Sanford, Florida
FULL-TIME - See Position Description
Jan 12, 2021
Mar 13, 2021
Law, Security

General Description

The Seminole County Sheriff's Office is now accepting pre-screen questionnaires for DETENTION DEPUTY TRAINEE.

This opportunity is a sponsorship program providing qualified candidates the opportunity to attend a Corrections academy to become a Detention Deputy. A Detention Deputy is responsible for the care, custody and control of incarcerated persons at the Seminole County Correctional facility.

The hourly base salary for this position while in the Corrections academy is $17.01 an hour. After completion of the Corrections academy you will receive starting Detention Deputy salary $41, 857.92 ($18.72 per hour), plus an additional $2,000 holiday pay for those who work a twelve (12) hour shifts. Following the successful completion of the agency's field training program, Detention Deputies will receive an increase to $43,110.08 ($19.28 per hour). The Sheriff's Office offers a competitive benefits package including retirement benefits under the Florida Retirement System, paid medical/dental/life insurance, generous leave accrual, wellness benefits, education incentives and assistance.

Each applicant must complete a NOTARIZED Background Investigation Waiver (Download PDF reader), which is provided in the above link. Failure to submit this notarized document will disqualify your application. Any costs associated with the completion of this form is the responsibility of the applicant. The Sheriff's Office does not provide notary service for this form.

Applicants must have a Licensed Physician sign the Physician's Clearance to Test Form (Download PDF reader). Failure to complete and submit this form with your pre-screen questionnaire will disqualify your application. Any costs associated with the completion of this form is the responsibility of the applicant.

Pre-screen questionnaires must be submitted before the closing date of January 29, 2021.

Successful candidates will begin attending the Corrections Academy at Daytona State College in May 2021. *NOTE: Selected applicants will not be paid/reimbursed for mileage driving to and from Daytona State College.

Typical Duties

Note: Listed functions, duties, responsibilities and skills is not intended to be all-inclusive and the employer reserves the right to assign additional functions and responsibilities as deemed necessary for the operational efficiency of the Sheriff's Office.

  • Candidates selected must fulfill all of the requirements of the academy
  • Candidates must follow all policy, procedures and general orders of the Seminole County Sheriff's Office
  • Candidates must follow all policy and procedures of the college that is hosting the academy
  • Candidates are required to pass the BAT (Basic Abilities Test), PAT (Physical Abilities Test) and the Civil Service written exam
Minimum Qualifications

  • Applicant must be at least 21 years of age
  • Applicant must be a United States citizen
  • Applicant must possess and maintain a valid Florida Driver's License
  • Applicant must either possess a college degree OR 60 hours of college credit; OR military experience (2 years active or 4 years reserve status); OR three (3) years of experience as a Certified Corrections Officer; OR three (3) years of consistent work experience (within the last five (5) years)
  • Selected applicants will be requested to sign an Employment Agreement for a 2-year time commitment in position from successful completion of the agency's field training program
  • Applicants who do not successfully complete the academy will be required to reimburse the Sheriff's Office for all expenses incurred up to the last active training date
  • Upon successful completion of the academy, applicants are required to pass the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) state exam
  • Applicant must pass a physical examination with drug screening and a psychological evaluation by a licensed physician
  • All applicants must submit to a thorough background investigation in accordance with FDLE standards
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities & Other

  • Ability to analyze information or situations

  • Ability to synthesize information and/or circumstances; solve problems; recall facts and/or information; describe persons, things, and/or events

  • Ability to read and comprehend information; speak clearly; and prepare written reports

  • Ability to follow written and oral instructions/directions

  • Ability to read maps; select correct radio code for situation; operate radio equipment; follow radio procedures

  • Ability to attain and maintain weapons proficiency

  • Ability to maintain personal fitness; demonstrate firearms safety procedures; demonstrate service weapon firing; demonstrate shotgun firing; and demonstrate chemical agent use


The work environment is generally in a classroom setting, detention facility, in a Sheriff's Office marked emergency vehicle (depending on job assignment) or in field work environment


Mobility-Frequent standing and/or sitting for extended periods of time, walking for extended periods of time, stooping, bending, climbing stairs, running, may be required to drive an agency vehicle; constant use of a computer; use of a firearm; Lifting-Able to lift 75 pounds;

Visual-Constant overall vision; constant color perception, constant eye-hand coordination; constant depth perception; frequent reading/close-up work; constant field of vision/peripheral;

Dexterity-Frequent repetitive motion and reaching;

Hearing/Talking-Constant requirement to hear normal speech; constant hearing on telephone and radio; ability to hear faint sounds; constant talking on telephone/radio;

Emotional/Psychological- Potential contact with hostile individuals; direct inmate contact, exposure to emergency situations; may be exposed to trauma, grief and death; frequent public contact; decision-making and concentration;

Special Requirements-Ability to behave respectably and with utmost integrity even when off duty. Shift work (days or nights) with rotating days off including working weekends, nights, holidays, and/or overtime; May be required to respond for any critical incident, manmade or natural; must be able to appropriately wear and operate a self-contained breathing apparatus;

Environmental- Exposure to varied weather conditions.

  • All applicants will be required to take a Physical Abilities Test (P.A.T.) and Civil Service Written Examination and must achieve a score of 70% or higher in each of the four (4) sections (math, reading comprehension, grammar, and report writing)

Successful applicants will be required to complete and submit an entire employment application, which will be provided to the applicant by the Human Resources Division. The applicant will then submit to a thorough background investigation, which includes, but not limited to, past employment/education verification, driver license review, credit history, prior drug use history, arrest/conviction record, and computerized voice stress analysis (CVSA) testing. A certified examiner administers the CVSA with questions addressing illegal drug use and general questions of honesty and criminal history. Any dishonesty or deception on the Pre-Screen Questionnaire or Employment Application will disqualify your application.

Candidates must also comply with the Agency's current Tattoo and Body Ornamentation Policy. A copy of General Order 28 - Dress and Appearance can be accessed here (Download PDF reader). An applicant's tattoos and body ornamentation must be disclosed at the time of application and will be documented as part of the agency's review process, even if otherwise meeting the Agency's policy.

Applicants not selected for employment will receive notification from the Human Resources Division, to include justification based on the following disqualifiers: negative background, failure to meet minimum qualifications as outlined in the specific job description, or any additional information discovered during the interview process.

Classified Position

Seminole County Sheriff's Office
Human Resources Division

Sanford FL 32773

The Sheriff's Office is committed to a diverse work force, is a drug free workplace and is an equal opportunity employer. We strongly support our military veterans and their families, and encourage them to consider applying to agency job announcements for which they may qualify.

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