Applying To: Correctional Officer I

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Dear applicants, in order to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the Recruitment and Examination Section is suspending all written tests, performance tests and oral interviews until further notice. These examination components are being replaced with experience and training evaluations, which do not require physical contact. Please fully describe all of your qualifying education, training and experience on your applications. Thank you. The safety of all of our staff and applicants is our priority as we continue with our efforts to conduct merit based testing for staffing the City's Civil Service.


  • Minimum: $33,722.00
  • Maximum: $47,502.00

City residency requirement may be waived for this position.

Some per-performance, hourly paid positions are also available.  Those positions are paid $16.21/hour and are not covered by the Employee Benefits Program, nor are they eligible for shift differential pay.  Shift differential of 1% is paid for evening, night and weekend shifts.

Nature of Work

Incumbents in this position provide custodial care and control of detainees at the St. Louis City Justice Center (CJC) or Medium Security Institution (MSI).

For an additional description of this position, please refer to the classification specification for Correctional Officer I

Minimum Qualifications

A high school diploma or General Educational Development (G.E.D.) certificate; plus two years of work experience.

(Earned credit hours from an accredited college or university may substitute on a year-for-year basis for the required experience at a rate of 30 semester credit hours for one year.)

AGE:  Applicants must be at least 21 years of age at the time of submitting the Employment Application.

In order to be considered for this position applicants must be available to work all shifts which includes days, evenings, nights, weekends, holidays and to work at the assigned City Correctional institution.  When necessary, Correctional Officers must be able to work mandatory overtime.  Candidates must provide their availability for shift and weekend assignments on the Availability Section of the Employment Application.

Correctional Officers must be able to pass classroom curriculum while in training.  CPR and first aid training is required after hiring.

When completing the Employment Application, please be as thorough as possible when describing your experience, training and education as it relates to this position.  Your employment experience and training will be used to determine whether you meet the entrance requirements for this position and to compute your experience and training evaluation. Applicants will only receive credit for their experience, training and education as shown on the application. Include reasons for changes in employers and explain any gaps in employment. 

MEDICAL:  Candidates will be required to pass a "Drug Screen" as part of the Medical examination.   Incumbents are subject to random Drug Screen and Alcohol Tests as a condition of their employment.

VETERAN'S PREFERENCE POINTS:  To be eligible for veteran's preference points, the applicant must submit a copy of his/her DD 214 Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty with the Employment Application.  The Director of Personnel may, in his discretion, accept alternate documentation.

LAST DATE FOR FILING APPLICATION:  Applications will be accepted until a sufficient number are received to fill the anticipated vacancies.  Please submit application as soon as possible. Applications can be submitted on the Internet.  Visit the City web site at

Examination Components and Their Weights

  • Experience and Training: 100%
  • Character Investigation: Pass/Fail
  • Medical Examination: Pass/Fail

O.C. 3015
September 18, 2019
Reopened 06/26/20
Reopened 06/09/21

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