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.
- 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.
- 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.