COR SRV 18R_Correctional Officer Applicant Inventory

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Author pmnationtalk
Date May 21, 2019
Type Full Time
Company BC Public Service
Salary $44,389.12 - $61,096.97 - Annual
Location Multiple Locations
Category Legal / Paralegal
Client BC Public Service
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COR SRV 18R_Correctional Officer Applicant Inventory – (60493)

Posting Title: COR SRV 18R_Correctional Officer Applicant Inventory
Position Classification: Correctional Serv (Growth>18)
Union: GEU
Location: Chilliwack, BC V4Z 1A7 CA
Kamloops, BC V2H 1B7 CA
Kelowna, BC V1Z 2S9 CA
Maple Ridge, BC V4R 2S1 CA
Multiple Locations, BC CA (Primary)
Nanaimo, BC V9T6L8 CA
Oliver, BC V0H 1T0 CA
Penticton, BC V2V5A6 CA
Port Coquitlam, BC V3C 4W6 CA
Prince George, BC V3L4J8 CA
Surrey, BC V5V 3K4 CA
Vernon, BC V1T9G9 CA
Victoria, BC V9B6X2 CA
Salary Range: $44,389.12 – $61,096.97 annually, plus a Temporary Market Adjustment ($42,059.60 annually for new recruits during the 33 day training program)
Close Date: 6/23/2019
Job Type: Regular Full Time
Ministry/Organization: BC Public Service -> Public Safety & Sol General
Ministry Branch / Division: Adult Custody Division
Job Summary

Correctional Officer Applicant Inventory

Multiple full-time positions available at Correctional Centres located in the Lower Mainland, Kamloops, Oliver, Prince George, Victoria and Nanaimo. 

This posting is to establish a pre-qualified pool of applicants (applicant inventory). We are currently looking to fill full-time positions; however, this inventory may be used to fill future full-time and part-time positions as they become available. An eligibility list may be established.

Applicant inventories are used to streamline the recruitment experience. They are designed so applicants can be considered for multiple Correctional Officer opportunities within BC Corrections. Before you apply, please read this important information on Applicant Inventories and how they work – Applicant Inventories on MyHR.

Be a Role Model, Be a Peace Officer – Join BC Corrections

Adult Custody Division, BC Corrections
BC Corrections plays a leading role in British Columbia’s criminal justice system by protecting the community through offender management and control. Corrections Branch manages community work service and supports offenders to make positive changes in their behaviour and attitudes.

Adult Custody Division is one of four Corrections Branch divisions and is responsible for the care of approximately 2,800 male and female adult inmates throughout B.C. The Division operates correctional centres with various levels of security and control for individuals awaiting trial or serving a provincial custody sentence of up to two years less a day. Correctional programs address inmates’ thought patterns, behaviour and lifestyles that are known to contribute to crime. Correctional centres provide programs and additional services that balance risks and needs, ensure links with community corrections based on common core programming and integrated case management, communicate with stakeholders and participate as a pro-active partner in our criminal justice system.

Role of a Correctional officer
As a Correctional Officer, you will rotate through various posts and departments. With leadership from department supervisors, you will be responsible for maintaining security, safety, good order, discipline and care of adult inmates by providing orientation, direction, guidance and programming. The focus is on engaging inmates in a pro-social environment that provides maximum opportunity for change in a setting that is productive and supportive and where they are treated in a respectful, fair and equitable manner.

NOTE: The Correctional Officer position has a peace officer designation, so is held to a high standard of conduct, both on and off duty, by the employer, the public and the courts.

Interested in what our Correctional Officers have to say about the role? View this video!

Why Work for us!

  • We offer a fully paid comprehensive training program
  • We offer a variety of work schedules, providing staffing coverage on a 365/24/7 basis. Correctional officers work various shift patterns, including day, night, weekend and statutory holiday shifts. All positions are rotational.
  • We encourage maintaining a healthy work-life balance and we provide shifts, on average, of 70 hours per pay period.
  • We offer extensive training, growth and development opportunities.
  • We offer a competitive salary and benefits package which includes: Basic and Extended Health and Dental, Group Life Insurance, a uniform allowance, fitness training and facilities, an Employee and Family Assistance Program, subsidies for continuing education, and a Pension Plan that ranks among the best!
  • We are committed to continuing to be an employer of choice, providing a professional environment Where Ideas Work. For more information, please visit What The BC Public Service Offers You.

For more information about BC Corrections, our correctional centres and the application process, please go to our BC Corrections Career Opportunity Page, and/or attend one of our upcoming information sessions.

Note to applicants applying for positions at Alouette Correctional Centre for Women: The privacy and dignity of female inmates is a fundamental aspect of supervision. As a result, Correctional Officer posts in this centre are staffed by female officers only.
The BC Public Service is committed to creating a diverse workplace to represent the population we serve and to better meet the needs of our citizens.  Consider joining our team and being part of an innovative, inclusive and rewarding workplace.
For complete details on this opportunity, please review the attached job profile. For more information about this posting, please contact: BCCorrections.Recruiting@gov.bc.caDO NOT SEND YOUR APPLICATION TO THIS EMAIL ADDRESS. Information and tips about how to complete your job application, including adding or editing your résumé and applying for jobs, are available at the following link: Your Job Application. If you still experience technical difficulties applying for a competition, please send an email to before the stated closing time and we will respond as soon as possible to assist you.

If you would like assistance navigating the Correctional Officer application and hiring process, we encourage you to set up an in-person or telephone Pre-Application/Interview Consultation directly with a recruiter near you.  Please contact the following:

Prince George – Hilary Wagner @
Kamloops – Lyle Blomquist @
Oliver – Sonya Urbanski @
Victoria and Nanaimo – Chris Cataneo @
Lower Mainland – Rod Johnston or Renee Dundas @

Applications will be accepted until 11:00 p.m. on the closing date of the competition.
In order to be considered for this position, your application must clearly demonstrate how you meet the selection criteria outlined below:

Note: Current BC Correctional Officers are exempt from providing documentation already submitted, or undergoing assessments completed, when hired into the position.

  • 19 years of age or older 
  • Valid BC Driver’s license (minimum class 5), or equivalent from another province
  • Legally entitled to work in Canada (you must be legally permitted to work in Canada at the time you apply for a position either through citizenship or permanent residency)
  • Valid Occupational 1st Aid (OFA 1).  (You must have your certification prior to participating in the COPAT/REACT tests. Standard First Aid will NOT be accepted.  The first aid certification MUST be Occupational First Aid Level 1 (OFA Level 1) – or it may read First Aid for Industry – OFA Level 1 Equivalent; or BC Workplace Emergency First Aid OFA Level 1 Equivalent.    Only OFA 1 taken via approved first aid providers endorsed by WorkSafe BC will be accepted. See WorkSafe BC First Aid Certificates)
  • Valid CPR C certificate, including AED is also required for positions at Alouette Correctional Centre for Women)
  • Grade 12 or equivalent*, as defined:

o   High school diploma (e.g. Dogwood Diploma B.C.); or
o   Adult graduation diploma (e.g. Adult Dogwood B.C.); or
o   GED certificate obtained between 1973 and 2014; or
o   Post-secondary graduation with a university degree

  • Grade 12 English with a final grade of 70% or equivalent*, as defined:

o   High school transcript showing a final grade of at least 70 percent in English 12 (Communications 12 is not an acceptable equivalent); or
o   Post-secondary transcript showing a final grade of at least 70 percent in a in a post-secondary academic English course that is at least equivalent to English 12 (it is the responsibility of the applicant to prove equivalency); or
o   Proof of graduation with either a university degree from a Canadian post-secondary institution that is a member of Universities Canada, or a U.S. university that appears in the U.S. Department of Education’s Database of Accredited Postsecondary Institutions and Programs, or a United Kingdom university that is listed as a recognized body on the UK government website (the degree courses must have been taught in English); or
o   Proof of graduation with a degree from an institution outside of North America or the United Kingdom. The degree must have been taught in English and you may be required to have this credential verified by the International Credential Evaluation Service; or
o   Achievement of a minimum score in one of the following English language assessment tests:

IELTS Academic      6.5 with no part less than 6
LPI                           5
CLB                         7+
CELPIP General       7
CanTEST                4.5 with no part less than 4.0
Accuplacer Basic            85 in reading with WritePlacer of at least 6
Accuplacer Next Generation 260 in reading with WritePlacer of at least 6

Note: if the equivalent high school graduation or degree is from an institution outside of North America or the United Kingdom, the applicant may be required have this credential verified by the International Credential Evaluation Service

*IMPORTANT : You must email documentation that demonstrates Grade 12 graduation and Grade 12 English as defined above to: at the time of your application, or no later than the closing date of the competition, in order for your application to be considered.

Any fees associated with obtaining documentation in support of the above criteria are the sole responsibility of the applicant.


Applicants that meet the minimum requirements AND submit the required documentation for Grade 12 graduation and Grade 12 English will be invited to complete further assessments in the hiring process as outlined below.

  • Correctional Officer Physical Abilities Test (COPAT) – View the BC Corrections COPAT Video. Note: You will be required to provide a completed Medical Clearance Form (signed, stamped and dated by a medical practitioner), your valid driver’s license, and your valid first aid certificate at this time.
  • REACT Test – Visit REACT Testing for more information. Applicants who have participated in a previous Correctional Officer competition with BC Corrections and were unsuccessful in the REACT test will be required to wait for 3-months from first failure or 6-months from 2nd and subsequent failures before their application will be reconsidered.
  • Security Screening Questionnaire – Applicants who pass the COPAT and REACT tests will be given instructions on how and where to submit the Security Screening Questionnaire. Please ensure that you review the questionnaire prior to submitting your application. Applicants who have participated in a previous Correctional Officer or Correctional Supervisor competition with BC Corrections and were unsuccessful as a result of the assessment of their Security Screening Questionnaire will be required to wait for a period of 12 months from date of submission before their application will be reconsidered.
  • Interview – Applicants will be assessed on the competencies as outlined in the job profile.
  • Reference Checks 
  • Enhanced Security Screening – Applicants will be required to complete/provide the following:

o   Security fingerprinting
o   Police record check
o   Computer voice stress analysis
o   Credit check
o   Drivers abstract
o   Criminal Records Review Act check

  • Medical Assessments – A comprehensive medical examination by our Occupational Health Programs physician which will include visual and hearing tests.  A Tuberculosis (TB) test must be completed prior to booking medical appointment.


Applicants that meet the minimum requirements AND submit the required documentation for Grade 12 graduation and English 12 can expect to be invited to complete the assessment process according to the tentative schedule noted below:

Complete applications received by
June 23, 2019 
COPAT/REACT TESTING June 30 – July 6, 2019
ENHANCED SECURITY SCREENING August 12 – September 1, 2019
MEDICAL ASSESSMENTS September 9-20, 2019


1. Online Questionnaire – YES:  As part of the online application process you will be prompted to complete an online questionnaire to demonstrate how you meet the job qualifications.  It may take up to 15 minutes to complete the questionnaire.

 2. Resume – YES:  A resume is required and will be reviewed for all applicants who are awarded an interview.

3. Documentation of Grade 12 graduation and Grade 12 English – YES:  You must email documentation that demonstrates Grade 12 graduation and Grade 12 English as defined in SELECTION CRITERIA above to: at the time of your application, or no later than the closing date of the competition, in order for your application to be considered. NOTE: Both documents must be submitted at the same time and the file size should not exceed 10MB.

4. Cover letter required:  NO – Do not submit a cover letter as it will not be reviewed.


Questionnaire responses will be used to shortlist applicants against the job qualifications. Your resume may not be reviewed for shortlisting purposes. Applicants who do not pass the questionnaire and/or do not submit documentation of Grade 12 graduation and Grade 12 English by the closing date of the competition are not able to participate in further parts of the hiring process.

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