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Correctional Officer Information

Corrections Officers make up the largest group of employees and provide services including supervision of inmates living, dining and work areas as well as transportation of inmates.  Corrections Officers are assigned to one of three shifts, and have two consecutive days off each week.


The following are essential job duties and responsibilities:

  • Supervise inmates in a wide variety of situations and activities.
  • Conduct thorough inspections and searches of inmates, buildings and grounds. Negotiate extensive pedestrian and mobile perimeter and grounds inspection outdoors. Move heavy furniture and equipment with assistance (up to 100 pounds) during searches.
  • Perform security observation duties to include duty in 45-50 feet high towers.*
  • Prepare documentation regarding institutional matters such as incident reports, misconduct reports and logs. Conduct counts.
  • Operate security equipment such as portable and mobile radios, electronic panel switches, keys in locks, fire extinguishing equipment, hand tools, and mechanical levers. Place and remove restraints on inmates. Operate control center.
  • Recognize critical behavior. Respond to emergency situations. Restrain and control inmates.
  • Transport inmates leaving the institution on any form of travel order. Drive state vehicles to include conducting perimeter patrol of facility.
  • Follow written directives, post orders, and special instructions in addition to policies and procedures which dictate daily, routine and emergency procedures. Enforce rules and regulations.
  • Communicate with other staff by using portable and mobile radios, telephones, pagers, intercoms and similar adaptive equipment.
  • Complete and maintain annual certification of Training Academy classes including CPR, first aid, self-defense, chemical agents and firearms. Employ techniques learned as necessary.
  • Supervise compliance with safety, sanitation, health and personal hygiene standards. Supervise the issue, use and storage of caustic, toxic and flammable substances.
  • Distribute inmate mail.
  • Obtain and maintain Medication Aide certificatation. Distribute medication as necessary.**
  • Overtime may be required to include weekends, holidays and double-shifts.

*Essential for the NE State Penitentiary, Lincoln Correctional Center, Diagnostic & Evaluation Center, Omaha Correctional Center and Tecumseh State Correctional Institution.

**Essential for the Lincoln Correctional Center and Diagnostic & Evaluation Center.


Minimum Requirements

  • Submit an on-line application at
  • Successful completion of DCS Correctional Officer examination, back-ground screening, and pre-employment check. The examination consists of three parts (reading, counting and report writing) and will last approximately two hours. Applicants who successfully pass the written test and the background screening will be required to take and pass a behavioral assessment exam which will last one hour. Applicants who need accommodations in the testing process should request this in advance.
  • Possess a valid driver's license.
  • High school education or equivalent.
  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Be willing to work a shift assignment including weekends and holidays.
  • No domestic abuse-related convictions will be accepted.
  • No felony convictions.
  • For current job openings and to view testing schedules, go to  If none noted, please check back at a later time.


Other Requirements

Any former employees seeking re-employment within the Department must first go through a Rehire Review Committee. Under certain circumstances, the Correctional Officer examination may be waived for former employees.


For more information contact:

Human Resources at (402) 471-2654 or 1-888-769-2359