Correctional Officer Trainee (#RP3000)
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$34.25-$41.63 Hourly / $5,936.85-$7,216.28 Monthly / $71,242.24-$86,595.39 Yearly


Under immediate supervision performs general prisoner custody for inmates of County detention facilities; and does related or other work as required in accordance with Rule 3, Section 3 of the Civil Service Rules.


This is the training level class for the Correctional Officer series.  Employees of this class are responsible for learning to follow clearly established procedures in receiving prisoners, maintaining discipline and preventing escapes.  Work is initially performed under close supervision in a training capacity and as experience, knowledge and skill are gained, supervision becomes more general.  Incumbents must successfully complete all components of the training program before moving into the Correctional Officer classification.  Employees of the Correctional Officer Trainee class are considered public officers, as described in California Penal Code 831.  This class differs from that of sworn officer classes in that an incumbent of this class is not a Peace Officer and is not assigned duties within the scope of active law enforcement.


  • Receives prisoners from law enforcement officers for detention in County jail and honor farm; obtains information from prisoners; receives and records prisoners’ personal property; searches, photographs and fingerprints prisoners and assigns them to cells.
  • Supervises work and personal activities of inmates including eating, bathing, recreation, and other daily activities; supervises prisoner counseling, work rehabilitation and therapy programs; transports low security inmates.
  • Releases prisoners from jail on proper authorization; returns prisoner’s clothing and other personal property.
  • Collects and dispenses prisoner clothing, maintains clothing, linen, and cleaning supplies inventories.
  • Examines packages, letters, and other articles coming into the jail for the prisoners; insures that all items conform to established policy; removes contraband.
  • Provides first responder care and treatment during medical incidents; arranges for advanced medical treatment.
  • Maintains records and reports of prisoner activities and conduct; utilizes data terminals for reporting, keeping records and obtaining information.
  • May lead other workers as assigned and provide security for personnel providing services.


Education: Graduation from high school or satisfactory completion of a G.E.D. test (scores must meet level established by Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission).

Licenses and Certificates: Possession of a valid California Driver's License.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:  (1) Be at least 18 years of age upon appointment; (2) Meet minimum standards required for Peace Officers as set forth in Section 1029 and 1031 of the Government Code and Section 831 (c) of the California Penal Code; (3) Pass background investigation conducted by Sheriff’s Office; (4) Meet physical standards established for safety members; (5) Must successfully complete a basic training course approved by the California’s  Board of State and Community Corrections within the first 12 months of employment.


Basic human behavior; deviant behavior; basic mathematics; general computer skills; language use and mechanics; first aid.


Supervise inmates engaged in a variety of activities; store, issue and account for recreation equipment, clothing, cleaning supplies and other items; understand and interpret rules and regulations; keep records and prepare reports; remain alert at all times and react quickly and calmly in emergency situations; follow oral and written instructions; effectively communicate; maintain confidence and emotional control; multi-task; establish and maintain effective working relationships with others; learn to utilize data terminals as required.


Mobility-Constant standing, walking, running, stooping, bending, climbing stairs; occasional driving and lifting of individuals, which require strength, coordination, endurance and agility; operation of a computer; Visual-Constant overall vision; constant color perception, constant eye-hand coordination; constant depth perception; frequent reading/close-up work; constant field of vision/peripheral; Dexterity-Frequent repetitive motion and reaching; Hearing/Talking-Constant requirement to hear normal speech; constant hearing on telephone and radio; ability to hear faint sounds; constant talking on telephone/radio; Emotional/Psychological-Constant contact with hostile individuals; frequent exposure to emergency situations; occasional exposure to trauma, grief and death; frequent public contact; frequent decision-making; frequent concentration; Special Requirements- assignments require working weekends, nights, and/or overtime; Environmental-Occasional exposure to varied weather conditions.

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: RP3000; EST: 7/14/1999; REV: 12/11/2019;