CORRECTIONAL OFFICERPuyallup Indian Tribe
PUYALLUP TRIBE OF INDIANS
OPENS: MAY 24, 2018 CLOSES: JULY 16, 2018
JOB TITLE: CORRECTIONAL OFFICER DEPARTMENT: LAW ENFORCEMENT
REPORTS TO: CORRECTIONAL SUPERVISOR HOURS: 40 HRS/WK – FULL TIME
SALARY: BASED ON SALARY MATRIX + BENEFITS
DISCLAIMER: POSITION IS GRANT FUNDED; INDIAN PREFERENCE WILL BE APPLIED
Provides care and custody of inmates and maintains order and discipline among the inmates within the
Puyallup Tribal Restorative Correctional Facility, a minimum-security facility, by enforcing the
standards, rules and regulations governing the operations of the detention/correctional facility and
programs, and the confinement, safety, health and protection of inmates.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
1. Operates the minimum-security corrections facility on a 24-hour 7 day a week basis and
observes and maintains quality control of inmates by performing welfare checks every thirty
2. Upon admission, provides inmates with an orientation into the facility’s philosophy and
3. Books, searches and releases inmates. Ensures that inmates are released from the facility
according to established regulations and operational descriptions.
4. Safely transports inmates to Court, doctor appointments and other facilities as needed.
Ensures that document packages for inmates are in order and exit documents for departures
are correct. Is responsible for total welfare and safeguarding of the inmate and his/her
belongings during transport and delivery.
5. Provides for vehicle safety and security by providing defined inmate supervision, searches,
transportation, classification and counts, along with maintaining fire safety, key control,
perimeter security and compliance with inmate rules. Conducts security checks and
maintains security in all areas of the jail by supervising inmate movement, maintaining
discipline and preventing the introduction of contraband in the facility.
6. Instructs inmates in housekeeping, sanitation and in the proper use and care of tools and
equipment used in sanitation and the proper use and care of tools and equipment used in
performing unskilled or semi-skilled work inside or outside of the facility.
7. Documents all activity and prepares reports as necessary.
8. Coordinates, and supervises inmate services, activities and programs, (i.e., access to medical
care, courts, mail, recreating, library, work programs, religious, food, laundry and
9. Investigates suspected rule violations and takes informal actions to correct inmate behavior,
using the minimum physical restraint necessary to maintain security in the jail and the safety
of staff and prisoners.
10. Answers telephone calls and monitors jail access and movement throughout the facility.
11. Remains calm in emergency situations in order to collect all pertinent information
12. Performs other duties as assigned.
This position has no supervisory responsibilities.
QUALIFICATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.
The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential
Education and/or Experience
High school diploma or general education degree (GED). Strong communication skills and knowledge
of computer use is required. Must be able to accurately type 25 WPM.
Note: Part-time work is prorated in crediting experience (e.g., if you work 20 hours per week for a 12-
month period you will be credited with 6 months of experience).
Entry Level Candidates:
Must be able to complete the Bureau of Indian Affairs Basic Corrections Training within one year of hire.
Must complete a one-year probationary period with the Law Enforcement Department after successful
completion of the Basic Corrections Training. Must successfully complete field training.
Must have a minimum of two years experience as a Correctional Officer, and have worked as a
Correctional Officer within the past two years. Graduate of the Basic Corrections Officer Training
Program (BCOTP) – Indian Police Academy or other Bureau of Indian Affairs approved basic corrections
academy. Must submit proof of Academy certification.
Lateral candidates can be exempted from the written/physical agility test if Academy certified and have
two years experience as a Correctional Officer and has worked as a correctional officer within the last
two years. Lateral candidates must submit proof of Academy certification.
Must have and maintain an unrestricted valid state driver’s license and be insurable. Driver’s License
must not contain any restrictions that would otherwise prevent an employee from driving a GSA vehicle.
Must have no felonies.
Must be able to successfully complete a physical agility and written test; oral interview, psychological
evaluation, polygraph and medical/drug screening as part of the hiring process. Lateral candidates can
be exempted from the written/physical agility test if Academy certified and have worked as an officer
within the last two years. Lateral candidates must submit proof of Academy certification.
Must be able to successfully complete periodic physical and psychological evaluations during entire
length of employment.
Must be able to acceptably complete a criminal background check prior to and periodically throughout
Required to attend necessary trainings.
Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions,
and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to communicate
effectively with internal and external stakeholders.
Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common
fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar
Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or
diagram form. Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized
Ability to communicate and deal empathetically with people from varied and diverse cultural
Ability to communicate effectively with inmates, win their respect and confidence, and establish
and maintain continuing constructive relations with them.
Must maintain strict confidentiality at all times.
Must establish positive, respectful and professional relationships with co-workers, supervisors,
management, and others.
Employee is responsible for keeping self drug free and is subject to random drug screens.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to
successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to
enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Employee must be able to work other than normal duty hours, which may include
evenings, weekends, holiday, and/or overtime due to the 24/7 operation of the facility.
Requires the ability to read, write, communicate and interpret information accurately in
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to talk and
hear and use hands to finger, handle or feel.
The employee frequently is required to sit, stand, walk, push and/or pull, kneel, stoop,
crouch or crawl, reach with hands and arms. There may be arduous physical exertion
involved when transporting, lifting, restraining inmates in emergencies, and in
participating in the escape and walk-away hunts.
The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift and/or
move up to 100 pounds.
Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color
vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.
Must be physically capable of performing efficiently the duties of the position and be free
from such defects or disease as may constitute employment hazards to themselves or
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters
while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable
individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The noise level is moderate.
The physical exertion is moderate.
May be subject unusual mental and nervous pressure. Daily stress, exposure to disease and exposure to
potentially dangerous situations such as direct physical attack are an inherent part of this position.
The Puyallup Tribe of Indians reserves the right to revise or change job duties and responsibilities as the
need arises. This position description does not constitute a written or implied contract of employment.
INDIAN PREFERENCE EMPLOYER AS REQUIRED BY LAW
H O W T O A P P L Y:
Submit application and resume postmarked by the closing date to:
Human Resource Department
Puyallup Tribe of Indians
3009 East Portland Avenue Ph.#: (253)573-7863
Tacoma, WA 98404 Fax#: (253)573-7963
Note: Applications & copies of job announcements available at Rm. # 157
or online at www.puyallup-tribe.com