A Juvenile Program Worker is paraprofessional support work involving the interaction, care, security, treatment, and rehabilitation of juveniles committed to a correctional facility. This classification is distinguished from traditional correctional officers in that a primary focus of this work involves the treatment, rehabilitation, and behavior modification of troubled youth. Work is performed under general supervision.
- Maintain security and provide direct care.
- Model appropriate behavior, attitude, ethics, and morals
- Coordinate and supervise residents’ daily living activities
- Enforce facility rules
- Implement rehabilitative, protective, treatment and behavioral health programs and services.
This position requires exposure to chemical agents (OC Spray).
We’ll Provide you with the Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities to be a Successful JPW:
- Six-week Juvenile Basic Corrections Training Program (JBCTP) with Maine Criminal Justice Academy certification.
- Learn de-escalation, conflict resolution, problem-solving, and defense techniques.
- Two weeks of on-the-job training.
- Ongoing coaching and mentoring
- Support and professional development.
- Opportunities for career advancement
- Paid job shadow program available prior to BCTP commitment. Contact HR for details.
- Age: Be at least 18 years of age to apply.
- Education: Be a high school graduate or hold an equivalent certificate (HiSET, GED, etc.).
- Conduct: Have no serious criminal or extensive motor vehicle records. See Automatic Disqualifiers for details.
- License/Certification: Possess a valid driver's license.
- Application Evaluation: Applications are reviewed to verify that each candidate meets the established Minimum Qualifications/Requirements. Applicants who do not meet these requirements are disqualified from further consideration.
- Physical Agility Test (PAT): Standards for successful completion of the PAT are available upon request. Physical Agility Test (PDF)
- Push-Up Test;
- Sit-Up Test;
- Step Test (96 steps in :60 seconds);
- 140 lbs. Dummy Drag Test;
- Fire Extinguisher Carry Test; and
- 1-Mile Run/Brisk Walk Test.
- Oral Board Interview: Applicants successfully meeting the Minimum Requirements and who have passed PAT will be scheduled for an Oral Board Interview. The Oral Board is a pass/fail component of the applicant process. The Oral Board is a structured interview that evaluates applicants' skills in the areas of:
- Commitment & Independence;
- Judgment & Logic;
- Decision-Making Decisiveness;
- Tact & Diplomacy; and
- Communication Skills.
- Background Investigation: Applicants who successfully pass the Oral Board Interview will have a finger-print based criminal history record check along with a prior employment reference check.
- ALERT Test: Applicants must complete the ALERT test, which is a multiple-choice exam designed to determine Reading Comprehension and Writing Skills level.
Requirements Upon Hire:
- A valid, State of Maine driver's license.
- Completion of the Juvenile Basic Corrections Training Course.
(organized and funded by DOC upon hire – includes mandatory exposure to chemical agents)
The Maine Department of Corrections is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. We provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.