Employment Information

Parole ServicesHow to Apply

General WVDOC Employment Information

Parole Services is a department with the WVDOC agency. Vacancies in Parole Services are posted for application by current and former state employees. The posting may also be posted as a time-sensitive job posting open for public application. (See "Careers in Corrections" for more detailed information on time-sensitive job postings and what constitutes a current or former employee.) All job postings are posted on the WV Division of Personnel (DOP) website, but job postings for public application and job postings for current/former state employees are posted on separate pages.

Applicants who meet the minimum requirements of the position are placed on the hiring register in an order based on related education and experience. Placement on a hiring register does not guarantee that you will be contacted for an interview. The process for contacting individuals on hiring registers is set by DOP Administrative Rule, and generally agencies must contact the top 10 or 10% on each register

If contacted for an interview for Probation & Parole Officer, you will be expected to successfully complete a physical exam, psychological assessment and physical agility test as part of the interview process. If hired, you will serve a six-month probationary period, and after successful completion, you will be certified as a permanent employee of the State of WV.

If you would like to be notified when a Parole Services position is open for public application, please click here: http://www.state.wv.us/admin/personnel/jobs/wvneo/catframe2.htm for more information on completing a Job Interest Card on the DOP website.

Click the "Careers in Corrections" link for additional information. You may also direct employment questions to the WVDOC Human Resources department at (304) 558-2036 or to DOP at (304) 558-3950.

Basic Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited 4-year college or university with a Major in Psychology, Sociology, Criminal Justice, Corrections, Social Work, or a closely related field.
  • Must have a valid WV driver’s license
  • A United States citizen
  • At least 21 years of age
  • Must pass a criminal record check
  • Willing to reside and serve any place in WV


  • State Employee’s Credit Union
  • Life, Health and Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance
  • Mountaineer Flexible Benefits
  • Public Employee’s Retirement System
  • Deferred Compensation Plan
  • Annual Increment pay after three years of service

Types of Leave

  • Paid Holidays (13 annually)
  • Annual Leave
  • 0-5 years of service = 10 hours per month
  • 5-10 yrs of service = 12 hours per month
  • 10-15 yrs of service = 14 hours per month
  • 15-20 yrs of service = 16 hours per month
  • Must not carry over 240 hours
  • Military Leave
  • Court, Jury Duty and Hearing Leave
  • Sick Leave – 12 hours monthly – no accrual limits
  • Leave Donation Program
  • Other Leave Options Exist

Corrections Academy

Candidates who successfully meet the basic requirements and are selected will be required to attend six weeks, seven weeks with firearms training at the WV Corrections Academy located in Glenville, WV.

Officers, while at the Academy, will wear shirts, tie, dark pants, belt and shoes. Throughout their training, Officer’s days will begin at 5:30 a.m. for reveille, physical fitness, inspection and then to the classroom.

Class work will end the day at approximately 4:30 p.m. and lights out at 11:00 p.m. During the training, Officers must maintain a cumulative score of at least 70% on their written examinations.

Classes may include Use of Deadly Force, Non-Lethal Use of Force, OC Certification, Contact/Cover Search and Seizure, Legal Issues and Defensive Tactics

Annual Training

Officer training is conducted and coordinated by a Parole Service Institutional Training Coordinator. Officers will receive a minimum of 40 hours of in-service training per year. Officers are encouraged to attend seminars, graduate school or any closely related training.

Salaries and Wages

For salaries and expense re-imbursement, check current Division of Personnel job descriptions and travel regulations.