County of Contra CostaRichmond 94806
Full Time +

an effective communicator with an ability to build and maintain relationships; experienced working effectively with a diverse population;.

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Detention Services Worker

County of Contra Costa
Full Time, Permanent Contra Costa Sheriff, 5555 Giant Hwy, Richmond, CA 94806, United States


The Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff is recruiting to fill Detention Services Worker vacancies. This is an excellent opportunity for persons with custodial experience. The County's Detention facilities are located in Martinez, Richmond and Clayton, CA.

Under supervision, Detention Services Workers carry out the full range of routine janitorial, maintenance, housekeeping and food service duties in the County's detention facilities and other related work as required.

This class is the journey level in the Detention Services series. Positions in this class work under the direction of a Lead Detention Services Worker or a Detention Services Supervisor who is responsible for the care and maintenance of a County Detention Facility.

Please Note: Candidates are encouraged to apply immediately as posting may close at any time

We are looking for someone who is:

  • an effective communicator with an ability to build and maintain relationships;
  • experienced working effectively with a diverse population;
  • a team player with a positive attitude
  • able to reain calm in stressful situations, and possesses an even temperament
  • willing to work hard and put in effort in successfully completing their assignments.
What you will typically be responsible for:
  • Maintaining cleanliness;
  • Sanitation of detention facilities;
  • Overall appearance of assigned areas;
  • Stocking various areas with necessary supplies;
  • Providing great service;
  • Directing inmates;
  • Working and communicating with coworkers;
  • Lifting and moving heavy items (up to 50lbs.)
A few reasons why you might love this job:
  • Team environment;
  • Opportunity to work an alternate schedule (4/10);
  • Great work/life balance;
  • Great staff with years of knowledge and experience;
  • Benefits/pension you can rely on
A few challenges you might face in this job:
  • Working holidays;
  • Working weekends;
  • Overtime;
  • Supervising inmates
Read the complete job description online here: 

Core Competencies required:
  • Building and Maintaining Relationships: Establishing rapport and maintaining mutually productive relationships
  • Handling and Resolving Conflict: Managing interpersonally strained situations
  • Professional impact: Presenting self as a positive representative of the organization
  • Driving Results: Demonstrating concern for achieving or surpassing results against an internal standard of excellence
  • Self-management: Showing personal organization, self-discipline, and dependability
  • Adaptability: Responding positively to change and modifying behavior as the situation requires
  • Attention to Detail: Focusing on the details of work content, work steps, and final work products
  • Decision Making: Choosing optimal courses of action in a timely manner
  • Innovative problem solving: Identifying and analyzing problems in order to propose new ways to do business
  • Safety Focus: Showing vigilance and care in identifying and addressing health risks and safety hazards
  • Reading Comprehension: Understanding and using written information
  • Oral Communication: Engaging effectively in dialogue
Minimum Qualifications

License Required: Possession of a valid California Motor Vehicle Operator's License. Out of State valid Motor Vehicle Operator's License will be accepted during the application process.

Experience: Either (1) one year in the class of Detention Services Aide in Contra Costa County, OR (1) one year of institutional cleaning and maintenance experience.

Desirable Qualifications

  • Experience buffing, stripping and/or waxing floors
  • Previous maintanance experience
Selection Process
  1. Application Filing: All applicants must apply on-line at and submit the information as indicated on the job announcement and supplemental questionnaire by the final filing date.
  2. Application Evaluation: Depending on the number of applications received, an Application Evaluation Board may be convened to evaluate and select the best-qualified candidates for invitation to the next phase of the examination.
  3. Written Multiple Choice Assessment: A written multiple choice assessment will be administered to measure candidates' competencies as they relate to the job. These may include, but are not limited to: Building and maintaining relationships, Handling and resolving conflict, Professional impact, Driving results, Self-management, Adaptability, Attention to detail, Decision making, Innovating problem solving, Safety focus, Reading Comprehension, and Oral Communication. Applicants must achieve a passing score in order to be ranked on the employment list. (Weighted 100%)
The written assessment will be administered remotely using a computer. You will need access to a reliable internet connection to take the assessment. You will not be able to take the assessment using a mobile device such as a cell phone.

The Human Resources Department may change the assessment steps notes above in accordance with the Personnel Management Regulations and accepted selection practices.

After you receive a conditional job offer, you will be fingerprinted, and your fingerprints will be sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction conflicts with the specific duties and responsibilities of the job for which you have received a conditional job offer. If a conflict exists, you will be asked to present any evidence of rehabilitation that may mitigate the conflict, except when federal or state regulations bar employment in specific circumstances. Having a conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job with Contra Costa County. If you accept a conditional job offer, the Human Resources department will contact you to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.
All Contra Costa County employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law. Employment with the County requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.
It is the policy of Contra Costa County to consider all applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identify, gender expression, marital status, ancestry, medical condition, genetic information, military or veteran status, or other protected category under the law