Female correctional officers always needed by the county
“I actually look forward to coming to work everyday,” exclaims Misty Card, correctional officer for Nevada County. “I like working with the public; and the pay, benefits and job security are big bonuses.”
Misty began her employment with Nevada County three years ago, working part time for a few years to spend more time with her family and horses. This year she became a full-time Nevada County employee.
“I decided to return to full-time work so that I can afford to buy a new vehicle and pursue my interests in breeding paint horses,” she explains. “The 12-hour work schedule lets me work long hours while I am here, and allows me more days off to spend time with my family.”
Our job in the Nevada County Personnel/Human Resources Department is to find the right people for county services, and I love hearing stories like Misty’s. Our department can have up to 50 people a day walk into the office, not including the Web site contacts and countless telephone calls. Most of them are looking for jobs and the trick is to match the right people to the right jobs.
Our services are important and often critical to the community, so we take this recruitment challenge seriously. We are continually looking for more creative ways to reach out and find the talent we need. We would not look for a behavioral health therapist the same way we would look for a senior accounting assistant or an engineering technician. And we probably wouldn’t find agricultural biologists in the same places we’d find probation officers.
We have lots of “hot jobs” like those I just mentioned, but female correctional officers are always needed. To meet this demand, last fall, the recruitment team organized an open house at Wayne Brown Correctional Facility as a way of getting the word out.
The orientation session included an opportunity to listen to staff members like Misty talk about their work experiences and to tour the facility. About 80 potential applicants attended, and 50 qualified applicants were then tested and started through the selection process. It was so successful, we are planning another open house and testing session during July.
Qualifications, you ask? According to Misty, an effective correctional officer should be honest, possess good communication skills, and have an assertive personality. In addition, she must have a high school diploma or equivalent.
Why else would you want to come to the open house and find out more about this great job opportunity? The Sheriff’s Office offers plenty of training and opportunities for advancement and rewards, and county benefits are some of the best in the region.
Misty says the most enjoyable aspect of her job is working with the families of the inmates during visitation sessions. Aside from the satisfaction she gets in helping people, her family is looking forward to a nice summer vacation trip made possible because of her job.
Stories like this are the warm rewards of my recruiting job. We’re still looking for more dedicated female correctional officers and will save a place for you at the upcoming open house. Then you can ask Misty and her colleagues about this chance to build your professional, personal and family goals. You don’t even have to love horses.
Christina McClung is a personnel analyst assigned to job recruitment in the Nevada County Personnel/Human Resources Department.
KNOW & GO
WHAT: Correctional officers orientation (open house) for female applicants
WHEN: 6 p.m., Tuesday, July 16
WHERE: Wayne Brown Correctional Facility, 950 Maidu Ave., Nevada City
INFORMATION: To sign up, call the Personnel Office at 265-7010 or Sheriff1s Office at 265-1598.
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