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Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Julie L. Jones

Florida Department of Corrections
Julie L. Jones, Secretary

Executive Services

Work Force

The Florida Department of Corrections had a total of 28,130 authorized positions as of June 30, 1996. Staffers care for the needs of more than 64,333 inmates and over 137,611 offenders on community supervision. That staff consists of professionals as wide ranging as doctors and teachers, correctional and correctional probation officers, chaplains and educational specialists, superintendents and support staff, program managers and food service directors. Since public safety is the department's foremost mission, more than half of all staff positions are in security areas.

On June 30, 1996, the department had 25,644 employees on its payroll. There were 19,047 working in institutions and community facilities, including suboffices, and the majority worked in a security capacity. The breakdowns of staff by race and gender indicate a diverse corrections workforce.

The most valuable asset an organization can have is a well adjusted, dedicated staff. To that end, the Department of Corrections provides the following employee programs.

Post Trauma Staff Support Program -- Employee involvement in specific violent, work-related situations may cause serious physical and/or emotional trauma to an employee. The PTSS program is designed to minimize the effects of the trauma by providing immediate intervention and subsequent debriefing by an outside mental health counselor specializing in post trauma stress.

Employee Assistance Program -- The EAP provides outside counseling services to employees experiencing personal problems that may affect their ability to perform their duties and responsibilities. Participation in EAPs has resulted in a reduction in absenteeism, sick leave usage, tardiness and turnover, while improving job performance, employee morale and employee relations.

Breakdown by Type of Positions on June 30, 1996

Total Positions: 28,130 Type of Positions: Institutional and Community Facility (67.7%), Probation and Parole (14.7%), Health Services (9.2%), Other (8.4%).

* Other includes attorneys, financial and computer analysts, personnel, clerical, technical support, maintenance, etc.

Staff by Race**

Staff by Race:  White (71.2%), Black (22.3%), Other (6.5%).

Staff by Gender**

Staff by Gender: Male (61.1%).  Female (38.9%).

** Two employees did not indicate race, three did not indicate gender.


The Florida Department of Corrections is recruiting for Correctional Officers and Correctional Probation Officers for immediate employment throughout the State of Florida.

  • Salary Range: $18,923_$30,383 annually, as of January 1, 1997. Salary additives ranging from $3,800 to $6,300 annually for certain South Florida counties.
  • Fully paid enhanced (special risk) retirement program
  • $275 annual clothing and shoe allowance
  • Must complete the basic recruit training course and successfully pass the Florida Officer Certification Examination. Correctional Officer applicants who have not completed basic recruit training may be hired in trainee status.
  • Must be high school graduate or its equivalent (GED)
  • Staff housing provided, when applicable
  • Employees in the Security Services' Step Pay Plan receive a 7.5% increase effective January 1, 1997.
  • For more information about becoming a Correctional Officer, call our toll-free number at 1-888-610-0603.
  • Salary Range: $22,270_$37,386 annually, as of January 1, 1997. Salary additive of $4,640 annually for certain South Florida counties.
  • Must have Bachelor's degree
  • Correctional Probation Officer applicants are normally hired in trainee status until they have successfully passed basic recruit training and the Florida Officer Certification Exam.
  • For more information about becoming a Correctional Probation Officer, call our toll-free number at 1-888-610-0602.
Minimum Qualifications for either position:
  • 19 years old or older
  • United States citizen
  • Not convicted of a felony or a misdemeanor involving perjury or a false statement
  • Honorable discharge from any of the Armed Forces of the United States
  • Good moral character as determined by a background investigation
  • Successfully pass a physical examination and drug test
  • Requires valid driver license
Benefits include:
  • Criminal Justice incentive pay up to $130 per month
  • Promotional opportunities
  • 13 vacation days and 13 sick leave days the first year
  • 10 paid holidays
  • Fully paid retirement program
  • State subsidized health insurance
  • State subsidized life insurance
  • Pre-tax medical and child care benefits
  • Supplemental insurance (i.e., car, dental, cancer, legal)
  • Child care facilities in some locations

Preference shall be given to certain veterans, spouses of veterans and minorities, as provided by the Florida Statutes. Physical and drug tests required. Opportunities are also available in various medical and administrative careers.

An equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

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