Correctional Officer

Wyoming Department of Corrections   Rawlins, WY   Full-time     Law Enforcement / Security
Posted on January 27, 2024

The Wyoming Department of Corrections is committed to public safety and high correctional standards, as well as a safe, supportive working environment for our employees. We now seek Correctional Officers for our institutions: Wyoming State Penitentiary in Rawlins, Wyoming, Women's Center in Lusk, Wyoming Honor Farm in Riverton, Wyoming Honor Conservation and Boot Camp in Newcastle, Wyoming medium Correctional Institution in Torrington. This position is essential for maintaining the institution's safety and security and is considered a Law Enforcement position receiving the 20-year retirement package. This is an entry-level position, and career/growth opportunities are available.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:  The listed functions are illustrative only and are not intended to describe every function which may be performed at the job level.

 To maintain institutional safety standards, the position requires the following:

  • Enforcement of rules and regulations.
  • Responding to post orders of varied assigned posts.
  • Supervising inmates in the performance of various jobs; modeling appropriate, pro-social behavior.
  • Assisting in a variety of searches, including checking for contraband items.
  • Observing daily inmate living, programming, work areas, and the perimeter fence line, reporting security violations.
  • Conducting daily scheduled counts of inmates.
  • Assuming duties of housing control centers, central control centers, and inmate living areas monitoring inmate movements.
  • Becoming familiar with inmate names and characteristics for easier identification of inmate movements and infractions.
  • Assisting in restraining unruly inmates, utilizing the minimum amount of force required.
  • Assisting in transporting inmates within and off institution boundaries, including inter- and intra-state predetermined destinations.
  • Assisting in processing newly incarcerated inmates or the appropriate outprocessing of released inmates.
  • Attending required training to perform duties at an acceptable level.


  • Knowledge of security measures, techniques, and precautions necessary to maintain a safe and secure institution.



**Must be at least 18 years of age,
**Must be a U.S. Citizen,
**Must have a valid driver's license
**Must not have a felony or domestic violence conviction.

High School or GED
0-1 year of progressive work experience in a Correctional Setting
Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:
Necessary Special Requirements


  • Candidates must successfully pass a background/reference check, medical and psychological evaluation, physical fitness exam, urinalysis drug screen, and other pre-employment testing prior to the appointment.
  • Candidates must have the ability to work overtime as required and the ability to work on any shift, holidays, and weekends.


  • FLSA:  Non-exempt
  • This is an Entry level position and career opportunities are available
  • The Wyoming Department of Corrections is a Drug-Free Workplace. Per WDOC policy, all staff are subject to drug testing while employed by WDOC. Successful applicants for employment must pass a background/reference check, medical evaluation, and urinalysis drug test prior to the appointment.
  • WDOC is a Tobacco-Free workplace and prohibits the taking, carrying, possessing, or
    introducing of smoking materials, smokeless tobacco, or tobacco substitutes on or into WDOC facilities and grounds.
  • WDOC offers a competitive benefits package including medical, dental, and life
    insurance, paid vacations and sick leave, paid holidays, a tuition reimbursement program, Wyoming State Retirement and 457 deferred compensation program, longevity pay, and opportunities for advancement.
  • WDOC has a strict dress code policy to include standards for facial hair, body art, and
    piercings/gauges. All applicants must meet the standards of this dress code to be
    considered for employment.
  • REQUIRED: All successful candidates will be required to complete an initial training
    period and awarded Correctional Officer Certification by the Wyoming Peace Officers
    Standards & Training (POST) Commission within one year of initial appointment.

The State of Wyoming is an Equal Opportunity Employer and actively supports the ADA and reasonably accommodates qualified applicants with disabilities.