Eyeing a career change? Make a difference, one life at a time

The team at Nanaimo Correctional Centre is on the lookout for individuals who embody integrity, a sense of teamwork and a genuine desire to make a difference.

The centre is hiring correctional officers and offers prospective applicants a chance to learn more at one of four information sessions coming up: March 2, 9, 16 and 23 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Nanaimo Correctional Centre, 3945 Briggs Rd.

“People with integrity, a desire for teamwork, and wanting to contribute to public safety should definitely apply,” says Warden Teri DuTemple, emphasizing the qualities sought in potential recruits.

The centre’s correctional officers play a critical role, both in supervising Individuals in custody and in actively engaging with them to foster an environment ripe for positive transformation.

Our correctional officers work directly with Individuals in custody, working through challenges and identifying opportunities to create space for personal accountability and meaningful change. Communication skills, integrity and reliability are key to the job,” DuTemple adds.

Pro-social modelling

Pro-social modelling stands at the core of the rehabilitation process at the Nanaimo Correctional Centre. Officers act as role models who encourage Individuals in custody to display appropriate behaviour, relying heavily on effective communication skills – skills integrated into everyday interactions between officers and incarcerated individuals, making every moment a potential learning opportunity.

“It comes down to communication, and through pro-social modelling we strive to support people in custody to develop appropriate ways to express themselves in a variety of situations,” DuTemple explains.

A day in the life of an officer and people in custody

The daily routine for people in custody and officers is structured yet dynamic, designed to keep both parties engaged and productive.

Incarcerated individuals start their day with personal responsibilities, followed by participation in work programs, education, or core programs addressing underlying issues such as substance abuse. “Everyone has a job to do. This structure not only helps time pass more constructively but also aids in the rehabilitation process,” DuTemple notes.

Officers, on the other hand, begin their shifts with a muster to discuss the day’s agenda before moving to their posts. Their day is filled with direct interactions with incarcerated individuals, whether they’re leading programs, supervising a living unit, or offering individual support.

Training and career progression

New recruits can expect a comprehensive seven-week training program covering communication, problem-solving, case management and much more.

“Once hired, there’s ample room for growth, from becoming a supervisor to an assistant deputy warden,” DuTemple shares, reflecting on her own journey since 1989. The sense of camaraderie and teamwork is palpable, with a supportive network spanning 10 correctional centres.

Reflecting on her 36 years of service, DuTemple shares, “I have thoroughly enjoyed my career. There’s a lot of opportunity for growth and advancement. Seeing the direct change in incarcerated individuals is very fulfilling. It’s a great organization to work for.”

For those drawn to a career that offers more than just a paycheque, where every day presents an opportunity to effect positive change, the Nanaimo Correctional Centre welcomes you. The information sessions are the first step toward a rewarding career that values integrity, teamwork, and the power of transformation. Join them in making a difference, one life at a time.

Visit BC Correctional Officer job page to apply online or to learn more about a coming information session. Contact BCCorrections.Recruiting@gov.bc.ca for more information or questions.

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