Now Offering $10,000 Signing Bonus for Correctional Officer Series!

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The Delaware Department of Correction is the state's largest law enforcement agency. Our Mission is to Protect the public by supervising adult offenders through safe and humane services, programs and facilities.

The DOC has broad responsibilities, which encompasses prisons to probation and parole. Which we call a Unified Correctional System.

The State of Delaware utilizes Delaware Employment Link (DEL) for recruitment. With DEL you can:

  • View job postings with specific information such as location and job duties
  • Create a profile and application that can be easily saved, updated, and reused for future job postings
  • Self screen and apply on line anytime, day or night to positions that interest you
  • Sign up for e-mail notifications when openings in your desired field occur

Now Offering

  • Increased signing bonus for new Correctional Officers to $10,000 (up from $5,000).
  • Increased the Correctional officer pension to incentivize current Officers to continue their service beyond 20 years.
  • Providing temporary lodging during the 13-week Correctional Officer training academy for cadets who reside more than 75 miles from DOC's Training Academy in Dover.

Job Opportunities

If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact Recruitment and Selection at 833-562-7362 or via email at:

The recruitment team is comprised of two Correctional Sergeants, working in conjunction with the Bureau of Administrative Services to build and maintain the more than 2,600 uniformed officer and staff positions within the largest law enforcement agency in the State of Delaware. DOC recruiters work tirelessly to attract new employees through job fairs, recruitment events, and community outreach. DOC recruiters actively work to attract new employees to the department, screen and select applicants, integrate the new personnel into the organization, and increase the morale of current staff.

Our ideal candidates have the capability to exercise initiative in their work, and have the aptitude to accept responsibility and handle difficult situations. They have the skill learn a variety of subjects quickly and correctly, in addition to possessing the mental and physical strength and endurance to remain calm in emotionally charged situations. Our candidates should possess the social skills and abilities that would enable them to communicate effectively with persons of various cultural, economic, and ethnic backgrounds. If you are seeking a challenging, exciting, and rewarding career we encourage you to contact us per the information below.

Employees in a Correctional Officer (CO) or Probation and Parole Officer series position will be eligible to retire under the provisions of HB363 if, at the time of retirement, they have completed twenty-five (25) years of pension creditable State service, and with at least twenty (20) of those years of pension creditable service as a CO or PO series classified position.

  1. Apply online at
  2. Interview
  3. Physical Fitness Test
  4. Background Check
  5. Psychological Evaluation
  • Must be 19 1/2 years of age
  • Possess a High School Diploma or equivalent
  • Possess a valid Driver's License
  • No Felony Convictions
  • No DUI Convictions within 2 years

As of July 3, 2022, Selected incumbent's annual base starting salary is $40,380. Upon successful completion of the Correctional Employee Initial Training (CEIT) course, and after being assigned to a facility, the salary will increase to $45,000. Additionally, the incumbent will be eligible for a 5% shift differential if he/she works four or more hours between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m.

Upon satisfactory completion of department promotional standards and job requirements, employees may be eligible to be promoted to the next level. This career ladder encompasses three levels: Correctional Officer, Correctional Corporal and Correctional Sergeant.

Employees who have equivalent work experience from another state Department of Correction shall be placed on the DOC salary step table and receive qualified length of service credit for up to and not greater than 10 years of service for compensation purposes only. The State will make final determination on equivalent experience. Correctional Officer Pay Scales

  1. Apply online at
  2. Written Exam
  3. Interview
  4. Background Check
  5. Psychological Evaluation
  • At least 20 and 1/2 years of age.
  • Possession of a Bachelor's degree or higher in Criminal Justice, Law Enforcement, Psychology, Sociology, Human Services or related field.
  • Possess a valid Driver's License (not suspended, revoked or cancelled, or disqualified from driving).

  • OR

  • At least 20 and 1/2 years of age.
  • At least 60 college credits.
  • Knowledge of case management which includes assessing, planning, developing, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating options and services to meet an individual's human service needs.
  • Knowledge of behavior management which includes understanding, explaining, describing, and predicting behavior, studying the connection between behavior and its causes and identifying appropriate behavior modification strategies for individual situations.
  • Knowledge of interviewing which includes using structured or unstructured interview techniques to obtain facts, explore issues and identify courses of action.
  • Knowledge of narrative report writing.
  • Possession of a valid Driver's License (not suspended, revoked or cancelled, or disqualified from driving).

    Selected incumbent's annual base starting salary is $45,500, effective July 3, 2022. Upon successful completion of the Basic Offiers Training Course (BOTC), and after being assigned to a District Office, the incumbent will be eligible for a 5% shift differential if he/she works four or more hours between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. Probation and Parole Officer Pay Scales

Upcoming Events:

March 2023

March 2nd
: Sussex Tech High School Law Enforcement Career Fair (11:00AM - 3:00PM)

March 3rd
: Coffee with Corrections at Starbucks, 1481 N. Dupont Hwy, Dover (11:00AM - 2:00PM)

March 4th
: Susquehanna Workforce Network's Summer Employment Fair at SWC Cecil County (9:00AM - 12:00PM)

March 7th
: Dept. of Labor Employment Event, 4425 N. Market St., Wilmington (10:00AM - 2:00PM)

March 9th
: Mercer County Community College Career & Job Fair (11:00AM - 1:00PM)

March 13th
: Dover High School College and Career Fair

March 14th
: Appoquinimink School Districts Annual Workforce Readiness Fair, Chase Fieldhouse, Wilmington (9:00AM - 1:30PM)

March 21st
: Dover Air Force Base Career Expo (9:00AM - 2:00PM)

March 21st
: Jobs for Delaware Graduates Job Fair for High School Students, Greater Dover Boys & Girls Club, 1683 New Burton Rd, Dover (5:30PM - 7:30PM)

March 22nd
: Delaware Tech Wilmington Campus, All Majors Job Fair (11:00AM - 2:00PM)

March 23rd
: Hood College Spring 2023 Annual Career & Internship Fair (3:00PM - 6:00PM)

March 24th
: Gloucester County Mega Job Fair, Rowan College of South Jersey (9:00AM - 12:00PM)

March 25th
: 4th Annual MADC Ballers Classic, Cape Henlopen High School (9:00AM - 6:00PM)

March 28th
: Millersville University's Spring 2023 Job & Internship Fair (11:30AM - 2:30PM)

March 29th
: DHR's 2nd Annual State Agency Career Fair at the Delaware National Guard Smyrna Readiness Center, 103 Artisan Drive, Smyrna, DE (1:00PM - 3:30PM)

March 30th
: Hood College Federal and State Agency Career & Internship Fair (12:30PM - 2:00PM)

April 2023

April 4th
: Department of Labor Multi-Employer Job Fair at Delaware Park, 777 Delaware Park Blvd, Wilmington (10:00AM - 2:00PM)

April 12th
: Stevenson University's Spring Career & Internship Fair (2:30PM - 4:30PM)

April 13th
: Delaware Tech Dover Campus, All Majors Job Fair (11:00AM - 2:00PM)

April 18th
: Susquehanna Workforce Network Virtual Job Fair (10:00AM - 12:00PM)

April 20th
: DAPI College & Career Fair 2023, Wyoming United Methodist Church, Dover (10:00AM - 1:30PM)

April 21st
: Lake Forest High School College and Career Fair (8:30AM - 2:30PM)

April 22nd
: WBOC's Outdoors Delmarva Expo at Harrington Fair Grounds (10:00AM - 4:00PM)

April 26th
: Hiring our Heroes Virtual Career Summit (1:00PM - 4:00PM)

April 27th
: Polytech High School and Adult Education Fair (11:00AM - 6:30PM)

May 2023

May 20th
: Philadelphia 2023 Diversity Law Enforcement Career Fair at Temple University (8:00AM - 3:00PM)

June 2023

June 16th
: Temple University's 16th Annual Neighborhood Job Fair and Resource Village (9:00AM - 2:00PM)

For additional information contact our Department of Correction Recruiters:

Sgt. Recruiter Jamie Bartlett

Sgt. Recruiter Richard Bulson

Department of Correction Administration Building
245 McKee Road
Dover, DE 19904