The Teton County Sheriff’s Office is hiring for the position of Detention Officer. Candidates with or without experience are encouraged to apply. Successful applicants will become part of a key component in the criminal justice system and can enjoy a challenging and rewarding career in law enforcement.
The detention center has seven blocks with 45 beds and has eighteen budgeted positions to include Sergeants and Master Officers. You will work with and maintain systems to include Zuercher Jail, Live Scan, Securus, Xprotect, Prima View, Swanson and Cobra. The detention center houses our own detainees and inmates from Jackson Police Department, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming Highway Patrol, Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigations and other state, and federal agencies.
Detention Officers are responsible for the care and welfare of prisoners confined within the Jail while using proper safety methods and techniques. They maintain the security of the facility by conducting security checks, settling disputes, performing cell searches and inspections and conducting outside perimeter checks. Detention Officers are responsible for issuing inmate meals, clothing, linens and personal items; supervising inmate programs, including recreational, legal, health care, visitation and religious services; preparing reports on Jail and inmate activities; supervising inmates performing such assignments as cleaning and maintaining the Jail facility and continually observing locations and activities of inmates. Successful candidates must be able to think clearly and take action in tense and uncertain conditions, while maintaining professionalism at all times. Spanish speaking/comprehension skills are a significant asset.
- High School diploma or GED
- Show proof of being 21 years of age
- Be a citizen of the United States
- Show proof of a valid drivers license
- Pass the physical fitness assessment, written exam and oral interview
- Complete a thorough background investigation
- Submit to a polygraph examination, psychological evaluation and a medical exam
Personnel without current Wyoming certification will be required to attend and pass the Wyoming Law Enforcement Academy’s Detention Officer Basic in Douglas, Wyoming. Lateral candidates may transfer their certification if approved by POST.
The starting annual salary range for Detention Officers is $52,845. Salary for lateral (experienced) applicants will be determined after experience and qualifications are examined and verified. Benefits include health and dental insurance, Wyoming law enforcement retirement and life insurance as well as vacation, holiday, sick and comp time. Employees get use of the Recreation Center and the Town/County exercise facility and access to bus and ski pass reductions. Opportunities for advancement are available. The position is 24/7 and requires shift work (i.e., nights, holidays and weekends) with 12 hour shifts. Successful applicants are employed on a probationary status for a period of one year and are asked to sign a two year commitment.
The Hiring Process:
The hiring process will occur on Monday, September 24. The day will begin with a physical fitness assessment followed by a written exam. See the application for benchmarks that must be met for the run, sit-ups and pushups. If successful in the above tests, you will be ranked based on your experience, performance in the Physical Fitness Assessment, and test score on the written exam. Top candidates will be scheduled for an oral interview to be conducted in the afternoon. Applicants will receive additional information about the testing and interview once qualifications are verified.
To be considered for this position, an application must be completed and arrive at the TCSO prior to Wednesday, September 19 @ 12:00 hrs. Acceptable methods of delivery are Mail (PO Box 1885, Jackson WY, 83001), Fax (307-732-7131), Email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Hand Delivery (180 S King Street).
I encourage you to tour our Detention Facility before testing with us. A tour allows you to see the area in which you would work, observe and the opportunity to ask questions. There is no better way to truly understand and evaluate the position. If you are interested, please contact a Detention Sergeant or Master Officer. Call 307-733-2141 to set this up.