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Working in a Correctional Facility

Saskatchewan Corrections is looking for new employees to join our team and contribute to a safer province.  If you are looking for an exciting and rewarding career in a collaborative and interesting environment, then a career as a Custody Service Employee (CSE) might be the career for you. Correctional Officers, Facility Youth Workers, Parental Care Workers and Mental Health Correctional Officers are all CSEs.

CSEs provide care, custody and case management services for the control and supervision of offenders in a facility setting. CSEs assist offenders in coping with incarceration as they promote safe communities by strengthening offenders' abilities to live in and contribute to their communities upon release. 

The role of a CSE is thought to be one of the most challenging and fulfilling. There are many varied employment opportunities within Saskatchewan Corrections. CSEs work within correctional facilities throughout the province.

Types of Positions

Correctional Officer – Adult Facility and Reintegration Units

Correctional Officers provide dynamic security by working with adult offenders to develop respectful relationships and case plans to address their needs. They also provide static security, which includes responsibilities such as locking doors, radio communication, searching offenders, conducting head counts and performing crisis intervention. They may be assigned to work in normal living units housing lower security offenders, or higher security units for those needing additional control. Remand units exist for those awaiting trial or a disposition from the courts.

Correctional Officer – Reduced Custody Facilities

Correctional Officers work in a controlled residential environment to provide dynamic and static security. They also participate in one-on-one and group interventions, addressing offender needs.

Mental Health Correctional Officers (MHCO)

MHCOs working at Saskatchewan Hospital North Battleford are part of an interdisciplinary team working collaboratively to provide patient care following a therapeutic model. MHCOs are responsible for dynamic and static security, the overall security of the hospital, assisting in patient care and providing programming to patients.

Facility Youth Worker – Youth Facility

A Facility Youth Worker works with youths aged 12 to 17 in an open and/or secure custody facility. Facility Youth Workers are responsible for ensuring the safety and well-being of the youth. This includes supervision and static security practices, as well as practising dynamic responsibilities through assessment, counselling, program delivery and case management.

Parental Care Worker – Youth Facility

A Parental Care Worker provides security and care for youth aged 12 to 17 in an open and/or secure custody facility. Parental Care Workers escort youth, observe behaviours and situations, and accurately report these to other members of the case management team, (i.e. Facility Youth Workers). Parental Care Workers are also responsible to supervise groups of youth.

Whichever CSE career you choose, all individuals must meet the competency requirements, follow the application and selection process, and complete the training program.

Competency Requirements

Competencies are the personal attributes, skills and knowledge that are critical to performing a job successfully. Competency requirements identify the essential skills necessary to perform the work. The competency development process recognizes that one may acquire competencies in many ways.

A university degree in the social sciences or a diploma in correctional studies is a strong asset. Candidates who have work experience in an environment that contributes to the development of the competency requirements may also be considered.

To find and apply for current CSE job advertisements that are available to the public, visit the Careers in the Saskatchewan Public Service page. Click on permanent full-time, permanent part-time or non-permanent and utilize the advanced search function to search Ministry of Corrections, Policing and Public Safety to find jobs in corrections. Specific positions may include other competencies as specified on individual job posting.

Physical Requirements

Effective January 15, 2024, the COPAT requirement for employment will be replaced by a comprehensive medical evaluation completed by a licensed medical practitioner. A request form will be provided to the applicant during the recruitment process.

Applicants should be in excellent physical condition prior to submitting their application.

Self-Assessment Questionnaire

The self-assessment questionnaire allows someone interested in this career to personally assess their suitability for a position in a correctional facility. Completion of this questionnaire is not compulsory, nor is it required to be submitted with your application.

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