CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Division of Corrections is looking for a few dozen men and women to join their ranks. The WVDC held a recruiting event Friday at WorkForce West Virginia in Charleston.
Amy Boggs, a recruiter for the WVDC, said there are plenty of jobs to fill.
“I would say there are at least 100 officers positions across the state. Some facilities have a greater need than others. We may have a small facility that needs one or two people. We may have a large facility who needs 20 or 30,” explained Boggs.
She stressed they’re good jobs. Starting pay for an entry officer is $22,500 a year. However, when you add in benefits and other options, it adds up to a lot more.
“We have officers who can almost double their salary, actually double their salary, if they want to get the extra hours they can certainly get it depending on the facility,” according to Boggs.
The WVDC oversees 15 prison facilities and 15 parole offices. There are job openings all across the state. Boggs said you don’t need any formal training to become an entry level corrections officer.
“When we’re talking an entry level correctional officer you just need a high school diploma or a GED. You need a year of general work experience,” explained Boggs. “You don’t have to have any related experience whatsoever to come in as entry level.”
The WVDC is looking to recruit those who will show up for work day in, day out, who are professional and act as role models for prisoners.
If you’re interested in a corrections position, you can log on to www.personnel.wv.org and click on the Jobs Open for Application icon.