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The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office has a rewarding career for you. We are dedicated to hiring the best qualified deputies and support staff personnel while striving to bring diversity to our organization that reflects the community we serve. We promote a positive work environment that encourages teamwork, communication and professional development.

We are actively recruiting highly motivated individuals for all positions in law enforcement. To accomplish this goal, we must hire and retain individuals who possess the highest level of honesty, integrity and ethics. If you have such qualities and desire to have a positive impact on the future, then the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office is the place for you!

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OPEN RECRUITMENTS we are currently accepting applications for the following positions:

Communication Dispatcher ICLICK HERE
Dispatcher operates short-wave and computerized telecommunications equipment to receive, transmit, evaluate, and respond to emergency and non-emergency calls for information, services, and repairs by paging or dispatching the appropriate parties; maintains operating logs and records; performs other work as required. 

Cook Sheriff’s InstitutionsCLICK HERE
Food services is responsible for meal preparation of over 3,000 meals a day, 7 days a week, breakfast, lunch and dinner. The position is responsible for limited cooking in an oversight capacity, assigning, and instructing up to 25 inmates to do specific tasks that include slicing meat, making salads, staff cook, making special diet meals, kitchen helper, dishwashers, making sandwiches, and directed to other assignments as necessary. This requires checking with each inmate that they are following instructions and doing assignments correctly.

Custodian- Sheriff’s Office CLICK HERE
Custodian keeps building interiors clean and orderly; performs a variety of custodial and minor building maintenance duties as required.

Sheriff’s Administrative SupportCLICK HERE
Custody Operations, Records Bureau– Under general supervision, working in the Main Jail facility in Santa Barbara or Northern Branch Jail in Santa Maria, processes new arrestees for booking into custody; verify bail amounts at booking; assists the general public by phone and in-person; scheduling court dates; processes inmate records to facilitate release or transfer; and performs related duties as assigned. Duties are performed in a locked-down facility and require direct and indirect contact with inmates.

Sheriff’s Deputy TraineeCLICK HERE
This is a trainee-level class and incumbents are expected to successfully complete the Law Enforcement Recruit Academy and receive the recommendation of the Sheriff and promote to Sheriff’s Deputy or be terminated from the position.

Sheriff’s Service Technician CLICK HERE
This is an entry level, non-sworn generalist position that will gain required knowledge and abilities in the job field through on-the-job training and education. Some assignments will require regular and direct interaction with community members, inmates and possibly combative persons, but unlike sworn personnel the Sheriff’s Service Technician is not expected to have physical contact, and /or physically take enforcement actions. As a non-sworn classification, the Sheriff’s Service Technician is not permitted, nor expected to carry a firearm. When not performing duties in a custody detention facility, law enforcement facility or in the field, incumbents may perform general clerical and technical functions including, but not limited to assisting at the public counter, taking payments, ordering, receiving and dispersing office supplies and equipment, arranging for and transporting vehicles and equipment for maintenance, and other related duties as assigned.

Sheriff’s Deputy Lateral Transfer
If presently a permanent employee in another merit or civil service California public agency, in the same or similar position, and if appointed to that position by successful performance in a merit or civil service style examination, then you may be considered for as a Lateral Transfer. If interested, please email Human Resources at A HR representative will contact you to discuss the qualifications, testing process, and required documents.

Employment Interest Cards CLICK HERE
To receive email notification when Sheriff’s Office recruitments open, select the Job Categories Corrections and Law Enforcement.

Equal Opportunity Employer
The County of Santa Barbara and its leadership team is committed to maintaining a diverse workforce with equal opportunity that promotes inclusion and reflects the local population while ensuring compliance with state, local, and federal law. Its dedication to this purpose is driven by a commitment to hire, develop and retain top talent who will contribute to upholding the County’s mission.


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