Correctional Officer

  • Arizona Department of Corrections Rehabilitation & Reentry
  • Sep 20, 2022
Full time Government

Job Description

Correctional officers typically do the following: Enforce rules and keep order within prisons. Supervise activities of inmates. Inspect facilities to ensure that they meet security and safety standards. Search inmates for contraband items.

This position learns and demonstrates proficiency in the role of a Correctional Officer II during classroom and field instructions at a Correctional Officers Training Academy (COTA).

Correctional Officers will be required to serve a 12-month probationary period.

Salary :

$45,621 - $54,975*

After COTA graduation.

There are additional geographical stipends as follows: 5% of the base salary for the Lewis Complex and the Safford Complex, 10% of the base salary for Florence and Eyman Complexes and Globe Unit and 15% of the base salary at Winslow Complex and Apache Unit. Other state prison complexes are located in Douglas, Tucson, Phoenix, Goodyear, Yuma, Arizona. Placement of a Correctional Officer is determined by the Recruitment Unit for Selection and Hiring (RUSH).

Apply online or contact a recruiter at (602) 542-7572.

Job Duties:

See above

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

High School Diploma or GED, 18 years of age, no felony convictions, valid Arizona Driver’s License, and proof of legal U.S. residency.

Requires possession of and ability to retain a current, valid state-issued driver’s license appropriate to the assignment. Employees who drive on state business are subject to driver’s license record checks, must maintain acceptable driving records and must complete any required driver training (see Arizona Administrative Code R2-10-207.12).

Applicant must meet the minimum qualifications to be considered for employment. Applicants will be required to submit an employment application, and successfully complete a comprehensive knowledge exam, oral interview, fit-pro examination, medical/physical exam, psychological exam, background check and pre-employment drug test.

NOTE: Applicants who successfully complete the selection process as described above must attend and complete the Correctional Officer Training Academy (COTA), located in Tucson, Arizona, for seven weeks. Upon successful completion of the COTA training, graduates receive a Certificate of Completion in Correctional Technology with 21 college credit hours. Any existing testing component can be modified and components can be added at any time. Cadets not meeting all COTA requirements will be dismissed.

Selective Preference(s):

Not Applicable

Pre-Employment Requirements:

Employment is contingent on the selected applicant passing a background investigation and a drug test*.


We offer an excellent and affordable comprehensive benefits package to meet the needs of our employees:

  • Vacation and sick days with 10 paid holidays per year
  • Robust and affordable insurance plan to include medical, dental, life, short-term and long-term disability options
  • Exceptional retirement program
  • Optional employee benefits such as deferred compensation plans, credit union membership, and a wellness program
  • An incentivized commuter club and public transportation subsidy program

For a complete list of benefits provided by The State of Arizona, please visit our benefits page


Positions in this classification participate in the Retirement Plan.

Contact Us:

Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation such as a sign language interpreter or an alternative format by contacting 602-255-2430.
Requests should be made as early as possible to allow time to arrange the accommodation. Arizona State Government is an AA/EOE/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer