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Correctional Officer Trainee

Recruitment #0323-RP3000-AC


The San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office is seeking highly motivated individuals who will play a critical role in the daily function and operations of the Custody Division. The Correctional Officer Trainee is 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. The ideal candidate must be able to supervise inmates, interpret rules and regulations, remain alert at all times and react quickly and calmly in emergency situations.

Pre-Employment Physical, Drug Screen and Background: Potential new hires into this classification are required to successfully pass a pre-employment physical examination, a pre-employment drug screen and a background investigation as a condition of employment. Final appointment cannot be made unless the eligible candidate has passed the drug screen, physical and successfully completed the background process. The County pays for the initial drug screen and physical.

Brochure: Please click on the link below to view details about the position:

Correctional Officer Trainee brochure

Candidates may provide a BSCC Selection Examination T-Score for entry level Adult Corrections or Juvenile Corrections Officer from other agencies in lieu of taking the written examination. T-Scores must be provided on agency letterhead for an exam administered within the last 12 months. A T-Score of 45 or higher is qualifying with San Joaquin County. Attach T-score letters to your application or e-mail them to

Study guide/material may be found at the CA BSCC website: Candidate Orientation Guide


Apply by Date: April 7, 2023, by 11:59 p.m.

Physical Agility Test: April 22, 2023

Written Examination: Week of May 1, 2023

Apply by Date: June 23, 2023 by 11:59 p.m.

Physical Agility Test: July 15, 2023  Friday, July 14, 2023

Written Examination: Week of July 24, 2023

Apply by Date: August 11, 2023 by 11:59 p.m.

Physical Agility Test: Friday, August 25, 2023

Written Examination: Week of September 4, 2023

Apply by Date: September 21, 2023 by 11:59 p.m.

Physical Agility Test: October 7, 2023  Friday, October 6, 2023

Written Examination: Week of October 16, 2023 Friday, October 6, 2023, following successful completion of Physical Agility Test

Hiring Incentive Program:

The San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office is offering a hiring incentive in the amount of $10,000.00. The department will award the cash incentive to any person who is hired for any of the following job classifications; within the timeframes this program is active and so approved by the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors:

· Deputy Sheriff Trainee/AC/I/II

· Correctional Officer Trainee/Correctional Officer

· Communications Dispatcher I/II/III

Additionally, a moving stipend reimbursement is available for those new hires within the qualified classifications. A qualified hire may receive up to $2,000.00 for any cost directly associated with relocating their primary residence as a result of gaining employment with this office.

The following incentives may also be available for eligible new hires, subject to approval by Human Resources:

  • Vacation Accrual Rate: San Joaquin County vacation accrual rate consistent with the candidate's total years of public service.
  • Sick Leave: Candidates leaving other employment may receive credit for actual non-reimbursable sick leave hours (up to 160 hours) from their last agency. Hours shall be subject to San Joaquin County's minimum sick leave cash out provisions.
Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of an application. A completed application must be postmarked or received online by the final filing deadline.

NOTE: All correspondences relating to this recruitment will be delivered via e-mail. The e-mail account used will be the one provided on your employment application during time of submittal. Please be sure to check your e-mail often for updates. If you do not have an e-mail account on file, Human Resources will send you correspondences via US Mail.

Amended June 8, 2023


Apply Online:

By mail or in person:  

San Joaquin County Human Resources

44 N. San Joaquin Street Suite 330

Stockton, CA 95202                                  


Office hours:               
Monday – Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm; excluding holidays.

Phone:  (209) 468-3370 


Job Line:

For current employment opportunities please call our 24-hour job line at (209) 468-3377. 

When a final filing date is indicated, applications must be filed with the Human Resources Division before 5:00 p.m. or postmarked by the final filing date. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of an application. Applications sent through county inter-office mail, which are not received by the final filing date, will not be accepted. (The County assumes no responsibility for mailed applications which are not received by the Human Resources Division).  

San Joaquin County Substance Abuse Policy: San Joaquin County has adopted a Substance Abuse Policy in compliance with the Federal Drug Free Workplace Act of 1988. This policy is enforced by all San Joaquin County Departments and applies to all San Joaquin County employees.

Equal Opportunity Employer:  San Joaquin County is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Employer and is committed to providing equal employment to all without regard to age, ancestry, color, creed, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation or belief, pregnancy, race, religion, sex, or sexual orientation.  For more information go to

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San Joaquin County
Human Resources Division  Stockton, CA 95202
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