County Employment Opportunities

Human Resources Department
17 Courthouse
Mercer, PA 16137
Fax: 724-662-2189

Office Hours:
Monday ~ Friday
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Except Holidays

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Position(s) Currently Available

Correctional Officer | Custodial Worker (Part-Time) | Part-Time Telecommunicator

Position: Correctional Officer (Full Time) Posted: September 30, 2021 Deadline: October 16, 2021 Print Job Description


Department: Mercer County Jail


Position Title: Correctional Officer (Full-Time w/Full Benefit Package)


Pay ClassificationJCO 00-01 ($17.43/hr. Entry Wage)

                                    Raise after 6 Months to $18.94 and at one year to $19.68

                                    Shift Differentials in Addition to base rate


Full Benefit Package Includes: Paid Vacation and Paid Sick time; Medical, Dental, Vision, Short Term Disability, Life Insurance (Single and Family level plans) and participation in the Mercer County Retirement System Pension Plan


Reports To:  Warden and Deputy Warden(s)



Date of Job Description Creation/Update: 9/30/21





General Overview:

Correctional Officers will perform the direct supervision of inmates at the County Detention Facility according to laws, regulations, and policies of the State of Pennsylvania and Mercer County.  Officers will enforce the facility rules and maintain facility security.  Officers are responsible for the care, custody, and control of inmates at the facility.



Essential Duties and Responsibilities:


  • Directly supervises inmates in the facility during all aspects of their incarceration such as housing, visitation, meals, medication distribution, searches, activities, work programs.
  • Enforce the rules and regulations of the facility
  • Must be able to act quickly, assess situations carefully, act in accordance with policy and procedure, and protect self and others (inmates and co-workers)
  • Conducts periodic cell pod checks, performs searches of inmates, performs searches of cells and other areas for contraband
  • Maintains discipline among inmates
  • Responds appropriately to emergencies in the prison (which may include assaults, fires, riots, disturbances, natural disasters, medical emergencies and hostage situations)
  • Maintains and updates Facility records (written, typing and basic computer skill required)
  • Receives and books inmates (perform fingerprinting, photographs and searches)


Physical/ Age Requirements:


  • Must be trained on and be able to perform weaponless self-defense and restraining techniques
  • Must be trained on and be able to perform the operation and use of restraining devices
  • Must be trained in and be able to perform initial first aid services to inmates as needed
  • Regularly walk, stand or stoop; occasionally lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects weighing up to and over 100lbs.
  • Use tools and equipment requiring a high degree of security
  • Walk, stand, crouch or run on narrow, slippery inclining or erratically moving surfaces
  • Stair climbing required (all cell pods are 2 levels)
  • Sit and stand for sustained periods of time
  • Must be 21 years of age
  • Must pass a physical, drug and psychological evaluation post employment offer
  • Must pass a criminal background check post offer of employment.


Other Requirements:


  • Must have a High School Diploma or GED
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred in criminal justice, social service or related field
  • Ability to perform multiple activities and quickly identify inappropriate inmate conduct
  • Ability to perform basic math
  • Ability to communicate via radios
  • Ability to work the rotating shifts (including weekends and holidays) as require by a 24/7 operating facility
  • Ability to train for 4 weeks or more at the Academy at the Department of Corrections.
  • Ability to work mandatory overtime
  • Must have a valid Driver’s License
  • All other duties as assigned



Full on-Site Training Program:  The Mercer County Jail is a state approved training center for Corrections Officers.  All training will be provided on-site at the Mercer County Facility.  No travel for training is required.



How to apply:


All interested applicants must print and complete the Standard County of Mercer Application for employment.


Please send the completed standard application, a letter of interest, salary history, resume, and three references to the following:


                                    Mercer County 

                                    HR Department

                                    17 Courthouse

                                    Mercer, PA 16137


Deadline to Apply:  October 16, 2021


Must be postmarked by Deadline date

Position: Custodial Worker (Part-Time) Posted: September 30, 2021 Deadline: October 16, 2021 Print Job Description


Department:  Maintenance/Building and Grounds


Position Title:  Custodial Worker I (PT Housekeeping)


Pay Classification:  TCC 02 ($13.64/hr. starting wage)


Reports To:  Facilities Manager and Custodial Supervisor


Position is Part Time: (20 hr./week) M-F evenings (4:30 PM – 8:30 PM)         


Date of Job Description Creation/Update:  1/5/2021



Overall Descriptions of the Position: 


Manual custodial work doing routine cleaning in the Courthouse and other county owed public buildings as required.



Position Requirements:


  • Ability to learn materials, methods, and equipment used in cleaning public buildings and institutions
  • Ability to understand and carry out simple oral instructions
  • Willingness to work hours other than the normal office hours. 
  • Physical strength sufficient to do normal building cleaning work.  This includes but is not limited to the following:
    • Ladder Climbing
    • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs occasionally
    • Ability to lift up to 30 lbs regularly
    • Ability to kneel, bend, stoop, twist, turn and reach in all directions



Position Duties:


  • Performs manual tasks and mopping, sweeping, vacuuming, dusting, polishing, and emptying wastepaper baskets in assigned rooms or offices and other areas of a public building or institution.
  • Dusts and cleans offices where care must be taken that papers and materials are not disarranged.
  • Cleans windows, marble and brass embellishments and dusts books.
  • Cleans and scrubs lavatories, polishes fixtures and mirrors and furniture surfaces.
  • Replenishes lavatory supplies.
  • Cleans and dusts Venetian blinds, windowsills and ledges.
  • Performs such other related tasks and duties as may be assigned or required.


Supervision Exercised:


  • None


Certificates and Licenses:


  • Must be able to pass pre-employment/post offer of hire criminal history background check, drug test and physical exam.


How to Apply:


Please send a completed standard County of Mercer Application to:


                                    Mercer County /Human Resources Dept.

                                    17 Mercer County Courthouse

                                    Mercer, PA 16137


**Standard Application can be printed from the link above or can be obtained at the Mercer County HR office located on the basement level of the Courthouse.


Deadline to Apply:  October 16, 2021


Must be postmarked by Deadline date


Position: Part Time Telecommunicator Posted: October 14, 2021 Deadline: October 30, 2021 Print Job Description


Department:  E911 Center


Position Title:   Part Time Telecommunicator


Pay Classification:  TCE 06 (Entry $14.96/hr.)


Reports To:  EMA Director and E911 Deputy Director


Date of Job Description Creation/Update:  1-29-2020



Position Summary:


            Specialized work in telecommunications at the highest level operating a public safety communications network that involves receiving, recording, evaluating and transmitting requests for emergency and non –emergency response for police, fire EMS and other services from citizens and emergency field units.


Position Requirements:


  • Must have a clear and distinct speaking voice with good handwriting and typing skills and the ability to type at least 30 WPM.
  • Must have the ability to stay calm under extreme pressure with the ability of quick recall of information and procedures.
  • Must be able to work shifts, weekends, and holidays as scheduled by supervisors.
  • Ability to work with considerable independence as to critical decision making based on procedures and practices of the communications center.
  • Possess skills in operating standard emergency radio equipment, automatic alarm monitoring devices and other telecommunicating equipment.
  • Ability to obtain information from excited people and to establish priorities.
  • Ability to learn all functions and jurisdictions pertaining to and have a thorough knowledge of county geography.
  • Ability to pass a state test on CLEAN (Commonwealth Law Enforcement Assistance Network) computer system within 60 days of hire.
  • Ability to take and carry out orders from supervisors.
  • Ability to meet established audio logical testing minimums.


Certificates and Licenses:

            Possess a minimum of a high school diploma

            Possess a valid Pennsylvania driver’s license.


Position Duties:


  • Receive from public telephone calls for emergency and routine response for police, fire and EMS services.
  • Operate all telephone and radio equipment in the center to obtain needed information to assure the correct emergency response is sent to the appropriate location.
  • Enter data into and retrieve data from electronic data processing systems that includes but not limited to, emergency information systems entries, CLEAN/NCIC file entries, and fire and EMS computers.
  • Maintain any required local fire alarms, burglar alarms, test sirens, pagers and radio systems.
  • Maintain extensive records of events, circumstances and actions initiated for all incidents processed during the work shift.
  • Ensure that all equipment in the communications center is in operating condition and report any that is not to the supervisor.
  • Maintain good communications with various police, fire and emergency agencies in Mercer County and surrounding counties.
  • Performs other related tasks or duties as may be required or assigned by supervisors.


Physical Requirements:


  • Job allows standing, siting, and walking at will. 
  • Must have the ability to engage in frequent or constant phone and computer use to include regular data entry via a keyboard/mouse.


How to Apply:


All interested applicants must complete the Standard County of Mercer Application for employment.  Applications can also be obtained and submitted at the Human Resources Office located on the basement level of the Courthouse.


Please send the completed standard application, a letter of interest, salary history, resume (if applicable), and three references to the following:


                                    Mercer County 

                                    HR Department

                                    17 Courthouse

                                    Mercer, PA 16137


The E911 Center test of Basic Skills will be conducted prior to interviews.  Qualified applicants will be called to select a testing time.


Deadline to Apply:  October 30, 2021


Must be postmarked by Deadline date