Paid Job Shadow Program

Maine’s Department of Corrections recruits candidates of high moral and ethical character. People willing to uphold the department’s commitment to making communities safer though supportive interventions. 97% of those in our care will complete their sentences and release back into Maine communities. We take seriously our role to empower change and help people restore their lives.

Unsure if Corrections is for You?

The Paid Job Shadow Program provides an opportunity for successful candidates to see what the Maine Model of Corrections is all about before committing to the 6-week Basic Corrections Training Program (BCTP). You will come on payroll in a uniformed status and shadow a Correctional Officer or Juvenile Program Worker as they provide security and mentorship.

Learn More about Shadow-Eligible Positions

This is an excellent opportunity to see if we're a fit for each other while earning a paycheck! Starting wage is $22.95 per hour plus shift and night differentials. 

Basic Corrections Training Program

New Correctional Officers and Juvenile Program Workers attend a 6-Week Basic Corrections Training Program, funded by MDOC, and includes 42.5 hours-per-week of paid training. Training is hosted regionally at MDOC facilities, conducted by quality instructors using Maine Criminal Justice Academy-approved curriculum for state certification.

Upcoming BCTP Start Dates

  • May 1 – Jun 6, 2023

Ask about our Job Shadow program prior to academy start dates. Shadowing a Correctional Officer or Juvenile Program Worker is a great way to prepare for the Basic Corrections Training Program. You will gain unique insight prior to the classroom education while earning a pay check! Shadows can start anytime and do not need to wait for the next BCTP start date.


Contact an HR Manager at Long Creek Youth Development Center, Maine Correctional Center, Maine State Prison, or Mountain View Correctional Facility.