Correctional Sergeant Employment Register

Maine Department of Corrections | Maine, ME, United States

Posted Date 9/07/2023

Candidates who are interested in future job opportunities as a Correctional Sergeant should apply for this opening. If you qualify, your name will be placed on a register. When there is a vacancy the agency will request names from this register. See "Review Process" below for more detail.

MDOC is destigmatizing corrections for the betterment of all Maine communities. Through the ‘Maine Model of Corrections’, we promote the safety of our staff and residents while reducing barriers to meaningful rehabilitative opportunities. We facilitate restorative justice practices that equip justice-involved residents and clients with the skills they need to become contributing members of society upon release, including treatment, education, and job training.

We are committed to rebuilding lives and are searching for great team players, with a professional attitude and well-developed integrity and ethics, to join us in this mission.

This position is investigative and protective services work of a supervisory nature involving the custody, security, discipline, treatment, and rehabilitation of persons committed to an adult correctional facility. As a Correctional Sergeant, you work includes directing and overseeing subordinate officers in the progressive care and training of residents, directing the handling of emergencies, and ensuring adequate staff coverage.

Typical Duties

  • Directs, observes, and evaluates the day-to-day work activities of subordinate staff in order to ensure work requirements are accomplished properly.
  • Supervises and participates in the development and implementation of treatment strategies and integrates daily activities with treatment goals in order to assist in the rehabilitative process.
  • Observes, monitors, controls, and evaluates the activity and movement of residents within a specified area/unit in order to ensure observance of institutional rules and to ensure security and safety of the area/unit.
  • Inspects living areas and institutional grounds in order to ensure rules and regulations are being observed and residents are properly secured.
  • Monitors and reviews weekly evaluations of resident behavior in order to identify potential problems and ensure follow-up of evaluations.
  • Schedules transportation of residents as needs arise in order to ensure safe, secure, proper and timely movement of residents.
  • Trains subordinate staff in order to ensure competent work performance.
  • Evaluates subordinates’ performance, examines task outcome against job standards, and discusses evaluation with employees in order to keep employee informed of progress, provide motivation, fairly and objectively document levels of achievement, recommend approval or denial of merit increase/promotion, recommend discipline (up to and including termination), and ensure maintenance of a competent and effective workforce.
  • Intervenes in and controls acts of negative behavior and violence using physical force, restraints, firearms, chemical weapons, and other methods in order to ensure and maintain order and security.
  • Documents observations and prepares reports concerning individual and group interaction, participation, and progress made in treatment programs in order to provide professional and supervisory staff with accurate data for continuation or modification of treatment programs and activities.
  • Serves as a fully participating, voting member of the Unit Management treatment team and is directly responsible for making decisions regarding transfers, classification status, and job assignments in order to assist in the rehabilitative process and ensure effectiveness of unit operations.
  • Supervises the investigation and reporting of violation of institutional rules to in order to ensure and maintain order, safety, and security.
  • Participates on grievance and disciplinary committees in order to provide information and assistance in ensuring effective and efficient unit operations.
  • Oversees and directs the unit in the absence of the Unit Manager in order to ensure continuity of operations and maintain safety and security.


In order to qualify, you must have two (2) years of experience as a Correctional Officer in a federal, state, or county correctional facility

Licensing Requirement: Completion of 80 hour Basic Corrections Training Course.


The information you provide with your application (resume, cover letter, work history, supplemental questions etc) will be compared to criteria developed by experts who are familiar with this job and its requirements to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for this position. If you have met the minimum qualifications you will be placed on a register for this job classification with the Bureau of Human Resources.

Certification to Vacancies

Eligibility lists for each classification are comprised of applicants who have successfully completed all phases of the examination process.

When a request to fill a vacancy is received, the names of the eligible candidates will be sent to the requesting agency. The normal order of referral is:

  1. Employees on lay-off status from Maine State Government
  2. Current employees of the hiring agency
  3. Current Maine State Employees in other hiring agencies
  4. Candidates on reemployment status (former Maine State Employees)
  5. Candidates not currently employed by the State of Maine

No matter where you work across Maine state government, you find employees who embody our state motto—"Dirigo" or "I lead"—as they provide essential services to Mainers every day. We believe in supporting our workforce's health and well-being with a valuable total compensation package, including:

  • Work-Life Balance – Rest is essential. Take time for yourself using 13 paid holidays, 12 days of sick leave, and 3+ weeks of vacation leave annually. Vacation leave accrual increases with years of service, and overtime-exempt employees receive the personal leave.
  • Health Insurance Coverage – The State of Maine pays 85%-100% of employee-only premiums ($10,150.80-$11,942.16 annual value), depending on salary. Use this chart to find the premium costs for you and your family, including the percentage of dependent coverage paid by the State.
  • Health Insurance Premium Credit – Participation decreases employee-only premiums by 5%. Visit the Office of Employee Health and Wellness for more information about program requirements.
  • Dental Insurance – The State of Maine pays 100% of employee-only dental premiums ($350.40 annual value).
  • Retirement Plan – The State of Maine contributes XX% of pay to the Maine Public Employees Retirement System (MainePERS), on behalf of the employee.
  • Gym Membership Reimbursement – Improve overall health with regular exercise and receive up to $40 per month to offset this expense.
  • Health and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts – Set aside money pre-tax to help pay for out-of-pocket health care expenses and/or daycare expenses.
  • Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness – The State of Maine is a qualified employer for this federal program. For more information, visit the Federal Student Aid office.
  • Living Resources Program – Navigate challenging work and life situations with our employee assistance program.
  • Parental leave is one of the most important benefits for any working parent. All employees who are welcoming a child—including fathers and adoptive parents—receive four weeks of fully paid parental leave. Additional, unpaid leave may also be available, under the Family and Medical Leave Act.
  • Voluntary Deferred Compensation – Save additional pre-tax funds for retirement in a MaineSaves 457(b) account through payroll deductions.
  • Learn about additional wellness benefits for State employees from the Office of Employee Health and Wellness.

There's a job and then there's purposeful, transformative work. Our aim is to create a workplace where you can learn, grow, and continuously refine your skills. Applicants demonstrate job requirements in differing ways, and we appreciate that many skills and backgrounds can make people successful in this role. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, Maine State Government embraces a culture of respect and awareness. We are committed to creating a strong sense of belonging for all team members, and our process ensures an inclusive environment to applicants of all backgrounds including diverse race, color, sex, sexual orientation or gender identity, physical or mental disability, religion, age, ancestry, national origin, familial status or genetics. If you’re looking for a great next step, and want to feel good about what you do, we’d love to hear from you. Please note reasonable accommodations are provided to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.

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Salary10,150.80 - 11,942.16 Annual
Job Type
Government | Social Services

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