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Become a corrections officer in King County

The Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention (DAJD) contributes to the public safety of the people of King County and Washington state by operating safe, secure, and humane detention facilities and community corrections programs.

Join our team

$12K or $25K in signing bonuses for new officers depending on experience.

Generous time off, tuition reimbursement, special benefits for veterans, and more.

$5K in moving expenses may be available for officers with prior experience who relocate to Washington from another state.


How to apply

If you are interested in becoming a corrections officer, we encourage you to apply. 

  1. You will need to create a free account at If you already have an account, log into your account.
  2. 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 the corrections officer job description

Apply to become a corrections officer

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



King County is one of the largest corrections employers in the state of Washington. Corrections officers work at King County's two adult jails:

  • King County Correctional Facility (KCCF), in Seattle.
  • Maleng Regional Justice Center (MRJC), in Kent.

Working in corrections is a challenging but rewarding career. We offer job stability, security, and unique opportunities for career development, advanced training, and assignment to specialty units.

Veterans are encouraged to apply. Learn more about the veteran experience working for the Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention. 

Job description

As a corrections officer, you will ensure the safety and welfare of adults in detention. We provide ongoing training to help you build further knowledge and skills for a career in corrections.


Duties as a corrections officer include: 

  • Monitoring adults in secure detention facilities
  • De-escalating
  • Responding to emergencies
  • Booking adults into detention
  • Release activities
  • Special assignments (investigations, training officers, etc.)
  • Providing and maintaining a safe and secure environment


The minimum licensing, certifications, and other requirements are: 

  • A valid Washington State Driver's license
  • 21 years of age by the time of hire
  • High school diploma or GED
  • Must pass a comprehensive pre-employment background check


Applicants with corrections and/or criminal justice experience are the most competitive. To learn more:

Download the King County corrections officer job description

Visit the corrections officer job listing


King County offers a highly competitive compensation and benefits package. New corrections officers can receive $12,000 signing bonuses. Experienced applicants may be eligible for $25,000 signing bonuses, 40 hours paid vacation, and 40 hours paid sick leave upon hire. Other benefits include but are not limited to: 

  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance
  • Retirement plans
  • 12 paid holidays per year, generous vacation, and paid sick leave
  • Paid maternal, paternal, family and medical, and volunteer leave
  • ORCA transit pass
  • Life and disability insurance

Visit the King County benefits, payroll, and retirement page to learn more. 

Or, visit the corrections officer job listing