Skip to Main Content

Correctional Officer Job Description Sample Template


This free Correctional Officer job description sample template can help you attract an innovative and experienced Correctional Officer to your company. We make the hiring process one step easier by giving you a template to simply post to our site. Make sure to add requirements, benefits, and perks specific to the role and your company.

Correctional Officer Job Summary

Correctional officers oversee and monitor prisoner behavior and activities within state, federal, and private prison facilities. They are responsible for enforcing prison rules, conducting personal, building and cell searches, transporting prisoners, documenting inmate behavior, and ensuring the safety of all those imprisoned and working within the confines of the prison. The job of a correctional officer requires physical strength and stamina, as work hours are long and demanding, often spent on one’s feet. Correctional officers must be constantly engaged with prisoners and on the lookout for contraband and/or suspicious activities. They must also be prepared to break up fights and subdue unruly prisoners if necessary, to keep peace and maintain control.

Correctional Officer Duties and Responsibilities

  • Follow and enforce all prison rules and regulations
  • Distribute prison clothing and personal effects to new inmates
  • Frequently search inmates, vehicles, work areas, and recreational and housing spaces for contraband
  • Guard prison entrances/exits and screen visitors
  • Act as a security escort for visitors
  • Review incoming and outgoing mail to and from inmates
  • Conduct daily inmate head-counts
  • Discipline inmates, using de-escalation tactics and/or physical restraint as necessary
  • Observe and monitor prisoner behavior, health and activities at all times, looking for any disturbances or potential, threatening issues
  • Supervise all activities outside of housing cell (mealtimes, bathing routines, recreational, work, and educational activities)
  • Supervise and monitor those in solitary confinement or serving other detention measures
  • Patrol prison grounds looking for any security breaches or contraband
  • Help transport and escort prisoners between cells or facilities (can include driving prisoners in facility vehicle)
  • Ensure sufficient precaution is taken and proper restraining equipment applied when directly interacting with inmates
  • Assist with inmate rehabilitation efforts including job training and counseling
  • Answer inmate questions and concerns to a reasonable degree
  • Keep and submit detailed reports on prison behavior and conduct
  • Help conduct searches on prison grounds with any escapees
  • Work in accordance with prison protocol

Correctional Officer Requirements and Qualifications

  • Incredible observational skills with high attention to detail
  • Physical strength and stamina
  • Experienced in self-defense
  • Excellent communication skills both spoken and written
  • Easily adheres to a strict schedule
  • Takes and gives directions/orders effectively
  • Excels in conflict resolution and negotiation
  • Confident and strong-willed, not adverse to dangerous situations
  • Acutely aware and perceptive
  • Highly engaged at all times
  • Alert, attentive and very organized
  • Can remain calm in emergencies and under demanding high-stress circumstances
  • Adept and experienced using firearms
  • Knowledgeable in first aid
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • High School Diploma or GED equivalent
  • Valid drivers license
  • Pass background check (with no felony convictions)
  • Pass drug test
  • Must be 18-21 years old (depending on state laws)
  • Physical stamina and ability to work in a stressful, potentially dangerous environment (nights and weekends also required)
  • Law enforcement and/or military experience a plus

This template is provided for informational purposes only. The ultimate responsibility for selecting an accurate and non-misleading job title and description, and ensuring that a job posting does not otherwise violate any applicable laws or ZipRecruiter’s Terms of Use, rests solely with the employer. ZipRecruiter makes no representation as to whether the template above accurately describes the employer’s job posting. Please review our Terms of Use and Job Posting Rules for further information.