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Trainee Corrections Officer

Apply to be a Trainee Corrections Officer today! Our paid training program will prepare you for this great career. Click here to go to the Minnesota Careers site to apply for the position.

Salary for Trainee Corrections Officer : $22.13 per hour during the initial 6-week training academy. After successfully completion of the 6-week training academy, trainees will move to the Corrections Officer 1 classification, and the rate of pay will remain the same. Corrections Officer 1 employees are promoted to Corrections Officer 2 after successfully completing a 1-year probationary period. (NOTE : Current state employees contact Sue Ricci at or 651-361-7298). Please see additional salary information below for a description of the progression from Trainee to Corrections Officer 2.)

Current Salary Range for Corrections Officer 1 : $22.13 to $23.40 per hour ($46,207 to $48,859 per year)

Current Salary Range for Corrections Officer 2 : $22.72 to $32.83 per hour ($47,439 to $68,549 per year)

Classified Status: Non-status during the 6-week training academy. Classified status thereafter.

Connect 700 Program Eligible: No

Applicants who qualify will need to pass the interview and background checks in order to be placed on the eligibility list for hire. If position is offered, you must also pass a pre-placement medical exam. Further information on this process is listed below.

Work Locations:  Positions are located at Minnesota Correctional Facilities (MCF) located in Faribault, Lino Lakes (Twin Cities Suburbs-North), Moose Lake/Willow River, Oak Park Heights, Red Wing, Rush City, St. Cloud, Shakopee, Stillwater, and Togo.

Job Duties:

Complete a 6-week training program to learn to enforce facility rules and maintain security; supervise incarcerated people in daily living routines; monitor movement and activities, including acting as a work crew supervisor; exercise disciplinary control over the incarcerated population; and write reports.

Minimum Qualifications/Selection Process:

To qualify for further consideration and assessment, you must:

  1. Be at least 18 years of age to work at an adult facility. Must be 21 years or older to work at a juvenile facility unless enrolled or have completed course work in a post-secondary education program to pursue a degree in a behavioral science; AND
  2. Possess a high school diploma or GED; AND
  3. Be able to pass a criminal history background check, which will be conducted prior to hire. In order to pass, you must have successfully completed all sentencing and/or restitution requirements of law enforcement jurisdictions, including probation; AND
  4. Be able to possess a firearm.
  5. Have a valid driver's license.

In addition, you must possess at least one of the following in order to qualify:

  1. Completion of an Associate degree in Corrections, Criminal Justice, Criminology, Law, Law Enforcement, Psychology, Counseling, Counseling Psychology, Social Work, Sociology, or a Human Services related field with an emphasis in corrections/criminal justice; OR
  2. Completion of a Bachelor's degree in ANY field from an accredited college/university; OR
  3. One or more years of full-time work experience in ANY field (NOTE: the work experience does NOT have to be in Corrections); OR
  4. Two or more years of part-time (at least 20 hours per week) work experience in ANY field (NOTE: the work experience does NOT have to be in Corrections); OR
  5. Honorable discharge from active military duty in any branch of the United States' Armed Forces; OR
  6. Current member in good standing in any branch of the United States' Armed Forces; OR
  7. Successful completion of an internship in a Minnesota Correctional Facility in a related security area


If you meet the above minimum qualifications, you may apply for further consideration. Within a few days after you apply, the Minnesota DOC will e-mail you information on how to and where you may schedule an interview. Please ensure that your contact information (i.e. e-mail address, mailing/home address, cell and work phone numbers) is up-to-date so that we are able to contact you. You must receive a pass rating on the interview to be considered for hire as a Trainee-Corrections Officer.

If you pass the interview and background check processes (see Additional Requirements below), you will be placed on an eligible list to fill Trainee-Corrections Officer vacancies at a MCF location where you are interested in working. You may remain on the eligible list for a period of one year or until you are hired.


If you are offered a job, you must pass a tuberculosis screening and respirator clearance. You will also be required to review and sign a Physical Demands Analysis (PDA) for the position. For a copy of the PDA, please email Sue Ricci at In addition, an employee must receive an area exposure to a DOC-approved chemical irritant, which is a core training requirement of the Minnesota DOC.


The selection process may include screening the top candidate(s) on their criminal history, predatory offender registration, offender associations and/or other applicable background information in accordance with Department of Corrections’ policy. Employment history/reference checks, including incidents of sexual harassment, will also be conducted on the top candidate(s) in accordance with Department of Corrections’ policy. This may include a review of job performance and discipline records. New employees will be fingerprinted within the first 30 days of employment.


Want to make a difference in your community? The MN DOC plays a critical role in public safety and is a national leader in correctional programming. Along with providing security, you act as an important role model to those under our care. By modeling good behavior, respect, and professionalism, you can help transform lives. Your positive actions and interactions with incarcerated people positively impacts our goal of reducing future crime.

We offer great State of Minnesota benefits, competitive pay, internal promotional opportunities, free parking, and workout facilities at most locations. The State of Minnesota offers a comprehensive benefits package including low cost medical and dental insurance, employer paid life insurance, short and long term disability, pre-tax flexible spending accounts, retirement plan, tax-deferred compensation, generous vacation and sick leave, and 11 paid holidays each year.

Employment with the MN DOC is not just a job, it can be a rewarding career. Our dedicated and professional staff have found the MN DOC to be a place to grow. From your first day with the department, you receive a great starting salary, excellent health and dental insurance, and a clear path for advancement.

Have student loans to pay off? As a State of Minnesota employee you may qualify to receive student loan forgiveness under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. We also provide generous vacation and sick leave.

How does early retirement sound? If you serve in a security staff position with the MN DOC, you are eligible to retire from state service at an earlier age than other positions.

If all of this excites you and you'd be proud to contribute to a safer Minnesota, then employment with the MN DOC sounds like a perfect fit! We embrace a dynamic and diverse workforce, and strive to foster a welcoming and encouraging work environment. We also strongly support veterans, as 15% of our employees have served in the United States Armed Forces. We are a Yellow Ribbon Company.

Taking care of yourself today:

  • Low-cost Health Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Short-and Long-term Disability
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Pre-tax Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Generous Vacation and Sick leave

Preparing for your future:

  • Retirement
  • Tax-Deferred Savings
  • Employer Paid Life Insurance and Optional Life Insurance

Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employee / Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Employer

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