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Correctional Officer

Date: Jan 10, 2019

Location: Multiple Locations, NS, CA, B3J 2V9

Company: The Government of Nova Scotia




Apply By: 1/24/2019  




Correctional Officer, Relief, Multiple Locations


Competition # 17789  




Who we are


The Correctional Services division of the Department of Justice is responsible for the administration and operation of community and custody-based programs and services for adult offenders and young persons.


Within the Correctional Services core business area there are two programs: community corrections & correctional facilities. Each of these program areas is broken down into closely related activities that have a specific impact on the program's target group.


A day in the life of a Correctional Officer


Under the general supervision of the Captain, the Correctional Officer is responsible, on a rotating shift basis for (a) the safe secure custody, control and supervision of sentence and remand offenders in an adult correctional facility; (b) performing all duties associated with the shift assignment in areas of the facility such as Offender Living Units, Admission & Discharge, Reception/Visitation, Recreation, Laundry, Canteen Services and for administrative functions related to our JEIN system and the Offender Behavioural Management System; (c) regular and ongoing interaction with offenders, encouraging pro-social behaviour; promoting and adhering to policy and procedures, standard operating procedures, post orders and directives by conducting offender counts and searches, report writing, offender security and safety, physical plant cleanliness and maintenance requirements.


Designated Positions


This posting is restricted to applications from Aboriginal People and African Nova Scotians.  Candidates must self-identify, and indicate which location they are applying for. If applying for more than one location, please indicate order of preference. 


What makes a great Correctional Officer


High School Diploma plus two years of related experience in law enforcement, security, corrections or the military.  An acceptable equivalent combination of related education, training and experience may also be considered.


Post-secondary education in a related field of study such as an accredited Correctional Officer program will also be considered an asset.  Previous leadership experience, i.e. leading youth programs, groups or committees and proven ability to work in a computerized/automated environment will also be considered an asset.


Qualified applicants will be invited to complete a written test to assess knowledge and judgement.  Those who pass the test will be required to complete the Correctional Officer Physical Abilities Test (COPAT) to be eligible to attend a job interview.  Click here for more information on the Corrections Recruitment & Selection process, the COPAT and the suggested 6-week, pre-test training program.  Candidates should not expect to pass the COPAT if they are not currently physically fit and do not undertake some preparatory training.   


What makes a great Correctional Officer Continuted


Applicants who successfully complete the COPAT will be invited to attend a competency-based job interview.  During the interview, applicants must demonstrate well developed communication, interpersonal and interviewing/counseling and conflict resolution skills to deal effectively with offenders and function well as a member of the team. Correctional Officers serve as role models to offenders and therefore must possess sound observation, decision making and problem solving skills, as well as the ability to respond effectively in crisis situations.


If you are called for the next phase, the pre-employment interview, you will be asked to submit the completed questionnaire prior to your appointment.  The questionnaire focuses on honesty and integrity and candidates must answer all questions accurately and truthfully.  Dishonesty or non-disclosure will result in elimination of the candidate's application.   Click here to review the pre-employment questionnaire. 


At the job interview, candidates must provide a copy of a valid Driver’s License, a Driver’s Abstract, Standard First Aid/CPR Certificate, and proof of all stated education and training.   


What you need to know


This is a Relief Roster for employment opportunities within our four facilities located in Dartmouth, New Glasgow, Yarmouth and Sydney.  Successful candidates will be placed on a call list, in a ranked order corresponding with competition results, and contacted as vacancies arise.  Relief employees have no set schedule or guarantee of hours.


Relief employees are required to work shift work with minimal supervision.  Relief employees fill gaps in the schedule and replace full time employees who are on vacation etc.  If successful, you must be available to work varying 12-hour shifts – days, evenings and overnights, including weekends and holidays.  Scheduling and time off is granted based on length of service.  The facility is a 24-hour operation and is a tobacco-free environment.


Please note, Relief opportunities are available in the Central, Cape Breton, Yarmouth and Northeastern districts.


Pay Grade:  ACC 04 


Salary Range:  $24.40 - $29.91 


A relief employee is an employee who is not regularly scheduled by the Employer, but who works relief assignments on an as-needed basis as operational requirements demand. As such, a relief employee does not have guaranteed hours of work.


Please note: when competing for vacancies, a successful Temporary, Term or Permanent Relief Employee who is currently employed with the Province will maintain their bargaining unit status, seniority and benefit level at the new workplace.


If applying from outside a government office, employees must apply correctly via this link:




Our goal is to be a diverse workforce that is representative, at all job levels, of the citizens we serve.  The Government of Nova Scotia has an Employment Equity Policy and we welcome applications from Aboriginal People, African Nova Scotians and Other Racially Visible Persons, Persons with Disabilities and Women in occupations or positions where they are under-represented.  If you are a member of one of the equity groups, you are encouraged to self-identify on your electronic application.


Offer of employment is conditional upon the completion of all applicable background checks and confirmation of credentials, the results of which must be satisfactory to the employer.


We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.  For questions or concerns, please contact


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