Recruiting and International Section Chief
Screening every Tuesday.
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
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. (Screening may extend till Thursday, you will be notified on Tuesday.)
- Q: What is involved?
A: Fill out state job application
Psychological tests and interview
Physical agility test
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) (snacks and water for day 1 : There will be no lunch break)
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.
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.
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.
Associate's degree from an accredited college or university in sociology, psychology, criminal justice, and/or business administration or closely related field. 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.
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.
Disqualifier Protocol Policy - Must Read
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Recruitment Office Contact Info
No prior experience necessary!
New Mexico Corrections Department
4337 Highway 14
Santa Fe, New Mexico, 87508
New Mexico Correction Department Disqualifier Protocol Policy - Must Read Completely
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The following are basis for disqualification from further Pre-Screening for employment.
- 1. NO FELONY CONVICTIONS. Criminal activity in which applicant has been convicted of, pled guilty to, or entered a plea of nolo contendre to any felony charge, been involved in any prosecution diversion program (PPP) as adjudicated for a felony crime committed will be permanently disqualified. Felony arrests will be reviewed on a case by case basis.
- 2. Any misdemeanor arrests will be reviewed on a case by case basis.
- 3. Any Domestic Violence Act conviction is automatic disqualification. Domestic Violence related arrests will be reviewed on a case by case basis.
- 4. Any applicant who has been on supervised probation must have completed probation one (1) year from the date of initial application. However, any applicant who has been on supervised or unsupervised probation will be reviewed on a case by case basis based on the criminal act.
- 5. Any DWI/DUI convictions within the last three (3) years from the date of initial application, whether from an administrative sanction by the Motor Vehicle Department, criminal conviction, or military disciplinary action is disqualifying. More than two (2) DWI's/DUI's convictions in one's lifetime is disqualifying. DWI/DUI arrests will be reviewed on a case by case basis.
- 6. Any convictions of Aggravated DWI must be older than three (3) years from date of initial application. Any Aggravated DWI will be reviewed on a case by case basis.
- 7. Applicant's tattoos will be reviewed by the Corrections Security Threat Unit to include those that are visible in uniform that exhibit nudity, are sexually explicit, display vulgar language, art work, phrases or language that depict discriminating beliefs or are a potential safety concern for the applicant will need to be removed or covered prior to being employed. Tattoos determined to be gang affiliated or give the perception of, and/or deemed a security threat will be reviewed on a case by case basis.
- 8. Any use of marijuana, hashish or synthetic cannabinoids within three (3) months of application is disqualifying.
- 9. Any use of non-prescribed or illegal drugs to include, rave, designer or synthetic drugs, within two (2) years of application is disqualifying. Example includes drugs such as cocaine, mushrooms, LSD, etc.
- 10. Any use of heroin, opiates, methamphetamine within three (3) years of application is disqualifying.
- 11. Any use of non-prescription steroids within six (6) months of application is disqualifying.
- 12. Any experimental use of any controlled substance, other than cannabis that exceeds five (5) times, over applicants lifetime, will be reviewed on a case by case basis.
- 13. Sale or distribution of any illegal substance for yourself or others is disqualifying, however this will be reviewed on a case by case basis.
- 14. Any use of any illegal substance while employed as a law enforcement officer or correctional officer is disqualifying.
- 15. Any falsified or omitted information discovered during the screening process is disqualifying.
- 16. Military Service – DD214 must show an "Honorable" or the term "honorable" in the Character of Service (Item #24) block. Final determination and exceptions will be made by the Director or their designee.
- 17. Any illegal acts committed as a juvenile, to include sale, distribution of drugs and crimes shall be open for panel review.
Entry & Graduation Physical Requirements
1-mile run-- 12:22 mins/sec
300 meter run--80 seconds
Push Ups-- 16 minimun (1 minute time limit)
*Men - (16 minimum, but they should be told to do their maximum effort)
*Females - 1 minute (may switch to a "modified pushup"" after pushup #1,
which will be a full non-modified pushup)
Sit Up 18 minimun (1 minute time limit)
minimum, but they should be told to do their maximum effort) in 1 minute
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