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Job Specification



 Under supervision during an assigned tour of duty at a
 correctional facility, guard inmates serving court imposed
 sentences for the commission of criminal offenses; does other
 related duties.

 NOTE: The examples of work for this title are for illustrative
 purposes only. A particular position using this title may not
 perform all duties listed in this job specification. Conversely,
 all duties performed on the job may not be listed.

 NOTE: Appointments may be made to positions requiring 
 bilingual skills.

 01403@ - Bilingual in Spanish and English
 Applicants must be able to read, write, speak, understand, or 
 communicate in Spanish and English sufficiently to perform 
 the duties of this position.


 Listens for unusual sounds in cell blocks and elsewhere in the
 institution, such as changes in noise level, calls for help, cries
 of fire, arguments among inmates, scraping of metal and other 
 sounds, to maintain security, safety, and welfare of inmates and 
 to react properly in crisis situations.

 Constantly observes inmates to detect violations of institutional
 regulations or any unusual physical appearance or behavior of
 inmates in various locations throughout the institution, such as
 dining room, farm area, showers, and cell block, and during
 recreational activities to protect the security, safety, and
 welfare of inmates.

 Detects unusual odors such as marijuana, fires, or alcohol, to
 protect the security, safety, and welfare of inmates.

 Keeps continual track of the number of inmates in his/her
 immediate charge, through periodic head counts, and/or records 
 in a log book all movements of inmates to the infirmary, work detail,
 cell block area,  visitation rooms, or other assignments to be
 aware at all times of the whereabouts of inmates.

 Patrols cell block areas, tiers, grounds, and corridors to check for 
 safety/security hazards, such as fires, smoke, broken pipes, unlocked 
 doors, and windows/locks that have been tampered with, to protect 
 the security, safety, and welfare of inmates and the institution.

 Escorts groups of inmates during movements within or outside the
 institution to prevent disorder or breaches in security.

 Physically restrains inmates when necessary, to prevent injuries to
 staff and other inmates and to maintain security.

 Learns names and identification numbers and recognizes faces of
 problem inmates, by observing and receiving information from other
 officers, so that such persons can be closely observed; briefs the
 officer on next shift as to unusual activities, block climate, 
 and inmate status.

 Listens to informers and conversations among inmates to obtain
 information on escape attempts, contraband, gambling, or other
 security matters; reports information in accord with established
 policies, regulations, and procedures.

 On reporting to work, attends roll call and reads bulletins issued
 by the department or institution to keep abreast of changes in
 policies/regulations; receives work assignments.

 Directs inmates in housekeeping duties in the cell block area, such 
 as sweeping/mopping of floors, making beds, and dusting/vacuuming,
 to maintain sanitary conditions in the resident areas.

 Completes short forms such as head counts, bedding inventory, 
 and safety reports, to provide routine information.

 Prepares concise factual reports describing incidents of
 misbehavior or violation of rules, to provide written documentation
 for disciplinary hearings.

 Searches inmates cells/dormitories in accord with established
 policies/regulations/procedures to find contraband articles.

 Will be required to learn to utilize various types of electronic
 and/or manual recording and information systems used by the
 agency, office, or related units.



 High School Diploma or equivalent.


 Minimum of eighteen  (18) years of age.


 Appointees will be required to possess a driver's license
 valid in New Jersey only if the operation of a vehicle, rather
 than employee mobility, is necessary to perform essential duties
 of the position.

 Must be a citizen of the United States.

 As a prerequisite for appointment, appointees may 
 be required to pass a thorough medical examination 
 administered by the appointing authority. Any medical
 or physical condition or defect which would prevent efficient
 performance of the duties of the position, cause the appointee to be a
 hazard to himself/herself or others, or become aggravated as a
 result of performance of these duties, will be cause for
 rejection. Appointees may be required to undergo a psychiatric
 examination prior to appointment. Failure to demonstrate
 sufficient capacity to perform duties of this position may be
 cause for rejection.

      NOTE: Appointees will be required to successfully complete a
 training program approved by the NJ Police Training Commission
 within the time period prescribed by law or the NJ Police Training


 Ability to cope with crisis situations.

 Ability to follow orders explicitly.

 Ability to write concise/accurate reports.

 Ability to empathize with persons of different backgrounds.

 Ability to utilize various types of electronic and/or manual
 recording and information systems used by the agency, office, or
 related units.

 Ability to read, write, speak, understand, and communicate in
 English sufficiently to perform the duties of this position.
 American Sign Language or Braille may also be considered as
 acceptable forms of communication.

 Persons with mental or physical disabilities are eligible as long
 as they can perform the essential functions of the job after
 reasonable accommodation is made to their known limitations. If
 the accommodation cannot be made because it would cause the
 employer undue hardship, such persons may not be eligible.

This job specification is applicable to the following title code(s) which
are different work week or work month and/or variants of the job class title:
Local or
Class of
01400LC N/A12-
01403@Bilingual In Spanish And EnlgishLC N/A12-

This job specification is for local government use only.
Salary range is only applicable to state government.
Local salaries are established by individual local jurisdictions.