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A great job opportunity to keep the community safe

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 and Wellington Correctional Centres for casual correctional officer roles with an opportunity to apply for permanent roles when vacancies occur. Casual hours may also be available at the newly re-opened Kirkconnell Correctional Centre.

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 nine-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 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," Mr Fittler said.

"I strongly urge people who have an interest in serving the community 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