Careers In Corrections

WVDOC Human Resources

Kathy Carroll, Director
1409 Greenbrier Street
Charleston, WV 25311
(304) 558-2036 - Phone
(304) 558-4878 - Fax

Correctional Officers in Demand: Career Opportunities at Mt. Olive

Mount Olive Correctional Complex is seeking to fill a variety of Correctional Officer positions. Find out more.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where do I get an application for employment?

Contact Division of Personnel at (304) 558-3950 or WV Division of Corrections Central Office Human Resources at (304) 558-8045. You may also visit WV Division of Personnel’s website at:

Click on section titled FORMS, Click on Download Application for Examination, after completing form online, PRINT out hardcopy. Please sign and date the application.

What do I do after I get my application for employment completed?

Step One: Contact Division of Personnel, (304) 558-3950 to find out if a position is tested or rated.

Step Two: If the position requires a written examination, take completed form, (along with copies of certificates and diplomas), with a valid driver’s license and social security card to the testing location, (AFTER you have verified a date, time and location with Division of Personnel- (304) 558-3950).

Step Three: If the position is rated, (you are given a score based on education and experience from Division of Personnel), place the position title in the upper left hand section and submit the completed application, (along with copies of certificates and diplomas), to the address on the top of the Division of Personnel Application for Examination.

Step Four: After submitting your application to the Division of Personnel or taking a test you should receive a statewide score in the mail within 7-10 days. If you do not receive a score, please call the Division of Personnel at (304) 558-3950.

*** Please note: Your application will not be considered unless you have complete addresses and telephone numbers for past employers.***

What is a register?

To be eligible for appointment to some job titles an applicant must attain a passing score on a written examination. An applicant's ranking on the referral list (register) is determined by the score attained on the test. For some jobs a written test score may be combined with a score based on training and experience. If so, this will be stated in the announcement. For written examinations applicants are required to complete an application form and report to a specified testing location. The application form must be submitted at the time and place of testing. Do not mail the application form or resume to the Division of Personnel.

What are the minimum requirements for becoming a Correctional Officer?

  • Must have a High School Diploma or GED
  • Must have one year of work experience, (ANY TYPE)
  • No Felony Convictions
  • Must be able to pass a Drug-Screening Test
  • Must be able to pass a Physical Agility Test
  • Must be able to pass a Pre-Agility Exam
  • Must be given a Psychological Assessment
  • Once employed, employee must be willing to work any shift. Shift assignments are not permanent and are subject to change.

If I fail my Correctional Officer Exam, when would I be allowed to re-test?

If an applicant fails the Correctional Officer I exam, they may re-test after one year.

If I am offered employment with the WV Division of Corrections as a Correctional Officer, what training will I undergo?

Once an applicant has been offered employment with the WV Division of Corrections the employee must attend the Division’s Training Academy, which is located in Glenville, WV. The Academy traditionally schedules two Basic Training classes each quarter of the Training Year, to run concurrently. Basic Training has been a vital tool in the introduction, development and establishment of "esprit de corps", the importance of quality and teamwork, a common base of theoretical and operational knowledge, skills and abilities, and fosters an environment, which stresses continuing training and education for career-minded individuals. Basic Training accomplishes these ends through many means. One of the most valuable parts of the Academy experience is the residential nature of Academy Basic Training. Basic Training is conducted in a six-week residential format. From day one until completion, each student begins, ends and spends his or her day with peers. This has and continues to yield many positive results for the Division of Corrections and in turn the people of West Virginia. Trainees are required to be in training eight hours a day, perform work details, stand inspections, participate in fitness training and are subject to curfew. Personal behaviors and habits are strictly monitored. In summary, the Academy becomes the trainee’s work site for six weeks and the trainee must act accordingly. Staff supervision is critical for success of the program. A Class Advisor guides trainees through the program, and a staff duty officer provides supervision in the evening hours. As a condition of employment, all WVDOC staff must complete a minimum number of Continuing Education hours every year. In order to meet this demand, the WVDOC Training Academy is equipped with a state of the art computer lab and classrooms where training staff teach courses that add both variety and discipline to the workplace.

What opportunities are there for advancement with a career with WVDOC?

As an employee of WVDOC you are offered many opportunities for advancement in your career. Each state employee is allowed to apply for posted vacant positions after completion of their twelve-month probationary period. After the one year probation, if conditions are met, they are reallocated to Correctional Officer II.

What type of benefits are there with employment with WVDOC?

Employees of the State of West Virginia receive a wide variety of financial and personal job benefits. The benefits package includes all financial rewards that are generally not paid directly to the employee. These indirect benefits are a significant part of employee "total compensation". Below is a brief summary of the competitive benefits that are available. The benefits listed apply to most permanent, full-time employees appointed to merit system classified jobs. If you receive an employment offer, you should request specific benefits information from the hiring organization.

  • Salary and Wages - Most employees in the classified service are paid twice a month. State employees, with a specific leave balance; qualify to participate in a direct deposit program placing their paychecks into a banking account of choice. Base salary ranges are based on job classification. Employees may receive salary increases based on regular job performance evaluation. Employees are also eligible for salary and salary range adjustments authorized by the legislature.
  • Promotion Opportunities - With over 20,000 classified positions in state government, there are many opportunities to compete for transfer or promotional appointment. Employees may bid on jobs within their own or any other agency.
  • Medical Insurance - WV Division of Corrections offers a comprehensive indemnity health insurance plan, which includes benefits for hospital, surgical, major medical, prescription drug, and other medical expenses. WV Division of Corrections also offers medical insurance through a variety of Health Maintenance Organizations (HMO). WVDOC pays the major portion of the insurance premium. Employees paid premiums for health insurance vary by salary.
  • Mountaineer Flexible Benefits (Optional Insurance) - The Mountaineer Flexible Benefits program allows tax-free deductions for dental, vision, and disability insurance, as well as medical expenses not reimbursed by regular insurance coverage (such as deductibles and co-payments) and child/dependent care expenses.
  • Life Insurance - The state provides a $10,000 decreasing term life policy with accidental death and dismemberment benefits. Additional group rate insurance is available.
  • Retirement Plan - The state offers an outstanding defined benefit pension plan. The Plan provides qualifying employees with a lifetime benefit in the years after their State service ends. Active employees with five or more years of contributing service, are eligible for full retirement benefits at age 60, OR whether employed or not when the employee's age plus years of contributing service are equal to or greater than 80, with a minimum age of 55. Each employee contributes 4.5% of salary to the retirement system (tax-deferred).
  • Deferred Compensation - State employees have a unique opportunity to build retirement savings and reduce today's taxes by participating in a Section 457 deferred compensation plan. A 457 plan is a program that allows an employee to defer compensation on a pre-tax basis through payroll deduction. Income taxes are deferred until the funds are withdrawn. Accumulated investment earnings are also tax-deferred. A 457 plan is similar to the 401K plans offered by private companies. Annual contributions are made through salary deduction up to 100% of taxable income or $12,000, whichever is less. Many 457-plan investment options are available.
  • Annual Increment Pay - Employees with 3 or more years of qualifying service receive annual increment pay in recognition of the value of their past and present service. The annual increment is $50 for each full year of qualifying service, and is paid in July of each year. For example, an employee with 10 years service would receive an additional $500 before normal payroll deductions.
  • Holidays - The state offers 12 paid holidays in each year. The number of paid holidays is above the national average for both public and private sector employees. In addition, employees generally do not work on statewide primary and general election days.
  • Vacation - State employees receive a generous amount of annual or vacation leave based on length of service. The amount of leave an employee may carry forward to the next year also varies by years of service.
Service Category Accrual Rate Carry-forward Maximum
Less than 5 years 1.25 days/mo = 15 days/year 30 days
5 years, less than 10 1.50 days/mo = 18 days/year 30 days
10 years, less than 15 1.75 days/mo = 21 days/year 35 days
15 years or more 2.00 days/mo = 24 days/year 40 days
  • Military Leave - State employees who are members of the National Guard or the U.S. Armed Forces are eligible for paid military leave.
  • Paid Sick Leave - The state offers an outstanding paid leave benefit in the event of employee illness or injury. All full-time classified employees earn paid sick leave at a rate of hours equal to 1.5 days each month. This is equivalent to 18 paid days per year. There is no limit to the amount of sick leave an employee can accumulate year to year. Sick leave may also be used for death in the immediate family or for family illnesses/injuries and medical appointments. Also, unused annual and sick leave may be used to increase employee retirement benefits or to extend employer paid medical/health insurance.
  • Family Medical Leave - The federal Family and Medical Leave Act and the WV Parental Leave Act provide for up to 12 weeks of unpaid time off work during specific family/medical-related situations.
  • Leave Donation Program - This program allows employees to voluntarily donate accrued annual leave to a designated fellow employee who is suffering an extended medical emergency.
  • Training, and Developmental Opportunities - As a large and diverse organization, state government offer employees many opportunities for advanced training and education. Formal in-house training classes include basic job skills, communications skills, supervision/leadership, computers, and information technology.
  • Suggestion Award Program - Employees may receive monetary award up to 20% of the first year savings for any approved and implemented work improvement suggestion.
  • Credit Union - Employees may participate in the West Virginia Public Employees Credit Union. A wide range of financial services are offered, including: checking accounts, ATM cards, drive-through service, Christmas/vacation clubs, direct deposit, 24-hour banking, traveler's checks, and loans. All deposits in the credit union are insured up to $100,000 by the National Credit Union Administration.
  • Day Care - State approved child Day Care facilities are located at the Capitol Complex.
  • Wellness Programs - Many state agencies provide special wellness and health related services to employees. Examples include: free health screening, special seminars and presentations, organized health related activities, health contact information, wellness promotion events, and healthy lifestyle information.