Division of Juvenile Justice, Jobs, Training and Facilities

CDCR accepting Youth Correctional Officer and Counselor applications

Man and woman standing with two young men.
Pine Grove Conservation Camp Superintendent Jim Liptrap and former Superintendent Alicia Ginn share a light moment with youth at the Pine Grove Conservation Camp where the youth train as fire-fighting hand crews.

By Steve Stone
Office of Peace Officer Selection

The Office of Peace Officer Selection (or OPOS) began accepting applications for the Division of Juvenile Justice (or DJJ) Youth Correctional Officer and Youth Correctional Counselor classifications on Aug. 29. Applications will continue to be accepted through Sept. 18.

The DJJ is hiring peace officers to join a dedicated community of professionals who provide security and rehabilitation to youth in its care.  

The DJJ is transferring to the California Health and Human Services Agency beginning July 1, 2020, and will be known as the Department of Youth and Community Restoration (or YCR). 

Candidates currently attending academy, or who attend the February 2020 academy, will transfer to YCR under its new agency. Those in the Youth Correctional Officer or Youth Correctional Counselor selection process at the time of the transfer will finish the selection process with OPOS but be appointed by YCR.

Those who applied for Correctional Officer in addition to Youth Correctional Officer or Youth Correctional Counselor will have the option to accept an offer to CDCR or YCR.

Mike Sicilia, Deputy Press Secretary for DJJ/YCR, pointed out that “all officers and counselors will remain in the Bargaining Unit 6 classification as peace officers after the transition to YCR. Candidates for the youth classifications will receive extensive training in security practices and the latest developmentally appropriate treatment and counseling interventions for helping youth return safely to the community.”

DJJ/YCR is projected to continue running two Basic Correctional Juvenile Academies per year to keep pace with attrition.  The Basic Correctional Juvenile Academy is a 16-week academy currently conducted at the Correctional Training Center in Galt. On-campus housing is available for candidates from outside the local area. Future plans are to transfer the juvenile academies to YCR’s Stockton training center on Arch Road. 

Minimum qualifications for Youth Correctional Officer include age 21 at the time of appointment (age 20 to apply); U.S. citizenship; history of law abiding behavior; not legally prohibited from carrying a firearm; and, graduation from high school or equivalent. The minimum qualifications for Youth Correctional Counselor include additional education, experience, or a combination thereof, in addition to the minimum qualifications for Youth Correctional Officer.

To find out more visit www.joincdcr.com (link opens new tab). On this page you’ll find links describing the selection process, including detailed information on the written exam and an exam sample; a description of the physical fitness test including a video; extensive information about the background information; and, requirements for the medical and psychological evaluations.  Additional information is available for out-of-state candidates and how to obtain veteran’s preference on the written exam. 

Applications will be accepted online only at www.joincdcr.com (link opens new tab). A link for the Youth Correctional Officer/Youth Correctional Counselor application will be available until 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18.