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DOCCS Joins Other State Agencies in Hiring Veterans

Executive Law 369 was amended to include Chapter 17-A, known as the Veteran’s Employment Act. It is now the policy of New York State to hire discharged veterans for temporary appointments and temporary-hourly positions within state agencies. In order to be eligible an individual must have served on active duty in the United States Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard or the Reserved Components of the Armed Forces of the United States or served in the active military service of the United States as a member of the Army National Guard, Air National Guard or the New York Militia and have been released from service for any such service other than dishonorable discharge, after September 11, 2001.

The New York State Department of Civil Service has created an online portal which will allow agencies to be provided with a pool of veterans they must consider when making temporary-hourly appointment. To learn more about the program, including ways to sign up, click here.  

Rewarding career opportunities are available within DOCCS as Parole Officers and Offender Rehabilitation Coordinators

Parole Officer and Offender Rehabilitation Coordinators positions exist with the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision in correctional facilities and area field offices throughout New York State.

  • Parole Officers are typically assigned to the area field offices. Offices are located in many of the major cities of New York State. Parole Officers aid, assist and supervise offenders released from correctional facilities to serve a period of post-release supervision. Parole Officers are responsible for providing public safety and community protection, while working with community-based organizations to deliver needed services and supervision to releasees. Parole Officers perform both social work and law enforcement functions.
  • Offender Rehabilitation Coordinators work in the correctional facilities throughout New York State preparing inmates for consideration for release by the Parole Board. Offender Rehabilitation Coordinators work with inmates to prepare for their appearance before the Board of Parole, perform inmate release planning and coordinate with community-based parole staff in developing final discharge and supervision plans.

Appointments to these positions may only be made from among those persons who have qualified for appointment by taking a Parole Officer or Parole Officer Trainee Civil Service examination. Offender Rehabilitation Coordinators and Offender Rehabilitation Coordinator Trainee positions are filled from the Parole Officer and Parole Officer Trainee examination lists, respectively.

Examinations are held approximately every four years and are open to individuals with the minimum qualifications listed below. Currently, there is no Parole Officer examination scheduled.

  • Parole Officer: Bachelor's Degree and three years experience as a social worker or group worker in a recognized social service, correctional, criminal justice, community or human welfare agency.
  • Parole Officer Trainee: Bachelor's Degree or higher degree in sociology, psychology, social work, counseling, criminal justice, rehabilitation counseling, American studies with concentration in Native American studies, or in Black, Asian Pacific Islander, Hispanic cultural studies, or Latin American/Caribbean studies; or a law degree.
In certain instances an individual already employed by New York State may qualify for transfer.

Parole Officers are public officers. They must be residents of the State of New York, citizens of the United States and at least 21 years of age. Candidates must have a valid New York State driver's license and meet physical, medical, psychological and background investigation screening requirements for appointment.

Information regarding current Civil Service Examinations may be obtained from the Civil Service Website at www.cs.ny.gov