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Florida Certified and Non-Certified Corrections Positions


To be a Corrections Officer with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office means you are a member of a team dedicated to providing order and stability to incarcerated offenders.

This career path requires tremendous responsibility and provides long term job security.

JSO’s Department of Corrections is comprised of more than 750 Corrections Officers and civilian personnel. The department includes three correctional facilities all provide secure, humane, corrective and productive detention of individuals incarcerated in Duval County.


Here at the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office we view the time that offenders are incarcerated as time that can be spent restoring character, improving education and developing life skills.

Corrections Officers are the foundation on which this philosophy is built. The daily interaction with offenders affords Corrections Officers the opportunity to help people become better citizens and more capable of functioning in society upon release. This in turn helps reduce the rate of recidivism in Jacksonville.


Working in Corrections means you are in a diverse field where you can mirror your passions with your career. Following a probationary period, Corrections Officers have numerous opportunities to move to different assignments.

Do you enjoy helping people turn their lives around? Be a part of our Programs Unit and help teach incarcerated individuals important skills that they can use after being released from lock-up. This includes helping them learn to read and write; helping inmates get their GED; teaching basic tips regarding parenting; or teaching substance abuse classes.

Do you like dogs? Help the inmates train and care for dogs in the “A New Leash For Life” program or tryout for our K-9 Unit where we have Corrections Officers paired with a four-legged partner to help locate missing individuals in the community.

Do you like to sew or build? Help inmates learn a skillset that they can apply toward future job opportunities once they are released. Inmates will frequently help as part of our work force program and be taught how to sew, build, or train dogs all skills that can be applied to future jobs.

Do you seek specialized roles?  We have opportunities in various areas from intake to releasing which are important to help keep the department up and running.

There are also opportunities in our Corrections Intelligence, Security Unit, Pretrial Services and Home Detention units.

The possibilities are truly endless!

Working in Corrections is a great starting point in a career in law enforcement. You can work as a Corrections Officer while pursuing other necessary requirements to become a Police Officer.

Officers are eligible to take advancement tests for the rank of sergeant followed by lieutenant after fulfilling the years of service and educational requirements outlined by the agency.

Are you interested in joining our team? Please click here to apply! A member of our recruitment team will be in touch.

We hope to have you on our team real soon to help transform the lives of inmates in our care!

  • Be at least 19-years of age
  • Be a citizen of the United States of America
  • Must possess a valid Florida driver’s license
  • Applicants must have a High School diploma or GED equivalent
  • Be in good physical condition:
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  • Must be able to run a mile in under 12 minutes.
  • Must pass Correctional Officers Basic Ability Test (COBAT) with a score of 70% or better.
  • Be of good moral character
  • NOT HAVE TATTOOS above the collarbone (e.g., neck, face, or behind the ear) or below the wrist (e.g., hands, fingers).
  • NOT HAVE received a dishonorable discharge from any of the Armed Forces
  • NOT HAVE been convicted of any felony
  • NOT HAVE been convicted of a misdemeanor involving false statement, perjury or domestic violence
  • Must possess a current Correctional Officer Training Certificate issued by the Florida Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission, unless department sponsored.

In addition, Non-Certified Corrections Applicants must have;

  • Criminal Justice Basic Abilities Test (CJBAT CO) for Corrections
  • Contact the Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) at (904) 633-8388 or click here for Assessment and Certification testing information.

In addition, Certified Corrections Officers must have;

  • A Correction’s Training Certification issued by the Florida Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission. A copy of state exam test score must be submitted.

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office will sponsor recruit training for Non-Certified Corrections at the Northeast Florida Criminal Justice Training Center. Recruits will receive a salary and tuition will be paid to the candidates selected for the class.

While going to the Academy, Corrections Recruits receive a starting salary of $36,525 annually. After successfully completing the Academy and the Field Training Program, new Corrections Officers start at $38,475 annually. A Corrections Officer’s salary tops out at $61,718 annually.

A Corrections Sergeant’s salary ranges between $52,308 to $72,513 annually. While a Corrections Lieutenant’s salary ranges between $61,460 to $85,200 annually.

These base salaries typically increase every year in accordance with applicable collective bargaining agreements. In addition, those in Corrections ranks may be eligible to receive education incentives. Other pay premium includes shift differential, working out-of-classification, state career incentives for advanced training, etc.

  • Annual Leave
  • 240 hours per year for Military Leave
  • 12 Paid Holidays
  • Medical / Dental / Vision plans
  • Overtime assignments
  • Defined Contribution Plan – 10% from employee, City of Jacksonville contributes an additional 25%
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Important Information (November 9, 2018): We apologize for the inconvenience, but we are temporarily having issues accepting applications from email addresses. We ask that you please use a different email address while the issue is being addressed. Thank you!
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