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The Seminole County Sheriff's Office is now accepting applications for the position of JUVENILE DETENTION SPECIALIST assigned to the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office Juvenile Detention Center, Juvenile Enforcement Center and/or Juvenile Assessment Center. The primary function of the Juvenile Detention Specialist is to maintain care, custody, and control of the environment by providing direct supervision to youth. All training will be provided. The starting pay for this position is $13.79 to $18.27 per hour, depending upon applicable experience. Pre-screen questionnaires must be submitted on or before the closing date of June 14, 2018.

Minimum Requirements :
  • Applicant must possess a high school diploma or GED
  • Applicant must have two (2) years responsible work experience. Prior work with at risk juveniles is preferred
  • Applicant must be computer literate and have a good working knowledge of computers
  • Applicant must be willing to work 8 or 12-hour shifts, days, nights, weekends, and all holidays
  • Applicant must have the ability to successfully complete a 40-hour Protective Action Response Plan (Self Defense/Physical Conflict Resolution) training class, a three-week Juvenile Training Academy, and required field training program within six (6) months of employment
  • Preference given to applicants who have prior Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) experience

All candidates must fully complete and submit a pre-screen questionnaire. The pre-screen questionnaire may be submitted via email to or by hand delivering to the information desk.

Each applicant must have a Background Investigation Waiver (included with the pre-screen questionnaire) notarized. Failure to include this notarized waiver with your pre-screen questionnaire will disqualify your application. Any costs associated with the completion of this form are the responsibility of the applicant. The Sheriff’s Office does not provide notary service for this form.

Successful applicants will be required to complete and submit an entire employment application, which will be provided to the applicant by Human Resources. 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 for employment must comply with the Body Ornamentation policy, which includes tattoos, brands, intentional body/tongue piercing (not including normal piercing of the earlobe for earrings) or mutilation and dental ornamentation. “Visible” is defined as body ornamentation that is visible on the arm below the sleeve of a short sleeve or golf-style shirt or above the collar of a short sleeve or golf-style shirt. Any visible body ornamentation must be disclosed at the time of application.

Applicants not selected for employment will receive notification from Human Resources, 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 the date of notification.

Unclassified Position
Please direct any questions to:
Seminole County Sheriff’s Office
Human Resources Division
100 Eslinger Way
Sanford FL 32773
(407) 665-6621

The Sheriff’s Office is committed to a diverse work force, is a drug free workplace and is an equal opportunity employer.


Seminole County Sheriff's Office
100 Eslinger Way
Sanford, Florida 32773
Phone: (407) 665-6600