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Come help the DOC transform lives for a safer Minnesota! Each day when you come to work for the DOC, you have the opportunity to truly make a difference in the lives of those under our care and for those in communities throughout Minnesota. 

We employ staff in a wide variety of positions, including: corrections officers, nurses, and teachers!

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 agents supervise individuals in the community, and crew leaders supervise work crews.
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! The DOC is also a Yellow Ribbon Company and one of the largest employers of veterans in Minnesota.

Employment Testimonials

Antonio Espinosa Hi, I’m Antonio Espinosa. As a native New Yorker from the South Bronx, I was given the opportunity to become a corrections officer with the State of Minnesota at MCF-Stillwater in 2002. When I started, there was an adjustment period for me to become a corrections officer, but the training I received from the department helped me transition into my new role.

As I’ve worked through my 19 years of public service for the department, I’ve always taken advantage of training opportunities like being a Special Operation Response Team member, becoming the first Transitions from Prison to Community Specialist, and learning mental health crisis de-escalation techniques through the Crisis Intervention Team. I’m also involved in many other opportunities offered to DOC employees, like serving on the Honor Guard Team, working as a co-facilitator for a men’s group, and organizing cultural events for the incarcerated men at Stillwater.

To me, this job has become a career with purpose and dedication to transforming the lives of the incarcerated men at Stillwater.

As a correctional professional, I use many different hats in order to conduct my job. In addition to providing security and safety, at times I’m a mentor, motivator, and a spiritual light to those who are in the darkness. I encourage the incarcerated men to believe they may someday have the same opportunities as the next man. I influence them to study hard and to take advantage of all the opportunities to better themselves while they are serving their time.

Working for the DOC I’m provided with good pay, great health care coverage, and the opportunity to contribute into my pension plan for my retirement. The DOC offers ample vacation time, sick time, and much more, which many jobs out there don’t provide to their workforce.

I encourage you to take the challenge, walk into your future as the next corrections officer in Minnesota, and be the best you can be for the DOC.

Amanda Biggins My name is Amanda Biggins and I have been a Correctional Officer at MCF-Rush City for just under 7 years. You may be thinking—Why would I want to work at a Correctional Facility? For me the answer is simple: I’m able to be a positive influence for the inmates, I’m part of a lifelong DOC family, and the benefits and pay are more than comparable to many other careers.

Here is an example of why my job is meaningful to me: The CIT team, which is our Crisis Intervention Team here at Rush City. It’s widely known that CIT helps people in significant mental health crisis stay safe, but we also help people who are experiencing a range of mental health issues. Many times, behaviors that may be perceived as intentional misbehavior are related to mental health issues. My training has allowed me to pick up on these issues and intervene in a way that keeps staff and inmates as safe as possible, and in some cases minimizes discipline outcomes for inmates. It’s definitely a positive experience when you are able to help someone in this way. I’m also able to see the inmates grow as people with the different programs and services that are offered to them, and that’s an uplifting thing to see.

Here is a personal example of why I like my job: My son has multiple health concerns, as well as being diagnosed with ASD/ADHD. Not only are my benefits able to help out with our co-pays being inexpensive and our coverage being phenomenal, but I am able to take paid leave to take him to appointments, as well as having paid sick time if something comes up where I have to call in sick for him or even myself.

Finally, the staff I work side by side with are exemplary, many of whom I consider a part of my family. We work together to try to help people change their lives and to keep our facility safe for everyone. We hope that the work we do here will help keep our communities safer in the long run also.

If you want to be a part of an amazing team, join us today!

Justine Nichols Hello, my name is Justine Nichols and I’m a Corrections Sergeant at Minnesota Correctional Facility-Moose Lake. I started my career in June of 2011. As a Corrections Officer, we have the responsibility of keeping our communities safe and providing a safe environment for incarcerated people. We take pride in our professionalism and teamwork in order to achieve the mission of the department, which is to transform lives. I’m proud to stand beside the greatest co-workers anyone could ask for while we work to accomplish this goal.

My favorite time in my career was when I was a Corrections Officer at the Challenge Incarceration Program in Willow River. It was rewarding to attend my assigned squad’s graduation, and to see their six months of hard work pay off. This is just one example of a program that you as a Corrections Officer could be a part of! There are many more opportunities that await you here at the MN DOC.

Chris Kiel

Hi. I’m Corrections Officer Chris Kiel. I’ve been with the Department of Corrections at MCF-Stillwater for 13 years. When I joined the DOC, I was hoping to make a career in corrections, and I have found so much more than just a job being a Corrections Officer. 

I quickly realized the importance of the necessary work we do, the camaraderie with my fellow officers and staff, and the vital interactions we have with people who are incarcerated. 

This job has been more rewarding to me than I had originally anticipated. I have found that the difference I can make is immeasurable when it comes to working alongside staff, or when I’m in direct contact with inmates. 

My experience and DOC training has afforded me the opportunity to assist newer staff as they begin their careers, and to excel at essential communication with inmates when dealing with the life they have inside, or as they’re transitioning back out to society again. I’m proud to make Minnesota a safer place to work and live.

Lisa Dorle Hello, I'm Corrections Officer Lisa Dorle . I have worked as a Correction Officer at the Lino Lakes facility for almost three years, and it’s a great and rewarding career. When I first started working for the Minnesota Department of Corrections, staff always made it a point to discuss the importance of teamwork—everyone has their strengths and weaknesses, but we all come together as a team complimenting one another. All the staff were professional while giving me expert advice about being a Correction Officer and gave me nothing but positive feedback.

I have learned a lot, and every day I continue to learn new things to keep myself, staff, inmates and the community safe. There are always opportunities to receive extra training, and that keeps me confident in my work. Being a Correction Officer for the MNDOC, I feel that I am appreciated since we receive frequent raises, lots of paid vacation time, and great benefits. Working here keeps me feeling secure so I can provide for myself and family. There is always opportunity for growth and promotion, and we can retire at age 55. I highly recommend the Correction Officer Career path.

Feel free to reach out to me with any questions, comments, or concerns!

Bridget Waddell My name is Officer Bridget Waddell from Minnesota Correctional Facility-Faribault. Working for the Department has great rewards as well as great benefits. Like any job, you get out of it what you put into it. I have been working for the department for over 4 years and every day I put my best foot forward and have met a lot of great people who I am proud to work next to everyday. The benefits that you receive, from your health benefits to your paid time off, are like none I have ever seen before while working in the private industry. In your first years, you earn over 230 hours of vacation, 104 hours of sick time and 55 retirement with a pension. The medical benefits that are provided are excellent and very reasonably priced.  

Working in a prison is not like that what you see on TV and in the movies. Our job here is to make sure that the community we work in is safe.  We treat individuals like they will be our neighbors some day because they will get out and be a member of society again. We are not here to punish inmates, being away from their families is their punishment. We also need to make sure the individuals who are serving time inside of these walls are safe and get the care and services they need.

If you are looking for an exciting career that will be rewarding and stable with no worry of being out of work, I would encourage you and/or anyone you know to come apply to work for the Department of Corrections!  We would love to have you as a member of our corrections family.

Current Openings

Job Opening List

To find current job opportunities with the Department of Corrections, visit, and choose "External Applicants" if you are not currently a state employee.  To display DOC job postings only, click "More" under Agency on the left and click on "Corrections Dept." For questions about DOC careers, contact:

Employment MMB Portal Screenshot    agency openings


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.


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:

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 (2/10/20).

Career Fairs and Events

Staff and recruiters talk 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 651-361-7200 or 

Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity / Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Employer
State of Minnesota Careers

Intern Opportunities

The department offers unique opportunities for students with our numerous facilities and Field Services 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/Beyond the Yellow Ribbon 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:

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:


Lino Lakes

Oak Park Heights

Rush City

St. Cloud



Willow River/Moose Lake

To volunteer with adult females:


To volunteer with juvenile males:

Red Wing

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 Career 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



Special Teachers

Sentencing to Service (STS) Crew Leader

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