The next Correctional Officer Written Examination will be taking place on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at 6:00PM and Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 9:00AM. 

 To Register: please email: hr@hsd.state.ma.us or apply through MassCareers https://www.mass.gov/find-your-future-commonwealth-job  Please make sure to have your updated resume attached AND a cover letter stating which Written Examination date you are interested in; either 4/18 or 4/21 when registering via email or the MassCareers website.  The Written Examinations will be held on site at the Hampshire Sheriff's Office and House of Correction, located at: 205 Rocky Hill Road, Northampton, MA 01060. Specific instructions regarding the exam and Visitor procedures will be emailed with confirmation of exam date.

Following the Written Examinations, those candidates that pass will be invited back to participate in the Physical Fitness examinations.  Those passing the PT will participate in a 1st round-interview, etc. and continue with the hiring process. SPACE IS LIMITED.  REGISTRATION WILL BE TAKEN ON A FIRST APPLIED, FIRST SERVED BASIS. 


The Correctional Officer duties include, but are not limited to the following: responsible for the care, custody and supervision of inmates in a correctional institution.  This includes but is not limited to, daily supervision of inmate occupational, vocational, rehabilitation and recreational activities. The Correctional Officer performs related work as required. The Correctional Officer is responsible for the general security of his/her assigned post in accordance with prescribed policies and procedures. 

The position requires the Correctional Officer to work a flexible schedule, any shift, any day of the week and overtime as required, including holidays. 


Performance of duties under somewhat undesirable conditions and may present potential risk of injury typically associated with working with inmates, probationers, and parolees.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

  • Must have the physical ability to lift/carry an inmate or fellow officer in time of need/crisis
  • Regularly required to stand and walk; talk and hear; lift and carry; push and pull with force; and maintain balance
  • Occasionally required to climb, stoop, reach with hands/arms & occasionally lift and/or move boxes up to 20 lbs.
  • Manual dexterity required in performing duties
  • Specific vision abilities required by the position include close vision, distance vision and peripheral vision; reading of written, printed or computer screen data


A bachelor's degree in criminal justice, law enforcement, sociology or a related field is highly preferred.  A combination of a high school diploma with relevant experience is required. 

  • Must be at least 19 years of age upon hire
  • Must be able to successfully meet the graduation requirements for the Training Academy
  • Must not have been convicted of a felony or served a sentence in a  House of Correction
  • General knowledge of the purpose of a correctional facility and the goals and purposes of the Hampshire Jail and House of Corrections
  • Knowledge of the elements of criminal law and court procedures
  • Must successfully meet the graduation requirements for the Basic Training Academy
  • Ability to follow moderately complex written or oral instructions
  • Ability to work in a confined area and remain calm under stress
  • Must be able to work varying hours and shifts, including overtime and holidays
  • Regular and reliable attendance is required
  • Must successfully pass background check, drug screening and pre-employment physical
  • Must possess a valid Massachusetts driver’s license

(posted on 4/2/2018)



JOB DESCRIPTION:          Grant funded position for data entry into the Smart System and also basic computer instruction to inmates at the Hampshire Jail & House of Corrections.  Must be familiar with Microsoft Office; Excel, Word, PowerPoint, etc., basic computer skills, and having experience with teaching group courses, classes, trainings or related instruction is highly preferable. 

 QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor’s degree in a related field required, Master’s degree preferred.  Experience with the             SMART System is highly desirable.  Excellent computer skills required.  Experience working with criminal offenders is preferred. 

 CONTACT:                           Submit Resume, Cover Letter and Salary Requirements to one of the following:

                                            Hampshire Sheriff's Office, c/o Human Resources   
                                            P.O. Box 7000                              
                                            Northampton, MA 01061-7000
                                            Fax: 413-582-7715             
                                            Email: hr@hsd.state.ma.us           

SALARY:                                Part-Time, 15 hours/week, non-benefitted position

  • Must be flexible working both afternoon/night schedule and/or weekends
  • Hourly Wage: $19 - $25/hour
  • POSTING DATES:         Posted Internally/Externally: April 11, 2018 through 4:00PM on April 18, 2018                                                                                                           

(posted on 4/11/2018)