Corrections Officer

Making lives better. Keeping you safe.

We're looking for more good people to join our whānau and help us achieve and deliver our mahi - Kotahi anō te kaupapa: ko te oranga o te iwi There is only one purpose to our work: the wellness and well-being of people.

The world of Corrections is largely hidden away and most people haven't considered what it might take to become an officer. While we may not always be visible, we play an important role in keeping our communities safe, while helping people in prison get the help they need. 

It's a hugely diverse, rewarding and challenging mahi. We invite you to discover if you can help make lives better and keep everyday New Zealanders safe.

The role

Make an ongoing impact

Corrections Officers are there with people in prison throughout their daily activities, providing ongoing opportunities to influence change and motivate positive decisions.

They supervise people's routines, help them to navigate prison life, escort them to hearings and appointments, and support them to engage in rehabilitation programmes.

Diverse environments

Our Corrections Officers work across a diverse range of settings, with different specialist units, security levels and site-specific activities all creating different day-to-day experiences. Some work in specific focus units such as our drug and alcohol treatment units, youth units, Pasifika units, Māori and Tikanga focused units, Mothers and Babies units and Special Treatment units.

Safety matters

Working as a close team, you'll play an important role in monitoring behaviour and maintaining safety within the prison. You'll patrol prison buildings and grounds, assess situations and take appropriate action.

Our Correction Officers are supported by other officers, and there is backup, training and equipment readily available for when they need it. From detection dogs to emergency response, negotiators to tactical operations – each situation that needs extra support has resource available. There are also opportunities to specialise in these areas as you progress in your career.

What you need to know

Time off & hours of work

5 weeks annual leave
Rostered rotating shifts including nights, weekends & public holidays


Starting salary $59,519, increasing as you achieve National Qualifications Level 3 ($64,197) and Level 4 ($69,363).


11 weeks training through the Corrections Officer Development Pathway (requires some time away in Upper Hutt, paid for by the department).

Career development

Opportunities to gain qualifications in Level 3, 4 and 5 in the National Certificate for Offender Management and to branch into more specialised areas (eg prison negotiation, dog handling, site emergency response teams, etc)
Progression opportunities to Senior Corrections Officer, Principal Corrections Officer

Skills and experience

Strong communicators, team players, ability to motivate others, work well under pressure
Observant, alert, accurate
Full NZ Drivers Licence


Based at one of our prisons around the country, which each have different units, programmes, and site specific activities.

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