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King County Corrections Officer Randy Weaver received his 20-year Service Award from King County Executive Dow Constantine, former DAJD Director William Hayes, and King County Councilmembers on April 17, 2017.

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 www.governmentjobs.com/careers/kingcounty

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

A great place to work

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Join our team

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 are encouraged to apply

King County recognizes the value of your military service. Your training and experiences have prepared you to take on new challenges. 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.

King County supports employees serving as military reservists and are permitted to miss work to participate in weekend drills.

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:

All qualified persons will be considered for employment without regard to gender. DAJD employs women at all levels in the chain of command.

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 http://agency.governmentjobs.com/kingcounty 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 DAJD.Recruitments@kingcounty.gov. When this recruitment opens, online applications are preferred via http://agency.governmentjobs.com/kingcounty.

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 hr.dajd@kingcounty.gov.
  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.

DAJD requires candidates to pass the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission (WSCJTC) Physical Ability Test upon hire. Those physical requirements can be found at the WSCJTC website:

  • New employee orientation includes first aid, CPR, AED, defensive tactics, interpersonal communication skills, anti-harassment, key control, escorts and restraints, report writing, and many other subjects.
  • Corrections Officer Academy at the Washington State Criminal Justice Academy
  • Weapons training
  • Field training on-the-job with a Field Training Officer (6 - 9 week FTO training)

A percentage of Corrections Officer positions require firearm qualification. Corrections Officers assigned to housing units do not carry firearms inside the secure facility. Annually, Corrections Officers are given the opportunity to become firearms-qualified; and those qualified by the discretion of command staff, typically on an annual basis. Those qualified are paid a 3% premium for being firearms-qualified. 

Within your first three weeks of orientation you will be given a voucher for two sets of uniforms. Each year after that you will be issued a check or voucher to be used for uniforms.

Basic housing shifts, including Roll Call are:

  • First shift: 6:20 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • Second shift: 2:20 p.m. – 10:30 p.m
  • 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. 

If you are currently a student or planning to attend school:

Being a Corrections Officer is a full-time job. Minimum staffing levels are required to maintain operations. DAJD encourages staff to attend appropriate courses on their own time and may provide reimbursement for some courses based on the King County Corrections Guild contract.