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Employer: South Dakota State Penitentiary
Location: Sioux Falls, SD 57117
Employment Type: Full Time

Agency: Department of Corrections / South Dakota State Penitentiary
Salary: $15.50 per hour, $16.50 per hour on weekends
Pay Grade: GF
Closing Date: Open Until Filled

For more information on the Department of Corrections, please visit

Correctional Officers maintain custody of male inmates in the State Penitentiary by enforcing institution operations memoranda and procedures to ensure the safety and security of the inmates and employees and maintain confinement conditions. 

Officers are assigned a specific post in an area such as a control room, cell hall, visit room, guard tower, recreation facility, or patrol vehicle. Common duties in most posts include observing inmates in cell halls, recreation areas, dining halls, schools, health services, and shower rooms; directing the work of inmates by assigning duties and monitoring work; preparing reports on incidents and rule infractions; conducting inmate counts and maintaining log books; escorting and transporting inmates to and from inside and outside appointments; inspecting and searching cells, common areas, inmates, and visitors; monitoring and controlling gates and cell doors; conducting random drug and alcohol tests, and responding to crisis situations.

Service as a Correctional Officer at the South Dakota State Penitentiary is an excellent way to begin a law enforcement career and to gain supervisory experience. We train new officers in everything they will need to know; no prior education or experience is necessary. After two years of service, projected pay for Correctional Officers exceeds $34,000 annually, in addition officers are eligible for Class B retirement with 8% matching contributions. Uniforms are provided.

Correctional Officers at the South Dakota State Penitentiary must be able to work various shifts including mornings, evenings, overnights, weekends, and holidays.

Applicants will be required to take an employment test in order to pass on to the next round of the hiring process.


The Ideal Candidate Will Have:

Knowledge of:
English grammar, spelling and punctuation.

Ability to:
* make sound decisions;
* think clearly and logically and respond quickly during emergencies;
* perform tasks with constant physical and mental alertness;
* identify problems and assess incidents or situations in a logical and methodical way;
* observe and recall inmate behavior, surroundings, and events;
* perform tasks with an inquisitive mind;
* work cooperatively with others as part of a team;
* maintain focus and remain positive and composed during crisis;
* recognize the relative importance of multiple tasks;
* observe and hear inmates;
* endure prolonged periods of time standing, walking, and climbing stairs;
* operate two-way radios, firearms, and restraining devices;
* exercise tact and discretion in dealing with others;
* communicate information clearly and concisely.

Additional Requirements: Please attach a resume or a copy of your work history with your application.

The State of South Dakota offers paid employee health insurance plus ten paid holidays, generous vacation leave accrual, and medical, dental, vision, and other benefits. For more information visit

Apply at:

South Dakota Bureau of Human Resources
500 East Capitol
Pierre, SD 57501-5070
Telephone: 605.773.3148 Fax: 605.773.4344
"An Equal Opportunity Employer"

Contact Information

South Dakota State Penitentiary
Danielle Fisch
1600 North Drive
Sioux Falls, SD 57117
Phone: 605-367-5019

Other Information

Category(s): Law Enforcement - Security, Government
Industry: Government
Experience Req.: No
Degree Req.: No
Closing Date: 3/1/2018
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