Corrections Jobs

Rensselaer County Sheriff’s Office

Correctional Officer Career 


Are you a highly motivated individual with the desire to work in a challenging and rewarding career in law-enforcement. 

Rensselaer County Sheriff’s Office is hiring “PROVISIONAL” Correctional Officer Recruits. 

A Provisional Appointment is a temporary appointment to a continuing position when the agency intends later to convert the employee to a permanent appointment. 

We are looking for qualified candidates for provisional employment with Rensselaer County Sheriff’s Office. The ideal recruit should have the following qualities: 

Minimum Requirements:

  • At least 18 years old
  • Valid NYS Driver’s License 
  • High School Diploma or GED

Additional Positive Attributes 

  • Honest/ Ethical 
  • Physically Fit (must pass physical agility, psychological and drug tests)
  • Positive Work History
  • No Criminal Record/ or Illicit Drug Use
  • Positive Credit History 
  • Willing to Learn, Adapt 
  • Willing to Work, Evenings, Nights, Weekends and Overtime
  • Previous Military/ Law Enforcement Experience preferred/ not required



  • 25-Year Retirement NYS Retirement System
  • Excellent Paid Training 
  • Starting Salary $52,245+. * 
  • Uniforms, Health Care, Dental, Eye Coverage (Single or Family Coverage)
  • Two Consecutive Regular Pass Days-Off 
  • Paid Vacation 3.0 to 7.5 Hours with Years of Service Bi-Weekly
  • Sick Accruals 4.0 Hours Bi-Weekly 
  • 13-Paid Holiday’s Yearly
  • 40-Hours Personal Time Yearly
  • Built in Guaranteed Shift Differential /Overtime 
  • Tuition Reimbursement 
  • Advancement Opportunities 
  • Much More… 


How to Get Started on Your New Career:  

Steps to your future (PROVISIONAL EMPLOYMENT). The steps below must be completed in order. 

Step 1: Civil Service Application/Initial Contact

Print and fill-out the Civil Service Application.  

Rensselaer County Application for Examination or Employment (PDF)

Once filled-out contact Sergeant Kevin Roy at (518) 266-1957 to schedule an appointment to pick up a background investigation packet. Email:

Step 2: Background Investigation 

Fill out the background packet entirely. Incomplete packets will be delayed. Once the background packet is completed in its entirety, contact Sergeant Kevin Roy at (518) 266-1957 or email to schedule an appointment to drop off your completed background packet.  

Wait to be scheduled for an oral interview (usually within three-weeks).

Step 3: Formal In-Person Interview

Scheduled Interview Process: present yourself as a qualified, eager professional that is willing to learn the career of corrections. Pass the oral interview board/inquiry by proving to be a highly trusted motivated professional willing to work full-time. ** 

Step 4: Psychological Exam

Consist of multiple-choice questions and an in-person interview with a psychiatrist. If after exam you are deemed suitable for employment, you move on to step five. ** 

Step 5: Medical Exam.

Once you pass the psychological exam you must pass a medical physical and drug screening. **

Step 6: Congratulations! 

Once all of the above steps have been successfully completed Congratulations! You may be offered provisional employment as a Correctional Officer with Rensselaer County. Your next step will be getting sworn in and you will begin your training.

Civil Service Exam. 

Provisional Employees must take and pass the next scheduled civil service exam for the title of Correctional Officer and must score high enough to maintain their employment/status. The training department will give you help and assistance to successfully pass the exam. Provisional recruits must attend and successfully pass the Correctional Officer 7-Week Basic Academy (paid training- conducted locally) within one-year of their appointment. 


* minimum pay based on 40-hours per week at $23.99 hour with built-in guaranteed 2.5 hours overtime bi-weekly roll-call. 

** Not all candidates will qualify. Provisional employment may be subject to additional standards and full-time permanent employment status is not guaranteed. The above step systems (in no particular order) are a cursory overview of the general employment process and not all processes are represented. Recruits may be required to perform other minimum requirements for employment. 

Rensselaer County provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.