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The New Jersey Department of Corrections is the second largest employer in state government. Approximately 10,000 employees are currently building rewarding careers with the department.

To successfully carry out its mission, the Department of Corrections offers a wide variety of career opportunities in both administrative and operational areas.

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Employment Opportunities:       

Current job postings:

Position Posting Date Closing Date
Accountant 2 (NJSP)1/10/20201/27/2020
Administrative Analyst 3, Accounting (COHQ)1/10/20201/27/2020
Senior Clerk Typist (COHQ)1/17/20202/3/2020
Business Manager, Corrections (NSP)1/17/20202/3/2020
Communications Operator, Department of Corrections (BSP)1/17/20202/3/2020
Electrician (EJSP)1/17/20202/3/2020
Repairer (NJSP)1/17/20202/3/2020
Secretarial Assistant 1 (EMCF)1/17/20202/3/2020
Section Supervisor, Fiscal Resources (NSP)1/17/20202/3/2020
Senior Clerk Typist (NSP)1/17/20202/3/2020
Senior Management Assistant (COHQ)1/17/20202/3/2020
Social Worker 1, Corrections (EJSP)1/17/20202/3/2020
Supervisor Personnel Records and Payroll Processing 2 (EJSP)1/17/20202/3/2020

The listing below is just a sampling of the types of positions that may become available.

Business Management Carpenters Chaplains
Clerks Communications Operators Correction Officers
Data Entry Computer Specialists Electricians Engineers
Institutional Trade Instructors Maintenance Personnel Administration
Plumbers Recreation


Social Workers Teachers Truck Drivers

Benefits Offered

  • 12 Vacation Days
  • 15 Sick Days
  • 3 Administrative Leave Days
  • Vision Care Reimbursement
  • Health and Dental Benefits
  • Prescription Drug Plan
  • Retirement Plans
  • Life Insurance
  • Deferred Compensation Plan
  • Paid Leave for Annual Military Training

NJDOC is an equal opportunity employer.

Custody and Civilian Recruitment
The Department of Corrections hires employees for both custody and civilian jobs from Civil Service certification lists, which are compiled through testing.


The New Jersey State Correctional Police Officer is responsible, during an assigned tour of duty, to ensure the custody, safety and care of criminal offenders confined in State correctional facilities.


  • To provide public safety and security through the custody and management of those individuals incarcerated within the Criminal Justice system.
  • To ensure the safety and welfare of the staff and inmate population.
  • To assist in the rehabilitative efforts for those incarcerated individuals returning to the community.
  • To promote public support for the operation and objectives of the Department of Corrections.


  • Education: High school diploma or its equivalent. Candidates must read and write English sufficiently to perform duties of the position;
  • Age: Minimum of 18 years of age;
  • Citizenship: Must be a citizen of the United States and a resident of the State of New Jersey. Additionally, institutions located in certain municipalities have residency requirements, which require candidates to provide proof of such residency beginning six months prior to the closing date of written examination for the position;
  • License: Candidates will be required to possess a valid New Jersey driver’s license. Candidates for this position must be eligible to possess a firearm in accordance with State and Federal laws;
  • Background: Investigation of candidates’ employment history, driving history, domestic violence history, and criminal history are conducted; and
  • Medical: Candidates will be given a thorough medical and psychological examination. They must provide urine samples for analysis to determine drug use.

Please review our questionnaire before applying to determine if Correctional Police Officer is the job for you

Pre-Employment Processing
Based on the candidate's score and ranking on the written examination, as well as available vacancies, a candidate will receive notice from the Department of Corrections to report for pre-employment processing, which consists of the following:

Phase 1 & 2 - Completion of employment application, computer background check, written psychological examination, fingerprinting for background investigation and urinalysis testing for drug screening.

Phase 3 - Background investigation that includes personal interviews and visits to your residence and/or place of work.

Phase 4 - When vacancies occur, those candidates who have successfully completed Phases 1,2 and 3 will be notified to report for Phase 4 processing which includes the following: A medical exam (e.g. blood, vision, hearing test, chest x-ray and EKG). An interview conducted by a psychologist based on the written examination completed during Phase 2.

Candidates who pass the previously noted requirements will be appointed as Correctional Police Officer Apprentice and will be required to satisfactorily complete a 14-week, in-residence NJ Police Training Commission course, at the Correctional Staff Training Academy. While in training, candidates will be paid bi-weekly based upon an annual salary of $34,000. Those who successfully complete the training program will be appointed as a Correctional Police Officer and will serve a one-year working test period. Upon satisfactory completion of the working test period, candidates will be promoted to Senior Correctional Police Officer and serve a four month working test period. The academy training is comprised of three areas of training.

Physical Fitness
The Physical Education and Self-Defense Program emphasizes physical conditioning which includes running and various strength building exercises.

The current Police Training Commission (PTV) minimum requirements
24 pushups in 1 minute
28 sit ups in one minute
15 inch vertical jump
300 meter run in 70.1 seconds
1.5 mile run in 15 minutes 55 seconds

The Academic portion of the Academy training will include a college level course of studies such as psychological and sociological issues, Language and Communications skills, Criminal Law, Constitutional Issues, Correctional and Police Practice procedures, etc. There will be comprehensive examinations and written assignments.

The Basic Course for State Correctional Police Officer can offer up to 24 college credits.

Firearms Training
Firearms Training includes firearms safety and weapon qualifications.

Salary Compensation
Correctional Police Officer Salary is $40,000
Senior Correctional Police Officer Salary range is $44,479.00 to $83,028.00

In addition to staffing 13 facilities throughout the state, the following positions are some of the career opportunities available to Senior Correctional Police Officers within the Department of Corrections:

  • Central Transportation
  • Central Medical
  • Ceremonial Teams (Pipe Band/Honor Guard)
  • Correction Staff Training Academy
  • Critical Incident Negotiation Team
  • Custody Recruitment Unit
  • Interstate Transportation
  • K-9 Unit
  • Special Investigation Division
  • Special Operations

Additional career opportunities for custody officers within the NJDOC

Firearms Unit (Range)

Cobra Applications

The Civil Service Commission announces the Law Enforcement Examination approximately every two years, at which time applications for State Correctional Police Officer are available online through the New Jersey Civil Service Commission website: www.state.nj.us/csc


For Civil Service Job Vacancies
Call (609) 777-0916

For General Information contact
NJ Civil Service Commission (609) 292-4144

Department of Corrections
Custody Recruitment Unit (609) 826-5628

A Listing of Government Jobs can be found on the NJ Civil Service Commission web site.

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The mission of the New Jersey Department of Corrections is to ensure that all persons committed to the state correctional institutions are confined with the level of custody necessary to protect the public and are provided with the care, discipline, training and treatment needed to prepare them for reintegration into the community.
NJDOC…Promoting Excellence in Correctional Intervention.

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