Security Screener

King County   Pioneer Square, WA   Full-time     Law Enforcement / Security
Posted on May 22, 2023
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$48,609.60 - $61,609.60 Annually


Multiple locations in King County, WA

Job Type

Civil Service, Full Time, 40/hrs Wk

Job Number



KCSO - Sheriff's Office


Support Services

Opening Date


Closing Date

12/31/2023 11:59 PM Pacific



Bargaining Unit

F18 : L117-Security Screeners - KCSO


The Security Screener position is a great opportunity to become part of the King County Sheriff's Office team! If you have a passion for customer service, public service, public safety, and working in a team environment, where every day brings new challenges, this may be the job for you. Security Screeners are tasked with the important role of keeping the building occupants safe while establishing the tone of everyone's visit.

The Court Protective Services Unit (CPU) is part of the Technical Services Division (TSD) and is comprised of 3 Sergeants, 36 Marshal positions and 35 noncommissioned Security Screeners. The CPU operates Monday-Friday with weekends and King County recognized holidays off between the hours of 6am and 5pm. Hours of operation vary at each of the 12 work sites.

Security Screeners serve in the following locations:
  • King County Courthouse, Seattle
  • Youth Services Center, Seattle
  • Harborview Mental Health Court, Seattle
  • Washington State Court of Appeals, Seattle
  • Maleng Regional Justice Center, Kent
  • Bellevue District Court
  • Issaquah District Court
  • Shoreline District Court
  • Burien District Court
  • Redmond District Court
  • Vashon District Court (staffed 1x/month)
  • Auburn District Court
  • Other locations as assigned.

Work Schedule:
This position is not exempt from the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act and is overtime eligible with prior approval. Typical work hours are 40 hours per week, Monday through Friday. Multiple shifts occur within 6:00 AM - 5:00 PM and locations will vary across King County facilities. Incumbents must be able to fill various shifts and locations as needed. Additional hours may be available upon supervisor's approval.

Job Duties

Candidates must be able to demonstrate a desire to serve the public and work with diverse
populations. Competitive candidates will have the experience or ability to execute the
following duties:
  • Operate electronic walk-through metal detectors and hand-held metal detectors, police portable radios, fire extinguishers during emergencies, x-ray machine to screen handbags/briefcases and other parcels for prohibited items.
  • Candidates must be able to demonstrate a desire to serve the public and work with diverse populations.
  • Perform visual searches of bags, briefcases and other carry-in items for prohibited items.
  • Use interpersonal skills and directive behaviors, when needed, to ensure the security screening procedures are followed by all individuals.
  • Assess situations, call for assistance from security staff and/or local police when needed, respond to requests for first aid.
  • Interact and communicate with the general public, including those with limited or nonspeaking English proficiency, individuals who may be confrontational and/or argumentative.
  • Provide information, direction, and assistance to the public.
  • Prepare and maintain legible activity logs.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

We are looking for candidates with the following minimum requirements:
  • Demonstrated proficiency in communicating with diverse people using the following skills and abilities:
  • Interpersonal and professional communication skills (both oral and written), including the ability to write clear and accurate activity logs, incident reports and related documents, remain calm under stress and in emergency situations, deal effectively with the public in emotional and confrontational situations.
  • Demonstrated aptitude for detecting potential problems and preventing escalation.
  • Ability to verbally describe procedures, articles, and events and to express ideas effectively and clearly.
  • Ability to successfully complete training in the effective and safe operation of screening devices.
  • Skill in directing the public during emergency situations.
  • Experience in providing and delivering consistent and effective customer service.
  • Experience and skill in responding to people of varied ethnic and social backgrounds, including those who may suffer from mental, emotional, or physical disabilities.
  • Able to use computer software applications including Microsoft Office and Office products.
  • Skill in establishing and maintaining effective, cooperative working relationships with security and police staff and other county employees.

Highly Desirable Qualifications:
  • One or more years in a customer facing service position.
  • Knowledge of appropriate methods for operating security screening equipment and properly identifying prohibited items.
  • Demonstrated experience in interacting with people of varied ethnic and social backgrounds, to include those who may suffer from mental or emotional stress;
  • Experience working in a security role.
Necessary Special Requirements:
  • With or without reasonable accommodation, the physical and mental requirements of this position include frequent sitting, standing and walking, which may be required for long periods of time and exposure to various temperature changes near building entrances.
  • Must successfully complete First Aid and CPR training.
  • Washington State Driver's License or ability to travel to King County locations in a timely manner. You must have access to reliable transportation and the ability to get to any of the locations mentioned previously. You may need to travel and provide coverage any of the locations on an as needed basis.
Supplemental Information

Forbes recently named King County as one of Washington State's best employers.

Together, with leadership and our employees, we're changing the way government delivers service and winning national recognition as a model of excellence. Are you ready to make a difference? Come join the team dedicated to serving one of the nation's best places to live, work and play.

Guided by our "True North" , we are making King County a welcoming community where every person can thrive. We value diversity, inclusion and belonging in our workplace and workforce. To reach this goal we are committed to workforce equity. Equitable recruiting, support, and retention is how we will obtain the highest quality workforce in our region; a workforce that shares and will help advance our guiding principles--we are one team; we solve problems; we focus on the customer; we drive for results; we are racially just; we respect all people; we lead the way; and we are responsible stewards. We encourage people of all backgrounds and identities to apply, including Native American and people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ+, people living with disabilities, and veterans.

King County is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Employer

No person is unlawfully excluded from employment opportunities based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation and pregnancy), age, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or other protected class. Our EEO policy applies to all employment actions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, selection for training, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, termination, rates of pay or other forms of compensation.

Application & Selection Process: An online employment application and cover letter that are complete and up to date describing your interest, and answers to the supplemental questions are required. Please include:
  • A complete and up to date King County Application - do not say "see resume."
  • Letter of Interest (cover letter) that addresses how you meet or exceed the qualifications for this position. This will be reviewed.

Union Membership
This position is represented by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Local 117.

To Apply

If you are interested in pursuing this position, please follow the application instructions carefully. If you need this announcement in an alternate language or format, would like to request accommodation or assistance in the application or assessment process or if you have questions, please contact the recruiter listed on this job announcement.

If you have any questions about this position or its duties, please reach out to

If you have any questions regarding the application or testing process, please contact Civil Service HR Associate, Brandon Dougherty at .

King County offers a highly-competitive compensation and benefits package designed to meet the diverse needs of our employees and support our employees' health and well-being. Eligible positions receive the following benefits and have access to the following programs:
  • Medical, dental, and vision coverage: King County pays 100% of the premiums for eligible employees and family members
  • Life and disability insurance: employees are provided basic coverage and given the opportunity to purchase additional insurance for both the employee and eligible dependents
  • Retirement: King County employees are eligible to participate in a pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems and a 457(b) deferred-compensation plan
  • Transportation program and ORCA transit pass
  • 12paid holidays each year (plus 2 personal holidays)
  • Generous vacation and paid sick leave
  • Paid parental leave, family and medical leaves, and volunteer leave
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Wellness programs
  • Onsite gyms and activity centers
  • Employee giving program
  • Employee assistance programs
  • Flexible schedules and telecommuting options, depending on position
  • Training and career development programs
For additional information about employee benefits please visit our Benefits, Payroll, and Retirement Page .

This is a general description of the benefits offered to eligible King County employees, and every effort has been made to ensure its accuracy. If any information on this document conflicts with the provisions of a collective bargaining agreement (CBA), the CBA prevails. Also, in the event of any incorrect information in this document, applicable laws, policies, rules, CBAs, or official plan documents will prevail.

NOTE: Benefits for Term Limited Temporary (TLT) or Short Term Temporary (STT) positions, including leave eligibility and/or participation in the pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems, will vary based upon the terms and details of the position.Short Term Temporary positions are not eligible for an ORCA transit pass.

For inquiries about the specifics of this position, please contact the recruiter identified on this job posting.