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We employ staff in a wide variety of positions, from accounting officers and registered nurses to teachers and corrections officers!

Correctional facilities are located in Faribault, Lino Lakes, Moose Lake, Willow River, Oak Park Heights, Red Wing, Rush City, Shakopee, St. Cloud, Stillwater, and Togo.

We also operate community services offices throughout Minnesota, where corrections agents supervise offenders in the community, and crew leaders supervise offender workcrews.
 
Additionally, the central office in St. Paul houses administrative and program development functions including financial services, human resources, and information technology.
 
The DOC is proud to be an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer; Women, Minorities, People with Disabilities and Veterans Encouraged to apply!

Current Openings

To find current job opportunities with the Department of Corrections, visit mn.gov/careers, and choose "External Applicants" if you are not currently a state employee.

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To display DOC job postings only, click "More" under Agency on the left and click on "Corrections Dept."

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For questions about DOC jobs, contact carol.morse@state.mn.us

Benefits

Benefits Overview

The State of Minnesota has a comprehensive benefits program. Eligible employees participate in the State Employee Group Insurance Program (SEGIP) through the Minnesota Management and Budget (MMB) and may choose either single or family coverage. There are a variety of insurance benefits and services available for eligible state employees. In addition, there are various benefits available through the Minnesota State Retirement System (MSRS).

Health Insurance

The Minnesota Advantage Health Plan is the medical benefits program available for state employees. Choose from among three (3) Health Carriers: BlueCross BlueShield, Health Partners, or Preferred One. Each plan provides comprehensive health benefits, flexibility to make choices that best fit your needs, free preventive care services, a prescription drug program (CVS Caremark), low out of pocket expenses, and clinic locations throughout the state and bordering communities. Health insurance may be provided at a monthly cost to you and family coverage is also available. You may pay your share of health and dental premiums with pre-tax dollars, if you are paid through the State's Central Payroll, which will save you money.

Primary Care Clinics are selected from a list of participating clinics, which determines your co-pay and out-of-pocket expenses. Convenience Care Clinics provide a reduced cost effective alternative to family care clinics for minor illnesses, tests and vaccinations. Online Care Benefits may also be accessed which include Doctor on Demand and/or Virtuwell, at a reduced cost, without leaving the comfort of your home, office, or work location.

Health Assessments are a valuable educational tool enabling employees to learn more about their personal health. They are offered annually and include a follow-up call from a health coach to offer specific action plans. A personalized, confidential report may be provided to employees, and reduced office visit copayments may be available for those who participate in the annual health assessment.

Dental Insurance

Choose from two (2) Dental Carriers: Health Partners or the State Dental Plan (Delta Dental). Each plan provides comprehensive coverage for most conditions requiring dental diagnosis and treatment, including orthodontic treatment. All plans also cover a broad range of preventive services.

Dental insurance may be purchased as a new employee on an optional basis for yourself and your dependents. Dental is generally open every other year to enroll.

Life Insurance

The state offers both Basic Life Insurance, and Optional Life Insurance coverage. SEGIP provides basic term life insurance based upon your annual salary at no cost to you. Additional term life insurance is also available and may be purchased for yourself, your spouse, and eligible children at a minimal cost.


Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance

This optional benefit is available for both an employee and their spouse. It provides coverage for death or dismemberment due to an accident.

Disability Insurance

Optional disability insurance offered through the state will help replace lost income should you become totally disabled.

Short-Term Disability insurance provides you with income for up to 180 days if you become totally disabled due to a non-work related injury, illness or pregnancy.

Long-Term Disability insurance provides you with income beyond 180 days of total disability for an injury, illness, or pregnancy.

Managers Income Protection Plan - long term disability and special basic life coverage are combined for employees covered in the Managerial Plan and certain employees in the Commissioner's Plan.

Pre-Tax Benefits

Pre-Tax Benefits are offered by the state and can provide you with substantial tax savings. By paying your health and dental plan premiums, eligible dependent care, and medical and dental expenses with pre-tax dollars, your taxable income - and your taxes - are reduced. Because you pay less in taxes, your actual income may be greater.

Dependent Care Expense Account - This benefit allows you to pay for certain dependent care expenses, such as day care, with pre-tax dollars.

Medical/Dental Expense Account - This benefit allows you to pay for certain un-reimbursed medical and dental expenses with pre-tax dollars.

Health and Dental Premium Expense Account - The amount you pay for your health and dental insurance is automatically withdrawn from your pay before it is taxed.

Transit Expense Account - This benefit allows you to use pre-tax dollars for certain costs associated with your work-related commute.

Retirement

Eligible state employees are automatically enrolled in a retirement plan through the Minnesota State Retirement System (MSRS). The General Plan is the largest plan administered by the MSRS. Some positions at this agency are covered by the Correctional Employees Retirement Plan. As a member of this program both the employee and the employer contribute towards your retirement fund.

The Deferred Compensation Program is optional and another way to save for retirement and defer taxes. With this program a portion of your income is deposited in a tax-deferred account. A wide variety of investment options are available to help you meet your retirement objectives. Pre-tax or Roth after-tax options are available. Some contracts/plans offer a specified employer match, or an option to convert vacation leave to deferred compensation.

The Health Care Savings Plan is another way to save money, tax free, to use upon termination of employment to pay for eligible health care expenses. Eligibility for participation is determined by contracts and plans.

Wellness Programs

Wellness programs can help you get started on a healthier, stronger you. Personal health assessments, follow up programs, and health coaching are available. Programs are offered free of charge by phone or on-line.

Work Well

Health and Wellness Committees, Health Promotion Programs, and events may be available at our various work locations. Some work locations have fitness rooms that may be utilized at no charge. In addition, proper set up of your work station is important to us. Ergonomically correct workstations may help to avoid injuries over time. Information and assistance will be available to you.

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is available 24/7/365 for state employees and their immediate family members at no cost. EAP has counselors and work/life specialists that are available by phone, to help address concerns and plan for any situation. No problem is too minor for consultation. In addition, there are many resources available on-line for all kinds of situations. 

The EAP benefit includes up to five (5) face-to-face counseling sessions and unlimited access to phone and online resources at no additional cost. EAP offers the following additional ways to connect: text, e-mail, video counseling, scheduled chat, and request a call.

Value Added Benefits

Minnesota Life of Securian offers four (4) value added benefits to employees at no cost.

Legal, Financial, and Grief - This benefit includes unlimited phone guidance and consultation with professionals in each area. There are comprehensive web and mobile resources available. In addition, thirty-minute face-to-face consultation, with an attorney for each unique legal issue, is currently being offered.

Travel Assistance - This benefit is available 24/7/365, for personal or business travel, when 100+ miles from home. This includes medical professional locator services; assistance replacing lost or stolen luggage, medication, or other critical items; and more.

Beneficiary Financial Counseling - Beneficiaries who receive at least $25,000 in policy benefits may use an independent beneficiary counseling services through Pricewaterhouse Coopers. This benefit provides guidance to help make sound financial decisions regarding policy proceeds.

Legacy Planning Services - This benefit provides access to a variety of information and resources to work through end-of-life issues.

State Employee's Incorporated

The State Employee's Inc. (SEI) is a non-profit organization that offers State of Minnesota employee members entertainment and other valuable discounts. An SEI membership includes a membership in Minnesota Employee Recreation and Services Council (MERSC) and the Employee Morale and Recreation Association (EMRA) National. There are many discounts on various services, event tickets, recreation, restaurants, travel, and much more.

Credit Union Membership

Full service financial institutions are available and include:

Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union

HIWAY Federal Credit Union

Pay Periods
Employees are paid every other Friday.

Paid Days Off

Vacation Leave - Full-time employees may accrue a number of vacation days each year, as outlined in contracts and plans. As length of service with the state increases, the amount of vacation time accrued may also increase. Part-time eligible employees may receive vacation leave based on hours worked.

Sick Leave - Full-time eligible employees may receive a number of sick days per year, as outlined in contracts and plans. Part-time eligible employees may receive sick leave based on hours worked.

Paid Holidays - There are several paid holidays and one personal holiday each year, which are listed in contracts and plans.

Leave of Absence

Leaves of absence are available and listed in contracts and plans. These may include: bereavement, court appearance, jury duty, military, medical, parenthood and more.

An eligible employee may receive up to six (6) consecutive weeks of Paid Parental Leave (PPL).

Family and Medical Leave

Qualifying employees are eligible for up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave, under the Family and Medical Leave Act, for certain family or medical situations. While on unpaid leave, the employer contribution to your insurance coverage continues, and your job is protected.

Combined Charities Campaign

State employees may make contributions to the state's combined charities campaign which has raised millions for Minnesota organizations.

Vacation Donation Program

This program helps critically ill state employees who are burdened with high medical bills, and critically ill employees who have used up all sick and vacation time due to their illness.

SEGIP Call Center

An insurance call center was established to assist employees with their insurance questions. This includes health, dental, life, disability, pre-tax benefits and retiree coverage. These services are available through Minnesota Management and Budget (MMB) on Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Phone: 651-335-0100. E-mail: segip.mmb@state.mn.us

Minnesota Management and Budget (MMB)

Access to additional information on insurance benefits and services may be obtained at the Minnesota Management and Budget website.

Minnesota State Retirement System (MSRS)

Access to additional information on retirement benefits may be obtained at the Minnesota State Retirement System (MSRS) website. 

This is a general summary of the State's benefits program for full time benefits-eligible employees and is provided for informational purposes only. Eligibility requirements, waiting periods, and actual benefit levels and coverage are determined in accordance with the terms and condition of each collective bargaining agreement. Such documents govern in every instance. Prorated medical and dental benefits are also available for less than full-time employees. The state reserves the right to change, amend or discontinue any plan at any time as permitted by applicable law. Values expressed are based on data available for full-time, benefits-eligible employees as of revision date (4/2/19).

Employment Testimonials

Steve Ayers

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Working for the Minnesota Department of Corrections has been and is so rewarding. After finishing college I began my career in 1986 as a Correctional Officer. My initial intention was to move into Law Enforcement after gaining some experience working in a correctional facility. I soon discovered the Corrections field was one of the best kept secrets within the Criminal Justice System.

The Minnesota Department of Corrections provided me with many career opportunities, challenges and more importantly, job fulfillment. I've had the great fortune to work for and with some very bright and progressive correctional professionals. These dedicated individuals recognized the value of being dependable and hard-working and demonstrated proprietorship to the department. The diverse employees and the offenders in our custody and control has made it a culturally rich and interesting place to work.

Minnesota has a long and proud history being a model correctional system that is recognized both nationally and internationally. I consider it a great privilege and honor to be part of such a highly revered department recognized world-wide.I have held many positions over the years - Case Manager, Special Investigator/Polygraph Examiner, Assistant to the Warden and my current position as Security Captain at Oak Park Heights Maximum Correctional Facility.

These positions have provided me many opportunities to contribute in maintaining high standards set by those before me. Vast career opportunities and its diverse workplace make the Minnesota Department of Corrections a great career choice.

Tammy Miller-Hess

After graduating from college with a degree in Social Work, I worked as a social worker for a county social service agency. I always had an interest in corrections and after several years, I was hired as a Corrections Agent by the Department and supervised a juvenile and misdemeanant caseload.

I was fortunate to have a supportive supervisor and good mentor and I was encouraged to become active in professional associations and to continue my education. The Department was able to assist me with tuition for many post-graduate classes, which was a wonderful benefit. I was able to transfer from a small field office to a district office, began supervising adult felons at all risk levels, and eventually earned a Master's Degree in Criminal Justice Studies.

I've had the opportunity to work in a few different field offices and with various caseloads. The Department has been supportive of my involvement in professional associations and I have been active in MCA for most of my career. I'm also a licensed social worker, which requires additional education and training, and my supervisors have been supportive of me maintaining my licensure.

Benefits, such as paid vacation and sick leave, have allowed me to take care of myself and not become stagnant. During the course of my career, I have had many opportunities to challenge myself and grow personally and professionally. I've been employed by the Department for over 25 years and still enjoy the challenges and rewards of working with people in an effort to help them make constructive changes in their lives and to help make our communities safer.

Career Fairs and Events

Staff and recruiters will be onsite talking with job seekers about the many careers in corrections. The Department of Corrections employs individuals in a wide variety of positions, entry level to experienced, including: Corrections Officers, Agents, Therapists, Nurses, Teachers, Maintenance, Skilled Trades, Clerical, Food Service and more!

For more information on career fairs and events, contact the Office of Diversity at 651-361-7200 or Co-diversity.doc@state.mn.us.

October 28
1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
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55 Broadway Street NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413 

November 15
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Disability: IN Minnesota INclusive Career Fair
University of Minnesota Alumni Center
200 Oak St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455


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Intern Opportunities

The department offers unique opportunities for students with our numerous facilities and probation and parole offices located throughout the state. The goal of our program is to offer an individualized learning experience by maintaining flexibility with students in scheduling and in achieving academic needs.

All internship opportunities are available to students who are enrolled in a college or university that offers course credit for internships.With the exception of the Doctoral Psychology Internship stipends are not provided for our program. Please submit an application for area of interest even if you do not see a posting for that position.

The DOC is proud to be an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer; Women, Minorities, People with Disabilities and Veterans Encouraged to apply!

Positions Available


To apply for an internship:

Click here to download the application

Behavior Health Intern Positions: 

For academic year beginning in Fall Terms and for Summer Terms, the application process will open January 1st and end March 15th. Applications received by February 15th will be given first consideration. All other applications will be considered after the March 15 deadline. Interviews will be scheduled after February 15. Selection decisions will be completed by April 15. For internships beginning with Winter/Spring terms, the application process will open October 1st and end November 1st. Interviews will be scheduled in November. Selection decisions will be completed by December 1st.

All Other Intern Positions:

  • February 15 for Summer session
  • July 1 for Fall session
  • October 15 for Winter/Spring session

Applications received by priority deadlines will be given first consideration. All other applications will be considered based on position availability.

For more information, contact:

The Office of Diversity
Internships.DOC@state.mn.us

Volunteer Opportunities

The Minnesota Department of Corrections is proud to partner with over 1,500 community volunteers in the provision of cultural, educational, religious, self-help, and transitional programming. Volunteers serve as role models and mentors, and are a vital link between incarcerated people and the communities they’ll be returning to.

Volunteer Criteria

  • Be 18 or older to volunteer with adults. Be 21 or older to volunteer with juveniles.
  • Complete a Volunteer Application and Offender Association Form.
  • Pass criminal history and inmate visiting check (volunteers cannot be on the visiting list of any inmate.)
  • Complete orientation training (annual re-certification)
  • Abide by all Minnesota Department of Corrections' policies and procedures
If you are interested in volunteering, please contact the facility you’d like to volunteer at (listed below). A staff person will respond with which openings are currently available, if any, and will guide you through the application and approval process if your interest matches the facility’s need.


To volunteer with adult males:

Faribault
FRBVolunteer.DOC@state.mn.us

Lino Lakes
LLVolunteer.DOC@state.mn.us

Oak Park Heights
OPHVolunteer.DOC@state.mn.us

Rush City
RCVolunteer.DOC@state.mn.us

St. Cloud
SCLVolunteer.DOC@state.mn.us

Stillwater
STWVolunteer.DOC@state.mn.us

Togo
ToGoVolutneer.DOC@state.mn.us

Willow River/Moose Lake
WRMLVolutneer.DOC@state.mn.us

To volunteer with adult females:

Shakopee
SHKVolunteer.DOC@state.mn.us

To volunteer with juvenile males:

Red Wing
RWVolunteer.DOC@state.mn.us

Job Qualifications

Listed below are links to information about some of the types of positions that, if available, are generally open for application to the general public. We invite you to click on each job title link for information on the salary, work locations, job duties, minimum qualifications, and application process. For information about current vacancies, please visit the State Employment Website.

Corrections Officers

Corrections Sergeant (CO3)

Corrections Lieutenant

Corrections Captain

Corrections Agent

Corrections Agent Senior

        Corrections Agent Senior Promotional Process 

Corrections Agent Career

        Corrections Agent Career Promotional Process 

Clinical Program Therapists

Corrections Teaching Assistants

Psychologists

Nurses

Special Teachers

Sentencing to Service (STS) Crew Leader

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