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King County's Department of Adult & Juvenile Detention offers rewarding careers with competitive pay, strong benefits and outstanding co-workers.

Open jobs at the DAJD

Use the vertical scroll bar below to see available DAJD job listings. Click on a title to learn more about the position and the green Apply button to become a job candidate. A listing for all King County jobs is online at

For clinical positions at Jail Health including nursing, physician and psychiatrist roles, visit the Public Health Jobs page.

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What do we offer?


  • A career, not just a job
  • Excellent wages
  • Superior benefits
  • Contribution to community safety
  • Diverse workforce
  • Working with people - every day is different
  • Advancement opportunities
  • Held to a higher standard to uphold public trust
  • Teamwork approach
  • Excellent training


Military vets encouraged to apply!


King County recognizes the value of your military service. As the Pacific Northwest's largest jail system, we are proud to employ a great number of those who serve our nation as they transition to civilian life. We provide the following benefits related to military deployment or training/drills:


  • Up to 21-days of paid military leave per military fiscal year (Oct. 1 to Sept. 30).
  • Differential pay while on active duty.
  • Medical, dental, vision, and basic life insurance for a military leave beyond 30-calendar days.
  • Vacation and sick leave accruals while on military leave.
  • Military reservists are permitted to miss work to participate in weekend drills.


More info:





Additional details about the hiring process

Desirable candidates will display integrity, good judgment, common sense, people skills, good communication, and follow proper procedure, even when unpopular. To be considered, the individual must have a history of ethical behavior. Learn more below:

DAJD prides itself on providing a welcoming environment, where everyone can succeed.

Women serve in many of our department’s top leadership positions, and throughout the ranks. All officers, regardless of gender, may work in housing units for men or women.

As part of King County government, we are firmly committed to equity, inclusion and social justice.

Our approach is comprehensive; true opportunity requires every person have access to the benefits of our society regardless of race, gender and gender identity, class, geography, religion, sexual orientation, disability, age, or other aspects of who we are, what we look like, where we come from, where we live and what we believe in.

To learn more about King County's equity and social justice initiatives, visit this webpage.



Steps in the selection process:

Minimum qualifications are 21 years of age plus a high school diploma or GED and you must possess a valid Washington State Driver's License by the time of employment.

  1. Submit application
  2. Take the written test
  3. Complete and return the eSoph background questionnaire
  4. Personality exam and Eye Detect examination 
  5. Oral Interview
  6. Background investigation
  7. Command interview
  8. Doctor's physical examination (Pre-employment physical)
  9. Hire

NOTE: The length of the selection process depends on the hiring needs of the Department. If there are no immediate vacancies, the process can take over three months.

Factors that disqualify your selection process:

Drug history
  • Purchase, sale, transport, possession or distribution of ANY illegal drug substance, to include non-prescribed medications, in the past three (3) years.

  • Other drug use outside these standards will be subject to additional review and may be disqualifying.
Illegal drugs

For the purposes of this standard, illegal drugs are defined in RCW 69.50.401. Examples may include the following but are not limited to:

Cocaine Opium Methamphetamine
Opiates Ecstasy Meth
Heroin OxyContin Amphetamines
Barbiturates Hallucinogenic drugs PCP
"Sherm" Whippits Angel Dust
GHB, Rohypnol or MDMA Wet Morphine
Huffing Paint or N02 Aerosols Club Drugs
Phencyclidine Psilocybin or mushrooms LSD
Criminal activity
  • Any adult conviction for domestic violence in the past three (3) years.
    Adult misdemeanor convictions and all felony convictions outside of these standards will be reviewed closely.
  • Any intimate contact with inmate(s), or detained individuals while employed or contracted by a criminal justice agency.
  • Any founded or derogatory record of the applicant on the applicable state child abuse registries.
  • Any conviction for sexual misconduct as defined by RCW 9A.44.
    Participation or affiliation related to a street gang or security threat group in the last three (3) years.
Employment history
  • Military discharge characterized as anything other than "Honorable" may be disqualifying. Applicants will be reviewed closely and additional documentation will be required for further consideration.
  • Termination for cause or resignation in lieu of termination may be disqualifying and will be reviewed closely.
  • Any sexual misconduct in the workplace to include viewing of pornography not directly related to work functions or intimate sexual contact while on duty will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
  • Lying or intentional misrepresentation during any portion of the application process.
Grooming and appearance
  • Tattoos that are obscene, gang related, or, racially insensitive shall not be allowed.
Criminal record
  • An applicant's criminal record, including all arrests, prosecutions, deferred prosecutions, "Alford" pleas, UCMJ violations, and non-conviction information will be thoroughly assessed and may be grounds for disqualification.

We are currently accepting applications for Corrections Officer positions or Lateral Candidates. We do not maintain a resume bank; however, if you would like to be notified when the recruitment is open for application you may submit a job interest card.

Please go to and submit a request for job notification by clicking the “Corrections” category and provide your contact information.

Applications are only accepted during the open recruitment periods. If you have any question, please contact King County Adult and Juvenile Detention Human Resources at 206-477-2400 or When this recruitment opens, online applications are preferred via

The following is provided as general information regarding Corrections Officer qualifications and Lateral consideration.

Minimum qualifications for Corrections Officers

  • Must be 21 years of age at the time of hire;
  • Must have a High school diploma or GED;
  • Must pass written exam;
  • Must pass physical ability test; and
  • Must possess a valid Washington State Driver's License by time of employment; and

Added requirements for lateral candidates

  • Lateral consideration is only given to Corrections Officers.
  • Must be a current Corrections Officer who has passed an accredited State Corrections Academy; successfully completed current agency’s probationary period as a Corrections Officer and no break in service.

Benefits of lateral application

  • There will be salary consideration for placement at a step within the Corrections Officer salary range that is closer to current salary than Step One. Salaries must remain within the stated Corrections Officer salary range.
  • Attendance at some or all of the Corrections Academy may be waived.

Required documentation for lateral candidates

  • Verification of current salary (hourly base pay)
  • Verification of completion of an accredited Corrections Academy
  • Verification of continuous work as a Corrections Officer

For out-of-state candidates only – must provide curriculum of Academy (this includes course outline with topics and hours of instruction and information on testing process).

If you have been denied employment with the Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention (DAJD) and you would like to appeal the denial decision, you have 30 days from the date of denial to submit your appeal. Please follow the following steps:

  1. Write a letter/email detailing why you would like to appeal the denial decision. Please include any information you feel will assist in reversing the decision.
  2. Send the letter/email to your DAJD Human Resources contact person or to
  3. Your appeal will be forwarded to DAJD management, along with your background information.
  4. Once a decision is made you will be contacted by a DAJD Human Resources representative.

This denial appeal must be received by DAJD Human Resources within 30 days after the denial date. Appeals received over 30 days from the denial date will not be considered.

After one week if you have not received a response from DAJD Human Resources, please contact your DAJD Human Resources representative.

DAJD Human Resources can be reached via phone at 206-477-2400.

About the working environment

The most notable difference is that prison inmates have been tried and convicted of crimes, while those in jail may be awaiting trial. A prison is under federal or state jurisdiction while the jail holds people accused under federal, state, county and/or city laws and inmates sentenced up to one year.

You will find that little of what is seen on television or in the movies reflects a jail's reality. You are urged to keep an open mind and not have preconceived notions about the jail.

King County requires candidates for Corrections Officer and Juvenile Detention Officer positions to meet physical qualifications upon hire. These qualifications are defined in the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission (WSCJTC) Physical Ability Test. The test includes the following components:

 Event              Test Time       Corrections Officer  Juvenile Detention Officer  Rest Time          
Push-ups 90 seconds 15 minimum to pass 10 minimum to pass 3 minutes
Sit-ups 90 seconds 12 minimum to pass 12 minimum to pass 5 minutes
Squat thrust 3 minutes 25 minimum to pass 15 minimum to pass N/A

For information about proper techniques and body positioning, please review the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Center physical ability test video.

The Physical Ability Test is graded as pass/fail. The applicant must pass all three elements in the following order: push-ups, sit-ups, squat thrust. The state's Criminal Justice Training Commission administers the test.

The physical requirement standards are gender and age neutral. The standard is set to test any person's physical ability regardless of gender or age. All elements are completed in the same manner (i.e. all incumbents complete straight-knee push-ups).

Additional information about the requirements in the Physical Ability Test can be found at: This website includes information about preparing for the test. Individuals should consult with their health care provider before beginning a physical exercise program.

Training for new hires:

  • New employee orientation for corrections officers includes first aid, CPR, AED, defensive tactics, interpersonal communication skills, de-escalation, anti-harassment, key control, escorts and restraints, report writing, PREA (Prison Rape Elimination Act), and many other subjects.
  • Corrections Officer Academy at the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission (10 weeks, starting in July 2021).
  • Field training on-the-job with a Field Training Officer (six- to nine-week FTO training).
  • Equity, Social Justice and Inclusion.

Additional training topics:

  • Trauma-informed Care
  • Special Populations
  • Suicide Prevention
  • Weapons Training 
  • Central Control
  • Booking & Release
  • Emergency Response

Training for new hires:

  • New employee orientation for juvenile detention officers includes first aid, CPR, AED, defensive tactics, interpersonal communication skills, de-escalation, anti-harassment, key control, escorts and restraints, report writing, PREA (Prison Rape Elimination Act), and many other subjects.
  • Juvenile Corrections Personnel Academy - Detention (two weeks).
  • Field training on-the-job with a Field Training Officer (four weeks).
  • Equity, Social Justice and Inclusion.

Additional training topics:

  • Trauma-informed Care
  • Suicide Prevention
  • Central Control
  • Booking & Release
  • Emergency Response

About 40% of DAJD corrections officers are qualified to use firearms as part of their job duties. Firearms-qualified officers work in Court Detail and other positions outside the secured perimeter of the jail. Corrections officers do not carry firearms inside the jail.

Opportunities to seek a firearms qualification are based on the Department's needs and are typically offered once per year. The training curriculum includes:

  • Basic firearms and shotgun
  • Taser
  • Active shooter and care under fire
  • Armed response
  • Defensive tactics
  • Weapons retention

All firearms-qualified officers receive an additional 3% premium in pay.


  • Uniforms and equipment are supplied.
  • Retirement: King County employees are eligible to participate in a pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems and a 457(b) deferred-compensation plan.
  • Medical, dental, and vision coverage: King County pays 100% of the premiums for eligible employees and family members.
  • Transportation program and ORCA transit pass.
  • Paid parental leave, family and medical leaves, and volunteer leave.
  • Flexible spending account.
  • Educational incentives and benefits.
  • On-site gyms and fitness centers.


Corrections Officers - standard shifts, including roll call:

  • Day Shift (First Shift) – 6:20 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • Swing Shift (Second Shift) – 2:20 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
  • Night Shift (Third Shift) – 10:20 p.m. – 6:30 a.m.

As a new Corrections Officer, you can bid for any of the three shifts, but the final call will be for the needs of the department and is based upon seniority. All Corrections Officers will receive two consecutive days off per week

Juvenile Detention Officers – standard shifts:

  • Day Shift (First Shift) – 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Swing Shift (Second Shift) – 3 p.m. –  11 p.m.
  • Night Shift (Third Shift) – 11 p.m. – 7 a.m.