CO/CPO Candidates

The initial step in the process of screening candidates for a position with the Massachusetts Department of Correction will be compiling a Criminal History Background Report. Once the report is completed, if you are cleared for further consideration and if your Civil Service Examination Score can be reached, you will be contacted by letter with the date and time that you are scheduled for the next step in the pre-screening process.

If you receive notification of the date and time that you are scheduled to report to the Shirley Training Academy, you will be required to submit the following original documents:

 

  • (2) Completed Employment Application Forms - 1-Original & 1-Copy
  • Valid Driver's License
  • Birth Certificate
  • Professional Certified Licenses (if applicable)
  • High school diploma or Official high school transcript
  • GED (if applicable)
  • All College Degrees or Official Transcripts
  • Social Security Card
  • DD 214 Long Form (If in Military)
  • Citizenship paperwork, Naturalization paperwork (if applicable)
  • Court documents stating that outstanding warrants are closed (if applicable)

Be clearly advised, that your failure to present all required documents will disqualify you from further consideration.

Physical Fitness Assessment Standards pdf format of Physical Fitness Assessment Standards
Employment Application pdf format of employapp.pdf
file size 3MB
CO I Exam Preparation Booklet pdf format of CO I Exam Preparation Booklet

 

Summary of Employee Benefits

Benefits for Employees of the Department of Correction:

  • Excellent Salary
  • Retirement Pension
  • Life Insurance
  • Medical Insurance
  • Tuition Remission
  • Up to 5 weeks Vacation
  • Sick Leave
  • 13 Paid Holidays

 

CO I - Frequently Asked Questions

  1. After I sign the certification list, what is the next step?
    The initial step in the process of screening candidates for a Correction Officer I position with the Massachusetts Department of Correction will be compiling a Criminal History Background Report. Once the report is completed, if you are cleared for further consideration and if your Civil Service Examination Score can be reached, you will be contacted by letter or phone call by the Division of Human Resources to schedule a formal interview at the Shirley Training Academy.

  2. If I receive notification of a date and time that I am scheduled to report to the Shirley Training Academy for a Formal Interview, what documents will I be required to bring with me?
    • (2) Completed Employment Application Forms - 1-Original & 1-Copy
    • Valid Driver's License
    • Birth Certificate
    • Professional Certified Licenses (if applicable)
    • High school diploma or Official high school transcript
    • GED (if applicable)
    • All College Degrees or Official Transcripts
    • Social Security Card
    • DD 214 Long Form (If in Military)
    • Citizenship paperwork, Naturalization paperwork (if applicable) Court documents stating that outstanding warrants are closed (if applicable)
  1. What does the Physical Abilities Testing process entail?
    The Pre-Screening process consists of physical fitness, psychological, and drug testing. The requirements for the above-mentioned tests can be found in the application packet, which is issued to applicants when they come in to sign the certification list. If an applicant fails any part of the Pre-Screening process they are immediately disqualified from continuing in this process. However, applicants are encouraged to sign the next certification list and try again.

  2. What is the base salary for a Correction Officer I position?
    $1,946.41 bi-weekly during the ten (10) week Basic Training. Upon completion of Basic Training you will be assigned to a facility and could receive additional pay for Roll Call, and Shift Differential.

  3. Do I receive additional pay for college degrees?
    Yes. Associates Degree: $1500 Annually Bachelors Degree: $2500 Annually Masters Degree: $3000 Annually

  4. I previously went through the Pre-Screening process but was not selected for a position; do I need to go through the process again?
    Yes, each time an applicant signs the certification list they must complete the entire pre-employment process.

  5. Where do I stand on the list and how many people are ahead of me?
    It does not matter what page you are on the certification list, it depends on how many people come in to sign the list. For example, you could be number fifty (50) on the certification list and only twenty (20) people come in to sign the list including you. You would be considered out of the twenty (20) people who signed the list. The selection would go in order of the civil service score and the successful completion of the Pre-Screening process.

  6. What will the academy entail?
    During the ten (10) week Basic Training Academy, you will become familiar with the Department of Correction policies and procedures, as well as, work on personal physical conditioning.

  7. Once I complete the academy, where will I be assigned and when will I be notified as to where I will be assigned?
    If and when you successfully complete the academy, you will be notified shortly before the ten (10) weeks are completed as to where you will be assigned. The list you have signed is the "Where Assigned" list, which means you are willing to accept a position at any institution in the state.

  8. What will my shift and days off be?
    Your shift and days off are assigned according to the operational needs of the institution that you have been assigned to. Your shift and days off will be determined at the time of assignment.

  9. When should I submit my resignation to my current employer?
    Selection for a Correction Officer position is contingent upon successful completion of a Criminal History/Background check, Pre-Screening. Until you receive written confirmation that you have successfully completed all phases of the hiring process, you should not quit your current job until you have received written confirmation of employment from the Department of Correction.

 

Application for Employment

Application for Employment pdf format of employapp.pdf
file size 3MB

The Department of Correction welcomes the opportunity to discuss with you the developing of a challenging career. The Recruitment Office can be reached during normal business hours, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
at 1-866-WRK-4DOC.

Send resume/application to:

Division of Human Resources
Personnel Department
P.O. Box 946
Norfolk, MA 02056

Fax: (508) 850-5217
Department Of Correction
 

A comprehensive list of jobs available for the Commonwealth is also accessible, compiled by the Massachusetts Human Resource Division.

 

Employment Categories

The DOC employs people in the following categories:
Correction Officers, Correctional Program Officers and support staff which include; Clerk, Stenographer, E.D.P. Entry Operator, Word Processing Operator, Research Analyst, Program Manager, Storekeeper, Administrative Assistant, Personnel Officer, Maintenance, Steam Fireman, Wastewater Treatment Plant Operators, Cook/Chefs among others.
 

Correctional Program Officer Position Summary

* The DOC is continuously accepting resumes for future CPO A/B vacancies

Summary of Work Performed at All Levels in this Series

Employees in this series provide counseling, rehabilitation, or custodial care and treatment to inmates; perform classification duties; interview inmates; obtain inmate criminal histories through correspondence with other Law Enforcement agencies such as the Criminal Justice Information System and the FBI, from institution and court records, and from personal observation; analyze assessment information; counsel inmates on programming and placement recommendations available in accordance with established placement criteria and individual needs; and describe, explain, or answer inquiries regarding institutional rules, regulations, policies, procedures, programming, custody levels, classification, and institutional placement. Based on assignment, employees in this series also maintain custodial care and control of inmates, patrol correctional facilities, supervise community work crews; observe inmate conduct and behavior; investigate suspicious inmate activity, and respond to medical emergencies. Employees in this series may work as generalists or be assigned to a specialty area.

Minimum Entrance Requirements: At least two years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, professional experience in counseling, rehabilitation, or custodial care and treatment of criminal offenders, inmates, prisoners, or juvenile offenders; social work; guidance counseling; or criminal justice. SPANISH/BILINGUAL ENCOURAGED.

Substitutions:

  • A Bachelor's or higher degree in counseling, criminal justice, criminology, law enforcement, psychology, social work, or sociology may be substituted for the required experience on the basis of two years of education for one year of experience.
  • A Bachelor's degree in a field other than counseling, criminal justice, criminology, law, law enforcement, psychology, social work, or sociology may be substituted for one year of the required experience on the basis of two years of education for six months of experience.
  • A Master's or higher degree in a field other than counseling, criminal justice, criminology, law, law enforcement, psychology, social work, or sociology may be substituted for one year of the required experience.
  • One year of education equals 30 semester hours. Education toward a degree will be prorated on the basis of the proportion of the requirements actually completed.

Licenses:

  • Ability to obtain a permit to carry firearms is required.
  • A current and valid Massachusetts Class D Motor Vehicle Operator's license or the equivalent from another state may be required.

Successful completion of the Department of Correction Basic training Academy AND satisfactory completion of a full year performance evaluation cycle.

 

View all jobs at DOC:

http://www.mass.gov/anf/employment-equal-access-disability/masscareers/masscareers.html

Directions to DHR

Division of Human Resources
Industries Drive
P.O. Box 946
Norfolk, MA 02056
(508) 850-7888

From Boston (Rte 93/95/1): Take Rte 93 South/Southeast Expressway to the Braintree split at Route 3. Take Rte 128/93 to Rte 95 South. Take the Rte 1 South/Wrentham exit. Follow past Foxboro Stadium to the fifth set of traffic lights (Lafayette House Restaurant on right). Turn right onto Pine St. At the stop sign, turn right. Pine Street joins Rte 115 North. At the first set of traffic lights, turn right onto Rte 1A North. Industries Drive is approximately 1/2 mile on left. Follow Industries Drive to the end. The Division of Human Resources is the last building on your left. The Entrance for DHR is "Door 10" in the rear of the building. Additional parking is available in the front of the building.

From the North (Rte 495): Take Rte 495 South to exit 15 (Rte 1A North/Wrentham). Go approximately 5 miles and through 3 sets of lights. Industries Drive is approximately 1/2 mile on left past 3rd traffic light. Follow Industries Drive to the end. The Division of Human Resources is the last building on your left. The Entrance for DHR is "Door 10" in the rear of the building. Additional parking is available in the front of the building.

From the South (Rte 495/1): Take Rte 495 North to exit 14 (Rte 1 North). Follow Rte 1 North past the Foxboro State Police Barracks to the next set of traffic lights (Lafayette House Restaurant on left). Turn left onto Pine St. At the stop sign, turn right. Pine Street joins Rte 115 North. At the first set of traffic lights, turn right onto Rte 1A North. Industries Drive is approximately 1/2 mile on left. Follow Industries Drive to the end. The Division of Human Resources is the last building on your left. The Entrance for DHR is "Door 10" in the rear of the building. Additional parking is available in the front of the building.

From the East (Rte140): Take Rte 140 West to the center of Wrentham. Take a right at the set of traffic lights onto Rte 1A North. Follow through one set of traffic lights crossing Rte 115. Industries Drive is approximately 1/2 mile on left. Follow Industries Drive to the end. The Division of Human Resources is the last building on your left. The Entrance for DHR is "Door 10" in the rear of the building. Additional parking is available in the front of the building.

From the West (Rte 90/495): Take the Mass Pike East to Exit 11A towards Rte 495 South follow to exit 15 (Rte 1A North/Wrentham). Go approximately 5 miles and through 3 sets of lights. Industries Drive is approximately 1/2 mile on left past 3rd traffic light. Follow Industries Drive to the end. The Division of Human Resources is the last building on your left. The Entrance for DHR is "Door 10" in the rear of the building. Additional parking is available in the front of the building.