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June 06, 2023
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Do you have what it takes?

View and apply for open positions with JCSO.

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office serves the 6th most populated county in the state, spanning over 2,800 square miles in Southern Oregon. We serve extremely rural areas, and more densely populated locations such as eleven incorporated cities.

We have opportunities in Corrections, Patrol, Detectives, S.W.A.T., Search and Rescue, K-9, Records, Civil, School Safety, and Leadership.  We also collaborate with our partner agencies to provide Medical Examiner services , and within the Drug and Gang Task Force. If you are seeking a multifaceted career and want to work with dedicated professionals, join our team at JCSO.

We are very interested in adding quality people to our team. YOU could have the opportunity to be with a law enforcement agency where you are a part of it all.


JCSO has been approved for the On-The-Job Training (OJT) Program, which allows
 for GI Bill/OJT training benefits paid to those who are qualified for the GI Bill.
This cash benefit can total as much as $20,000 over your 18-month probationary period,
in addition to your salary.








The Jackson County Sheriff's Office currently employs over 170 regular, full-time police and support personnel. We are consistently recruiting and testing for our open law enforcement positions. We have been fortunate to employ high quality people. The Jackson County Sheriff's Office also utilizes several divisions of support personnel, managing data entry into law enforcement systems, case record keeping, and civil matters. We continually seek individuals who may be interested in a career in law enforcement, and have a desire to benefit their society.



You may be one of those people...

Are You: 21 years old and a U.S. citizen?
A high school graduate?

DID YOU KNOW:  All new law enforcement in the State of  Oregon must obtain training at the Department of Public Safety, Standards and Training, after being hired. No previous experience or education is required. What you do need is to be of strong ethical character, be competent, be courageous, and be compassionate. You must also be mission-driven and teamwork oriented. During and upon completing your training, you’ll be working with some of the finest people and professionals you’ll ever know.

JCSO Employee Pay & Benefits

We Offer:

  • PERS Retirement, including the employee's 6% contribution
  • Full Health Benefits (Medical, Dental, Vision)
  • Life Insurance
  • Uniforms and state-of-the-art equipment
  • Take-home cars for Patrol and Detective positions
  • Opportunity for advancement

There are also Excellent Fringe Benefits

  • 12 vacation days earned your first year, usable after the first 6 months of employment
  • 12 holidays per year
  • 12 sick days per year

Some positions within our agency also work 12-hour shifts, allowing them to have 7 days off within a two-week pay period.

Our salaries are competitive within the State of Oregon

Please see the salary schedule/pay rates.

The benefits of working for the Jackson County Sheriff's Office go beyond just high-quality training, wages and health insurance. For instance, you will be provided excellent equipment, and be represented under a collective bargaining agreement.  For complete information, you may review the Jackson County Sheriff's Association current collective bargaining agreement.  If you would like to know more about what it's like to be a member of the JCSEA Association, you can contact the association president, Steven Sagert, at

Further questions regarding recruitment, hiring and benefits  can be directed to Tanalyn Pfeil, at

Testing with our agency requires you to submit an application to a posted/open recruitment.

The written POST test is a test administered for all open recruitments (sworn or civilian) but for some recruitments, it is required in Oregon for law enforcement certification. Attached POST test sample brochure.

You may also purchase a POST study guide at the Jackson Co Sheriff’s Office at 5179 Crater Lake Hw., Central Point OR for $4.00.

Once your application is approved, you will be sent an email inviting you to take a written POST test. The invitation will include instructions on scheduling your testing date and time. You must pass the POST test in order to move to physical agility test (ORPAT) and be emailed instructions for taking the ORPAT. Once you pass the ORPAT, you will be emailed instructions on scheduling your in-person interview.

The Oregon Physical Abilities Test (ORPAT) is a hybrid physical ability-job sample physical ability assessment process designed to evaluate entry level officer candidates on the essential physical capacities required to satisfactory perform their job duties. The ORPAT is not required for civilian recruitment positions. Below is an instruction video of the ORPAT as well as tips on preparing for the ORPAT.

See Jackson County Job Opportunities for all open positions within the Sheriff's Office.  If you have completed an application hard-copy, it will need to be turned in to the Human Resources Office of Jackson County at 10 S Oakdale, Room 200, Medford, Oregon, 97501.  The fax number for Human Resources is 541-774-6455. Thank you for your consideration.