Youth Careers

Youth Correctional Officer

Minimum Qualifications

AGE
At least 20 YEARS of age at the time of application and 21 YEARS of age at the time of appointment to the Academy.
EDUCATION
Graduation from a U.S. high schoolG.E.D. or equivalent from a U.S. institution, or a California High School Proficiency Examination (CHSPE) certificate is required, or possession of a college degree (Associate of Arts or higher) from an accredited college or university.
CITIZENSHIP
United States citizenship or a permanent resident who is eligible for and has applied for citizenship at the time of application.
BACKGROUND
As a minimum requirement, a thorough background investigation must be conducted prior to a candidate’s appointment or training as a Correctional Peace Officer. Additionally, must have no felony convictions and eligible to own/posses a firearm.

View the examination bulletin for job specifications and requirements.


Youth Correctional Counselor

The Youth Correctional Counselor is an entry level class. Once hired as a Youth Correctional Counselor, candidates attend a formal, sixteen week training program at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Training Academy and a formal two-year apprenticeship program upon reporting to a juvenile facility.

Minimum Qualifications

AGE
21 years of age.
EDUCATION
1. U.S. HS Diploma or GED.
2. One year as a CO, YCO or MTA or performing duties of peace officer.
3. Bachelor’s Degree from a U.S. accredited college (or registered senior).

OR

2 year degree from a U.S. accredited college and 2 years related experience:
1.Youth correctional agency.
2. Parole or probation department.
3. Family, children, or youth guidance center.
4. Juvenile bureau of law enforcement.
5. Education or recreation agency.
6.Mental Health Facility.
CITIZENSHIP
United States citizenship or a permanent resident who is eligible for and has applied for citizenship at the time of application.
BACKGROUND
As a minimum requirement, a thorough background investigation must be conducted prior to a candidate’s appointment or training as a Correctional Peace Officer. Additionally, must have no felony convictions and eligible to own/posses a firearm.

View the examination bulletin for job specifications and requirements.


Other Considerations


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