Daytona Beach, FL - Volusia County's Division of Correction's is set to hold a job fair for those interested in a career in public protection.
The career fair will be from 1 to 4 PM on Tuesday, April 12, at the Volusia County Branch Jail, 1300 Red John Drive, Daytona Beach.
Those who attend will meet the jail staff, tour the facility, and learn about benefits and job responsibilities. Attendees can also fill out an application on site and begin the prescreening process. Applications may also be submitted at any time by visiting volusia.org and clicking on "career opportunities."
The Volusia County Branch Jail and the adjacent Volusia County Correctional Facility have almost 300 sworn officers who oversee an average daily inmate population of 1,500. According to Pat Kuehn, Volusia County Community Information Specialist, there are currently "8 openings for people who qualify."
"Corrections is a critical component of the justice system," said Mark Flowers, interim director of the Division of Corrections. "A career in corrections requires dedication, integrity and a commitment to supervising individuals who enter the justice system. The rewards can be gratifying as you help people make real life changes and turn their lives around."
Flowers added that employees have promotional opportunities and receive a full slate of benefits, including enrollment in the special risk class of the Florida Retirement System.
Kuehn says trainees are paid $14.40 per hour during the required 420 hours of academy training in "interpersonal skills, legal issues, first response, emergency preparedness, correctional operations, defensive tactics, and the safe use of firearms." Once a trainee becomes a certified corrections officer, pay is increased to $15.94 per hour.
Applicants must be at least 19, be tobacco-free, and be in good physical condition. They must also have a valid Florida driver's license and a high school diploma or GED certificate. Those with a felony or misdemeanor conviction involving moral character, perjury or false statements will not be considered for employment.
For more information about the fair and a career in public protection and corrections contact Tammy King at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 386-736-5951.
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