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YOUTH CORRECTIONS OFFICER 1 ($3,000 Hiring Bonus Now Available!)

  • 503018
  • Full-time


Committed to rehabilitating Arizona's youth!
The mission of the Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections (ADJC) is to rehabilitate seriously delinquent youth by providing appropriate and effective educational, treatment, pro-social and career training programs which will lead them to become productive law-abiding members of society.


$3,000 Hiring Bonus Now Available!!!

Job Location:

The Adobe Mountain School (AMS) is a 24/7 facility that is fully accredited as a public education agency/school district. AMS is located approximately 19 miles north of downtown Phoenix, at the intersection of I-17 and West Pinnacle Peak Road.

Adobe Mountain School

2800 W. Pinnacle Peak Rd.

Phoenix, AZ 85027

Work Hours:  Youth Corrections Officers have 3 work shifts available: 

  • 1st Shift:  6a.m. - 2p.m.
  • 2nd Shift: 2p.m. - 10p.m.
  • 3rd Shift: 10p.m. - 6a.m.

Please Note: Work shift assignment and regular days off (RDO’s) will be determined by the agency based on need, and cannot be guaranteed.    

Posting Details:

Salary: $39,000.00/$18.7500*

*Plus 20% Critical Services Premium Pay Stipend (Reflected in each paycheck, for the remainder of the current fiscal year ending on June 30, 2022)


15 % Critical Services Pay (Temporary payment which can be discontinued at any time) 

Grade: 15

Job Summary:

We are seeking applicants who are committed to making a difference in the lives of Arizona's youth, and who are ready for a rewarding career, not just another job. By joining the ADJC team, you will have the unique opportunity to obtain hands-on experience and work with like-minded professionals who are dedicated to rehabilitating Arizona's youth. Are you ready to be the difference?

Effective July 1, 2021, ADJC is now offering a $3,000 Hiring Incentive for all newly hired Youth Correctional Officer 1's!

The Youth Corrections Officer position participates in a 4-Step pay plan that conforms to the following:

Step 1: $18.7500 hourly, $39,000.00 annually

Thereafter you will advance through the remaining pay steps on an annual basis:

Step 2: $19.7116 hourly, $41,000.13 annually
Step 3: $20.1924 hourly, $42,000.19 annually
Step 4: $20.5771 hourly, $42,800.37 annually

Job Duties:

The job functions of a Youth Corrections Officer include, but are not limited to the following:
Mentoring, supervising, and directing incarcerated youth; Role modeling positive behaviors; Teaching life skills; Assisting teachers with classroom management; Transporting youth to daily activities; Providing crisis intervention; Providing youth a safe and secure environment

Additional job duties include:
Monitoring assigned unit for safety hazards or security violations; Performing searches for weapons and contraband; Conducting visitation inspections; Updating various logs and records, and sharing reports

Applicants do not need to have any prior experience or training! ADJC will provide you with all the necessary training during our paid six week Youth Corrections Officer (YCO) Training Academy*.

The YCO Training Academy is scheduled every eight weeks, and is held Monday - Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Adobe Mountain School

YCO Training Academy topics include, but are not limited to the following:
Juvenile Corrections Procedures; Officer Skills; Crisis Intervention; Adolescent Treatment Issues; Legal Issues in Juvenile Corrections

* Additionally upon completion of the YCO Training Academy, you will also receive two weeks of paid on-the-job training.

ADJC has many career growth opportunities available for its employees such as:
Security / Counseling & Programming / Community Corrections / Investigations / Legal Services

Continue Your Education!
ADJC is committed to employees continuing their education, and offers up to $1,500 in tuition assistance, per fiscal year (subject to funds availability)

As a YCO Training Academy Graduate, you will already have 20 college credits and a Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Juvenile Corrections from Rio Salado College, to start from

By continuing your education at Rio Salado College you could complete the Associates in Applied Science (AAS) in Corrections and Detention program in no time at all.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

Knowledge of:
Human behavior to include growth, development, needs and problems of youth; Proper methods and circumstances requiring use of force; Language as it pertains to youth care, custody treatment and rehabilitation; Standard housekeeping practices

Skill in:
Verbal and written communication

Ability to:
Establish and maintain effective working relationships; Work both indoors and outdoors in varying Arizona weather conditions; Learn and apply laws, rules, regulations, policies, procedures, programs and activities established for the agency; -Learn and apply methods, techniques and correct practices of security procedures as they pertain to the state’s youth secure care facilities; Maintain an understanding attitude toward juveniles in custody; Participate in rehabilitation and/or treatment activities; Provide assistance, guidance and direction to juveniles; Provide positive prosocial role modeling; Apply appropriate restraint techniques; Respond to emergency situations and provide crisis intervention and first aid/basic life support; Maintain a structures and secures environment

Selective Preference(s):

In order to qualify for a Youth Corrections Officer position, applicants must possess the following:
18 years of age or older and High School Diploma or GED and Valid Driver's License

Pre-Employment Requirements:

Selection Process:
Video Impact Test; Panel Interview; Behavioral Assessment; Comprehensive Background Investigation; Drug Test; Physical Exam; Predictive Index Survey (Survey not used as a selection factor)

Requires successful completion of a paid six week ADJC Pre-Service Training Academy and a two week paid on-the-job training course

Additional Requirements:
-Possession of, and ability to retain, a current valid Arizona-issued driver license*

*Please note, employees who drive on state business are subject to driver license record checks, and must maintain an acceptable driving record, and will be required to complete any required driver training (see Arizona Administrative Code R2-10-207.12).


As an employee of ADJC you will be entitled to a comprehensive benefits package that includes:
Paid sick leave of 12 days per year with no carryover limits; Paid vacation 13 days and 10 holidays per year; $1,500 in tuition assistance, per fiscal year (subject to funds availability); Medical Triple Choice Plans (TCP) provided by Blue Cross Blue Shield AZ and United Health Care; Delta Dental PPO and Cigna DHMO Dental Plans; Avesis Vision Plan

Additional benefits include:
Available 24/7 Telemedicine; Flexible Spending Accounts for eligible medical, dental, vision, and dependent care expenses; Long-Term Disability and optional Short-Term Disability; Life Insurance: $15,000 Basic Life and $15,000 Accidental Death and Dismemberment paid by the State, with optional Supplemental Life and Dependent Life Insurance available

Mental Health Matters!
All eligible ADJC employees can participate in the Employee Assistance Program (EAP), which includes 12 free mental health-counseling sessions per year; Additionally EAP also offers available 24/7 support for work/life solutions, dependent/elder care, college planning, wills, legal guidance, financial resources, funeral planning and more

For a complete list of benefits provided by The State of Arizona, please visit our benefits page


Youth Corrections Officer positions participate in the Corrections Officer Retirement Plan (CORP).
CORP Tier 3 is a Defined Contribution, 401 (a) retirement plan:
Employer matched contributions; Contributions are made on a pre-tax basis; Employees can choose investments that suit their goals and risk tolerance; Employees are fully vested only after 3 years of service

Learn More:

To learn more about the Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections, please visit our website at: https://adjc.az.gov/.

Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation such as a sign language interpreter or an alternative format by contacting 602-364-1023. Requests should be made as early as possible to allow time to arrange the accommodation. Arizona State Government is an AA/EOE/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer.


All Arizona state employees operate within the Arizona Management System (AMS), an intentional, results-driven approach for doing the work of state government whereby every employee reflects on performance, reduces waste, and commits to continuous improvement with sustainable progress.  Through AMS, every state employee seeks to understand customer needs, identify problems, improve processes, and measure results.  
State employees are highly engaged, collaborative and embrace a culture of public service.

The State of Arizona is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.