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The Department of Juvenile Justice in Georgia (DJJ) invites you to look into a career serving youth in innovative and effective programs to help aid in their growth and development. DJJ offers exciting careers in Health Care, Behavioral Health, Law Enforcement, Human Resource Management, Human Resource Development, Administration, Food Service, Housekeeping, Plant Management/Maintenance and Education.

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The Augusta Youth Development Campus (YDC) is the highlight of this month’s DJJ recruitment calendar. Georgia’s Juvenile Justice Commissioner Avery D. Niles says DJJ continues to seek qualified candidates for Juvenile Corrections Officer (JCO) I and II positions for the Augusta YDC during the upcoming May 21st Job Fair. Commissioner Niles says DJJ is also on the lookout for Georgia veterans seeking corrections employment opportunities in the Georgia juvenile justice system at Augusta.

“We have immediate openings for responsible adults who are professionally motivated to help juvenile offenders through their troubled life transitions,” said Commissioner Avery Niles. "Serious applicants should know that fulltime juvenile corrections careers at our Augusta secure facility require mature attitudes and professional performance," Niles said.

*Please note career fair locations and times may change OR additional career fair dates may be added to our recruiting schedule. Applicants should check the DJJ website for late-breaking schedule changes at www.djjcareers.org BEFORE visiting a DJJ job fair.

Date: Thursday, May 21st - GENERAL PUBLIC
Augusta YDC Job Fair
3481 Mike Padgett HWY
Augusta , GA
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

DJJ recruiters are authorized to interview qualified candidates on-the-spot for new correctional officer opportunities at Augusta TDC. Applicants should bring their resumes and come dressed for job interviews. All job seekers can click on www.djjcareers.org for more information about career opportunities in juvenile corrections.

In order to progress smoothly through the interview process for Juvenile Corrections Officers, candidates for the Augusta YDC JCO I & II positions should bring copies of the following:

• Compass Scores (Reading 70 Writing 32)**
• SAT Scores (Verbal: 430 Math: 400) or ACT Scores (Verbal: 18 Math:16)**
• Valid Driver License
• Birth Certificate
• High School Diploma or GED
• DD214 Long Form with discharge indicated
• Naturalization Forms if NON-US Citizen
• If P.O.S.T. Certified, (Please bring two (2) forms of Gov. issued ID & P.O.S.T. Profile)

** If the applicant has a 4-year degree from an accredited college they are exempt from having to take the Compass test or provide proof of acceptable ACT or SAT scores.

Former military service members with Honorable Discharge should click on www.djjcareers.org to learn about DJJ's one-time Military Salary Increase Incentive on eligible job titles at “DJJ Careers for Veterans”. There is no charge for participation at juvenile corrections career fairs.

**Please note that career fair times and locations may change and additional career fair dates may be added to our recruiting schedule. Applicants should check the DJJ website for late-breaking schedule changes at http://www.djjnewsandviews.org/djjcareers/ before visiting a job fair.




new testing requirements for juvenile correctional officers take place on july 1, 2014


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.

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, submit two copies of the State of Georgia Application for Employment to the contact person listed on the job opening. 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.

types of careers


Law enforcement/court services

P.O.S.T. certified Juvenile Correctional Officers supervise youth in facility settings while Juvenile Probation/Parole Specialists supervise youth through Probation services. Come join our team.


Nursing, Physicians Assistant, Nutrition Consulting, Pharmacy Director, Dentistry, Program Management, and Program Quality Assessment.

behavioral health

Beliefs: Every youth has the potential of becoming a productive member of society provided their needs in education, medical, and mental health are met. All students have equal and umimpeded access to educational, medical and mental health treatment.

Join our team in:

Case Management, Counseling, Mental Health Counseling


The Commissioner serves as the Superintendent of Schools for the DJJ school district. Join many others in careers as a state-certified Teacher, Special Ed Teacher, or Vocational Teacher.

human resource Management/development/administration/grants management

Many have careers in human resources, staff development and training and administration.

food service/housekeeping/plant management

The Department has large food service and housekeeping operations around the State. Some locations have plant management or maintenance engineering.