Correctional Sergeant

Maine, United States | *Corrections- Open Competitive | Full-time

Apply by: No close date

Job Class Code: 5208

Grade: 19
Salary: $19.61/hr to 24.87/hr 

Open: March 22, 2019

Close: Until Filled


This job posting is to create a register for future openings across the Department of Corrections. For more information, please read the "review process" section below. (updated 6-7-19)

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 inmates, 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 prisoners 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 prisoners are properly secured.
  • Monitors and reviews weekly evaluations of prisoner behavior in order to identify potential problems and ensure follow-up of evaluations.
  • Schedules transportation of prisoners as needs arise in order to ensure safe, secure, proper and timely movement of prisoners.
  • 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 in the application, work history and supplemental questions will be compared to criteria developed by experts who are familiar with this job and its requirements, and converted to a numerical score. If you have met the minimum qualifications you will be placed on a register with the Bureau of Human Resources. A register is a list of candidates who met the minimum qualifications for a position. When there is a job opening at a facility, an eligibility list (Certifcation) of candidates will be sent to the hiring authority for consideration. 

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 top six candidates (more if there are tie scores) are sent to the hiring agency. 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



Value of State-paid Dental Insurance:  $14.31 biweekly

Value* of State-paid Health Insurance:

  • Level 1:  100% State Contribution (employee pays nothing):  $461.75 biweekly
  • Level 2:  95% State Contribution (employee pays 5%):  $438.66 biweekly
  • Level 3:  90% State Contribution (employee pays 10%):  $415.58 biweekly
  • Level 4:  85% State Contribution (employee pays 15%):  $392.49 biweekly

*The level of the actual value of state paid Health Insurance will be based on the employee’s wage rate and status with regard to the health credit premium program.

Value of State’s share of Employee’s Retirement: 21.03% of pay.


Maine State Government is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  We provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.