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Posted on: July 09, 2021 • Category: Department of Corrections, Correctional Officer

Correctional Officer

Department of Corrections/Mike Durfee State Prison

Apply By: July 30, 2021
No. of Jobs: 1
Job Type: Full-Time
Pay Type: Hourly
Compensation: $17.89 per hour, $18.89 per hour on weekends
Education: N/A

Phone 1: 605.369.4427
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Department of Corrections/Mike Durfee State Prison
1412 Wood St
Springfield, SD 57062
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This is a full-time position with the Department of Corrections.

The South Dakota Department of Corrections will be offering a $1,500 retention bonus for successful candidates who maintain two years of continuous employment. Details will be discussed during interviews.

The Ideal Candidate Will Have:  

Knowledge of:

  • English grammar, spelling and punctuation.

Ability to:

  • make sound decisions;
  • think clearly and logically and respond quickly during emergencies;
  • perform tasks with constant physical and mental alertness;
  • identify problems and assess incidents or situations in a logical and methodical way;
  • observe and recall inmate behavior, surroundings, and events;
  • perform tasks with an inquisitive mind;
  • work cooperatively with others as part of a team;
  • maintain focus and remain positive and composed during crisis;
  • recognize the relative importance of multiple tasks;
  • observe and hear inmates;
  • endure prolonged periods of time standing, walking, and climbing stairs;
  • operate two-way radios, firearms, and restraining devices;
  • exercise tact and discretion in dealing with others;
  • communicate information clearly and concisely.


Correctional Officers maintain custody of male inmates within Mike Durfee State Prison by enforcing institution operations memoranda and procedures to ensure the safety and security of the inmates and employees and maintain confinement conditions. 

Officers are assigned a specific post in an area such as a control room, cell hall, visit room, guard tower, recreation facility, or patrol vehicle. Common duties in most posts include observing inmates in cell halls, recreation areas, dining halls, schools, health services, and shower rooms; directing the work of inmates by assigning duties and monitoring work; preparing reports on incidents and rule infractions; conducting inmate counts and maintaining log books; escorting and transporting inmates to and from inside and outside appointments; inspecting and searching cells, common areas, inmates, and visitors; monitoring and controlling gates and cell doors; conducting random drug and alcohol tests, and responding to crisis situations.

Service as a Correctional Officer at the Mike Durfee State Prison is an excellent way to begin a law enforcement career and to gain supervisory experience. We train new officers in everything they will need to know; no prior education or experience is necessary. Officers are eligible for Class B retirement with 8% matching contributions. Uniforms are provided.

Other Information:

Correctional Officers at the Mike Durfee State Prison work 12-hour shifts (6am - 6pm, 8am-8pm  or 6pm - 6am) and will work every other weekend  and every other holiday.

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