Before the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office can completely process an application for Corrections or Law Enforcement, the applicant must have passed the ALERT Test. The ALERT examination is offered at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy in Vassalboro on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month. To make an appointment please call (207)877-8000.

Applicants must bring a government issued picture id (drivers license) and a $50.00 fee. If paying with cash, please bring the correct amount. If paying by check, make it payable to “Treasurer, State of Maine”. Applicants should arrive at 8:15 AM, 15 minutes prior to the start of the exam at 8:30 AM. Anyone arriving after the exam has started will be asked to reschedule. No electronic devices such as cell phones or cameras will be allowed in the testing room.  Please see the Maine Criminal Justice Academy's home page at: for a schedule of all ALERT testing dates.

Corrections Officer – Full and Part-Time Openings

The Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office is seeking Correction Officers.  The Penobscot County Sheriff's Office has an immediate need for full and part-time Corrections Officers.  You must be 19 years old, possess a high school diploma or G.E.D, and meet all criteria listed in the application packet and the entrance standards for the Basic Corrections Training Program located on the Maine Criminal Justice Academy's website.  Applicant must be able to attend eight (8) 40-hour weeks of orientation/training.  Part-time starting pay rate is $12.00 per hour.  The 2017 full-time pay range is $15.82 to $19.97 per hour.  Application packets are available 8 to 4 M-F at the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office, 85 Hammond St., Bangor, ME 04401 or, on our website. Direct your questions to Sgt Goodspeed at 207-947-4585 ext. 1109.  EOE


Penobscot County offers Health, Dental, and Vision Insurance for its full-time employees as well as paid Holidays, Sick Leave, and Vacation (pay based on length of service).  Penobscot County also offers Term Life and Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance.  Flexible Spending Accounts for health and dependent care, Cancer, Short-Term Disability plans. Employees are eligible to become members of the State Employees Credit Union and have access to an Employee Gym.  Penobscot County participates in the Maine State Retirement System and offers a Deferred Compensation Program through VOYA.
Minimum Qualifications:

  • Minimum 19 years of age.
  • High School Diploma/G.E.D.
  • Able to be successfully trained and certified as a Corrections Officer by the Maine Criminal Justice Academy.


  • Successfully pass a full personal, criminal, and motor vehicle background check.
  • Successfully complete physical assessment based on the Departmental Functional Job Description
  • Successfully complete a Polygraph
  • Successfully pass pre-employment drug screening

Please send your application to Sergeant Goodspeed at 85 Hammond Street, Bangor, ME 04401.  E.O.E.