Conducted weekly, contact Patrick Guerin at to schedule your screening. You must be available both days.

Application Info

Phase I – Pre-Employment Screening Date (Tuesday or Thursday) 
Arrive by between 7:45 am -8:00 am (all day event)
Dress: business casual
Tasks to complete: Document verification and processing, fingerprinting, psychological written assessment, psychological interview

Phase II
Panel Review: conducted within two-four weeks post interview 

Phase III
Medical examination by personal physician  
Drug test: two weeks prior to start date 


NOTE: Physical agility testing is no longer a part of the Pre-Employment Screening process.


When are screening dates?

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.)

What is involved?

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)

What must I bring or wear?

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

What are the minimum job requirements?

At least 18 years old, high school graduate or GED, U.S. citizen, no felony convictions, and pass all phases of screening.

What is the pay?

Cadet = $15.55 per hour 
Correctional Officer = $17.85 per hour 
Shift differential = $.60 per hour 
PNM (Santa Fe only) = An additional TEMPORARY Recruitment Differential Pay


Annual leave, sick leave, holidays, health insurance, dental insurance, vision insurance, and retirement.

How long is the training?

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.

How long is the selection process?

The selection process will take about three weeks from the initial screening date.

How many trips will it take an out of state applicant to complete the screening process?

The initial screening process is two consecutive days. The drug and medical screening VVill be scheduled prior to the start date of the academy

Do I get paid while attending the academy?

Yes, you will receive pay. The benefits will be available after the second pay period.

Why do most applicants get rejected?

Dishonesty and omissions during the hiring process are the number one reason applicants are rejected.

What if I cannot bring all the required documents for the first screening day?

Until all documents are received, your application will be incomplete and unable to process any further for review

How can I submit an application?

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 

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