Working at DJJ



Working At DJJ

Each day, more than 3,500 DJJ employees divided amongst our 26 facilities and 97 community services offices throughout the state, work diligently to effect justice as well as redirect and shape the young lives in the agency's care.  DJJ employees are the key factor in helping the youth not only take responsibility for their criminal conduct but also in guiding them to 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 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 correctional 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 members are 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 seek 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.

As a State of Georgia employers we also offer our employees dental, vision and medical insurance; sick and annual leave; Retirement plan and a military incentive for our armed forces.


  • 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 :

  • 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

Application Process

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 DJJ application form.


Applicants who have obtained a four-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 for employment here. Some job applicants, particularly, Juvenile Correctional Officers, may need to have Peace Officer Standards and Training Certification and successfully pass the COMPASS Exam.

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. 

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 convictions or pending criminal charges cannot be considered for employment.

DJJ 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.

In accordance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act, 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.

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 Office of Human Resources, ADA and Compliance at 404-294-3431. Speech or hearing impaired applicants with access to TDD equipment may use statewide TDD Relay Service by calling 1-800-255-0056.