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Working At DJJ

Each day, at 26 facilities and 92 court services offices through out the state, more than 4,000 DJJ employees work diligently to effect justice as well as redirect and shape the young lives in the agency's care so that they not only take responsibility for their criminal conduct but also can become productive members of society. Because our primary responsibility involves public safety, working for DJJ is an exciting and challenging opportunity. We strive to create and sustain an agency culture that values

Innovation is crucial to
our success today and tomorrow. DJJ staff constantly seeks to refine existing programs and to cultivate new, innovative and effective ones that encourage youthful offenders to become successful members of society, and, by doing so, DJJ becomes a leader in criminal justice

accountability, integrity, safety, superior performance, ongoing personal growth, intellectual curiosity, innovation, teamwork and leadership. We seek dedicated, energetic candidates for a variety of positions, including corrections and parole officers, legal services, teachers and librarians, peace officers, health care professionals, including nurses and dentists; food service workers, administrative assistants and more.

While we expect the youth in our care to be accountable for their actions and to strive for excellence, the same goes for DJJ staff - from executives to individual caseworkers. DJJ staff is expected to be efficient, creative, and responsible for the work that they do. Innovation is crucial to our success today and tomorrow. DJJ staff constantly seeks to refine existing programs and to cultivate new, innovative and effective ones that encourage youthful offenders to become successful members of society, and, by doing so, DJJ becomes a leader in criminal justice nationwide.

JCO1: $27,936
JCO2: $31,040 (after one year of service as a JCO 1)
JCO2 (SGT): $35,479
Lieutenant: $37,558
Captain: $40,570

Military Salary Incentive

DJJ offers a one-time Military Salary Increase Incentive to current/former military service members, on eligible job titles, who have served on active duty. To be eligible, service members must have an Honorable Discharge. The one-time incentive will be based upon the current number of active duty years served.

See below for the increase criteria, eligible job titles, and acceptable documentation for proof of service:

Military Salary Increase Incentive Amounts:

  • 2.5% for 1 year of active duty service
  • 5% for 2 years of active duty service
  • 7.5% for 3 years of active duty service
  • 10% for 4+ years of active duty service

Eligible Job Titles:

  • JCO 1
  • JCO 2
  • Lieutenant
  • Captain
  • Juvenile Probation Parole Specialist 2

Acceptable Documentation:

  • DD 214

The Application Process

The Department of Juvenile Justice announces that effective November 1, 2013 in order to be considered for the position of Juvenile Correction Officer 1 applicants will be required to receive a passing score on the P.O.S.T. approved COMPASS Test. The COMPASS test is administered through the Georgia Technical College System, and reservations are required. Please contact one of the many Technical Colleges throughout the State or view online locations .

Applicants will be required to take with you to the exam site a completed copy of the P.O.S.T. Examination Access Form. Click here to access the form.


Applicants who have obtained a 4 year degree from an accredited college or university OR have previously been POST certified are exempt from taking the COMPASS Test. Applicants must include a copy of their degree or POST Profile when submitting their application in order to be considered.

There is a fee to take the exam of $15.00 - $25.00 collected by the college. Test scores are also valid for entrance into the Technical College System of Georgia.

To apply for a position, follow the instructions provided in the job announcement. You may also include a resume, but please do not submit a resume in lieu of the application. Positions advertised on this website are open to all eligible persons who meet the minimum qualifications for the positions, unless otherwise noted in the vacancy announcement. Review current DJJ openings here. Some job applicants, particularly, Juvenile Correctional Officers, may need to have Peace Officer Standards and Training Certification and successfully pass the COMPASS Exam.

If you are interested in a job as a Juvenile Probation/Parole Specialist 2, please be advised that the testing requirements have changed. Effective July 1, 2014, DJJ will cease the administration of the Criminal Justice Exam, and no further exams will be offered. Test takers who have valid, current passing scores will be allowed to submit proof of successful completion through 12-31-14 for advertised JPPS 2 positions. After December 31, 2014, all Criminal Justice Exam scores will no longer be accepted.

Effective July 1, 2014 acceptable test scores will be:
SAT: 430 Verbal 400 Math  
ACT: 18 Verbal 16 Math  
CPE: 75 Reading 75 Math 75 English
Compass: 70 Reading 32 Writing  

Due to the large volume of responses, only those individuals whose experience and skills best meet the requirements of the position will be contacted directly by the hiring manager for an interview.

Getting Hired

  • All applicants are subject to employment verification, as well as background and criminal record investigations. Applicants with felony conviction or pending criminal charges cannot be considered for employment.

  • DJJ (Federally-issued user ID #46331, date of authorization - 06/29/2007) is a registered participant in the federal work authorization program commonly known as E-Verify, and uses the program to verify employment eligibility of all employees hired on or after July 1, 2007.

  • In accordance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, DJJ employs U.S. Citizens and authorized aliens. All applicants are required to verify their identity and employment eligibility.

  • Applicants for initial State employment in specific jobs in DJJ shall be required to successfully complete a pre-employment drug test for the presence of illegal drugs.

  • DJJ does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, or other protected categories in employment or the provision of services.

For applicants with Disabilities

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), if you are an individual with a disability and wish to acquire this job announcement in an alternative format or, if you are an individual with a disability who may require assistance or other reasonable accommodation in order to participate in the selection process for any of the positions listed in this Job Announcement, you may contact the Department of Juvenile Justice's Employment Relations and EEO Specialist at 404-508-6646. Speech or hearing impaired applicants with access to TDD equipment may use statewide TDD Relay Service by calling 1-800-255-0056.


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