Corrections Officer

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Closing date: Apr 26, 2018

Location: Fort Smith

Department: JUS FSCC

Job Code: 15368

Salary: $72,677 - $86,775

Job: Full-Time

Term: Regular

About the Job

Limited Competition

This job opening is limited to residents living within  25 kilometres of Fort Smith.

Department Information

The mandate of the Department of Justice is to administer justice, including policing, community justice, victims services and corrections in the Northwest Territories. This mandate will be carried out in a manner which respects community and aboriginal values and encourages communities to assume increasing responsibilities.

Job Information

The Corrections Officer supervises incarcerated adults in accordance with operational standards established in the NWT Corrections Division, in order to provide safe and secure custody, rehabilitation of the offender and to facilitate the reintegration of the offender into the communities.

The responsibilities of the position include:

  • Ensuring a safe and secure setting that contributes to healthy living and therapeutic environment for inmates while ensuring the safety of public, inmates and other staff
  • Supports case management and programs, within established guidelines, in order to prepare inmates for integration into society
  • Manages offender by assisting in motivating inmates to contribute to a safe and secure working environment

The following knowledge, skills and abilities are beneficial to the position:

  • Proven leadership and team building skills
  • Demonstrated ability to act appropriately during crisis/stressful situations
  • Demonstrated understanding and ability to assess human behaviour and offender issues
  • Demonstrated problem solving and decision making skills
  • Proven interpersonal skills with demonstrated verbal and written English communications
  • Ability to work in a cross cultural environment
  • Understanding of corrections policies and procedures
  • Demonstrated knowledge of practical corrections techniques and theories with the ability to exercise sound judgement in application
  • Ability to interpret court documents
  • Knowledge of and ability to use MS Operating Systems, MS Office, the internet and email applications
  • Knowledge of Occupational Health and Safety practices

The following are occupational requirements:

  • acceptable hearing and visual acuity
  • acceptable ability to distinguish odours
  • acceptable ability to speak clearly, loudly and quickly
  • acceptable mobility, strength, endurance and balance

Typically the above qualifications would be attained by:

One-year post-secondary certificate in Social Sciences related field with 6 months of related corrections training


2 years of corrections experience


Completion of the NWT Corrections Northern Recruitment Training Program or an equivalent program from another jurisdiction

More Information

Shift Work

This position involves a Rotating/Irregular Shift Schedule which may change due to operational requirements.

Driver's License Requirement

A mandatory requirement for this position is a valid Class 4 Driver's License.


Equivalent combinations of education and experience will be considered.

Salary Information

The salary for this position starts at $37.27 per hour (approximately $72,676. per annum) plus an annual Northern Allowance of $6,180.


Eligibility lists may be created from this competition to fill future term and indeterminate positions.


Criminal Records Check

Candidates must provide a satisfactory criminal record check. Failure to provide a satisfactory check may deem you disqualified from the competition.


Affirmative Action

Candidates must clearly identify their eligibility in order to receive priority consideration under the Affirmative Action Policy.


Diversity and Inclusion

The Government of the Northwest Territories is an inclusive workplace.  If you have a disability and you require support during the hiring process, you are encouraged to identify your needs if you are contacted for an assignment or interview so that you may be accommodated during the hiring process.


Job Opening Information

Job Opening ID # 15368  

Closing Date: April 27, 2018 - 23:59, Mountain Standard Time


GNWT Inquiries

Inquiries Only:

Fort Smith HR Client Service Centre
Department of Finance
Government of the Northwest Territories
83 Breynat Street
Box 876
Ph. (867) 872-6500
Fax (867) 872-3298