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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 385P
Category: Protective Services


Provides custody, security and safety for residents, staff and visitors in a juvenile rehabilitation facility; or, provides night time supervision, safety and security for youths in a juvenile residential unit; or, provides custody and security of youths during transportation to and from as well as during appointments on or off campus.

Typical Work

Ensures the safety and security of facility residents, staff and visitors; 

Maintains security of physical plant; checks air conditioning system and other mechanical system operations; requests repairs; 

Conducts perimeter checks of doors, vehicles, equipment and grounds; 

Checks previous shift logs and logs all activities during work shift; prepares cottage forms; writes in daily sheets; files; 

Serves as back-up to residential units and staff; intervenes and defuses assaultive or crisis situations between residents and/or residents and staff; breaks-up altercations physically; 

Provides night time coverage in a cottage or unit; serves as back-up to other staff; 

Conducts room and contraband searches; inspects rooms for cleanliness; 

Conducts bed checks and hourly security calls; 

Monitors behavior of youths and maintains tracking system of youths’ negative and/or positive behaviors; acts as role model for residents; 

Conducts searches for escapees; notifies appropriate personnel and local law authority and state patrol, parents and/or guardians and community; 

Collects urinalysis samples for testing; transports youths to appointments and court appearances; provides security during transport and appointments/appearances; 

Distributes medications to youths and monitors to assure medications are taken properly; 

Awakens youths and assures procedures are followed; escorts youths to breakfast; 

Prepares and/or supervises preparation of breakfast; 

Performs general cleaning of office, such as mopping, waxing, stripping floors, window washing, laundry; bathroom cleaning, emptying trash and other as necessary; 

Puts away supplies; monitors supply use; inventories and orders cleaning and linen supplies; 

Performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of:  basic causes and treatment of juvenile delinquency; human growth and development; supervision of juveniles with deviant behavior patterns; objectives of a juvenile rehabilitation program/system; techniques, methods and procedures for crisis intervention and de-escalation of crisis or problematic situations; effective verbal communication; 

Ability to:  apply and implement juvenile rehabilitation methods, techniques, rules, policies and procedures; motivate youths individually and in groups and maintain organization; recognize and identify problem situations; remain calm and in control during altercations and crisis situations; intervene and de-escalate crisis and dangerous situations; gain confidence and trust of youths; use authority constructively; first aid; write and speak clearly and effectively.

Legal Requirement(s)

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification.  It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.

Desirable Qualifications

High school graduation or GED equivalent.  


One year of experience in the areas of work such as:  social services, youth group activities, security guard, correctional officer, police officer, police reserve office, military police, or other law enforcement work; or, a certificate of completion in a basic law enforcement training program approved by the Washington Criminal Justice Training Commission; or, a certificate of completion in a police or reserve police academy or military training program.

Two years of college will substitute for the required one year of experience.

A valid driver’s license is required for these positions. 

Class Specification History

New class adopted May 10, 1996, effective July 1, 1996.
Revise class. Revises minimum qualifications; adopted September 18, 1996.
Revised class. Revises class code (formerly 36188), general revision; adopted May 10, 2007, effective July 1, 2007.
Base range salary adjustment adopted 6/13/2019, effective 7/1/2019; from range 38 to range 40.