules and coordinates inmate work crews; and performs related or other work as required in accordance with Rule 3, Section 3 of the Civil Service Rules.


This is the supervisory class in the Sheriff's Inmate Labor Specialist series. Incumbents supervise the work of subordinate staff in various Central Services functional areas including, but not limited to, housekeeping, laundry, grounds keeping, Community Corps, and Cal Trans services, while recruiting, scheduling and coordinating inmate work crews. Incumbents also work with both sworn and non-sworn Department staff in order to facilitate work crew activities, and may request, assign, direct and monitor inmate workers as necessary.

This class differs from Sheriff's Inmate Labor Specialist II because an incumbent of the latter class is primarily a lead worker in a functional work unit, while this class is a full supervisor over multiple functional areas.


  • Selects, trains, directs, schedules and disciplines staff in one or more Sheriff's inmate labor services areas; supervises and evaluates the work of subordinate staff; determines and distributes workloads; develops and assigns daily work activities.
  • Receives requests from subordinates and department staff for inmate workers to perform both on and off the compound; confers with work site crew leaders to determine needs, including type of work to be performed, number of workers needed and tools/materials needed; establishes work request priorities.
  • Recruits and assigns inmate workers to individual work crews and work sites according to Division policy; identifies inmate housing assignments; verifies inmate custody classification, disciplinary history and medical clearance; establishes worker lists for various crew leaders and job sites.
  • Does follow-up with inmate no-shows; counsels and trains crew leaders regarding the resolution of inmate performance/behavior problems; initiates and processes disciplinary actions and documents; works with various Department staff to report and resolve inmate disciplinary issues; maintains disciplinary data and logs, including computer records.
  • Advises supervisor and/or other Department staff of inmate medical or behavior incidents; responds to inmate grievances and requests; processes related documentation according to Division policy.
  • Documents and prepares periodical status reports on all inmate work assignments; provides Honor Farm Office and various housing unit officers with a daily list of all inmates assigned to jobs; monitors inmate status reports and adjusts work status as needed.
  • Maintains complex computerized inmate data regarding work assignments, disciplinary actions, and work crew-related activities; prepares reports and analyzes data as required; maintains knowledge of applicable laws, regulations, policies, procedures and terminology; interprets and explains for staff; conducts and attends meetings; participates in the development and implementation of Division policies and procedures related to inmate labor.
  • May assign, direct and monitor a work crew as needed; may use County vehicles, heavy equipment, and/or power tools to perform assignments.


Experience: One year as a Sheriff’s Inmate Labor Specialist II in San Joaquin County service. Substitution: Individuals who, on January 12, 2000, are employed in the San Joaquin County class of Sheriff’s Inmate Specialist II will be deemed to posses this required experience. 

Experience: Three years directing/monitoring a crew of laborers or inmates, two of which must have been in a correctional/custody facility at the level of Sheriff’s Inmate Labor Specialist I or higher class in San Joaquin County Service. 

Substitution: Two years serving in a peace officer or limited peace officer status position. 

License: Possession of a valid California Driver’s License. Depending upon the assignment, a “Class B” license with a passenger endorsement (bus driver’s license) may be required.


Principles and practices of employee supervision and motivation; basic legal requirements for inmate programs; cultural, normal and abnormal human behavior; techniques of conflict resolution; general procedures and practices of an inmate custodial facility; methods of gathering, organizing and interpreting data; general office practices, including basic computer use; report writing techniques.


Train and supervise subordinate staff; plan, schedule and assign work; understand, interpret and apply written regulations and other job related material; assign, direct and monitor inmate laborers; establish and maintain effective working relationships with a wide variety of people; communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; make decisions and implement appropriate action.


Mobility-Frequent operation of keyboards, sitting for long periods, driving; occasional standing for long periods, walking, climbing ladders and/or stairs; Lifting-Frequently 5 pounds or less; occasionally 5-30 pounds; Vision-Good overall vision required including frequent use of color perception, hand/eye coordination, depth perception, peripheral vision; frequent reading/close up work; Dexterity-Frequent writing; occasional holding, reaching, grasping, repetitive motion; Hearing/Talking-Constant hearing of normal speech, hearing on the telephone/radio, hearing faint sounds, talking in person, talking on the telephone; Emotional/Psychological-Frequent decision making, concentration, working alone, working weekends/nights, overtime/travel; occasional emergency situations, exposure to trauma/grief/death, public contact, hazardous materials; Special Conditions-Occasional exposure to varied indoor/outdoor weather, temperatures and conditions including dust, dirt, smoke, fumes, poor ventilation, and noise.

San Joaquin County complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and, upon request, will consider reasonable accommodations to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions.

CLASS: RP0723; EST: 6/9/1999; REV: 1/12/2000;