The Hillsborough County Department of Corrections is the largest direct supervision county correctional facility in the state of New Hampshire.  As the largest, best trained, and most effective county correctional facility in the state, our correctional officers provide care, custody and control to over 5,000 detainees that pass through our doors annually.  In a criminal justice system that is constantly evolving, our mission of preserving public safety grows more complex every day, and so does our need to add the most talented and dedicated men and women to our ranks. 

We are currently accepting resumes/applications for the position of Correctional Officer I.

                                                           ***Military Personnel Encouraged to Apply***

Minimum Qualifications:
20 years old ● High School Diploma/GED ● Integrity ● Good Judgement ● Good Communication Skills ● Highly Motivated ● Desire to Advance ● Physically capable of performing all essential job demands of a correctional officer

Application/Selection Process:

Each officer candidate will be required to successfully pass a comprehensive application/selection process to include:

              Application Submission and Review
            ●  Written Entrance Exam
            ●  Background Check – Personal/Driving/Work Histories
            ●  Interview

              Physical Fitness Test

Corrections Academy/FTO Program:

Our paid, in-house Corrections Academy consists of a 5-week curriculum.  Some of the classes include:  Inmate Management, Officer Professionalism, Handcuffing Techniques, Professional Rescuer Certification, Critical Incident Response, Defensive Tactics and Oleoresin Capsicum.

After successfully completing the Academy, officers will be placed on the Field Training Officer Program to begin using their acquired skills in an “on the job training” setting.  During this period the officer will work with, and under the direction of, an assigned Field Training Officer.

Hillsborough County Department of Corrections provides all correctional officers with uniforms and necessary duty equipment.

Salary & Benefits:

Current starting base pay for all newly hired Correctional Officers is $19.64 per hour with a variety of shift and assignment differentials available.  There is also opportunities to work overtime shifts that are compensated at a rate of one and one half (1 ½) times the employee’s regular hourly rate.  Wages are paid bi-weekly to all employees.

             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
●  8 paid holidays and 4 paid personal days
●  10 paid sick days (prorated 1st year upon completion of probation), any unused sick time is

            reimbursed at 100% at the end of the calendar year. 

Retirement Plan:

Correctional Officers participate in the New Hampshire Group II (Law Enforcement) Retirement System.  (www.nhrs.org for more information)

Health Insurance:

After 45 days of employment, employees have the opportunity to enroll, along with any dependents, in a Harvard Pilgrim HMO Insurance Plan, Delta Dental, and Vision Service Plan, where the cost to the employee is less than 25% of the entire premium.   

Life Insurance:

As part of our benefit package, Hillsborough County Department of Corrections provides one times (1x) the annual salary for Life Insurance on all permanent full-time employees.

Shift Schedules*:

4 days on/2 days off
1st Shift – 6:30 am to 3:00 pm
2nd Shift – 2:30 pm to 11:00 pm

3rd Shift – 10:30 pm to 7:00 am

*Officer Candidates must be available for all shifts.

The Hillsborough County Department of Corrections promotes a healthy, dedicated and motivated Correctional Officer.  All Correctional Officers have an obligation to society and the law.  This is carried out by performing sworn duties, which serve the inmates and surrounding communities of the department.

In swearing to the Correctional Officers Oath, each officer agrees to adhere to a code of ethics and professional conduct, which is a set of standards pertaining to moral and the effective discharge of their duties.  There is no uniform text for the code, but the Hillsborough County Department of Corrections prides itself in administering justice with honor and integrity at the highest level.  The Correctional Officer duties include but are not limited to the following;

·         Keeping the peace and ensuring order
·         Monitoring the activity of inmates
·         Maintaining safety and security of the facility and its visitors
·         Conducting proper documentation
·         Provide and encourage appropriate rehabilitation services
·         Abide by and enforce policy, rules and regulations at all times.

While off-duty the staff stays very active in many community / charity based programs ranging from athletic events such as basketball, softball to participating in running races, like the Footrace for the Fallen 5K and the Special Olympic Torch Run.  Our department also encourages its employee’s the use of its exercise areas which include a full size basketball court and impressive weight room area.

If it is your desire to embark on a fulfilling career in law enforcement that ensures the safety and peace of mind to the citizens you serve, where superior training is the foundation of your professional growth and future success, and you are an integral part of advancing the future of Corrections, we want you on our dynamic team of correctional officers.