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  8. Diverse workforce

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  10. A career, not just a job

Thank you for your interest in employment as a Corrections Officer (CO) or Detention Officer (DO) with the King County Adult and Juvenile Detention (DAJD). Please follow the instructions below to apply.

National Testing Network

Candidates (including lateral CO transfers) may apply online for CO or DO positions with our department via:

http://www.nationaltestingnetwork.com external link

National Testing Network (NTN) administers several tests a week at multiple locations across the northwest for a fee starting at $30 for CO and DO candidates. In the state of Washington, tests are administered Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at NTN’s Everett testing center and offered on a less frequent basis in Eastern Washington and Western Oregon. CO and DO candidates are required to take both a written exam and a physical abilities test. The written test for CO candidates includes a video-based human relations test, a reading test, a count test and a report writing test. The written test for DO candidates includes a video-based human relations test and a reading test. NTN also administers the Physical Abilities Test (PAT) which includes push-ups, sit-ups and a 1.5 mile run. Further information on the testing requirements can be found at the NTN website.

After passing these tests, DAJD Human Resources will contact qualified candidates for further processing. Please visit NTN’s website for further information on how to apply and for a schedule of the test dates.

Background Investigation Process

Candidates who pass NTN’s initial testing will be invited to continue to the next step, the background investigation process.

Computer Access

If you do not have access to a computer, you may:

  • Visit your local library to use the public access computers; or

  • Visit the closest Worksource external link location. In King County there are three Worksource Centers and five Worksource Affiliates. Worksource provides computers with internet access, phones and fax machines for job search purposes. Call 1-877-872-5267 for the nearest Worksource location.

Thank you again for you interest in employment with King County Adult and Juvenile Detention. For more information, please call 206-477-2400 or go to http://kingcounty.gov/jobs.

If you have been denied employment with the Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention (DAJD) and you would like to appeal the denial decision, please follow the following steps:

  1. Write a letter/email detailing why you would like to appeal the denial decision. Please include any information you feel will assist in reversing the decision.
  2. Send the letter/email to your DAJD Human Resources contact person or to hr.dajd@kingcounty.gov.
  3. Your appeal will be forwarded to DAJD management, along with your background information.
  4. Once a decision is made you will be contacted by a DAJD Human Resources representative.

After 1 week if you have not received a response from DAJD Human Resources, please contact your DAJD Human Resources representative.

DAJD Human Resources can be reached via phone at 206-477-2400.

Minimum Standards:

  • Must be at least 21 years of age upon hire.
  • Minimum education: proof of high school diploma or a certified GED.
  • A valid Washington State Driver’s License is required prior to being hired.
  • Applicant must pass the Criminal Justice Training Commission Physical Ability Test.

Drug use:

Have not used Marijuana in the past twelve (12) months.

Have not bought, sold, offered to sell, possessed or transported Marijuana in the past five (5) years.

Have not used the following illegal drugs in the past seven (7) years.

  • Cocaine
  • Opiates
  • Hallucinogenic drugs, including PCP, Mushrooms, or LSD
  • Methamphetamine, Meth or Amphetamines
  • Heroin
  • Barbiturates
  • Ecstasy
  • Opium
  • Oxycontin

Have not bought, sold, offered to sell, possessed or transported the following illegal drugs in the past seven (7) years.

  • Cocaine
  • Opiates
  • Hallucinogenic drugs, including PCP, Mushrooms, or LSD
  • Methamphetamine, Meth or Amphetamines
  • Heroin
  • Barbiturates
  • Ecstasy
  • Opium
  • Oxycontin

Please note that the time frame on the above listed items starts when filling out the application for employment with King County Jail.

Employment History:

An applicant’s employment history, including any termination or leaving an employer in lieu of termination, will be thoroughly assessed and may be grounds for disqualification. Discipline or termination for sexual, racial or other harassment or discrimination or left employment prior to the outcome of an investigation related to alleged harassment or discrimination will be thoroughly assessed and may be grounds for disqualification.

Criminal Activity:

An applicant’s criminal record, including all arrests, prosecutions, deferred prosecutions, “Alford” pleas, and non-conviction information will be thoroughly assessed and may be grounds for disqualification.

The following will be disqualifying:

  • Any adult felony conviction in the past 10 (ten) years.
  • Any adult conviction for domestic violence in the past three (3) years.
  • Any adult conviction for DUI in the past three (3) years.

Prior Criminal Justice Agency Experience:

An applicant’s employment history and conduct will be thoroughly assessed including any illegal drug use while employed by a criminal justice agency, any terminations or discipline while employed by a criminal justice agency, and any intimate contact with inmate(s), former inmate(s), or detained individuals while employed by a criminal justice agency.

Dress Code:

Tattoos: King County Jail dress code prohibits visible tattoos with the exception of tattoos on the arms or hands visible when wearing short sleeve shirts. Tattoos that are visible on the neck and head are prohibited. Tattoos that are obscene, gang related or racially insensitive shall not be allowed.

Grooming: Due to safety and security reasons, King County Jail has strict standards on facial hair and length of hair.

King County Department of Adult & Juvenile Detention recognizes the value of your military service.

Your training and experiences have prepared you to take on new challenges. As the Pacific Northwest’s largest jail system, we are proud to employ a great number of those who serve our nation as they transition to civilian life.

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