Recent or Potential Grads: Correctional Officer (Relief), Multiple Locations, NS




Correctional Officer, Relief, Multiple Locations


Competition # 19415  


Work Locations

There are casual relief opportunities available in the Sydney, Central, Northeastern and Yarmouth districts. Please identify on your cover letter which area you are interested in.  Work locations are in Sydney, Dartmouth, Pictou and Yarmouth.

About Us

The Correctional Services division of the Department of Justice is responsible for the administration and operation of community and custody-based programs and services for adult offenders and young persons.

Within the Correctional Services core business area there are two programs: community corrections & correctional facilities. Each of these program areas is broken down into closely related activities that have a specific impact on the program’s target group.

About Our Opportunity

Under the general supervision of the Captain, you will be responsible on a rotating shift basis for the safe secure custody, control and supervision of sentence and remand offenders in an adult correctional facility. You will perform all Correctional Officer duties associated with the shift assignment in areas of the facility such as Offender Living Units, Admission & Discharge, Reception/Visitation, Recreation, Laundry, Canteen Services and for administrative functions related to JEIN and the Offender Behavioral Management System. 

As the Correctional Officer you are also responsible for: regular and ongoing interaction with offenders, encouraging pro-social behaviour; promoting and adhering to policy and procedures, standard operating procedures, post orders and directives by conducting offender counts and searches; report writing; offender security and safety; and physical plant cleanliness and maintenance requirements.

Relief employees have no set schedule or guarantee of hours.


About You

Successful candidates must possess a high school diploma plus two (2) years related experience; or an equivalent combination of training and experience may be acceptable.  Acceptable equivalents include a post-secondary certificate or diploma from an accredited Correctional Officer program or a university degree in a relevant field of study or five (5) years of continuous full-time employment, training and relevant experience may be considered.

Experience in law enforcement, security, the military or as a Correctional Officer would be an asset. Knowledge or experience working in a computerized/automated environment is an asset. Some previous leadership experience, i.e. leading youth programs, groups or committees, would also be an asset.

Selection Process

This selection process will include:

  • Screening of applications
  • COPAT assessment
  • Competency interview
  • Pre-employment questionnaire and interview
  • Background checks

At the completion of each stage, only candidates that are successful will move onto the next stage.  More details on the various stage can be found in the Other Considerations section of this posting.

Other Considerations

Qualified applicants will be invited to complete the Correctional Officer Physical Abilities Test (COPAT) to be eligible to attend a job interview. Go to for more information on the Corrections Recruitment & Selection process, the COPAT and the suggested 6-week, pre-test training program. Candidates should not expect to pass the COPAT if they are not currently physically fit and do not undertake some preparatory training.  The COPAT is scheduled to be held the week of July 8 – 12, 2019.

Applicants who successfully complete the COPAT may be invited to attend a competency-based job interview. During the interview, applicants must demonstrate well developed communication, interpersonal and interviewing/counseling and conflict resolution skills to deal effectively with offenders and function well as a member of the team.  The interview will assess the applicants’ integrity, communication, observation, offender management, safety & security and conflict management. At the job interview candidates will be issued a pre-employment questionnaire. If you are called for the next phase, the pre-employment interview, you will be asked to bring the completed questionnaire with you. The questionnaire focuses on honesty and integrity and candidates must answer all questions accurately and truthfully. Dishonesty or non-disclosure will result in elimination of the candidate’s application. Go to to review the pre-employment questionnaire.

Successful candidates, prior to starting training, must provide a copy of a valid driver’s license, a driver’s abstract, and proof of all stated education and training.  At this stage, candidates will also be asked to submit results from fingerprinting and a vulnerable sector check, and a child abuse registry check.

Candidates who are successful in the hiring process must provide a copy of the Emergency First Aid certificate prior to the start of the recruit training program.

Relief employees fill gaps in the schedule and replace full time employees when operational requirements demand as determined by the Employer. The successful candidate is required to work a shift rotation which includes day time hours, evenings, nights and weekends. The facility is a 24-hour operations and is a tobacco-free environment.

Pay Grade:  ACC 04 

Salary Range:  $24.89 – $30.52 

A relief employee is an employee who is not regularly scheduled by the Employer, but who works relief assignments on an as-needed basis as operational requirements demand. As such, a relief employee does not have guaranteed hours of work.

Please note: when competing for vacancies, a successful Temporary, Term or Permanent Relief Employee who is currently employed with the Province will maintain their bargaining unit status, seniority and benefit level at the new workplace.

Application Details

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