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A great job opportunity to keep the community safe

Issued: Friday 6 March 2015

Corrective Services NSW is calling on the people of the State’s Central West to embark on a career as a Correctional Officer and become a custodian of community safety.

Job opportunities exist at Bathurst, Lithgow, Oberon, Wellington and the newly re-opened Kirkconnell Correctional Centres for casual correctional officer roles with an opportunity to apply for permanent roles when vacancies occur.

Bathurst Correctional Centre’s General Manager Bill Fittler said the job presents an opportunity to enter a career that makes a difference to community safety.

"This is an exceptional opportunity for local men and women looking to make a difference, they can be assured they will have job satisfaction as a correctional officer. We are on the front line of community safety and responsible for the custody, care, supervision, welfare and rehabilitation of inmates.

"Another attractive element in this instance is that successful applicants will not need to travel to and be accommodated in Sydney for the 10-week training course. They will do the training right here at Bathurst and also undertake their job placement training either here or at Lithgow, Oberon and Wellington," Mr Fittler said.

Correctional officers are required to work shifts, including weekends and public holidays. In NSW, case management is an important aspect of an officer’s work. This gives individual officers the chance to work closely with inmates to re-educate and rehabilitate them.

"The role also has attractive financial benefits. You can expect to earn more than $28 per hour at a minimum with the potential for more, dependent on shift penalty rates and overtime," Mr Fittler said.

"The kind of people we’re looking for will have good interpersonal skills including being fair, sensitive and patient; be assertive and self-confident; communicate well; have a mature, responsible attitude towards managing people; be able to resolve conflicts and problems; and be able to stay calm in stressful situations.

"I strongly urge people who have an interest in serving the community and making a difference to apply, you’ll never look back."

An employment advertisement will appear in local newspapers tomorrow and interested people can submit an online application through the Jobs NSW website, www.jobs.nsw.gov.au