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Accepting resumes / applications for the position of Correctional Officer I.
The qualified candidate should possess good communication skills, high motivation and the desire to advance.
The position offers full time, excellent benefit package, competitive wages, overtime opportunities and job security.

Group II retirement (25 year retirement).

QUALIFICATIONS: Correctional Officer Minimum Qualifications:
20 years old
High School Diploma or GED
Integrity and good judgment, demonstrated by personal, work and criminal histories.
Physically capable of performing all essential job demands of a correctional officer.

Valid Driver’s license.

QUALIFICATIONS: Correctional Officer Preferred Qualifications:
College education
Bilingual (particularly Spanish)
Work and life experiences that develop communication and problem solving skills.
Law enforcement, military, security or emergency service experience.

APPLICATION / SELECTION PROCESS:
Each officer candidate will be required to successfully pass each step before progressing to the next phase. Failure to successfully pass a phase in the hiring process will result in the completion of said process. 

APPLICATION / SELECTION PROCESS: Phase 1   Initial Screening
Upon receipt, a completed application will be reviewed for availability, neatness and qualifications. After review, a decision is made whether the applicant is eligible for further testing. Applications passing the screening will be kept on file until the next testing process. Letters will be sent out for approved applicants with testing information.

APPLICATION / SELECTION PROCESS: Phase 2 Written Entrance Examination
Written (basic aptitude tests) are required for all correctional officers. The testing covers problem solving, personality traits and writing skills. Applicants will be notified in advance with scheduled testing date. 

APPLICATION / SELECTION PROCESS: Phase 3 NCIC/III and Drivers Record
A computerized criminal background check will be conducted to include a Driver’s record check. 

APPLICATION / SELECTION PROCESS: Phase 4 Interview
Generally, applicants who pass steps 1 – 4 receive an interview conducted by a panel or a  team. This is to establish the applicant’s integrity, document background and assess suitability for the position. Applicants should be willing to disclose all relevant information. The interviewers evaluate such things as communication skills, demeanor, self-confidence, maturity and general knowledge. The interview takes approximately 40 minutes.

APPLICATION / SELECTION PROCESS: Phase 5 Background Investigation
Background inquiries are thorough and will verify pertinent information about you and your character. They will include employment history, criminal activity, character references, credit checks, prior residences, military service record, driving history and educational verification and other matters determined necessary by the investigator. 

APPLICATION / SELECTION PROCESS: Phase 6 Physical Fitness Test
All applicants must pass a physical fitness test to progress in the hiring process.

All 7 events listed below must be conducted. Applicants must pass any 5 of the 7 events

PHYSICAL FITNESS REQUIREMENTS

NEW HAMPSHIRE ASSOCIATION OF COUNTIES HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS
PHYSICAL FITNESS TEST ENTRY LEVEL STANDARDS

300 Meter Run
Age
Minimum
Males
Minimum
Females
Vertical Leap
Age
Minimum
Males
Minimum
Females
18`29 60 Seconds 74.5 Seconds 18-29 19.0“ 13.9"
30-39 61 Seconds 80.5 Seconds 30-39 18.5“ 12.0"
40-49 74.8 Seconds 101.8 Seconds 40-49 15.0“ 9.0"
50-59 85 Seconds N/A 50-59 13.5“ N/A

 

Push-Ups
Age
Minimum
Males
Minimum
Females
Sit-Ups
Age
Minimum
Males
Minimum
Females
18-29 27 22 18-29 37/60 Seconds 31/60 Seconds
30-39 21 17 30-39 33/60 Seconds 24/60 Seconds
40-49 16 11 40-49 28/60 Seconds 19/60 Seconds
50-59 11 10 50-59 22/60 Seconds 12/60 Seconds
60 + 9 4 60 + 18/60 Seconds 5/60 Seconds

 

Flexibility
Age
Minimum
Males
Minimum
Females
Bench Press
Age
Minimum
Males
Minimum
Females
18-29 16.0“ 19.0“ 18-29 0.96% 0.58%
30-39 15.0“ 17.8“ 30-39 0.86% 0.52%
40-49 14.0“ 17.0“ 40-49 0.78% 0.48%
50-59 12.5“ 16.0“ 50-59 0.70% 0.43%
60 + 12.0“ 15.2“ 60 + 0.65% 0.41%
(% of Body Weight for One Repetition)

 

1.5 Mile Run
Age
Minimum
Males
Minimum
Females
18-29 13 Min/06 Sec 15 Min/29 Sec
30-39 13 Min/53 Sec 16 Min/23 Sec
40-49 14 Min/47 Sec 16 Min/59 Sec
50-59 15 Min/53 Sec 18 Min/09 Sec
60 + 16 Min/58 Sec 18 Min/54 Sec

 

NOTE:
Applicants who successfully pass all seven phases will be considered for the position of Correctional Officer with the Hillsborough County Department of Corrections.

All information provided or discovered through the selection process becomes the property of the Hillsborough County Department of Corrections and will be kept confidential. The results of the testing and investigation are confidential and will not be disclosed to the applicant, or anyone else. Applicants are encouraged to make copies of any documents that are being submitted during the hiring process.

SALARY & BENEFITS: Starting Base Pay
Starting BASE pay for all newly hired Correctional Officers is $16.00 per hour.
Shift Differential: Correctional Officers working 2nd or 3rd shift receive an additional .65 per hour. Thus making the actual starting wage for those officers: $16.65 per hour.

Over-Time Opportunities: At the present time there is over-time opportunities for all correctional officers. Overtime shifts are compensated at a rate of one and one half (1½) times the employee’s regular pay rate.

INSURANCE:
Employees have the opportunity to enroll in Harvard Pilgrim Insurance HMO or POS. Employees are enrolled in a Dental Plan and Vision Services Plan. Employees also have the opportunity to enroll dependents in the group insurance program.

INSURANCE: LIFE INSURANCE
Hillsborough County Department of Corrections will provide one times the annual salary for Life Insurance on all permanent full-time employees. The cost of such insurance will be paid 100% by the County. 

SHIFT SCHEDULE:
1st 0630-1500 HOURS
2nd 1430-2300 HOURS
3rd 2230-0700 HOURS
4 DAYS ON 2 DAYS OFF

Officer Candidates must be available for all shifts with a high probability of being assigned to 3rd Shift.

UNIFORMS:
Hillsborough County Department of Corrections provides all correctional officers with complete uniforms to include footwear.

LEAVE PROVISIONS: Vacation Time:  
2 weeks vacation (10 work days) upon completion of 1 year of employment
3 weeks vacation (15 work days) upon completion of 4 years of employment.
4 weeks vacation (20 work days) upon completion of 10 years of employment.
5 weeks vacation (25 work days) upon completion of 15 years of employment.

LEAVE PROVISIONS: Paid Holidays
Due to the fact that a Correctional Facility can not close down during holidays, employees are compensated with eight hours of pay for the following holidays. (As long as they work their scheduled day proceeding the day of and the following day of the holiday. You do not have to be scheduled on the holiday to receive this benefit.)

New Year’s Day or Yom Kippur 
President’s Day
Memorial Day 
Independence Day 
Labor Day
Veteran’s Day
Columbus Day 
Rosh Hashanah
Thanksgiving Day
Day after Thanksgiving
Christmas Day
Employee’s Birthday 

LEAVE PROVISIONS: Sick Leave
As of January 1st each year, full time employees (off probation) are entitled to 11 paid sick days. At the end of the calendar year employees are reimbursed at the rate of 100% for all unused sick days. 

LEAVE PROVISIONS: Personal Leave
Employees are entitled to 3 paid personal days.

EDUCATIONAL INCENTIVES:
Hillsborough County Department of Corrections’ Officers are reimbursed for approved college courses in the sum of up to $1000.00 per year. (Employee must receive a grade of “C” or better.)

RETIREMENT PLAN:
Hillsborough County Department of Corrections Correctional Officers participate in the Group II New Hampshire Retirement System. A 25 year retirement plan with the benefit being 50% of the average  of the 3 highest grossed income years, overtime included. Must be 50 years of age. 

TRAINING:
Placed on Probation (960 Hours)
•Attend a 4 week Corrections Academy
•All training is credited towards probationary hours

ACADEMY:
4 week Corrections Academy (120+ hours)
Paid Training
Schedule Monday – Friday 0800-1730 hours
Courses to include report writing, CPR/1st Aid, Use of oleoresin capsicum, officer professionalism, handcuffing, etc.

FIELD TRAINING OFFICER PROGRAM:
After successfully completing the academy, officers will be placed on the Field Training Officer Program. During this period the officer will report and work with, but under the direction of, a Field Training Officer. They will use the skills taught during their academy in an “on the job training” setting.

4 & 2 Work Schedule
Rotate shifts approximately every 30 days
Weekly evaluations
After successful completion of the Field Training Officer Program the officer will then be assigned to a shift designated by the Security Division.

Hillsborough County Department of Corrections promotes a healthy/in-shape correctional officer. This department stays active in numerous different athletic events such as: softball, basketball, touch/flag football and bowling leagues and tournaments, road-races and many other charity based events. At the same time we offer staff the opportunity to enhance their physical performance.

During specific off-duty hours, Hillsborough County Department of Corrections offers all staff the opportunity to work-out in a modest work-out / fitness room. Furthermore staff have a full-sized basketball court available to them during additional off-duty hours.
After successful completion of the Field Training Officer Program the officer will then be assigned to a shift designated by the Security Division.