Youth Correctional Officer (Bilingual)

10201 W Watertown Plank Rd, Milwaukee, WI 53226, USA Req #142
Tuesday, May 24, 2022

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Closing Date: June 2, 2022

Youth Correctional Officer – Bilingual (English/Spanish)

Department of Health and Human Services
Full-time, Hourly





Job Summary: Under general supervision, to perform a variety of correctional duties; to provide direct supervision of youths held in secure detention at the Vel R. Phillips Youth & Family Justice Center; to maintain compliance with Wisconsin Administrative Code 346, Federal Statutes and National Standards; to provide safety and security of the building, staff, detainees, outside visitors and organizations are first and foremost. Housing the youths in a secure environment is primary, with an established schedule and policies in place to guide the staff. This position exists to handle a need for secure detention for Milwaukee County youths that are pending court hearings or post disposition placement.


Job Responsibilities

  • Maintain order and rules on the pod, interacting with youths follow programming and the daily pod schedule. Keep an accurate count at all times of each youth is on or off the pod.
  • Custodial search each youth upon entering our facility. Process the youth into the ProPhoenix Booking System on the computer, updating any new information. Proper screening and processing of each youth. Escort each to their assigned pod.
  • The support positions are ready and available to assist in any incident that occurs, assists in all detention center movement. These positions interact with the general public, attorneys, and law enforcement. 
  • Documenting by entering data, personal information, behavior, movements and visits into the computer.
  • Help provide guidance and counseling to youths, while they are in detention.
  • Supervise the general cleaning of the pods and cells.
  • Properly search the youth and the entire detention center.
  • Provide general security for the youths, staff, teachers and medical staff.
  • Each YCO must attend and pass mandatory re-certification training. -24hrs per year (minimum).
  • Must be able to demonstrate and safely do all techniques outlined in the State of Wisconsin Principle of Subject Control manual.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Required Experiences, Licenses/Certifications and Education 

  1. Current residency within the State of Wisconsin required
  2. Minimum age of 21
  3. High School Diploma, HSED or GED required
  4. Valid Wisconsin Driver’s License required at the time of application and must be maintained during incumbency. Applicant’s driving record will be reviewed at the time of appointment
  5. Certification by the Law Enforcement Standards Board must be acquired during the probationary period and maintained during incumbency
  6. Applicants shall be of good moral character determined from the results of the fingerprinting and background investigations
  7. Felons, unless pardoned, will be rejected
  8. Ability to read, write and speak Spanish proficiently (applicants will be tested on this requirement)


Preferred Areas: College level course work in law enforcement, criminal justice, psychology, child psychology, sociology, education or social work preferred. Social work experience is preferred. Experience working at Children’s Court is preferred. Experience teaching children is preferred. Experience working with children age 19 and below is preferred.


Physical Abilities and Demands: Standing, Walking, Running, Sitting, Bending/Kneeling, Typing, Hearing, and Reaching. Lifting/carrying 20-40lbs. Pushing/Pulling 20-40lbs. Physical Danger.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Skill in reading and comprehending written material; oral and written communication skills; ability to gain the respect and control the behavior of offenders; ability to take prompt and decisive action in emergency situations; ability to restrain combative inmates; ability to maintain a positive attitude and emotional control; ability to work with computers; ability to follow work procedures and rules; ability to work effectively and harmoniously with others. Ability to write reports.


Note: This Original Examination is open to current residents of the State of Wisconsin. In accordance with Rule III section 11 of the Civil Service Rules a non-competitive examination will be held for this position. The non-competitive examination will consist of a review of candidate materials, education and related experience.

Milwaukee County is committed to fostering an equitable working environment, free from discrimination and harassment, on the basis of any characteristic protected by law. We prohibit any form of discrimination, harassment based on race, color, religion, sex, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, pregnancy, pregnancy related condition, national origin, age, disability, FMLA status, sexual orientation, military status, marital status, or any other category or status that is now or in the future protected by federal, state, and local law. We maintain a drug-free workplace and perform pre-employment substance abuse testing, background checks and pre-employment physicals subject to job requirements. If special accommodations are needed, please contact 414-278-3936.

Effective October 1, 2021, Milwaukee County will require all employees to have completed COVID-19 vaccinations and provide proof of vaccination or have submitted a completed medical or religious exemption and accommodation request. All persons offered a position will be required to provide proof of completed COVID-19 vaccination at time of hire or have submitted a completed medical or religious exemption and accommodation request and been approved for an accommodation prior to hire.

Other details

  • Job Family 11- Corrections
  • Job Function 4 Protective Service Workers
  • Pay Type Hourly
  • Min Hiring Rate $21.01
  • Max Hiring Rate $24.13
  • Required Education High School
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  • 10201 W Watertown Plank Rd, Milwaukee, WI 53226, USA