The Florida Department of Corrections offers rewarding correctional officer career opportunities. Becoming a correctional officer with FDC means you are joining a family of hardworking men and women who are dedicated to ensuring public safety throughout Florida. Once you join the FDC, there are many career advancement steps that progress from Correctional Officer, Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain, Major and Colonel. From there management positions include Assistant Wardens and Wardens. Correctional Officers have the opportunity to join special teams such as Rapid Response Teams, Crisis Response Team, Interdiction Units, K-9 Units and many other special team opportunities.
Examples of Duties and Responsibilities
The majority of institutions, annexes and work camps operate on 8.5 hour shifts.
Who do I contact if I have a question about the application process?
Please contact our Recruitment Center at (866) 562-3362. Monday through Friday from 8:00AM to 5:00PM, excluding State holidays.
What if I encounter computer problems while completing/submitting my application?
Make sure you follow the directions carefully. Some forms cannot be submitted until the entire form is completed. If you receive a warning message, follow the instructions provided. If you are having difficulties completing the People First application, contact (877) 562-7287. If you are experiencing issues with submitting a Supplemental application online, please contact the Recruitment Center at (866) 562-3362 for assistance.
Who do I notify if I move, change my telephone number, etc.?
To make changes to your contact information, please contact the Recruitment Center at (866) 562-3362.
After I apply via People First what happens next?
After applying, you will receive an email confirmation from People First within 24 hours. The next business day you will receive an email to electronically complete the Supplemental Application. If you need additional assistance or have further questions, please contact the Recruitment Center at (866) 562-3362.
What if I have not received an email?
Make sure your correct email address is on file with People First and that emails from Florida Department of Corrections (FDC) are not directed to your “junk” and “spam” mail. Check your junk and spam folders periodically for emails from FDC.
How long does the process take? What are the steps?
The process varies from candidate to candidate; however, it is common for the entire process to take 2 to 3 months.
Why does the hiring process take so long?
Florida Statue and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement requires that FDC conduct background screenings for all applicants. Florida Statue 943.13 outlines additional requirements for Correctional Officers which include a drug screening, physical exam, and thorough background investigations before being hired.
Can I choose the prison or facility where I want to work ?
Candidates are given the opportunity to choose two work locations on the Supplemental application. Your application will be sent to your first-choice work location.