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Correctional Technician I

Company: County of San Luis Obispo, CA
Location: San Luis Obispo
Posted on: May 15, 2024

Job Description:

Salary : $45,177.60 - $57,678.40 Annually

Location : San Luis Obispo, CA

Job Type: Permanent - Hourly

Job Number: 0424KS-300055-01

Department: Sheriff-Coroner

Division: Sheriff-Coroner

Opening Date: 04/24/2024

About the Position

The Sheriff's Office is seeking self-motivated administrative support professionals to fill the position of Correctional Technician.
The Sheriff's Office is accepting applications for Correctional Technician I. Correctional Technician I is part of a career series for Correctional Technician I/II/III.
Correctional Technician I is the entry level position of the Correctional Technician series. Upon appointment to the position, new employees will undergo a comprehensive training program with frequent evaluation. After initial training incumbents are expected to independently perform the full scope of duties for the position.

Under general supervision incumbents in the position, perform a variety of duties in support of maintaining a safe and secure custody environment. Responsibilities include booking, processing, and monitoring of detainees, and performing other related work as required.

In addition, incumbents may be assigned to reception, booking, control rooms or other areas of the County Jail or Court Services. Assignments may require responsibilities associated with the oversight of inmate's activities and verbal inmate interaction on a limited basis. This series is distinguished from Correctional Deputy in that the latter is responsible for law enforcement activities inside and outside of detention facilities.
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This is a continuous recruitment and will remain open until filled.

This recruitment may be used to fill future permanent, temporary, substitute or limited term vacancies.

The Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate will have a strong interest in law enforcement or corrections and possess excellent administrative support skills, including knowledge of common computer software and applications, and strong attention to detail.

Correctional Technician applicants must be honest, possess integrity, and be able to take direction, as well as work independently, when required. The ability to effectively interact with a diverse population including, but not limited to, correctional deputies, arresting officers, probation staff, and administrative support staff is key. A strong work ethic and excellent communication, multi-tasking, and record keeping skills are required. The ability to work amidst noise and interruption, as well as deal with difficult individuals and environments at times is a must.


Education and Experience:

Graduation from high school or possession of a General Education Development (GED) Certificate.

Applicants in this classification must have the ability to type at a speed of 35 net wpm and will be required to provide a copy of a typing certificate during the recruitment process. You can search online for typing tests near you to find agencies that will provide a typing certificate or find typing tests online that will provide a typing certificate.
Licenses and Certificates:
Certain positions within the classification may require driving. When driving is an essential function of the position, a valid California driver's license will be required at the time of appointment and must be maintained throughout employment.

How to Apply

Applications, including answers to supplemental questions, must be submitted online. This is a "continuous" recruitment, however, the posting can close at anytime without notice, therefore, prompt application is encouraged.

To apply for this position, click "apply" at the top of this page. Most County recruitments require you to respond to supplemental questions as part of the application process. We recommend that you review these questions prior to beginning your application.


The following video link will provide additional information regarding this position and the County of San Luis Obispo jail. Please watch before applying.

An initial application review will be conducted. Candidates who meet the minimum qualifications and are best qualified will be invited to participate in selection activities which may include online assessments, performance exams, written exams, and interviews.

Final candidates will be required to have an in-depth background review performed before proceeding in the process. Please note that references will not be contacted until the end of the process.

If you have questions or would like to discuss the opportunity further, please contact Human Resources at Confidential inquiries are welcomed.

For further information regarding the County of San Luis Obispo, visit our website at

Supplemental Information

Becoming an employee of the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office is a fantastic opportunity and we pride ourselves in hiring the most qualified candidates. While it is of utmost importance for us to identify qualified candidates, equally important to this process is that our applicants have a clear, realistic understanding as to the requirements of the position in which they are applying. Below please find additional information about the position for your review:


  • This is a 24 hour facility and shifts rotate. WORK ASSIGNMENTS AND TRAINING:

    Correctional Technicians rotate during the week among five duty stations. Three manage intake, release and inmate information; two observe and control staff movement. In addition, the rotation order among these duty stations is changed every six weeks during the shift to keep staff current on all tasks.

    The responsibilities are diverse, yet none involve inmate contact. There are three Senior Correctional Technicians who are responsible for not only their duty station assignments, but also the training of new Correctional Technicians. The probationary period is one year and comprised of approximately fourteen to sixteen weeks of one-on-one training with daily and weekly evaluations, and the remainder is OJT (On the Job Training). During this time the trainee is solely responsible for their duty stations and receives bi-weekly evaluations.

    A successful Correctional Technician:
    • Thrives in a negative environment; they see, hear and read things that are sad, disgusting and disturbing; they talk with parents and other family members who may get upset and angry about their loved one who is in custody.
    • Effectively organizes and prioritizes their workload continually throughout the shift amid competing priorities and distractions.
    • Demonstrates that they are a productive member of the work team and have a positive, can-do attitude. BACKGROUND CHECK:

      To accept a position with the Sheriff's Office, you must successfully complete a Sheriff's Background Investigation. Below is a partial list of offenses or issues that may disqualify you from successful completion. Please review the below list:
      • Any felony conviction
      • Recent misdemeanor conviction, or any two misdemeanor convictions as an adult
      • Poor employment history
      • Any sale, manufacture, or cultivation of illegal drugs
      • Recent use of illegal substances such as opiates, hallucinogens, injectables, cocaine, methamphetamine, or similar substance
      • Poor driving record such as numerous hazardous traffic violations or chargeable accidents
      • Recent conviction for driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, or any two convictions for this offense as an adult
      • Any act of domestic violence, as defined by law
      • Any crime committed against a child
      • Behavior or derogatory remarks constituting discrimination or bias toward others based on their race, religion, gender, national origin, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or other protected class
      • Any material misstatement of fact or intentional omission of information during the application or background process

        Reasonable Accommodation Notice
        Federal law requires employers to provide reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. Please tell us if you require a reasonable accommodation to apply for a job or to perform your job. Examples of reasonable accommodation include making a change to the application process or work procedures, providing documents in an alternate format, using a sign language interpreter, or using specialized equipment. Please call 805-781-5959 for assistance or e-mail for more information.

        Veteran's Preference Points
        If you are applying for employment with the County of San Luis Obispo and you served in the United States Armed Forces, you may be eligible for veteran's preference points as part of the recruitment process. Some dependents and survivors of eligible veterans may also be eligible for preference points. for more information and to learn how to apply for this benefit. Please note that Veteran's credits must be on file with the County of San Luis Obispo Veterans Services Office prior to the recruitment closing date indicated on the job announcement.

        Equal Employment Opportunity
        The County is an equal opportunity employer. Objectives are directed toward assuring equal opportunity in selection / promotion, pay, and job assignments. Recruitment and selection procedures have been established to ensure non-discrimination on the basis of political or religious opinions or affiliations, age, sex, race, color, national origin, marital status, disability, sexual orientation or other non-merit factors. In addition, the County complies with the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act in hiring and retaining employees. For more information contact the Human Resources Department at (805)781-5959.

        Make a Difference
        Employees of the County of San Luis Obispo are public servants who impact the lives of our community every day. From supporting efforts to reduce homelessness, keeping our drinking water clean, or serving the families in need in the community, County employees make a difference.

        Compensation and Benefits
        Your annual salary is supplemented by a generous benefit package.

        For additional information regarding the benefits listed that may be available to you, visit the associated .

        Some benefits include:

        - Medical (PPO, EPO, HDHP), Dental (HMO, PPO) and Vision Insurance
        - Health enhancing programs such as Hinge Health, GIThrive and Carrum Health for medical enrollees.
        - Cafeteria (County contribution to pay for insurance premiums)
        - Free visits to the employee health clinic
        - Mental Health resources/benefits including Headspace
        - Voluntary insurance plans (life insurance, disability, critical illness and many more)
        - A lifelong retirement benefit through the San Luis Obispo County Pension Trust
        - Optional deferred compensation plan
        - Tax savings accounts (medical and dependent care)
        - Paid personal, sick and vacation days
        - 12 paid holidays
        - Employee Assistance Program
        - Education and Wellness Allowance
        - Post Employment Health Plan
        - Family Friendly workplace policies
        - Flexible work schedule options
        - Rideshare commuter benefits
        - Pet Insurance

        The County of San Luis Obispo has been recognized as a Diamond Level Family Friendly Workplace by San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce. We support our employees through: childcare assistance, flexible scheduling practices, paid and unpaid leave, comprehensive health benefits, flexible spending accounts, and employee assistance programs.

        Pension Benefit and Employee Contribution Rates:
        The County's pension is a defined benefit plan that provides a guaranteed monthly pension payment for life based on your time in service, wages, and other factors. The County is the primary contributor to the pension fund, but the health of the pension fund also depends on mandatory employee contributions. Employees are required to pay a percentage of their base pay towards the pension fund, ranging from 5% to 19%. This amount is deducted from your paycheck pre-tax every pay period. To find out how much will be deducted from your paycheck should you be hired for this position, please contact Pension Trust at (805) 781-5465.

        Healthcare Benefits and Cafeteria Contributions:
        The County offers comprehensive medical coverage to you and your family, along with two dental plan options and vision coverage. All permanent employees receive a monthly employer contribution (or 'cafeteria' contribution) to help them pay for their portion of the medical, dental, and vision insurance premiums. The amount of the cafeteria contribution varies by Bargaining Unit (BU) and the extent to which employees enroll their dependents. If the cafeteria amount is greater than your selected premiums, the remainder of the cafeteria is paid out to you in your paycheck as taxable income. If the cafeteria amount is less than your monthly premiums, you pay the remainder of the premiums with pre-tax wages.

        To estimate your out-of-pocket costs (or cashback from extra cafeteria),

        Learning and Development
        The County prioritizes your learning, personal and professional development, and career growth. Employees have access to over 1500 on-demand courses, instructor led courses, and job-specific trainings.

        Employees can take courses to upskill to make themselves more competitive for promotional opportunities and further their career growth. Examples of courses include:

        - Emotional Intelligence
        - Supervisor/Manager academies
        - Microsoft Suite courses
        - Defensive Driving
        - Financial management
        - Retirement preparedness
        - Teambuilding
        - Written Communication
        - Conflict Management
        - Clifton StrengthsFinder and DISC
        - Job specific conferences/trainings

        Student Loan Forgiveness
        Did you know that if you are employed by a government agency you may be eligible for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program
        County employees also have access to GotZoom, a program that offers tools and support to navigate your federal student loans.

        Homebuyer assistance program
        Employees have access to the "Assist-to-Own" program sponsored by to get a loan for the down payment.


        Do you have a high school diploma or possession of a General Education Development (GED) Certificate?
        • Yes
        • No


          If requested, are you able to provide documentation showing your ability to type at a speed of at least 35 wpm?
          • Yes
          • No


            As a Correctional Technician you are required to work in the jail. Working inside a jail can be considered a difficult or challenging environment for some. In many situations, inmates in which you have close contact with have poor personal hygiene, are violent, mentally ill, and/or use vulgar language, among other things. The work environment can be loud, overcrowded, stinky, and physically demanding. Is this an environment you are willing to work in?
            • Yes
            • No


              By applying to this job, you are confirming you have already watched the mandatory Jail Tour video, located at: video will provide additional information regarding this position. After viewing the video, do you wish to proceed with your application?
              • Yes
              • No

                Required Question

Keywords: County of San Luis Obispo, CA, San Luis Obispo , Correctional Technician I, Professions , San Luis Obispo, California

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