COR SRV 18R - Correctional Officer Applicant Inventory *Closing Date Extended

BC Public Service - Chilliwack, BC (30+ days ago)

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Correctional Officer Applicant Inventory

Multiple full-time positions available at Correctional Centres located in the Lower Mainland, Kamloops, Prince George, Victoria and Nanaimo.

This posting is to establish a pre-qualified pool of applicants (applicant inventory). We are currently looking to fill full-time positions; however, this inventory may be used to fill future full-time and part-time positions as they become available. An eligibility list may be established.

Applicant inventories are used to streamline the recruitment experience. They are designed so applicants can be considered for multiple Correctional Officer opportunities within BC Corrections. Before you apply, please read this important information on Applicant Inventories and how they work - Applicant Inventories on MyHR.

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Adult Custody Division, BC Corrections
BC Corrections plays a leading role in British Columbia’s criminal justice system by protecting the community through offender management and control. Corrections Branch manages community work service and supports offenders to make positive changes in their behaviour and attitudes.

Adult Custody Division is one of four Corrections Branch divisions and is responsible for the care of approximately 2,800 male and female adult inmates throughout B.C. The Division operates correctional centres with various levels of security and control for individuals awaiting trial or serving a provincial custody sentence of up to two years less a day. Correctional programs address inmates’ thought patterns, behaviour and lifestyles that are known to contribute to crime. Correctional centres provide programs and additional services that balance risks and needs, ensure links with community corrections based on common core programming and integrated case management, communicate with stakeholders and participate as a pro-active partner in our criminal justice system.

Role of a Correctional officer
As a Correctional Officer, you will rotate through various posts and departments. With leadership from department supervisors, you will be responsible for maintaining security, safety, good order, discipline and care of adult inmates by providing orientation, direction, guidance and programming. The focus is on engaging inmates in a pro-social environment that provides maximum opportunity for change in a setting that is productive and supportive and where they are treated in a respectful, fair and equitable manner.

NOTE: The Correctional Officer position has a peace officer designation, so is held to a high standard of conduct, both on and off duty, by the employer, the public and the courts.

Interested in what our Correctional Officers have to say about the role? View this video!

Why Work for us!

We offer a variety of work schedules, providing staffing coverage on a 365/24/7 basis. Correctional officers work various shift patterns, including day, night, weekend and statutory holiday shifts. All positions are rotational.
We encourage maintaining a healthy work-life balance and we provide shifts, on average, of 70 hours per pay period.
We offer extensive training, growth and development opportunities.
We offer a competitive salary and benefits package which includes: Basic and Extended Health and Dental, Group Life Insurance, a uniform allowance, fitness training and facilities, an Employee and Family Assistance Program, subsidies for continuing education, and a Pension Plan that ranks among the best!
We are committed to continuing to be an employer of choice, providing a professional environment Where Ideas Work. For more information, please visit What The BC Public Service Offers You.
For more information about BC Corrections, our correctional centres and the application process, please go to our BC Corrections Career Opportunity Page, and/or attend one of our upcoming information sessions.

Note to applicants applying for positions at Alouette Correctional Centre for Women: The privacy and dignity of female inmates is a fundamental aspect of supervision. As a result, Correctional Officer posts in this centre are staffed by female officers only.

For complete details on this opportunity, please review the attached job profile. For more information about this posting, please contact: PLEASE DO NOT APPLY TO THIS EMAIL ADDRESS. For more information about how to create or update your profile and how to submit your application, please refer to the Job Application page on the MyHR website.

Applications will be accepted until 11:00 p.m. on the closing date of the competition.

In order to be considered for this position, your application must clearly demonstrate how you meet the selection criteria outlined below:

Note: Current BC Correctional Officers are exempt from providing documentation already submitted, or undergoing assessments completed, when hired into the position.


19 years of age or older
Valid BC Driver's license (minimum class 5), or equivalent from another province
Legally entitled to work in Canada (you must be legally permitted to work in Canada at the time you apply for a position either through citizenship or permanent residency)
Valid Occupational 1st Aid (OFA 1). (You must have your certification prior to participating in the COPAT/REACT tests.Standard First Aid will NOT be accepted. The first aid certification MUST be Occupational First Aid Level 1 (OFA Level 1) – or it may read First Aid for Industry – OFA Level 1 Equivalent; or BC Workplace Emergency First Aid OFA Level 1 Equivalent. Only OFA 1 taken via approved first aid providers endorsed by WorkSafe BC will be accepted. See WorkSafe BC First Aid Certificates)
Valid CPR C certificate, including AED is also required for positions at Alouette Correctional Centre for Women)

Grade 12 or equivalent*, as defined:
o High school diploma (e.g. Dogwood Diploma B.C.); or
o Adult graduation diploma (e.g. Adult Dogwood B.C.); or
o GED certificate obtained between 1973 and 2014; or
o Post-secondary graduation with a university degree

Grade 12 English with a final grade of 70% or equivalent*, as defined:
o High school transcript showing a final grade of at least 70 percent in English 12 (Communications 12 is not an acceptable equivalent); or
o Post-secondary transcript showing a final grade of at least 70 percent in a in a post-secondary academic English course that is at least equivalent to English 12 (it is the responsibility of the applicant to prove equivalency); or
o Achievement of a minimum score in one of the following English language assessment tests:

IELTS Academic 6.5 with no part less than 6
CLB 7+
CELPIP General 7
CanTEST 4.5 with no part less than 4.0
Accuplacer Basic 85 in reading with WritePlacer of at least 6
Accuplacer Next Generation 260 in reading with WritePlacer of at least 6

Note: if the equivalent high school graduation or degree is from an institution outside of North America or the United Kingdom, the applicant will be required have this credential verified by the International Credential Evaluation Service

  • IMPORTANT : You must email documentation that demonstrates successful completion of Grade 12 graduation and Grade 12 English as defined above to: at the time of your application, or no later than the closing date of the competition, in order for your application to be considered.
Any fees associated with obtaining documentation in support of the above criteria are the sole responsibility of the applicant.


Applicants that meet the minimum requirements AND submit the required documentation for Grade 12 graduation and Grade 12 English will be invited to complete further assessments in the hiring process as outlined below.

Correctional Officer Physical Abilities Test (COPAT) – View the BC Corrections COPAT Video. Note: You will be required to provide a completed Medical Clearance Form (signed, stamped and dated by a medical practitioner), your valid driver's license, and your valid first aid certificate at this time.

REACT Test – Visit REACT Testing for more information. Applicants who have participated in a previous Correctional Officer competition with BC Corrections and were unsuccessful in the REACT test will be required to wait for 6-months from first failure or 12-months from 2nd failure before their application will be reconsidered.

Security Screening Questionnaire - Applicants who pass the COPAT and REACT tests will be given instructions on how and where to submit the Security Screening Questionnaire. Please ensure that you review the questionnaire prior to submitting your application. Applicants who have participated in a previous Correctional Officer or Correctional Supervisor competition with BC Corrections and were unsuccessful as a result of the assessment of their Security Screening Questionnaire will be required to wait for a period of 12 months from date of submission before their application will be reconsidered.

Interview – Applicants will be assessed on the competencies as outlined in the job profile.

Reference Checks

Enhanced Security Screening – Applicants will be required to complete/provide the following:

o Security fingerprinting
o Police record check
o Computer voice stress analysis
o Credit check
o Drivers abstract
o Criminal Records Review Act check

Medical Assessments - A comprehensive medical examination by our Occupational Health Programs physician which will include visual and hearing tests. A Tuberculosis (TB) test must be completed prior to booking medical appointment.


Applicants that meet the minimum requirements AND submit the required documentation for Grade 12 graduation and English 12 can expect to be invited to complete the assessment process according to the tentative schedule noted below:

Complete applications received by
July 22, 2018

Complete applications received by
June 24, 2018 - CLOSED Complete applications received by
May 13, 2018 - CLOSED
COPAT/REACT TESTING July 29 – Aug 4, 2018 July 8 - 14, 2018 May 27 - June 2, 2018
INTERVIEW AND REFERENCE CHECKS Aug 27 – Sep 7, 2018 August 7 - 10, 2018 June 25 - 29, 2018
ENHANCED SECURITY SCREENING September 10 – 28, 2018 August 20 - September 7, 2018 July 9 - 27, 2018
MEDICAL ASSESSMENTS October 15 – 26, 2018 September 17 - 28, 2018 August 6 - 17, 2018

1. Online Questionnaire – YES: As part of the online application process you will be prompted to complete an online questionnaire to demonstrate how you meet the job qualifications. It may take up to 15 minutes to complete the questionnaire.

2. Resume – YES: A resume is required and will be reviewed for all applicants who are awarded an interview.

3. Documentation of Grade 12 graduation and Grade 12 English – YES: You must email documentation that demonstrates successful completion of Grade 12 graduation and Grade 12 English as defined in SELECTION CRITERIA above to: at the time of your application, or no later than the closing date of the competition, in order for your application to be considered. NOTE: Both documents must be submitted at the same time and the file size should not exceed 10MB.

4. Cover letter required: NO - Do not submit a cover letter as it will not be reviewed.

Questionnaire responses will be used to shortlist applicants against the job qualifications. Your resume may not be reviewed for shortlisting purposes. Applicants who do not pass the questionnaire and/or do not submit documentation of Grade 12 and Grade 12 English by the closing date of the competition are not able to participate in further parts of the hiring process.

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