Job: Sheriff's Correctional Officer (Open)

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Job Title:Sheriff's Correctional Officer (Open)
Closing Date/Time:Thu. 01/04/18 11:59 PM Pacific Time
Salary:$36.36 - $45.45 Hourly
$2,908.80 - $3,636.00 Biweekly
$6,302.40 - $7,878.00 Monthly
$75,628.80 - $94,536.00 Annually
Job Type:Full-Time
Location:San Mateo County, California

This job announcement is for advertisement purposes only. The recruitment for this position is scheduled to open on January 5, 2018.  Applications are not accepted until such time. Please read the details below for information on what documents you need to have in order to apply for the position from January 5 - January 18, 2018.

The San Mateo County Sheriff's Office is dedicated to improving the quality of life within the community, and we have upcoming opportunities for you to start your career in law enforcement as a Correctional Officer. 


Correctional Officers are responsible for the supervision of inmates and inmate activity in County detention facilities. Correctional Officer duties may include, but are not limited to the following:
  • Receive, search, book, fingerprint, and guard inmates in the correctional facilities.
  • Take custody of inmates' property.
  • Maintain records of bookings, releases, transfers, money and other functions of the correctional facilities.
  • Prepare inmates for court and for release.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.


To become a Correctional Officer, you must:
  • Be at least 18 years of age.
  • Be a citizen of the United States or a permanent resident alien who is eligible for and has applied for citizenship one year prior to applying for this position with San Mateo County.
  • Not have any felony convictions.
  • Be a high school graduate or you must possess a General Education Development (GED) certificate.
  • Pass a written and physical agility test (See below for details).
  • Have a Class C California driver license or equivalent.
  • Be willing to work irregular hours, holidays, weekends and rotating shifts. 
  • Pass a background investigation, psychological exam, polygraph and medical evaluations.
  • Refrain from using tobacco products at any time upon hire.


We will be accepting applications for Correctional Officer from January 5, 2018 to January 18, 2018.


Applicants for Sheriff's Correctional Officer must have passed the entry level physical agility test (WSTB) and the written exam (PELLETB) with a minimum T-score of 46 to be placed on the eligible list. If you have already taken these exams within the past year, there is no need to re-test. Your test scores dated January 5, 2017, or later will be accepted.

All pre-application tests for Sheriff's Correctional Officer applicants have been outsourced to the South Bay Regional Public Safety Training Consortium (aka The Academy). However, test results from other training organizations and law enforcement agencies will be accepted so long as they meet California Peace Officer Standards & Training (POST) requirements. Applicants are responsible for contacting The Academy ( and self-enrolling in the required written test and physical agility test. For current test schedule and enrollment, visit The Academy's website at

The following describes the written exam and physical agility test required of Sheriff's Correctional Officer applicants. Both assessments are administered by The Academy. Note: Test results will remain valid for one year from the date of the tests.

1) Written Test - POST Entry-Level Law Enforcement Test Battery (PELLETB) - This test must be completed in less than 2.5 hours, and it must be passed with a minimum T-Score of 46. T-Scores will determine your ranking on our eligible list. The areas covered by the test include:
  • Spelling - Select the correct spelling of a word from a list of options
  • Vocabulary - Select the correct meaning of a word from a list of options
  • Clarity - Select the sentence that is most clearly written from a pair of options
  • Reading - Read a passage and answer questions about the passage's content
  • CLOZE - Use contextual clues to complete a passage that contains missing words
2) Physical Agility Test - Work Sample Test Battery (WSTB) - This test mirrors the California Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) test and is advertised as such on The Academy's website. The minimum passing score is 320. The Academy offers optional practice sessions for the WSTB. Test and practice schedules are available on The Academy's website. The events include:
  • 99-yard obstacle course
  • 165-pound body drag for 32-feet
  • 165-pound body lift
  • 1.5 mile run (in 14 minutes or less)

Note:  All test scores must be within one year of the date of your application for the Sheriff's Correctional Officer position. A Basic Police Academy certification, meeting POST requirements, dated within one year of application will be accepted in lieu of PELLETB and WSTB scores. A valid Basic Policy Academy certification that meets POST requirements obtained more than one year ago will be accepted in lieu of PELLETB, but applicants must submit WSTB and 1.5 mile run results completed within a year of application.

IMPORTANT: When you report for the test, inform The Academy that you are applying to be a Correctional Officer for San Mateo County. You will not be required to participate in climbing the 6-foot chain link fence or 6-foot solid wall.

While the physical agility test can be retaken immediately, the written exam can be retaken once every 30 days. Practice sessions for the physical agility test are offered through The Academy.
Anyone who meets the minimum qualifications may apply. Applications for this position will only be accepted online starting Friday, January 5, 2018.
County of San Mateo Is an Equal Opportunity Employer

HR Contact: Mandy Singh  (120517) (Sheriff's Correctional Officer - H058)

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