Corrections Deputy - Entry Level

  • Multnomah County Sheriff's Office
  • Portland, Oregon
  • Sep 23, 2021
Full time Security Safety Entry Level Government

Job Description


At Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO), we are dedicated to fostering an environment of safety, trust, and belonging for our employees and the diverse community that we serve. MCSO values the importance of serving all people with dignity and respect in order to support a safe and thriving community for everyone. If you are dedicated to equitable justice for all, have strong communication and conflict resolutions skills, are dependable, resourceful, and believe in providing unwavering compassion through exemplary public safety service, we invite you to join our team and begin or continue your public safety career with the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office. 

Corrections Deputies are required to become proficient in the use of side-arms, chemical agents and other riot control weapons, in addition to the use of emergency communication systems, the practical application of self-defense tactics and the unarmed physical control of inmates. Corrections Deputies must possess good judgment, act appropriately and responsibly, and have excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Once you have mastered the basic duties of a Corrections Deputy, there are many special assignments available throughout the agency, including assignments in Classification, Close Street Supervision, Court Services, Transport Unit, Work Crew, Intelligence and Life Safety. You may also choose to join a specialty team, such as the Crisis Negotiation Team, the Corrections Emergency Response Team (CERT), Honor Guard or the Corrections Critical Incident Response Team.

Duties expected of a Corrections Deputy:

  • Book, interview, classify and process inmates into jail; conduct searches of inmates; release from custody and return property.

  • Count, control and monitor inmate movement and activity in housing units, modules, cells and open dormitory settings; monitor suicidal inmates to determine if they require suicidal watch and provide counseling and coordination of medical services; conduct security and welfare checks and connect inmates with mental health services; search jail areas for contraband; secure and maintain evidence.

  • Escort inmates to areas and events within the institution, court appearances, personal interviews, medical care and other institutions; assemble and monitor inmates for transports to and from other counties, state facilities, extraditions and others; supervise and monitor meal times and recreational activities; supervise inmate work crews; prepare daily work release logs and investigate and report violations.

  • Control violent and/or mentally ill inmates; prepare daily count and inmate assignment sheets; document, record and write reports on inmate behavior and other applicable information.

  • Respond to backup calls for medical, inmate assaults and other emergency situations; testify in court related to crimes committed in custody.

  • Maintain security within the institution and oversee the health and safety of staff, inmates and the public; control access and maintain inventory of keys; operate control rooms and panels; monitor and access security doors, gates, cameras, alarms and video terminals; perform general facility maintenance.

  • Assist inmates with information regarding personal records, accounts, grievances, social visits and court proceedings; provide information and assistance regarding criminal cases to staff and the public; communicate and work with courts, records, medical staff, programs staff, other departments and agencies.

  • Perform other duties as assigned

Relocation Reimbursement:

  • Candidates are eligible for moving expenses reimbursed up to $2,500 with submission of expense receipts.


As a Corrections Deputy with our agency you will be expected to work weekends, holidays, days, evenings or nights as scheduled. Overtime may be required and newly hired employees should expect to rotate through all shifts within the first year of employment. Corrections Deputies are represented by the Multnomah County Corrections Deputy Association (MCCDA).


We will consider any combination of relevant work experience, volunteering, education and transferable skills as qualifying unless an item or section is labeled required. Please be clear and specific about how your background is relevant.

Minimum Qualifications/Transferable Skills*:

  • A minimum of two years combined of work/volunteer experience, military service and/or education

  • A high school diploma or equivalent

  • Must be at least 21 years of age

  • Must be a United States citizen or able to obtain citizenship to attend academy

  • Must possess a valid driver’s license by time of appointment

  • Must pass a thorough background investigation which includes, but is not limited to a review of applicant’s criminal, civil, driving, military, educational and employment history

Preferred Qualifications/Transferable Skills*:

You do not need to have the following preferred qualifications/transferable skills to qualify, however, keep in mind we may consider some or all of the following when identifying the most qualified candidates. Please clearly explain on your application how you meet any of the following preferred qualifications/transferable skills.

  • Experience in public safety, social service or security setting

  • Current certification as a State of Oregon DPSST Corrections Officer

  • Experience in a command structure organization

  • College level course work from an accredited institution

*Transferable skills: Your transferable skills are any skills you have gained through education, work experience (including the military) or life experience that are relevant for this position. Be sure to describe any transferable skills on your application and clearly explain how they apply to this position.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement: To protect the health of the community and employees, Multnomah County requires employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have an approved medical or religious exception by October 18, 2021 as a qualification of employment. 

The rule applies to all employees, as allowable by law. Candidates who receive an offer of County employment must provide proof of vaccination upon hire or submit an exception request prior to their start date. 


The application packet:

  • A completed online application

  • Responses to any and all questionnaires that are sent after submission of online application

  • Note: If you are requesting veterans’ preference, please be prepared to attach your DD214 and veteran disability verification forms electronically to your application when requested

The selection process: For details about how we typically screen applications, review our overview of The Selection Process page. We expect to evaluate candidates for this recruitment as follows:

  • Initial review of minimum qualifications

  • Virtual Personal History Questionnaire

  • Virtual Suitability exam, including records check

  • Virtual proficiency exam (POST)

  • Background, reference and education checks (Personal History Statement completed online)

  • Hiring interview

  • All hire offers are contingent upon successful completion of a psychological evaluation, a physical and a drug screen

The following elements of a candidate’s background, if disclosed as the result of interview, investigation and/or self-disclosure, will automatically result in a termination of the selection process:

  • As an adult, being convicted of a felony crime.

  • Conviction of a Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants (DUII) within the last five years, or more than one DUII.

  • Present inability to legally drive in the State of Oregon.

  • Dishonorable discharge from any branch of the U.S. Armed Forces.

  • Recent (within five (5) years of application) or ongoing affiliation with, and/or support of an organization or group, which advocates the violent overthrow of the United States Government.

  • As an adult, selling, producing or financing the production or sale of illegal controlled substances.

  • Discharge from another law enforcement or corrections agency for cause that would be basis for discharge from the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office.

  • Evidence that the applicant has willfully provided false or misleading information during the application process, in the online application or Personal History Statement, or has attempted to gain unfair advantage during any phase of the testing or application process.

  • Inability to be certified by the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training.

  • Failure to meet minimum educational/training requirements.

The following factors, or any combination, may serve as a basis for a termination of the selection process:

  • Backgrounded by the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office within the last year with a recommendation not to hire.

  • As an adult, confinement in a correctional institution resulting from convictions totaling more than six (6) months.

  • Unfavorable recommendations(s) on the part of references or past or present employers.

Diversity and Inclusion: At Multnomah County, we don't just accept difference; we value it and support it to create a culture of dignity and respect for our employees.

We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran or protected veteran status, genetic information and other legally protected characteristics. The EEO is the Law poster is available for your reference. Multnomah County is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor. We request priority protected veteran referrals.

Veterans’ Preference: Under Oregon Law, qualifying veterans may apply for veterans’ preference. Review our veterans’ preference page for details about eligibility and how to apply.

Accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act: We gladly provide reasonable accommodation to anyone whose specific disability prevents them from completing an application or participating in this recruitment process. Please contact the recruiter below in advance to request assistance. Individuals with hearing or speech impairments may contact the recruiter through the Telecommunications Relay Service by dialing 711.


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