Division of Juvenile Justice, Jobs, Training and Facilities

Apply to be Youth Correctional Officer, Counselor

Men and women in correctional officer uniforms.
Youth Correctional Officers listen during a 2017 academy graduation ceremony.

The Office of Peace Officer Selection (OPOS) began accepting applications for the Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) Youth Correctional Officer (YCO) and Youth Correctional Counselor (YCC) classifications on Jan. 10 and will continue accepting applications through Jan. 31, 2020. 

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 (YCR).  Candidates who attend the February 2020 academy will transfer to YCR under its new agency. 

Candidates who are in the YCO or YCC selection process at the time of the transfer will finish the selection process with OPOS but be appointed by YCR.  Candidates who applied for Correctional Officer in addition to YCO or YCC will have the option to accept an offer to CDCR or YCR.

DJJ/YCR is projected to run two-three Basic Correctional Juvenile Academies (BCJA) per year to keep pace with attrition and an expanding population. The BCJA is a 16-week academy currently conducted at the California Training Center in Galt, Calif.

On-campus housing is available for candidates from outside the local area. Future plans are to transfer the BCJA to YCR’s Stockton training center on Arch Road.    

Minimum qualifications for YCO 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.

Minimum qualifications for YCC include additional education, experience, or a combination thereof, in addition to the minimum qualifications for YCO.

To find out more visit www.joincdcr.com.  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.  A link for the YCO/YCC application will be available starting 8 a.m. on Jan. 10 until 5 p.m. on Jan. 31.

By Steve Stone, Office of Peace Officer Selection

To learn more about the correctional officer selection process, watch this video.

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