Sanford, Florida
FULL-TIME - $34,320.00 - $51,480.00 Annually
Apr 21, 2023
Jun 20, 2023
Law, Security

General Description

The Seminole County Sheriff's Office is now accepting pre-screen questionnaires for the position of JUVENILE DETENTION SPECIALIST assigned to the Juvenile Detention Center.

The Juvenile Detention Specialist assigned to the Juvenile Detention Center performs generalized corrections work in the care, custody, and control of juvenile detainees.

**PLEASE NOTE - Selected applicant will be assigned to a night shift position

All pre-screen questionnaires require a NOTARIZED (Download PDF reader)Background Waiver (Download PDF reader) included in the link provided and are to be uploaded to your pre-screen questionnaire.

This position is open until filled.

Typical Duties

ILLUSTRATIVE DUTIES: The duties listed below are in addition to the duties assigned under the associated job description. The omission of specific work statements does not necessarily exclude them from being performed by the position and is for illustrative purposes only.


Processes detention intake and releases; responsible for searching detainees. Searches and removes all unauthorized personal articles and contraband from detainees. Exercises reasonable and/or special care or action, as the need dictates or as directed, in handling special or unusual detainees. Escorts detainees using handcuffs, approve physical techniques, and other approved restraints.

Effectively control the juvenile admitted to the facility, using maneuvers and techniques taught in training by the approve physical training curriculum.

Pursue fleeing detainees and perform rescue operations and other duties which may involve quickly entering and exiting secured areas; lifting, carrying and dragging heavy objects; climbing up to and down from elevated surfaces; jumping over obstacles; crawling in confined areas; and using the approved physical techniques to gain entrance or subdue resisting detainees.

Perform rescue functions in accidents within the facility, emergencies and disasters including standing for long periods, administering basic emergency medical aid, lifting, dragging and carrying people away from dangerous situations, and securing and evacuating people from confined areas.

Communicate effectively and coherently with other officers, community partners, and juveniles using existing communications systems, and demonstrate communications skills in court and other formal settings as required.

May be required to drive Sheriff's Office vehicles in the transportation of juveniles.

Must understand and adhere to the standards of the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA).

Performs other duties as required or as may be necessary for the efficient and effective performance of the position functions.

Minimum Qualifications


  • High School Diploma/GED; Associate's Degree preferred

  • Two (2) years experience working with juveniles or work in the criminal justice system

  • Consideration may be given to an equivalent combination of related training, education and experience

  • Must be able to complete PAR training within six (6) months of employment or assignment to this position

  • Must possess and maintain a valid Florida Driver's License
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities & Other


Unclassified Position

Seminole County Sheriff's Office
Human Resources Division

Sanford FL 32773
(407) 665-6685

Successful applicants will be required to complete and submit an entire employment application, which will be provided to the applicant by the Human Resources Division. The applicant will then submit to a thorough background investigation, which includes, but not limited to, past employment/education verification, driver license review, credit history, prior drug use history, arrest/conviction record, and computerized voice stress analysis (CVSA) testing. A certified examiner administers the CVSA with questions addressing illegal drug use and general questions of honesty and criminal history. Any dishonesty or deception on the Pre-Screen Questionnaire or Employment Application will disqualify your application.

The background investigation process may take 3-6 months depending upon the complexity of the applicant's background. Applicants selected for employment will be provided a conditional offer and required to submit to a medical examination with drug screening.

Candidates must also comply with the Agency's current Tattoo and Body Ornamentation Policy. A copy of General Order 28 - Dress and Appearance can be accessed here. An applicant's tattoos and body ornamentation must be disclosed at the time of application and will be documented as part of the agency's review process, even if otherwise meeting the Agency's policy.

Applicants not selected for employment will receive notification from the Human Resources Division, to include justification based on the following disqualifiers: negative background, failure to meet minimum qualifications as outlined in the specific job description, or any additional information discovered during the interview process. Applicants will be eligible to reapply with the Seminole County Sheriff's Office after one year from date of notification.

The Seminole County Sheriff's Office is committed to a diverse work force, is a drug free workplace and is an equal opportunity employer. We strongly support our military veterans and their families, and encourage them to consider applying to agency job announcements for which they may qualify. Preference-Eligible Applicant service members and veterans, and the spouses and family members of such service members and veterans, receive preference and priority and are encouraged to apply for the positions being filled. Additionally, certain Preference-Eligible Applicants may also be eligible to receive waivers for postsecondary educational requirements in employment.

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