Correction Officer

Ulster County Sheriff’s Office was established in 1661 and services an area of 1161 square miles. This includes a total 55 different locals with a population of approximately 180,000 residents. Each County Sheriff is responsible for the operation of the county jail. The Sheriff is responsible to assure that all incarcerated individuals are kept secure and properly cared for. The Sheriff must continually conform to numerous rules and regulations set forth by NYS Corrections Law and the New York State Commission of Correction, such as providing contact visitation, education and rehabilitation.

In order to provide a safe and secure correctional institution for inmates, the Sheriff's Office employs full and part-time correctional personnel. These positions consist of correction officers, corporals, sergeants, lieutenants, wardens and a superintendent.

Corrections Officer Pay

  • Starting Pay $24.10 Hourly – (Over $50,000 Annually)
  • 5 Years Pay $30.12 Hourly -- (Over $62,000 Annually)
  • Top Pay $36.13 Hourly -- (Over $75,000 Annually)

Ulster County Correction Officer Benefits

  • 25 year NYS Retirement Plan
  • Deferred Compensation Plan (457b plan) available
  • Tuition reimbursement available
  • Union membership available (UCSEA)
  • Medical, Dental, and Vision insurance
  • Shift compensation of 2% for 1600-0000 (C-line shift) and 5% for 0000-0800 A-line shift
  • Overtime pay rate earned at time and a half.
  • Opportunities for promotional exams
  • 15 Paid Holidays
    • 5 Annual Personal Leave Days 
    • Vacation Accrual
      • 1 year = 10 days
      • 5 years = 15 days
      • 8 years = 17 days
      • 12 years = 20 days
      • 16 years = 22 days
      • 20 years = 25 days
  • Opportunities for advancement through civil service exams
  • Health insurance for retired officers
  • Pay periods - pay checks are issued on a bi-weekly schedule and available through direct deposit.


  • Candidates must be at least twenty-one (21) years of age at time of appointment
  • United Stated Citizenship
  • Possess a Valid NYS Driver’s license
  • No felony convictions (certain misdemeanor convictions may prevent employment)
  • Complete a Background Interview to include fingerprinting
  • Pass the Physical Agility Examination
  • Complete a Psychological Exam
  • Complete Medical Examination
  • Pass Drug Testing Examination

(Note: applicants may be disqualified at any point during this process for failing to meet the standards)

Physical Agility Examination

20-29 33 22 10:00
30-39 30 17 11:00
40-49 24 11 12:00
50-59 19 9 13:00
20-29 24 10 13:00
30-39 20 8 14:00
40-49 14 6 15:00
50-59 10 4 16:00


How to Apply for Full Time Positions

If a Correction Officer Examination is currently scheduled it can be found at the following link along with all Ulster County Examinations

General Exam Information

To download an application, please go to this link:

Study guides for several civil service exams, including Correction Officer and Deputy Sheriff, can be located at this link:


How to Apply for Part Time or Provisional Positions

Download an application, please go to this link:

Bring the completed Application to the Ulster County Jail located at 380 Boulevard Kingston NY 12401 or email it to Sheriff[at]co.ulster.ny[dot]us *You will be given a background packet at this time to continue the hiring process*

Any Questions please contact kmul[at]co.ulster.ny[dot]us

The services of provisional employee(s) in this title must be terminated within 60 days of establishment of the eligible list. (PURSUANT TO SECTION 65(3) OF THE NEW YORK STATE CIVIL SERVICE LAW)


Ulster County Jail’s Mission Statement

It is the mission of the Ulster County Sheriff’s Office to serve the public by enhancing out partnership with the community, and in so doing, protect life and property, prevent crime, solve problems and foster good will through courtesy and professionalism

The Ulster County Sheriff’s Officer shall maintain a correctional facility with the highest degree of security to ensure the safety of the citizens, staff, and incarcerated individuals


Sheriff of Ulster County

Juan Figueroa