is now accepting applications for
the position of


Salary: $15.75 per hour

Opening: Applications are being accepted for Extra Help Juvenile Corrections Officers with the Yakima County Juvenile Court.

Essential Job Functions

Provides direct supervision and interaction with juvenile detainees by: verbally resolving conflict between juveniles, identifying and observing group agitators and gang members. Identifies juvenile groups and gangs to anticipate potential problems. Recognizes behavioral characteristics of a violent offender. Identifies unrest among juveniles. Monitors / logs behavior of juveniles in disciplinary segregation. Uses physical force or manual /chemical restraints on juveniles when required. Monitors/observes incoming juveniles to identify mental / physical condition and requests examination by medical personnel. Monitors / verifies that prescription medication is taken. Observes juveniles to recognize symptoms of drug use / withdrawal and to determine who may be suffering from mental or emotional disorders to maintain facility and personal security.

Provides facility security by: inspecting vehicles / containers entering or leaving the facility. Inspects identification of persons entering / exiting the facility. Verifies the identity of officer and juvenile detainee exiting / entering the facility. Controls entry into the detention area by video and computer monitoring of exits. Physically patrols tiers, cell areas, corridors and other secured areas inside and outside of the facility to ensure building security during non-business hours and to observe juvenile behavior. Maintains key security. Provides limited court room security for in custody children cases. Escorts and provides security for juveniles outside of the facility either by motor vehicle or foot. Performs pat-search and strip searches on juveniles. Searches clothing / property left for juveniles. Conducts periodic searches of juvenile cells to discover and seize contraband, weapons and processes seized contraband. Takes action to stop / report escapes and security breaches. Conducts head / facility count. Responds to emergency situation according to well established procedures; participates in facility lockdown. Reports unusual.

Utilizes problems solving skills by: investigating and documenting injuries and behavioral pattern of juveniles. Determines when a juvenile crisis or problem should be referred to facility staff. Controls personal feelings against juvenile(s) to encourage proper supervision and to avoid provoked confrontations. Recognizes juvenile efforts to manipulate corrections officers. Counsels juveniles to help resolve problems. Prepares and submits all written documentation and reports concerning juvenile population, events and detention facility functions in accordance to procedure.

Other Job Functions:

May instruct juveniles either individually or in groups in specific social skills. May assist the teacher in the classroom as required. Performs other job related duties as required.

Working Conditions/Physical Requirements:
Work is performed primarily in the juvenile detention facility, which is in operation 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. Mental stress may occur due to the nature of the work.

Speaking, hearing, seeing, standing for long periods of time; lifting up to 25 pounds; use of hands to finger, handle, feel or operate equipment; reach with hands and arms.

Exposure to physical hazards may occur while supervising high-risk juvenile offenders. Physical exertion may be required, and one's authority may be challenged in maintaining the control, cooperation, and safety of detained juveniles.

Must have sufficient strength and flexibility to physically control a juvenile detainee in a volatile, possibly dangerous situation. Adequate vision is required to observe detained individuals and assess security situation. Ability to hear at a level required to monitor resident safety and activity. Must have the ability to maintain a professional demeanor in stressful situations.

Officers may come into contact with contagious diseases.

Equipment Operated:
Personal computer, telephone, copy machine, fax, portable radio, intercom system, pager, portable alarm, washer and dryer, and metal detector.

Minimum Qualifications:
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Knowledge of group dynamics; youth safety procedures; security and proper use of physical force; discipline techniques; legal rights of youth; child development; cleaning products and equipment to maintain a clean and odorless facility with basic health and safety precautions.

Ability to work and communicate with individuals and groups of youths; cope with emergency situations in an institutional setting; understand and follow oral and written instructions; work with public, staff and youth in situations of high stress; observe and record the behavior of detained juveniles; ability to read, write and converse fluently in English is required.

Experience and Training: High School Diploma or General Equivalency Diploma (GED) plus any combination of work experience, volunteer work, education or family rearing which demonstrates the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the job. Experience working in Detention or Corrections, or Education in related field is preferred, but not required. Work or volunteer experience working with “at risk youth” is desirable.

Special Qualifications: Be at least 21 years of age; provide evidence of valid Washington State Driver’s License at time of employment; be determined suitable for the position based on the results of a background security check, fingerprinting, physical agility examination, polygraph examination and disclosure pursuant to RCW 43.43.830 and 43.43.834.

Special Requirements:
Completion of and continuing certification in the Washington State Basic First Aid Training Course with CPR is required for continued employment. An applicant, who does not have this training at the time of employment, will be required to complete it by the end of the second month of employment. Applicants who are certified in the Red Cross Basic Course with CPR may substitute this and will be required to keep their certification current as a condition of continued employment.
Must pass T.B. screening test and obtain a Food Handler's permit.
Mandatory Corrections Training: Juvenile Court personnel shall be required to satisfy the training requirements established for their respective job title, as set forth by RCW 43.101.220 and the Criminal Justice Training Commission.

The ability to converse fluently in Spanish as spoken in the geographical area is desirable, but not required.

In compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, Yakima County will hire only United States citizens and aliens lawfully authorized to work in the United States.

How to Apply
Applications will be accepted until 4:00 p.m., Thursday, January 30, 2014. Applicants claiming veteran’s preference eligibility will be required to complete the Application for Veterans’ Preference Form. For further information and application forms, contact:

128 N. 2nd Street, Room B27
Yakima WA 98901
Apply online at: www.co.yakima.wa.us


Yakima County ensures equal employment opportunities regardless of a person’s sex, race, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital status, creed, political belief, sexual orientation, veteran’s status, or any other protected status under federal or state statute. Disabled applicants may request accommodation to participate in the job application and/or selection process for employment. Please contact Human Resources for further information.

Yakima County is a qualified Public Service entity for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. For more information, go to http://studentaid.ed.gov/repay-loans/forgiveness-cancellation/charts/public-service or contact your federal loan servicer.

If you are interested in the status of this position after closing, please see “Status of Openings” under the Job Opportunities tab on the Human Resources web page at www.yakimacounty.us. This will be the only method of status notification for this position.

In compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, Yakima County will hire only United States citizens and aliens lawfully authorized to work in the United States.

Posting #905064
Job: 4222