Career Opportunities

Maryland's Correctional Dietary Officers
Food Service Professionals in Corrections

The Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services offers challenging and rewarding opportunities in a variety of food service settings.

We employ large-scale production methodologies ranging from scratch cooking to state of the art cook-chill food production.

We offer opportunities as an entry level Correctional Dietary Officer to a Correctional Dietary Supervisor and Correctional Dietary Manager.

Consider employment with the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services as a Correctional Dietary Officer (CDO).

Correctional Dietary Officers are employed at various facilities throughout the State of Maryland.

We can offer you:

  • A competitive salary, with cash overtime eligibility
  • Automatic membership in the Employee's Pension System of Maryland
  • The opportunity to join Supplemental Retirement Plans
  • Numerous Promotional Opportunities
  • Paid uniforms
  • Free meals during the course of your assigned shift
  • Excellent training experience to state of the art Cook chill production
  • Stable employment


What are my working hours?
Shifts can start as early as midnight to as late as 9:00 PM in order to provide adequate coverage. Working shift varies depending on institutional needs and schedule. Employees work on an 8-hour shift.

What kind of promotional opportunities are available?
A CDO I is eligible for promotion to a CDO II after one year of satisfactory work. Promotional opportunities are also available for supervisory and managerial positions.

What is involved in my duties as a Correctional Dietary Officer?
Some of the duties involve:

  • Supervising inmates assigned to dietary in food production, preparation and service
  • Cook chill work experience is available at Hagerstown and Eastern shore facilities
  • Special skills can be utilized in assisting catering at special functions
  • Providing training to inmates assigned to dietary
  • Experience in food receiving, storage and issuing

What about training as a Correctional Dietary Officer?

  • Satisfactory completion of the Training academy within the first year of service
  • Opportunities for Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP) certification
  • Participation in required annual training for CDO's

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