Current Job Opportunities
County of Chelan Human Resources
400 Douglas Street, #201
Wenatchee, WA 98801
Summary: The juvenile custody officer (JCO) is a line-level position responsible for the care, safety, and security of juvenile offenders and runaways housed in the detention center and the attached crisis residential center. JCOs serve as part of a team working 12-hour shifts under the direction of a custody supervisor.
Basic Duties and Expectations: JCO responsibilities include book-in and release procedures, data entry, statistical and narrative reporting, escort and transport of youth within and outside the facility, searches, room checks, food preparation and service, laundering and janitorial services, operation of a central control room, youth supervision including, when necessary, physical control and restraint of combative youth, and other duties as assigned. Critical facility procedures and details of the JCO’s duties are set forth in an extensive policy and procedure manual that must be understood and followed on a daily basis.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Ability to interact effectively with youth, team members, judicial officers, attorneys, law enforcement officers, and the public to enhance the daily functioning of the detention center. Knowledge of adolescent development and group dynamics. Ability to provide support and encouragement to youth as well as to impose discipline in a firm, fair, and consistent manner. Ability to follow written and spoken instructions. Must be able to function in a secure setting and to write and speak clearly and effectively.
Minimum Qualifications: Applicants must be 21 years of age, have a high school diploma or GED, and an AA degree or two years of college credit. Bilingual (English/Spanish) ability and cultural competency are a plus and can substitute for college, as can comparable experience involving leadership of juvenile offenders or at-risk youth.
A candidate selected for the position will receive a conditional offer of employment and must successfully pass a background investigation, including a fingerprint-based national criminal history check, and a polygraph examination. In addition, the candidate must successfully complete a physical abilities test and a two-week training academy through the Washington Criminal Justice Training Commission. Must obtain and maintain clearance to work in the Crisis Residential Center through a separate background check conducted by the Department of Social and Health Services. Must also acquire and maintain Food Handler Permit and CPR/First Aid Cards, and other training certifications.
To apply, return Completed Chelan County Juvenile Application, resume and cover letter to: Niska Morris, Office Manager, Chelan County Juvenile Center, 316 Washington Street, Suite 202, Wenatchee, WA 98801 by 5:00 p.m. on June 25, 2018. Also, please read Physical Abilities Requirements for JCO position. Please indicate in the cover letter if you are a member of the PTC bargaining unit. To have an application packet mailed or faxed to you, email request to firstname.lastname@example.org
Application packets are also available at the above address.
Applicants not chosen for interview will be notified by email.