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A great career awaits you!

We’re looking for leaders who want to join our winning team in providing the finest law enforcement services to the people of Kern County, California.

The Kern County Sheriff's Office

A Great Career Awaits You

We’re looking for leaders who want to join our winning team in providing the finest law enforcement services to the people of Kern County, California.


Our Badge is a Symbol of Public Trust and Professionalism

Every member of our team has earned the right to wear our badge. Many people want to wear it, but only a few have earned it.

If you are a mature, motivated, ethically sound individual who wants to join a team of like-minded people, then a career with the Kern County Sheriff’s Office might be the place for you.

Take a look throughout our website, ask questions of our recruiters, and get an in-depth look of our office and team members by following us on social media. Then you’ll know if KCSO is where you need to be.

You Have Options With KCSO

From Deputy Sheriff to mechanics, the Kern County Sheriff’s Office has employment opportunities that need to be fulfilled by great people.

Attend one of our Career Hiring Events

We have exciting employment opportunities waiting to be filled by exceptional individuals like you. Join us at one of our hiring events and embark on a fulfilling career with the Kern County Sheriff’s Office.

See and Hear For Yourself…

Watch what we do and hear why our team members are proud to call KCSO their home.

Donny Youngblood

Sheriff | Coroner | Public Administrator

Like our unique red patch, our Sheriff’s Office is uniquely different than others.  You can become a Deputy Sheriff, Detentions Deputy, or any one of our numerous civilian classifications.  We also offer a transition program to allow you to move between classifications.  Our over 8000 sq. miles has 13 substations where we want you to live and serve our communities.  In fact, we will pay you an extra $2000 a month to live in select substation response areas.  We have substations from mountains, to lakes, to the high desert. If aviation is for you, we train our own pilots to fly our 8 different aircraft.  We offer great promotional opportunities that allow us to help you be the best you can be.  We love our organization and invite you to explore our website to see if it’s a fit for you.  We live in a county where our residents greatly appreciate us and we them.  Take a look at us, we really want you to become a part of our community and family.  If you have questions, call any of us and we will answer.  From the Sheriff down, we await your call!!

Donny Youngblood
Sheriff, Kern County Sheriff’s Office

Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood

Great Benefits & Incentives

Take a look at what we offer and you’ll see we’re competitive, if not better, than other employers!

Recruitment & Retention Bonus*

Lateral Bonus*

Relocation Bonus*

Monthly Housing Allowance*


Shift Differential Pay


POST Certificate Pay*

*Certain conditions apply. Read further details in the job details on this website or the Kern County Jobs Website.

Inside KCSO

Get to know our agency, leadership, and the testing process to make sure it’s a good fit for both you and us.

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Dispatch Appreciation Week
“Heroes Wear Headsets” is a program implemented last year for peers to recognize peers. Employees can submit an email describing any event where they felt another employee went above and beyond to help the public or a deputy. 
During National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week, we would like to take the opportunity to recognize a few of our dispatchers who were submitted by their peers. 
#appreciationpost #dispatchappreciation #NPSTW2024 #publicsafetycareers #loveyourjob #careers
It’s always a good time when we go to an event with @shepowerleadershipacademy thanks for having us! #community #communitypartner #worktogether
Dispatch Appreciation Week
Kern County Sheriff’s Office Dispatchers have to be prepared for everything! 
⭐️You might be a 911 dispatcher if… I have at least three different drinks on my desk at all times
⭐️You might be a 911 dispatcher if… you eat all of your meals cold
⭐️You might be a 911 dispatcher if… you can have more than one conversation occurring at any given time
⭐️You might be a 911 dispatcher if… you can function on little sleep
⭐️You might be a 911 dispatcher if… you show up to work with bags like you’re staying for the weekend
#appreciationpost #dispatchappreciation #NPSTW2024 #publicsafetycareers #loveyourjob #careers
Kern County Sheriff’s Office will no longer be providing law enforcement services within the city limits of Wasco, CA.
Effective April 18, 2024, at 11:00 a.m., Wasco Police Department will be responsible for providing law enforcement services within Wasco city limits while operating out of the Wasco Substation located at 748 F Street in Wasco, CA.
The main line for Wasco Police Department dispatch services will be 661-758-7266.
Kern County Sheriff’s Office will remain the main point of contact for all open Sheriff’s Office cases prior to April 18, 2024.
For questions regarding active Kern County Sheriff’s Office Wasco cases, contact the Kern County Sheriff’s Office at 661-391-7500
It’s amazing what sitting down and sharing a cup of coffee can do! A shared concern and a willingness for open dialogue goes a long way. To our neighbors at @covenantcoffee , we are also grateful and appreciative of the opportunity to sit down and hear your concerns and to be able to come up with a solution that works for all members of the community. This is what #communityorientedpolicing is all about! #community #communitypartnership #loveyourjob #kcso #communityappreciation  To schedule a 15 minute presentation on Community Oriented Policing contact the Crime Prevention Unit at 661-391-7559 or email at
Our current POST Academy took a little field trip to clean up a bridge by picking up trash and painting over some graffiti as an interactive lesson on the Broken Window Theory. The idea that if we take pride of ownership in our communities that it will inspire others to follow suit and take care of the community and common areas that we share is a valuable life lesson and one that helps remind our recruits of their pledge to service. #communityorientedpolicing #community #brokenwindowtheory #academy #RTC
Dispatch Appreciation Week
Heroes Who Wear Headsets- The Kern County Sheriff’s Office has a group of highly dedicated individuals that work round the clock, 365 days a year to serve their community. 
So far in 2024, our communications center has answered over 150,000 emergency and non-emergency phone calls!

#appreciationpost #dispatchappreciation #NPSTW2024 #publicsafetycareers #loveyourjob #careers
Deputies Henderson and Villa had a good time chatting with the students at Palm Avenue in Wasco. Invite us to your school’s next event or career fair! Call 661-391-7559 or email #community #schooliscool #careerfair #careergoals #loveyourjob #publicsafety #lawenforcement apply at
Public Tour of KCSO Headquarters is here again! Come see what’s behind those green gates!! 

Tuesday, May 7 at 6:00 p.m. 
Register to save your spot TODAY! Whether you want to bring the family, your community group or just show up by yourself, you’ll need to get on the list! 
It’s FREE! Just bring some comfortable shoes! 👟 

Call (661)391-7559 or email to save your spot!

#publictour #kcsojobs #lawenforcement #community
Dispatch Appreciation Week
National Public Safety Telecommunications Week is held annually during the second week of April to honor public safety telecommunicators for their commitment, service, and sacrifice. This year Dispatch Appreciation Week, as it is commonly known, is April 14th-April 20th. 
Help us in thanking our hardworking and dedicated Kern County Sheriff’s Office dispatchers! 

"The calm voice in the dark, the heroes behind the secenes, the Golden Link that holds it all together; DISPATCHERS."

#dispatcher #appreciationpost #loveyourjob #kcsojobs
Kern County Sheriff’s Office Benefits Association would like to thank the community for their support of this year’s annual Honor Run. 

The event is SOLD OUT!

This means race day registration will not be available. 

Way to show up, Kern County! 

#communitysupport #5k #10k #honorrun #fallenheroes