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Youth Corrections Officer I

at Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections

Pay: $35,074 to $41,847.79/year
Posted: 11/9/2020
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 323189

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Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections


Grade 15

Annual Salary: $35,074.36 - $41,847.79

After successful completion of the six week Academy a YCO will be placed into step 1 of the 8-step YCO pay plan with a salary of $36,207.60 each year YCOs will advance to the next step on their anniversary date.

Promotional opportunities into a YCO II may be available after one year of YCO experience

Adobe Mountain School

2800 W. Pinnacle Peak Road

Phoenix, AZ 85027


Adobe Mountain School is a 24/7 facility. Shift assignment is determined by the needs of the agency and is not guaranteed or implied at any time during the selection process or employment tenure.

Resumes are reviewed in the order they are received.  If qualified for this position, ALL communication will be done via e-mail.  Please ensure you have a valid e-mail address on your resume.

The Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections is seeking Youth Correction Officer Is for our secure care schools located in Northwest Phoenix to start our next academy. This position is responsible for maintaining security, discipline, and supervision, in a therapeutic role, on daily basis for youth adjudicated by the court system. 

  • Checks unit for safety hazards or security violations 
  • Searches for weapons and contraband
  • Uses portable two-way radio to communicate with officers and staff 
  • Inspects clothing and possessions of visitors 
  • Answers inquiries from parents/guardians, other agencies and departmental staff 
  • Manages records, log books, evaluations and other forms 
  • Assists teachers with classroom management 
  • Maintains daily/weekly classroom attendance records   
  • Attends meetings and training 
  • Performs other duties as assigned


Knowledge of:

  • Human behavior to include growth, development, needs and problems of youth 
  • Proper methods and circumstances requiring use of force 
  • Language as it pertains to youth care, custody, treatment and rehabilitation 
  • Standard housekeeping practices 

Skill in: 

  • Verbal and written communications 

Ability to:

  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships 
  • Work both indoors and outdoors in varying Arizona weather conditions 
  • Learn and apply laws, rules, regulations, policies, procedures, programs and activities established for the agency 
  • Learn and apply methods, techniques and correct practices of security procedures as they pertain to the state’s youth secure care facilities 
  • Maintain an understanding attitude toward juveniles in custody 
  • Participate in rehabilitation and/or treatment activities 
  • Provide assistance, guidance and direction to juveniles 
  • Provide positive pro-social role modeling 
  • Apply appropriate restraint techniques 
  • Respond to emergency situations and provide crisis intervention and first aid/basic life support 
  • Maintain a structured and secured environment 


Requires possession of, and ability to retain, a current valid Arizona-issued drivers license.  Employees who drive on state business are subject to driver’s license records checks, must maintain acceptable driving records and must complete any required driver training (see Arizona Administrative Code R2-10-207.12).   



-       Video Impact Test

-       Panel Interview 

-       Psychological Evaluation

-       Comprehensive background investigation 

-       Drug test 

-       Physical exam 

-       Predictive Index Survey (Survey not used as a selection factor)

Requires successful completion of a paid six week ADJC Pre-Service Training Academy and a two week paid on-the-job training course. 


The preferred candidate will have one or more of the following: a high school diploma or GED; experience working with at-risk youth; military training experience; course work towards a degree in criminal justice, psychology, sociology, social justice, counseling, mental health, social work or closely related field.

Bilingual Spanish/English preferred, but not required.


- 13 paid vacation days per year                                                                   - Medical, dental, life, disability insurance plans

- 12 sick leave days per year                                                                         - Deferred compensation plan

- 10 paid holidays per year                                                                             - 21 semester hours of college credit for academy completion

- Retirement System                                                                                        - ADJC Tuition Assistance


Positions in this classification participate in the Correctional Officer Retirement Plan (C.O.R.P).

All Arizona state employees operate within the Arizona Management System (AMS), an intentional, results-driven approach for doing the work of state government whereby every employee reflects on performance, reduces waste, and commits to continuous improvement with sustainable progress.  Through AMS, every state employee seeks to understand customer needs, identify problems, improve processes, and measure results.  State employees are highly engaged, collaborative and embrace a culture of public service.

Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation by contacting the Human Resources Office at (602) 542-9231. Requests should be made as early as possible to allow time to arrange the accommodation. Arizona State Government is an AA/EOE/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer.