IDOC holds job fair to welcome home veterans

IDOC's Correctional Emergency Response Team practices clearing rooms
IDOC's emergency response team trains south of Boise.

BOISE, October 7, 2011 – Veterans who recently returned from Iraq and Afghanistan can learn about job opportunities with the Idaho Department of Correction at a job fair next week in Boise.

The event will be held on Tuesday, October 11 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Correctional Industries, 1301 N. Orchard, Suite 110.

 “Many veterans find corrections to be a great fit because they already have much of the training and discipline it takes to succeed,” says IDOC Director Brent Reinke.

IDOC, with the assistance of the Idaho Department of Labor, is currently recruiting candidates for the position of correctional officer. In Idaho, correctional officers are certified peace officers who undergo rigorous training at the Peace Officers Standards Training Academy in Meridian, the same facility that trains sheriff’s deputies and police officers.

The starting rate of pay for correctional officers is $13.14. But veterans can make more through the G.I. Bill’s On the Job Training Program. It supplements veterans’ monthly income by up to $1,104.75 a month (tax free) while they are being trained. In addition, some veterans may qualify for the equivalent of college credits by successfully completing POST Academy.

“Our mission is to protect the people of Idaho, hold offenders accountable and offer them opportunities to change,” Reinke says. “For many veterans, the correctional field offers a great opportunity to continue to protect and serve.”

While the job fair is focused on veterans, all citizens who are interested in learning more about careers in corrections are welcome to attend. Correctional officers, probation and parole officers and other IDOC employees will be on hand to answer questions. Human resources staff will also be available to assist with the online application process.

IDOC also has openings for other positions including sentencing specialist, maintenance foreman, project manager 1, and psych coordinator. To learn more about these positions, go to IDOC’s website,, and click on Careers in Corrections.

Story published: 10/07/2011
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