The hiring process
If you are interested in working with DAJD, we encourage you to apply.
- You will need to create a free account at www.GovernmentJobs.com. If you already have an account, log into your account.
- Fill out the application. Completion of a King County employment application and a DAJD supplemental questionnaire is required. Online applications are preferred. Follow application instructions carefully.
View open DAJD job listings
For more information, visit the King County jobs page.
For further assistance with the online application process, call NeoGov Customer Support toll free: 1-877-204-4442.
Corrections and juvenile detention officers
The process of becoming a corrections or juvenile detention officer may require more steps than for non-uniformed roles.
Learn more about applying to become a corrections officer
Learn more about applying to become a juvenile detention officer
Because of the nature of the work, there are some reasons why we cannot hire candidates for corrections and juvenile detention officer positions.
Disqualifying factors - criminal history
DAJD must disqualify a Corrections Officer or JDO candidate who has ever been convicted of:
- A felony offense;
- A gross misdemeanor domestic violence offense;
- An offense with sexual motivation as defined in RCW 9.94A.030;
- An offense under chapter 9A.44 RCW; or
- A federal or out-of-state offense comparable to an offense listed above
Exceptions: In some cases, the applicant may, but does not have to be, disqualified for convictions when:
- It was adjudicated as a juvenile and the record was sealed, or
- It was disclosed at the time of application for initial certification, and it did not occur while the applicant was a certified peace officer, or
- The applicant was granted a full and unconditional pardon.
The following convictions are additionally disqualifying and supersede anything listed above:
- Any adult felony convictions involving crimes against a person or violence.
- Any adult conviction for any crime classified as a Domestic Violence offense.
- Any adult felony drug convictions within last five (5) years.
- Is prohibited from possessing weapons by state or federal law or by a permanent court order entered after a hearing.
- Has been terminated by or separated from their employer after engaging in, or was found by a court to have engaged in, the use of force which resulted in death or serious injury and the use of force violated the law;
- Has been terminated by or otherwise separated from their employer after witnessing, or found by a court to have witnessed, another officer's use of excessive force and was in a position to intervene to end the excessive use of force and failed to do so or failed to report the use of excessive force in accordance with agency policy or law;
- Has been terminated by or otherwise separated while knowingly making, or found by a court to have knowingly made, misleading, deceptive, untrue, or fraudulent representations in the practice of being a corrections officer including, but not limited to, committing perjury, filing false reports, hiding evidence, or failing to report exonerating information.
- The applicant is listed on the applicable state child abuse registries.
- Any candidate with an active (currently named as a respondent in) and non-temporary No- Contact, Protection, or Harassment DV Order.
Potentially disqualifying factors
The Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention may additionally disqualify any candidate whose background includes the following:
Drug history - considered on a case-by-case basis
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.
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:
GHB, Rohypnol or MDMA
Huffing Paint or N02
Psilocybin or mushrooms
Conduct - considered on a case-by-case basis
Engaged in conduct including, but not limited to, verbal statements, writings, online posts, recordings, and gestures, involving prejudice or discrimination against a person on the basis of race, religion, creed, color, national origin, immigration status, disability, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender identity, gender expression, age, sexual orientation or military and veteran status.
Criminal History - considered on a case-by-case basis
Convictions for any of the following:
- A felony offense;
- A gross misdemeanor domestic violence offense;
- An offense with sexual motivation as defined in RCW 9.94A.030; An offense under chapter 9A.44 RCW; or a federal or out-of-state offense comparable to an offense listed in the RCW 43.101.105 and its subsections.
- Any adult conviction of DUI in the past three (3) years.
- Any adult conviction of Attempting to Elude or Hit & Run Attended. Affiliation with one or more extremist organizations.
- Participation or affiliation related to a street gang or security threat group in the last three (3) years. Applicants is a "Criminal street gang associate or member" per RCW 9.94A.030 in the Criminal street gang database per RCW 43.43.762.
- Adult misdemeanor convictions and all felony convictions outside of these standards are subject to disqualification.
- Any intimate contact with inmate(s), or detained individuals while employed or contracted by a criminal justice agency. Being terminated, resigned, or retired while under investigation by, or with an administrative finding from, a criminal justice agency for sexual abuse under PREA.
- Per RCW 10.93.150 any Brady (Impeachment List) reportable convictions or omissions for offense underlying acts for which that officer's name was placed on the list.
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.
Appearance - considered on a case-by-case basis
Tattoos that are obscene, gang-related or racially insensitive are not permitted. The Department Director or designee shall make the final determination on whether a prospective staff member’s tattoo is permitted.
Military discharge status - considered on a case-by-case basis
Including dishonorable discharges, Other Than Honorable Conditions, and Misconduct (Drug Abuse), Misconduct (Serious Offense), Misconduct (Other), Pattern of Misconduct.
How to appeal a denial
If you have been denied employment and you can appeal the denial decision. You have 30 days from the date of denial to submit your appeal. Follow these steps:
Write a letter/email explaining why you want to appeal the decision. Include any information you think will help in reversing the decision.
Send the letter to your DAJD Human Resources contact, or email email@example.com.
Your appeal will be forwarded to DAJD management.
Once a decision is made you will be contacted by DAJD Human Resources representative.
If you have not received a response from DAJD Human Resources after 10 business days, contact your DAJD Human Resources representative.
For more information, call DAJD Human Resources: 206-477-2400.