Career Opportunities

The Missouri Department of Corrections is looking for highly motivated and talented individuals to become Correctional Professionals. Correctional officers learn self-confidence and leadership skills while enhancing public safety.

Pay Benefits

Interested in starting at more than $29,000/year?
Correctional Officers start at $14.07/hour,
$14.37 after seven weeks of training,
and $14.90 after probation.
(includes 30 cent shift differential)

Health and Life Insurance Benefits

Health and life insurance
Long Term Disability Insurance
Uniform and meals provided.
College credit for training and
excellent retirement benefits.

Holiday Benefits

12 paid holidays
3 Weeks Vacation after 1 Year
3 Weeks Sick Leave after 1 Year
Retiree Medical Insurance Contribution
Social Security Taxes/Medical Taxes

Skills and Leadership

Correctional officers learn
self-confidence and leadership
skills while enhancing public safety.

Available Job Areas

Available Job Areas:
Custody, Maintenance, Administrative
Staff, Parole Officers, Classification,
Medical Providers, Teachers, Food
Service and Mental Health Services

For more information about available
jobs and to contact our facility directly.
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About the Facility

Western Diagnostic and Corrections Center

The history of this site begins in November 9, 1874 when the St. Joseph State Hospital (originally called State Hospital for the Insane #2) opened its doors. This site operated as a mental health hospital for nearly 127 years. In 1997, mental health services were moved to the newly build Northwest Missouri Psychiatric Rehabilitation Center across the street from the old hospital while turning over the old ground to the Missouri Department of Corrections. Retaining much of the historic aspects of the buildings, the Western Reception, Diagnostic and Correctional Center located in St. Joseph, Missouri officially opened in September of 1999. The reception and diagnostic facility serves an area comprised of thirty (30) counties in the western region of the state receiving newly sentenced offenders, probation/parole returns and treatment offenders.

Our Vision
A Safer Missouri and the Standard of Excellence in Corrections
We desire to be the standard of excellence in the field of corrections.
Through innovation and collaboration, we want to embrace changes that better serve
Missouri communities impacted by criminal behavior and achieve a safer State
Our Mission
The Missouri Department of Corrections supervises and provides rehabilitative services to adult offenders
in correctional institutions and Missouri communities to enhance public safety.