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Corrections Counselor (Female Only)


SALARY:  $18.38 - $29.40 Hourly
$38,221.46 - $61,154.70 Annually

Associate's degree or two (2) years full-time professional experience in criminology, parole/probation work, psychology, or social work requiring case management and/or resident evaluation of inmates; or any equivalent combination of related training and experience. Must possess a current State of Florida Correctional Officer certificate and meet any other State of Florida Correctional Officer requirements under Florida Law. Successful completion of a pre-employment physical examination is required prior to employment. Must satisfactorily complete local, state and national criminal history and fingerprint checks. Correctional Officer Certification must be maintained as a condition of employment; re-certification required every four years. Must successfully obtain the FDLE Criminal Justice Information System (CJIS) Certification within 6 months of employment or upon assignment which requires access to the Florida Crime Information Center (FCIC) National Crime Information Center (NCIC). Certification must be maintained as a condition of employment; re-certification required every two years. This is Level One certification.

NOTE: This position is assigned to the County Work Release Facility housing female inmates. In accordance with the Florida Model Jail Standards, Section 4.05, this position must be filled by a female. Therefore, only female applicants meeting the posted minimum requirements will be considered for this position.


 Position Summary:
This is responsible counseling and security work in the Department of Court Services/ Work Release Program.

An employee assigned to this classification is responsible for the custody and control of resident inmates. The employee develops and maintains resident records, establishes and follows up on resident goals and provides counseling and advice to residents participating in the Work Release Program.

Work is performed under the direction of a higher level supervisor and is reviewed through conferences, reports and observations of results obtained.
 Examples of Duties:

Conducts security checks, drug/alcohol testing and resolves physical and verbal conflicts when necessary; ensures resident whereabouts are documented at all times.

Enforces rules and regulations; establishes disciplinary actions to take when residents are not in compliance with rules.

Recommends reassigning resident inmates to detention facility if behavior and actions are unacceptable at the work release facility.

Performs comprehensive evaluation of each resident to ascertain individual need in learning to function in society; develops goal plans and provides follow-up on weekly goal plan activities.

Performs scheduled group counseling sessions for residents.

Completes Work Release reports and maintains complete, accurate information including leave requests, time sheets, incident reports and primary counselor weekly reports.

Assists residents with routine questions; provides general counseling and verifies the payment of monetary responsibilities.

Monitors resident work hours and income to assure attendance, performance and accountability.

Ensures that all legal obligations concerning the resident inmates are handled appropriately.

Performs and records resident security functions, including urinalyses, alcosensors, searches and on-site job checks.

Provides services to residents in a Residential Level 4 substance abuse treatment program licensed by the Florida Department of Children & Families, which includes writing biopsychosocial evaluations, treatment plans, progress notes and reports as required.

Keeps abreast of current information on residents and Work Release Program by reading memoranda, pass-on book, resident files and notes; attending staff meetings and reviewing minutes.

Performs specific duties assigned to the shift such as charting resident activities, completing reports, and monitoring resident behavior standards.

Performs related work as required.

NOTE: These examples are intended only as illustrations of the various kinds of work performed in positions allocated to this class. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.


Knowledge of the rules, regulations and procedures of the department relating to counseling of inmates at a Work Release facility.

Knowledge of administrative procedures and practices as they relate to record keeping and report generation within the Department.

Knowledge and understanding of the attitudes and behavior patterns of persons under restraint.

Ability to maintain records and generate reports on program results.

Ability to communicate appropriately and effectively with the resident inmates and enforce regulations with firmness, tact and impartiality.

Ability to establish effective working relationships with co-workers, other law enforcement agencies and the public.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to walk; talk or hear, and use hands to finger, handle and feel. The employee is frequently required to climb or balance, and reach. The employee is occasionally required to stand; sit; stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, and smell.

The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 50 pounds; frequently lift and/or move up to 100 pounds; occasionally lift and/or move in excess of 100 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently exposed to work near moving mechanical parts. The employee is occasionally exposed to work in high, precarious places; fumes or airborne particles; toxic or caustic chemicals; extreme outdoor weather conditions; and risk of electrical shock.

The noise level in the work environment is usually loud.