Joining the Department of Corrections opens up a world of career paths and opportunities. We are also hiring for several non-CO positions, which you can view here.

Once you complete all parts of the hiring and training process, you’ll graduate from a Corrections Officer Trainee to a fully-certified Corrections Officer (CO).

That’s where you’ll start – but it’s up to you where you want to end up!

As a Corrections Officer, there are multiple units where you can work. If you want to switch up your work environment, or learn something new, you’ll have options to gain diversified experience as a CO:

  • Housing Units
  • Special Housing Unit (SHU)
  • Transitional Housing/Community Corrections
  • Secure Psychiatric Unit/Residential Treatment Unit
  • Perimeter Security
  • Tower Security
  • Transportation
  • Property
  • Reception & Diagnostics
  • Mail Room/Visiting Room
  • Training Bureau

Or, you can pursue participation in one of our specialty teams:

  • Special Emergency Response Team (SERT)
  • Honor Guard
  • Field Training Officer (FTO)

For some, working as a Corrections Officer may be the first step to a broader career and promotional path within the Department of Corrections. As you gain experience as a CO, you may consider opportunities in these other areas:

  • Probation & Parole District Offices
  • Community Corrections
  • Investigations
  • Medical and Forensics Services

In addition to the different units available, as a Corrections Officer you have the opportunity to seek promotions and rise through our ranks:

The Department of Corrections has many opportunities outside of law enforcement roles, including but not limited to:

  • Nursing & Behavioral Health
  • Counseling & Case Management
  • Administration
  • Education
  • Information Technology
  • Victim Services
  • Shop Management
  • Food Services
  • Facilities Maintenance

Current Non-Corrections Officer Openings

We are currently hiring for the following non-CO positions. Click on the title for a job description and how to apply.

Clinical Mental Health Counselor – LADC Required

NH Department of Corrections
Division of Medical and Forensics
NH Correctional Facility for Women and NH State Prison for Men Concord

Hours: 8:00am – 4:00pm with ½ hour unpaid lunch
Days Off: Saturday/Sunday
Wage scale range: $46,761.00 to $55,555.50
Position number(s): #44262 (Womens); #40190 (Mens); # 42241 (Mens)

(An additional $1300.00 is paid for Hazard Duty which is not included in the salary noted above)

SUMMARY
To assess psycho-social information and provide clinical programmed alcohol and substances abuse treatment to incarcerated inmates in a correctional setting. Working in close and immediate contact with prisoners on a daily basis and responsible for security.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Conduct clinical intake assessments of referred offenders/patients for purpose of determining clinical goals and making recommendations for treatment and discharge.
  • Develop a Psychiatric Treatment Plan and Treatment Plan Review for a Master Treatment Plan with collaboration between multiple clinical disciplines for specific problems, goals, objectives, and interventions for effective integrated treatment.
  • Develop, research and implement Group Therapies and determine most appropriate type of group interventions for the alcohol and substance abuse population.
  • Provide individualized therapeutic interventions for purpose of meeting specialized treatment goals.
  • Performs a detailed and involved Bio psychosocial history/LADC Evaluation on offender/patient to gather sensitive background material from offenders, family members, service providers, schools, guardians, legal professionals as indicated as well as reading past clinical records to formulate a comprehensive psychosocial assessment focused on their substance use needs. In order to make clinical recommendations for inpatient interventions and aftercare needs.
  • Conducts discharge planning using all available data, including development of an individualized plan to ensure ongoing progress toward discharge and establishing arrangements for appropriate and seamless aftercare.
  • Manages individual offender/patient cases to ensure all required documentation is complete and provides testimony and/or information on an individual to the courts as needed.
  • Prepares clinical evaluations and reports for the Department of Corrections and outside agencies to assess treatment progress and needs.
  • Provides input into treatment policies as they are reviewed to develop procedures for offenders/residents and participates in organizational maintenance and professional development training.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • Education: Master’s degree from a recognized college or university with a major study in mental health counseling or in a related field with a concentration in psychology or counseling.
  • Experience: Three years of post-Master’s experience in the field of mental health counseling OR three years of pre-Master’s experience in the field of mental health counseling under the supervision of a licensed mental health professional OR a combination of these two options, totaling three years of experience.
  • License/Certification: Licensed as an Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC).

Special Requirements: Successful completion of the Corrections Academy and continuing Certification as correctional line personnel as established by the certifying authority.

DISCLAIMER STATEMENT: the supplemental job description lists typical examples of work and is not intended to include every job duty and responsibility specific to a position. An employee may be required to perform other related duties not listed on the supplemental job description provided that such duties are characteristic of that classification.

For further information please contact Linda McDonald, HR Specialist at: (603) 271-5645 or by email at: Linda.Mcdonald@doc.nh.gov

Click here to apply.

Dental Assistant

NH Department of Corrections
Division of Medical and Forensics
Northern NH Correctional Facility – Berlin

Hours: 37.5 hours Weekly, between the hours of 8:00 am and 5:00 pm with ½ hour unpaid lunch
Days Off: Saturday/Sunday
Wage Scale Range: $29,152.50 to $33,871.50
Position number(s): #41486

(An additional $1300.00 is paid for Hazard Duty which is not included in the salary noted above)

SUMMARY
To maintain dental instruments and equipment and to assist a dentist in implementing standard dental procedures, working in close and immediate contact with prisoners on a daily basis while maintaining security.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Orders dental supplies to endure proper inventory levels.
  • Sterilizes dental instruments and surrounding work areas in order to maintain current infectional control standards.
  • Prepares and files patient case histories, dental charts and treatment records in order to keep current the dental status and needs of inmate patients.
  • Prepares filling materials for use by dentist in patient treatments.
  • Schedules patient visits and notifies units of pending appointments so that an orderly flow of patients can be treated in a systematic fashion.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • Education:  Graduation from high school or G.E.D. equivalent. Each additional year of approved formal education may be substituted for one year of required work experience.
  • Experience:  One year’s experience as a Dental Assistant.
  • License/Certification:  Eligibility for certification by the American Dental Assistants Association.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Successful completion of the Corrections Academy and continuing Certification as correctional line personnel as established by the certifying authority.

For further information, please contact Linda McDonald, HR Specialist at: (603) 271-5645 or by email at: Linda.Mcdonald@doc.nh.gov

Click here to apply.

Recreational Therapist II

NH Department of Corrections
Division of Medical and Forensics
NH Correctional Facility for Women

Hours: 8:00am – 4:00pm with ½ hour unpaid lunch
Days Off: Saturday/Sunday
Salary Range: $43,114.50 to $50,700.00
Position number(s): #44320

(An additional $1300.00 is paid for Hazard Duty which is not included in the salary noted above)

SUMMARY
To provide intensive Recreational Therapy in a correctional environment to improve social and emotional functioning for individuals under departmental control, working in close and immediate contact with prisoners on a daily basis, having responsibility for security.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Conducts therapeutic recreational interventions both individually and in group settings with residents/inmates in accordance with treatment plans and is responsible for supervision and safety of those individuals.
  • Performs constant surveillance during individual or group activities in order to correct, record, report and/or discipline improper or inappropriate behavior.
  • Prescribes, directs and leads daily recreational therapy programs alone with inmates designed to provide social, leisure and coping skills development for inmates/patients.
  • Requisitions, receives, stores and is responsible for the inventory of recreational equipment and tools in a safe and secure manner to comply with correctional guidelines, policy and procedures to prevent the possible risk of assault, self-harm or escape.
  • Provides safety and security to those under the care and custody of the New Hampshire Department of Corrections.
  • Provides security with inmate count during movement to and from off unit recreational activities.
  • Instructs staff and volunteers in recreation methods and assists in organizing group activities while maintaining security protocols.
  • Advises the agency as to security concerns related to recreational activities at the institution. Makes recommendations to other professionals in related fields to assist in the evaluation or referral of inmates/patients to appropriate treatment programs.
  • Advises other staff assigned to the recreation areas to ensure support activity objectives are being met.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • Education: Possession of a Bachelor’s degree from a recognized college or university with major study in therapeutic recreation, or a major in recreation or leisure with an option in therapeutic recreation.
  • Experience: Three years’ of experience in therapeutic recreation.
  • License/Certification: Successful examination and certification by the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC) and authorization to use the initials of CTRS (Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist). Licensure as a Recreation Therapist by the New Hampshire Allied Health Professionals Governing Board for Recreational Therapists. If not yet licensed in New Hampshire, must have a conditional license.
  • Must possess a valid NH driver’s license.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Successful completion of the Corrections Academy and continuing Certification as correctional line personnel as established by the certifying authority.

For further information please contact Linda McDonald, HR Specialist at: (603) 271-5645 or by email at: Linda.Mcdonald@doc.nh.gov

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Program Assistant II – Recreation

NH Department of Corrections
NH State Prison for Men/RECREATION

Hours: 8:00am – 4:00pm with ½ hour unpaid lunch
Days Off: Sunday/Monday
Salary Range: $33,871.50 to $39,702.00
Position number(s): #12879

(An additional $1300.00 is paid for Hazard Duty which is not included in the salary noted above)

SUMMARY
Assists the recreation supervisor at the NHSP-Men in planning and implementing the recreational program curriculum, working in close and immediate contact with prisoners on a daily basis, having responsibility for security.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Plans and implements recreational athletic program curriculum and recommends program changes to encourage healthy competition, to provide a reasonable physical outlet in a state institution, and to teach residents an appropriate use of leisure time and energy.
  • Coordinates with security staff to ensure recreational programs are able to be implemented on a daily, weekly and/or monthly basis.
  • Procures inventory from vendors to include accounts receivable, accounts payable and receiving and inspection reports.
  • Coordinates with vendors to oversee and assist with the installation and repair of new and existing recreational equipment and ensures proper inventory control is in place over existing and new recreational equipment purchases institution-wide.
  • Supervises and assigns work duties to inmate assistants in recreation programs to assure recreation standards are met. Assists in supervising the hobbycraft department as needed.
  • Processes inmate SRA (job code) Exception Payroll Reports and conduct inmate SRA Performance Appraisals.
  • Prepares Fiscal budget proposals based on projected athletic program monetary needs and projected recreational needs of the inmate housing units.
  • Conducts health and safety compliance evaluations, recommends and implements health and safety policies and procedures including but not limited to material safety data compliance as well as overseeing safe operation of equipment and machines.
  • Assumes responsibility for the recreation department in absence of the recreation supervisor.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Education: Associate’s degree from an accredited institute of higher education with major study in criminal justice, public administration, recreation or related field. Each additional year of approved formal education may be substituted for one year of required work experience.
  • Experience: Three years of experience working in a recreation or similar program with responsibility for providing assistance to a supervisor and providing program information to others. Each additional year of approved work experience may be substituted for one year of required formal education.
  • Special Requirements: For appointment consideration, Program Assistant II applicants must successfully participate in a structured interview measuring possession of knowledge, skills and abilities identified as necessary for satisfactory job performance by this class specification. The structured interview is developed and administered, according to Division of Personnel guidelines, by representatives of the state agency in which the vacancy exists.

For further information please contact Linda McDonald, HR Specialist at: (603) 271-5645 or by email at: Linda.Mcdonald@doc.nh.gov

Click here to apply.