Careers & Employment

Thank you for your interest in a career with the New Mexico Corrections Department (NMCD) where we employ career-oriented candidates and offer employment opportunities in a wide variety of positions.

At NMCD we place high value in our employees, and are always looking to add great individuals to our team. The NMCD offers career opportunities within six (6) state-owned and operated prisons, Probation and Parole sites throughout the state as well as its' Training Academy.

At NMCD we offer careers inside and outside of prisons and embrace an environment of diversity. If you become a member of the NMCD team, you will have a variety of benefits available to employees of the State of New Mexico.

If you are really looking for a career that offers job security, excellent benefits for you and your family, respect and honor then join the New Mexico Corrections Department today!

Human Resources Bureau Chief


  • 505.827.

The Human Resources Bureau serves as the liaisons between NMCD management, staff, State Personnel and the Department of Finance and Administration. The Bureau coordinates and provides guidance and oversight to the HR staff statewide for all payroll, recruitment, and personnel actions in accordance with established state and federal guidelines, agency policies and procedures and the Collective Bargaining Agree (CBA) between the State and American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME). The Bureau uses the Statewide Human Resource, Accounting and Reporting (SHARE) for payroll and benefit processing and In-Time Reporting systems to maintain management information on the NMCD workforce.

Contact information for the Human Resource Bureau staff is as follows:

  • Brenda Gueths, Deputy Bureau Chief - 505.827.8695
  • Shawn Haynes, Labor Relations Manager - 505.827.8823
  • Deborah Brandle, Labor Relations Administrator - 505.827.8623
  • Irene Mueller, HR Supervisor - 505.827.8688
  • Stephanie Sloman, Payroll Manager - 505.827.8334
  • Joyce Gonzaes, HR/Payroll Analyst - 505.827.8903
  • Melanie Giron, HR/Payroll Analyst - 505.827.8696
  • Faith Myron, HR/Payroll Analyst - 505.827.8597
  • Janine Mahkee, HR/Payroll Analyst - 505.827.8638
  • Sharon Moreland,HR/Payroll Analyst - 505.827.8621
  • Cristina Thomson, HR/Payroll Administrator - 505.827.8684
  • Nicole Salazar, HR/Payroll Administrator - 505.827.8907

Now Hiring Qualified Applicants


  • 25+ Year Retirement Plan
  • Paid Vacation Leave - 10 Days Per Year
  • Paid Sick Leave - 12 Days Per Year
  • Paid Personal Leave Day - After 1 Year of Employment
  • Upon Successful Completion of the Corrections Academy starting pay is $13.65 per hour at all state facilities.
  • An additional $1.56 per hour Temporary Recruitment Differential will be paid to individuals employed at the Santa Fe facility only.
  • Shift Differential Pay $.60 per hour at all facilities.
  • College credits upon graduation from the Academy may be transferable to an accredited college towards an Associates Degree in Criminal Justice.
  • Life, Health, Dental, Vision, and More... State pays 80% of the benefit package.
No prior experience necessary!


  • Must be 18 Years of Age or Older - There is no upper age limit
  • Be a High School Graduate or Equivalent
  • Be a United States Citizen
  • No Felony Convictions
  • No Domestic Violence Charges
  • Pass Entry Screening Tests - Held every Tuesday at 8:00 a.m. at the New Mexico Training Academy
Call for more details!
  • Liz Lucero 505.827.8989
  • Martha Flores 505.827.8902

Correctional Officer\Cadet Job Descriptions

Work Hours

Shift Hours, Odd Hours, overtime, weekend and holidays.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Be a citizen of the United States
  • Have reached the age of majority (18).
  • Be of good moral character and not have been convicted of a felony.
  • High school diploma or equivalent, plus completion of the New Mexico Corrections Academy Basic Course or equivalent.
  • Ability to follow rules, regulations, directions and procedures.
  • Some knowledge of correctional operations.
  • Ability to perform essential duties as outlined below.
  • Ability to perform work within the physical demand requirements as outlined below.
  • Possess a valid New Mexico drivers license or ability to obtain one.

Essential Duties

  • Ability to be rotated to any post as part of normal post assignments and also to relieve other officers.
  • Physical ability to control inmates by force, when necessary, to defend oneself and other against physical attack by inmates.
  • Ability to withstand prolonged hours of work.
  • Ability to pass a physical agility test
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, in the English language.
  • Ability to read, write and comprehend information in the English language.
  • Ability to maintain defenisive driving certification.
  • Ability to perform basic mathematical computations.
  • Ability to think logically and effectively analyze situations and use good judgment.
  • Ability to understand instructions and follow orders.
  • Ability to search for contraband and provide security.
  • Ability to count, fee and supervise inmates in housing, work and other areas accessed by stairs.
  • Ability to provide custody and security of inmates including observing actions of inmates; to perform "pat" and/or "strip" search of inmates; restraining and securing sometimes assaultive inmates; and transferring and transporting inmates by walking or riding in various vehicles such as trailers, vans, buses, and other forms of transportation.
  • Ability to provide security for inmates performing technical skills such as construction, maintenance, laundry, food service and in varied industrial and agricultural operations which involve climbing stairs and ladders; climbing around the inside or outside of buildings.
  • Ability to withstand long periods of all types of weather; working outdoors and indoors without air conditioning; and working around motorized or moving equipment and machinery.
  • Ability to respond quickly to emergencies; including climbing stairs and ladders while searching for escaped inmates; hearing calls for and/or calling for help; giving first aid at the emergency site; carrying an injured or unconscious person various distances to safety, up or down stairs and ladders; using force and/or deadly force, including the use of chemical agents and firearms, to control inmates.
  • Ability to read, review and properly apply information found in inmate record, which is related to the inmate's health and safety and to the security of the prison; provide appropriate information to other personnel.
  • Ability to comply with all policies, procedures, rules, regulations and post orders.
  • Ability to prepare and maintain records, forms and reports.
  • Ability to work under potentially dangerous circumstances in a correctional facility.

Please check State Personnel Office website for all state jobs.

No prior experience necessary!

  • Location:
    New Mexico Corrections Department
    4337 Highway 14
    Santa Fe, New Mexico

Correctional Officer Entry & Graduation Physical Requirements

1 Mile Run
12:22 Minutes
300 Meter Run
71 Seconds
Push Ups
Sit Ups

Screening Protocols

Tuesday (Phase I)
8:00am - Exercise clothes and shoes appropriate for physical agility testing (ONLY basketball style shorts, NO spandex, NO tank/spaghetti strap tops)

Wednesday (Phase II)
As Scheduled - Clothing Appropriate for an Interview
Psychological Interview

Two weeks prior to the class start date
As Scheduled - Casual Clothing
Pre-Employment Drug Test, Medical Physical Exam

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q: When are screening dates?
    A: Every Tuesday and Wednesday (except holidays) at the Corrections Academy. You must be there for both days.
  • Q: What is involved?
    A: Fill out state job application
    Psychological tests and interview
    Physical agility test
    Polygraph exam
    Urinalysis and medical exam (2 weeks prior to start of class)
  • Q: What must I bring or wear?
    A: 1st Day - Documents Include: State birth certificate, driver's license, social security card, high school diploma or GED certificate and DD214 (Military Service Only). Appropriate Dress: Exercise clothes and shoes appropriate for physical agility testing (ONLY basketball style shorts, NO spandex, NO tank/spaghetti strap tops)
    2nd Day - Clothing Appropriate for an Interview
  • Q: What are the minimum job requirements?
    A: At least 18 years old, high school graduate or GED, U.S. citizen, no felony convictions, and pass all phases of screening.
  • Q: What is the pay?
    A: Cadet = $12.35 per hour
    Correctional Officer = $13.65 per hour
    Shift differential = $.60 per hour
    PNM (Santa Fe only) = An additional TEMPORARY Recruitment Differential Pay
  • Q: Benefits?
    A: Annual leave, sick leave, holidays, health insurance, dental insurance, vision insurance, and retirement.
  • Q: How long is the training?
    A: 8 weeks - food and lodging will be provided during weekdays. You must stay in Academy lodging during the work week. The workweek is Monday - Thursday 10 hour days.
  • Q: How long is the selection process?
    A: The selection process will take about three weeks from the initial screening date.
  • Q: How many trips will it take an out of state applicant to complete the screening process?
    A: The initial screening process is two consecutive days. The drug and medical screening VVill be scheduled prior to the start date of the academy
  • Q: Do I get paid while attending the academy
    A: Yes, you will receive pay. The benefits will be available after the second pay period.
  • Q: Why do most applicants get rejected?
    A: By being unable to achieve physical entry standards to omitting or falsifying on the application or polygraph
  • Q: What if I cannot bring all the required documents for the first screening day?
    A: Until all documents are received, your application will be incomplete and unable to process any further for review
  • Q: How can I submit an application?
    A: You will need to visit the New Mexico State Personnel Office website and apply on-line. Once we have received your application and you have met the initial requirements you will be contacted by a department staff member or you may attend screening which is held every Tuesday and Wednesday
    B: Probation and Parole applicants will be contacted once the department has received their application status to schedule a screening date. Applicants will be called according to location and job openings

Now Hiring Qualified Applicants

Probation and Parole Officers


Hourly: $17.60 - $23.64
Routinely hire above the minimum hourly rate - starting salary is based on experience.

Work Hours

8:00a am - 5:00 pm, or shift work 24- hour facility( Odd Hours , overtime and/or weekend work may be required.

Purpose of Position

Responsible for the planning and execution of treatment programs and supervision for clients on probation and parole. Case management is required.


No experience is required for this position.

Employment Requirements

Background check is required. Must be U.S. Citizen, reached the age of majority, and must not have been convicted of a felony. Must successfully complete defensive tactics, first aid and CPR courses. Position is subject to pre-employment and random drug testing. Must be willing to accept travel/geographic assignment changes. Must have phone. May be require to carry a firearm, work odd hours and visit offenders" home. Must complete 8 week NMCD Academy traning. Successful completion of the NM Corrections Department Basic Probation and Parole Officers Certification Training within twelve months of hire and annual re-certification. Maintenance of skills in self-defense, handcuffing, baton, and chemical agents and annual re-certification.

Educational requirements

An Associates degree from an accredited college or university including or supplemented by fifteen (15) semester hours in sociology, psychology, corrections, guidance and counseling, social work, police science, criminal justice, juvenile justice, education, and or public administration. Any combination of education from an accredited college or university in a related field and/or direct experience in this occupation totaling two (2) years may substitute for the required education and experience.

Bargaining Unit Position

This position is covered by a collective bargaining agreement and all terms/conditions of that agreement apply and must be adhered to.

Agency Mission & Description

The Corrections Department provides a balanced system approach to corrections from incarceration to community - based supervision with training, education, programs and services that provide opportunities for offenders to transition to communities.

Probation/Parole Physical Fitness Standard
Must be met as part of screening/application process.


1 Mile Run
12:22 Minutes
300 Meter Run
Push Ups
Sit Ups



Recruitment Office

  • Liz Lucero 505.827.8989
  • Martha Flores 505.827.8902

Please check State Personnel Office website for all state jobs.

No prior experience necessary!

New Mexico Corrections Department
4337 Highway 14
Santa Fe, New Mexico

The New Mexico Corrections Department often has positions for legal, financial and administrative professionals. This includes attorneys, accountants, behavioral health therapists, information technology personnel, human resource analysts, purchasing agents, detectives and criminal investigators, educators and administration and clerical personnel. Many of these classifications are required at offices or institutions throughout the state. All applicants offered employment must undergo a security background check.

NMCD lists recruitments through the NM State Personnel Office at