County of FresnoFresno 93721

Written Examination - Applicants meeting the minimum qualifications will be invited to participate in the written examination process.Exams will be held monthly.It is the applicant's responsibility to notify Human Resources at (559) 600-1830 if they need to reschedule the exam.

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Correctional Officer I

County of Fresno
Permanent 2200 Fresno St, Fresno, CA 93721, United States


Scheduled Salary Increases:3% eff. 7/22/24



Fresno County Sheriff's Office

is offering exciting

Correctional Officer I

career opportunities for individuals interested in the Criminal Justice field. Successful candidates will control and oversee activities of inmates detained within the detention facilities of the Sheriff's Office; and perform related work as required.

Correctional Officers 

must possess the following: ability to establish a tolerant rapport with persons of differing ethnic and socioeconomic background; good oral and written communication skills; maturity, integrity, emotional stability, and good judgment; and the ability to work in a frequently hostile, unpredictable, and unpleasant environment.

Please note: The eligible list established from this recruitment may be used to fill both permanent and extra-help positions. Individuals selected for extra-help appointment may be transitioned to a permanently allocated position at a later date as authorized by the Fresno County Personnel Rules.

APPLICANTS MUST BE WILLING TO WORK OVERTIME IF NECESSARY AND SHIFTS AS ASSIGNED INCLUDING NIGHTS, WEEKENDS, AND HOLIDAYS. As a condition of employment with the Sheriff's Office, candidates must undergo and pass a thorough and rigid background investigation, polygraph examination and medical and psychological examinations (background materials for failed candidates are retained for three years). The background investigation includes employment/credit histories, arrest/criminal records, drug/alcohol use, and personal conduct. This list is neither inclusive nor exclusive; other relevant areas may be investigated and verified. 

Fresno County Detention Facilities are "no-hostage" facilities. This means that in the event you are taken hostage, the County will not bargain for your safe release.

Eligible candidates must be able to perform the essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.

Samples of Duties
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Minimum Qualifications

Education: Possession of a United States' high school diploma, GED, or equivalent.

Age: Must be at least twenty-one (21) years of age.

License: Possession of a valid Class "C" driver's license, or equivalent. Incumbents may be required to obtain a valid Class "B" driver's license, or equivalent.

Other: Under California Penal Code Section 831.5, the Correctional Officer I classification is defined as a public officer. Therefore, candidates must be able to meet all pre-employment as well as ongoing public officer status requirements pursuant to federal, state and local legislation.

Note: Incumbents must successfully complete the training requirements mandated by California Penal Code Section 831.5 (c) prior to completion of the one (1) year probationary period

  • Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications for this position by the filing deadline.
  • A completed Fresno County employment application is required (must be current, complete and accurate; amendments will not be allowed after the filing deadline).
  • Valid driver's license number must be listed on your application. Failure to provide this information will result in the disqualification of your application.
  • Please fully list your education/work experience, including current position. Failure to list current and complete education/work experience within the job application (including employment with the County of Fresno) may disqualify the applicant from consideration.
  • In the Education section of your application, please provide complete information for each school attended. Failure to completely list education within the job application will disqualify the applicant from consideration.
  • Documentation of your United States' high school diploma, GED, or equivalent may be requested to verify completion of qualifying education.
  • Resumes and attachments are not accepted in lieu of a completed employment application.

Depending upon the number of applicants meeting the minimum qualifications and filing requirements, applicants will be scheduled for the process listed below:

  • Written Examination - Applicants meeting the minimum qualifications will be invited to participate in the written examination process.Exams will be held monthly.It is the applicant's responsibility to notify Human Resources at (559) 600-1830 if they need to reschedule the exam.

Successful candidates will be placed on an employment list effective for a minimum of 3 months (may be extended for an additional 12 months), and certified in final rank order as vacancies occur.

: The written examination is developed and mandated by the California Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC). The BSCC has a Candidate Orientation Booklet available to applicants interested in an overview of the exam. You may download a copy of the Candidate Orientation Booklet at the following link:

The BSCC Selection Exam for Local Corrections is a newly developed, statewide examination in use by California agencies for the selection of entry-level Adult Corrections Officer (ACO), Juvenile Corrections Officer (JCO), and Probation Officer (PO), effective August 17, 2020. Applicants who have taken the previous version of this exam (BSCC Correctional Officer) are unable to transfer test scores, as the new exam version contains updated content and revised scoring criteria.

Applicants who have taken the new exam either with Fresno or another county after the effective date of August 17, 2020, may submit their results by the filing deadline in lieu of taking the exam again. You must either attach a copy of your results to your online employment application; email a copy to or fax a copy to (559) 455-4788, Attn: Zachary Carter.
HEALTH PRECAUTIONSDue to concerns related to COVID-19, the written examinations will be conducted in accordance with CDPH, CDC, and Cal OSHA guidelines, as applicable. Applicants will be screened for symptoms of illness upon entry into the building and may be required to wear face coverings at the examination site.
  • Fresno County Employment Application - must  be current, complete and accurate; amendments to your application will not be allowed after the filing deadline.
  • Supplemental Questionnaire
Please note: Applications must be submitted online only and all required application materials must be submitted by the filing deadline. Applications submitted via e-mail, fax, U.S. mail, or in person in our office will not be accepted. Resumes and attachments will not be accepted in lieu of an application.