++OPENING DATE :++ 05/01/22

++CLOSING DATE:++ 05/31/22 11:59 PM CET


++SITE:++ Varies, Minnesota

++DEPARTMENT:++ Sheriff’s office


Join the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office as a volunteer Special Deputy! You will have the opportunity to broaden your public safety experience and make a difference in the community by promoting equal justice, safety and well-being. The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office is dedicated to serving the community with transparency, responsiveness, and compassion. If you have a critical mind and a great ability to adapt, this position is for you. Location and times:
Location will vary depending on placement.

Volunteers will participate in tasks for a minimum of 16 hours per month. The first 12 months of service will be in classroom training and a field training program. Specific programs within the Sheriff’s Office include Patrol Support (Water and Highway), Mounted Patrol, and Communications and Radio Technology (CRT).

About the post type:

These positions are volunteer, unpaid, unlicensed peace officer positions.

These volunteering opportunities are subject to emergency appeals and involve public contact with the possibility of physical confrontation.

The expected start date is October 6, 2022. You must be at least 18 years old on the start date to be considered.

As of September 1, 2021, all new job offers are conditional on the candidate being fully vaccinated against COVID-19. “Fully Vaccinated” means 14 days after receiving the second dose of a two-dose series of vaccines approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on a full or emergency basis, or 14 days after receiving received an FDA-approved single-dose vaccine on a full or emergency use basis. After a conditional job offer, the candidate must show proof of full vaccination before their start date. A COVID-19 vaccination card from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a vaccination record from your doctor’s office, or a personal digital vaccination record is sufficient “evidence.” The candidate must also certify that he is vaccinated by filling out a form on the first day of employment. Reasonable accommodations to this vaccination requirement will be considered at the request of an applicant for medical or religious reasons, as required by applicable law.
In this position, you will:

  • Provide specialized rescue and recovery operations.
  • Respond to calls requiring the use of specialized communications, personal accidents, medical emergencies and natural disasters.
  • Assist with details of dignitaries.
  • Direct traffic.
  • Patrol the lakes/rivers of Hennepin County.
  • Perform search and rescue operations.
  • Remove navigational hazards on county waterways.
  • Inspect watercraft for hire, lease or hire.
  • Participate in investigations of aquatic accidents and drownings.
  • Attend community events and parades.
  • Present information to the general public about water and ice safety at open houses, safety camps, schools and snowmobile courses.
  • Assist public safety agencies with communications integration, knowledge of radio systems and protocols, special event dispatch and details.

Need to have:

  • Must be at least 18 years of age or older as of October 6, 2022.
  • No felony convictions.
  • A valid driver’s license and the ability to obtain a ++Hennepin County Driver’s License.++
  • Must attend Reserve Academy and all basic training classes. These courses are held one evening per week for approximately 16 to 24 weeks, depending on the training schedule of each specific unit.
  • Must attend all mandatory training sessions, annual Basic Emergency Care/CPR/AED refresher courses and other training sessions as directed.
  • Pass each of the following exam components:
    • Verbal examination.
    • background investigation.
    • Psychological evaluation.
    • Drug screen.
    • Complete medical examination prior to appointment to determine the candidate’s ability to perform the essential functions of the position. General medical requirements include, but are not limited to (these general medical requirements are not intended to be an exhaustive or comprehensive list of authorized medical examiner medical guidelines):
      • Uncorrected vision of at least 20/40 in each eye.
      • Corrected vision of at least 20/20 in each eye.
      • Must meet normal hearing standards.
      • Have no cardiovascular problems, including high blood pressure.
      • Must be able to identify primary colors.
      • Must not have respiratory failure.
  • The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office Reserve School – this class is held one evening per week for seven consecutive weeks. Each will have tests that must be completed and passed in order to progress to the next stage of training.
  • The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office Special Assistant Basic Training.
  • Basic training specific to the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office unit.

Good to have:

  • For Field of communication and radio technology placement:
    • Basic knowledge of computer systems.
    • Basic knowledge of radio systems.
    • Hold an amateur radio license from the Federal Communications Commission or be able to obtain one during the 12-month probationary period and successfully receive a Technician class license issued by the Federal Communications Commission.
  • For mounted patrol area placement:
    • Own a personal horse and present the following: current negative Coggins test and horse vaccination record; complete training programs requested by the sheriff’s office; and successfully complete an annual sensory evaluation course.
  • For Patrol support area (water and road) placement:
    • Ability to swim and pass a swim test consisting of a timed 100-meter swim, 10-minute water walk, and 10-foot dive to retrieve a 10-pound brick. All of these tests will be carried out fully clothed, including shoes.

About the department:
The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office serves the county’s 1.2 million residents. State law mandates most duties of the sheriff’s office, including running the county jail, providing district court security, and patrolling county waterways.

The Sheriff’s Office also manages specialized initiatives such as Criminal Information Sharing and Analysis (CISA), Violent Offender Task Force (VOTF), Crime Scene Investigations, Criminal Investigations, community awareness and employee well-being.

About Hennepin County:
Hennepin is Minnesota’s largest county government organization. Our employees work every day to improve the health, safety and quality of life of our residents and communities. All of our jobs align with one or more of our overriding goals – that the residents of Hennepin County are healthy, protected and safe, self-sufficient, assured of due process and mobile.

Our employees enjoy a combination of generous benefits and a positive work culture not found in other organizations. This includes meaningful work that impacts our community, competitive pay, work-life balance, a variety of benefits, and opportunities for growth. Learn more about ++www.hennepin.us/employees++.

Hennepin County envisions an organization where our commitment to diversity and reducing disparities is fundamental to providing excellent service to our community.

Your future. Made here.

This posting may be used to fill current and future vacancies.

Invitations to interview will be based on an assessment of education and experience.

If you have any questions, please contact:
Lieutenant Bret Cline [email protected]++