Field Officers, Community Correctional Services
- Location: VIC - various
- Job Function: Prison and Corrective Services
- Work Type: Various
About this role
- Oversee offenders as they make a positive contribution to the community through unpaid work projects.
- Varied work in ever-changing environments, including outdoor assignments.
- Enjoy generous leave entitlements, including parental, study and cultural leave.
- Earn approx $40 per hour in casual positions (standard)
- $65,409 - $72,262 per year FTE (plus super) in full time roles in a Victorian Public Service role full of future opportunities.
About Community Correctional Services
Community Correctional Services (CCS) is a state-wide service that manages offenders on court orders, serious sex offenders on post sentence supervision and prisoners on parole.
CCS staff are based out of justice service centres across Victoria, and are dedicated, compassionate and supportive role models to the people they work with.
Field officers supervise offenders completing court-ordered community work tasks. These programs are a meaningful way for offenders to pay Victoria back for their crimes, and they also allow offenders to develop new skills and reintegrate into the community.
Why we love this work
If you join CCS, you will work closely with a diverse array of offenders. These are people who have made unfortunate decisions in challenging situations. Often, their actions have been incited by traumatic life experiences.
In your work, you will hear another person's story. You will come to understand their world view. And you will hold them accountable for their decisions. You will be part of giving offenders a second chance to make a more positive contribution to the community.
Your job won't always be easy, but with a strong work ethic and a belief in what you're doing, you will be able to take pride in your work and will know what it's like to make a genuine difference in someone else's life.
The way progress is measured will differ with every person you work with. However, some examples of moments when CCS staff report feeling like they've made an impact include when an offender:
- consistently shows up to their community service and works hard
- handles a stressful event without reacting with anger
- finds employment thanks to skills developed through community work.
What a field officer does
Some offenders are ordered by the courts to undertake unpaid work as part of a community-based sentence. Field officers supervise offenders as they do this work.
The type of work projects that offenders work on varies widely. Some examples include:
- graffiti removal
- creating garden beds for local parks and schools
- other maintenance work.
The diversity of these work areas means your environment is constantly changing – this is an aspect of the role that many of our field officers enjoy.
In addition to offender supervision, field officers help establish and maintain the partnerships with the government agencies and non-government organisations that offer appropriate work projects.
Please note most Field Officer positions are Casual, however full time and part time roles are also possible.
What's in it for you
✔ A fair salary – enjoy great work conditions and salary sacrificing options. Case managers report high satisfaction in their wages.
✔ Generous leave entitlements – provisions for many forms of leave; including personal, parental, carers, study, cultural, compassionate and sick leave.
✔ Transparent performance framework – approach your work with confidence in how you're tracking, working to professional development plans agreed on by you and your manager.
✔ Employee Wellbeing support – you are encouraged to use this short-term, confidential counselling service if you're experiencing emotional stress, relationship problems, conflict with others or personal issues. It is also available for financial counselling and retirement planning.
✔ Secondments and promotions – becoming a member of the Victorian Public Service opens up a world of career opportunities, including the first priority to apply for many secondments and new roles in other business units and departments.
What we're looking for in new field officers
Excellent field officers can come from all kinds of professional backgrounds. You don't need experience working with offenders. However, certain traits, skills and past experiences are highly valued in candidates. These include:
- supervisory experience of any kind
- good communication and conflict management skills
- strong understanding of work health and safety practices
- an ability to build rapport quickly
- integrity and positive role modelling skills.
A full and current driver licence is mandatory, and field officers are required to complete and pass a health assessment as part of the recruitment process. Our recruiters also highly value candidates with experience in program delivery, textiles, woodwork, landscaping and mechanics.
If you've read this far and feel like you would be an effective field officer, please apply now.
Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply.
The Department of Justice and Community Safety is continually working towards increasing our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (Aboriginal) workforce. The Aboriginal Employment Team aims to attract, recruit and retain Aboriginal staff in a number of roles, including prison officers, community corrections officers and field officers. This support includes a culturally appropriate attraction and recruitment process. To learn more, click here or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The department is no longer required to review or collect candidates COVID-19 vaccination information as part of the recruitment process. The department is continuously committed to providing and maintaining a working environment which is safe and without risk to the health of its employees consistent with the department's obligations under the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 (Vic).
CHILD SAFE STATEMENT OF COMMITMENT:
The Department of Justice and Community Safety is committed to the safety and wellbeing of children and young people. We seek to prevent harm of any kind impacting children and young people and have zero tolerance for racism, child abuse and inequality. Children and young people's rights, relationships, identity, and culture must be recognised and respected, their voices heard, and their concerns acted upon. We aim to foster a culturally safe, child safe and child friendly environment for all children and young people we have contact with, deliver services to, or are impacted by our work.
|Location:||VIC - various|
|Job Function:||Prison and Corrective Services|
|Salary Range:||$65,409 - $72,262|
|Application Close Date:||31-Dec-2024|
|Attachments:|| Position Description - Field Officer - Various - 2023.docx (Word, 537KB)
CCS Recruitment Team