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Frequently Asked Questions

Employment Questions

  • How can I find out about non-correctional job opportunities?
    You may select the TDCJ Job Search button from the Employment page of our website, contact a local Texas Workforce Solutions office, access Work in Texas or you may contact Human Resources Headquarters in Huntsville.

  • I want to apply for a posted position. What forms should be completed?
    Complete the applicable TDCJ Employment Application Supplement and the State of Texas Application for Employment. Download application forms.

  • Do I need to submit a separate application for each position?
    Yes, however, you may also make copies of your application; and, each submission must contain an original signature.

  • Where can I obtain job application forms?
    You may obtain all application forms from the contact person listed on the job posting, as well as from Human Resources Headquarters. Application forms can also be downloaded from the TDCJ Website in a Microsoft® Word format and in PDF format, which can be read with Acrobat Reader.

  • Where should my application for a posted position be sent?
    Mail, fax or hand carry your application to the contact person listed on the job posting. Emailed applications area and accepted.

  • May I submit a resume instead of completing the application forms?
    No. You must complete the necessary application forms required for the position.

  • How can I find out more about a job besides what is on the position description?
    Some supervisors will offer a work-site visit to provide applicants an opportunity to find out more information about the job prior to the interview. The job posting will indicate if this option is available.

  • I have a disability. Should I indicate on my application what reasonable accommodations are required for me to perform the essential functions of the job?
    Medical or disability information should NOT be mentioned on the application. Requests to accommodate a physical or mental restriction or limitation should be identified only when you are given a conditional offer of employment.

  • What type of training does the Parole Division provide to newly hired parole officers?
    District Parole Officer new hires attend a comprehensive six-week course at the Parole Officer Training Academy conducted at the TDCJ facilities in Austin. New Institutional Parole Officers receive comprehensive on-the-job training.

    The Training Academy curriculum includes administrative responsibilities, division policies and procedures, supervision requirements, techniques for offender supervision and officer safety issues. Basic firearm preparedness, firing range, physical conditioning, and defensive tactics training are included in the curriculum. A tour of a TDCJ Correctional Institutions Division unit is conducted during training. Continued employment for District Parole Officers is contingent on successful completion of the Training Academy. Subsequent training is provided on an ongoing basis.

  • In what types of treatment programs do substance abuse counselors work within TDCJ?
    Substance Abuse Counselors may be working in an intensive treatment program in a correctional setting such as in Substance Abuse Felony Punishment Facilities (SAFPF), an In-Prison Therapeutic Community (IPTC), the Pre-Release Substance Abuse program, the Pre-Release Therapeutic Community, the GRAD Program (Gang Renouncement and Disassociation) or the Youthful Offender Therapeutic Community.

  • What are the requirements for Substance Abuse counselor positions?
    Substance Abuse Counselors and Substance Abuse Counselor Interns must meet the guidelines established by the Department of State Health Services in order to qualify for positions. For more information call (936) 437-8935.

  • I have an old misdemeanor conviction, which is no longer on my record. Do I have to report it on my application?
    Yes, all convictions have to be listed, except for the exceptions specified in the TDCJ Employment Application Supplement. Read this carefully before submitting your application. View additional information.

  • What happens if I do not list a conviction or other important information on my application?
    You will be disqualified for employment in any position with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for one year.

Page updated: 08/24/2017