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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! To learn more about careers with the Sheriff’s Office, CLICK HERE

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See below a list of positions we are currently accepting applications for

Cook Sheriff’s Institutions

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.

Communication Dispatcher I/II- Fire/Sheriff 

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. 

Custody Deputy

This class is distinguished from Sheriff’s Deputy in that incumbents have only limited peace officer power pursuant to Penal Code section 830.1 c, are not deputy coroners, and are not assigned to patrol or bailiff duties. Incumbents receive training in a correction officer academy rather than a basic law enforcement academy. This class is distinguished from Sheriff’s Corrections Officer in that the latter is a terminal class; new hires will be made only to the Custody Deputy class. Incumbents will be required to carry a firearm on certain assignments, and to regularly qualify with firearms pursuant to department policy.

Emergency Communications- Call Taker
This Call Taker position answers calls received in the ECC, determines the emergency or non-emergency nature of the call and routes it to the appropriate communications dispatcher or provides the appropriate assistance; this position is distinguished from the Communications Dispatcher I job class in that the Call Taker does not dispatch any appropriate routine or emergency personnel or equipment via radio or other electronic communications equipment, nor is this an on-the-job training job class where the incumbent is expected to move to the position of Communications Dispatcher after completion of their on-the-job training.

Financial Office Professional – Public Safety
The entry-level fiscal position commonly uses accounting, budgeting, and financial management procedures; while learning how to perform the full range of fiscal record keeping, clerical, and related tasks.   Each Financial Office Professional position may be different depending on the needs of the department and the nature of the work that you will be performing.

Sheriff’s Deputy Trainee
This is a trainee-level class attends a Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) Academy to receive instruction designed to qualify trainees for the class of Sheriff’s Deputy; expected to successfully pass the Law Enforcement Recruit Academy
and receive the recommendation of the Sheriff and promote to Sheriff’s Deputy or be terminated from the position.

Utility Worker- Institutions
Under direction, maintains inventory of linen, clothing, and supplies; operates detainees’ property room; accepts delivery of and transports supplies; provides various services to the different bureaus of the Sheriff’s Office, including but not limited to any of the Sheriff’s Custody facilities; performs and/or supervises inmates or detainees performing minor housekeeping tasks and repairs; performs related duties as required.


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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