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King County Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention is hiring

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Working at DAJD — not your average job
— Top 10 reasons to work for us —

  1. Excellent training
  2. Teamwork approach
  3. Held to a higher standard to uphold public trust
  4. Advancement opportunities
  5. Working with people - every day is different
  6. Superior benefits: medical, dental, vision, sick leave, annual leave, education incentive
  7. Excellent wages
  8. Diverse workforce
  9. Contribution to community safety
  10. A career, not just a job

What's it like to work at DAJD?

Officer LaVance Davis talks about his role as a Corrections Officer

Corrections Supervisor Randy Green talks about his role at the Youth Services Center

How to apply for Corrections Officer and Detention Officer positions

Thank you for your interest in employment as a Corrections Officer (CO) or Juvenile Detention Officer (JDO) with the Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention (DAJD). Please follow the instructions below to apply. application
  • Candidates may apply online for Corrections Officer (CO) Entry Level and Lateral Transfer positions with our department online and search for "Corrections Officer" or "Juvenile Detention Officer".

  • After submitted the required your application, DAJD Human Resources will contact qualified candidates for further processing.

  • For additional information about the application process, visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Denial appeal process

If you have been denied employment with the Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention (DAJD) and you would like to appeal the denial decision, you have 30 days from the date of denial to submit your appeal. 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
  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.

This denial appeal must be received by DAJD Human Resources within 30 days after the denial date. Appeals received over 30 days from the denial date will not be considered.

After one 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.

Selection standards

The following will be disqualifying unless otherwise described:

Drug history
  • Purchase, sale, transport, possession or distribution of ANY illegal drug substance, to include non-prescribed medications, in the past three (3) years.

  • Other drug use outside these standards will be subject to additional review and may be disqualifying.
Illegal drugs

For the purposes of this standard, illegal drugs are defined in RCW 69.50.401. Examples may include the following but are not limited to:

Cocaine Opium Methamphetamine
Opiates Ecstasy Meth
Heroin OxyContin Amphetamines
Barbiturates Hallucinogenic drugs PCP
"Sherm" Whippits Angel Dust
GHB, Rohypnol or MDMA Wet Morphine
Huffing Paint or N02 Aerosols Club Drugs
Phencyclidine Psilocybin or mushrooms LSD
Criminal activity
  • Any adult conviction for domestic violence in the past three (3) years.
    Adult misdemeanor convictions and all felony convictions outside of these standards will be reviewed closely.
  • Any intimate contact with inmate(s), or detained individuals while employed or contracted by a criminal justice agency.
  • Any founded or derogatory record of the applicant on the applicable state child abuse registries.
  • Any conviction for sexual misconduct as defined by RCW 9A.44.
    Participation or affiliation related to a street gang or security threat group in the last three (3) years.
Employment history
  • Military discharge characterized as anything other than "Honorable" may be disqualifying. Applicants will be reviewed closely and additional documentation will be required for further consideration.
  • Termination for cause or resignation in lieu of termination may be disqualifying and will be reviewed closely.
  • Any sexual misconduct in the workplace to include viewing of pornography not directly related to work functions or intimate sexual contact while on duty will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
  • Lying or intentional misrepresentation during any portion of the application process.
Grooming and appearance
  • Tattoos that are obscene, gang related, or, racially insensitive shall not be allowed.
Criminal record
  • An applicant's criminal record, including all arrests, prosecutions, deferred prosecutions, "Alford" pleas, UCMJ violations, and non-conviction information will be thoroughly assessed and may be grounds for disqualification.

Benefits for military veterans

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.

Read more about benefits for military veterans (PDF)

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