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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: 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

General Information

We are currently accepting applications for Corrections Officer positions or Lateral Candidates. We do not maintain a resume bank; however, if you would like to be notified when the recruitment is open for application you may submit a job interest card.

Please go to external link and submit a request for job notification by clicking the “Corrections” category and provide your contact information.

Applications are only accepted during the open recruitment periods. If you have any question, please contact King County Adult and Juvenile Detention Human Resources at 206-296-4114. When this recruitment opens, online applications are preferred via external link .

The following is provided as general information regarding Corrections Officer qualifications and Lateral consideration.

Minimum Qualifications for Corrections Officers:

  • Must be 21 years of age at the time of hire;

  • Must have a High school diploma or GED;

  • Must pass written exam;

  • Must pass physical ability test; and

  • Must possess a valid Washington State Driver’s License by time of employment; and

Added Requirements for Lateral Candidates:

  • Lateral consideration is only given to Corrections Officers.
  • Must be a current Corrections Officer who has passed an accredited State Corrections Academy; successfully completed current agency’s probationary period as a Corrections Officer and no break in service.

Benefits of Lateral Application:

  • There will be salary consideration for placement at a step within the Corrections Officer salary range that is closer to current salary than Step One. Salaries must remain within the stated Corrections Officer salary range.
  • Attendance at some or all of the Corrections Academy may be waived.

Required Documentation for Lateral Candidates:

  • Verification of current salary (hourly base pay)

  • Verification of completion of an accredited Corrections Academy

  • Verification of continuous work as a Corrections Officer

For out-of-state candidates only – must provide curriculum of Academy (this includes course outline with topics and hours of instruction and information on testing process).

The following will be disqualifying: 


Drug History:

  • Marijuana use in the past twelve (12) months.
  • Except for the above twelve month period – Illegal Purchase, Sale, Transport, Possession or Distribution of Marijuana in the past five (5) years.
  • Use of ANY illegal drug substance, to include non-prescribed medications, in the past five (5) years.
  • Purchase, Sale, Transport, Possession or Distribution of ANY illegal drug substance, to include non-prescribed medications, in the past five (5) 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 include the following but are not limited to:

Cocaine Opium Methamphetamine, Meth, or Amphetamines 
Opiates Ecstasy Mushrooms or LSD
Heroin OxyContin PCP
Barbiturates Hallucinogenic drugs   Angel Dust
"Sherm" Khat Morphine
GHB, Rohypnol, or MDMA   Wet Whippits
Huffing Paint or NO2 Aerosols  Club Drugs
Phencyclidine Psilocybin


Criminal Activity:

  • Any adult conviction for domestic violence in the past three (3) years.
  • Any adult conviction for Driving under the Influence or Boating under the Influent (or a plea reduced to a lesser charge) 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), former inmate(s), or detained individuals while employed or contracted by a criminal justice agency.
  • Unlawful sexual misconduct.
  • Active participation related to a street gang or security threat group in the last five (5) 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, intimate sexual contact with one’s self or another individual.
  • Lying or intentional misrepresentation during any portion of the application process.

Grooming and Appearance:

  • Tattoos, branding, voluntary disfigurement, or sacrification shall be reviewed by the department on a case-by-case basis.
  • 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, and non-conviction information will be thoroughly assessed and may be grounds for disqualification.

King County is an equal opportunity employer.