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WV Corrections one-stop hiring events offer clear career path, raises


Sept. 29, 2021
W.Va. Corrections one-stop hiring events offer clear career path, raises

CHARLESTON, W.Va -- West Virginia corrections has streamlined its hiring process, offering one-stop recruitment events this fall along with guaranteed raises and a defined career path.

The West Virginia Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation is hiring for officer and non-uniform positions at prisons, jails and juvenile centers across the state. At any of the five events scheduled over the next month, individuals who qualify can walk out with a job offer.

Each event is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and offers jobs beyond those at the host facility:

Thursday, Sept. 30
Parkersburg Correctional Center and Jail
225 Holiday Hills Drive, Parkersburg
(304) 420-2443

Thursday, Oct. 7
Eastern Regional Jail and Corrections Facility
94 Grapevine Road, Martinsburg
(304) 267-0046

Saturday, Oct. 9
Huttonsville Correctional Center and Jail
U.S. Route 250 South, Huttonsville
(304) 335-2291 

Thursday, Oct. 14
Kenneth “Honey” Rubenstein Juvenile Center
141 Forestry Camp Road, Davis
(304) 259-5241

Thursday, Oct. 21
Potomac Highlands Regional Jail and Correctional Facility
355 Dolan Drive, Augusta
(304) 496-1275

Walk-ins are welcome at each event, and those interested can also call the respective facilities. Minimum qualifications include a high school diploma, a valid driver’s license and passage of a physical agility test and a drug screening. For the agility test, applicants should bring suitable shoes and clothing.

Thanks to a series of recent pay raises, the starting salary for a correctional officer is $30,664. Officers who complete one year of employment are guaranteed a promotion and a 7 percent pay hike, bringing their annual salaries to $32,810. Pay increases further, to $35,106, after one year in that promoted position and the officer advances further up the ranks. The benefits package for starting officers is around $13,776. It includes comprehensive indemnity health insurance, term life insurance, and a defined benefit pension plan.

Those interested can also visit https://dcr.wv.gov/careers/Pages/careers.aspx.

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LAWRENCE MESSINA (304) 957-2515 Lawrence.C.Messina@wv.gov