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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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Get a first-hand look at your future career with Kern County Sheriff’s Office.

Follow the captivating stories of the current Academy on our new series “The Academy”. See who has what it takes to wear the badge. Episode 1 “The Grind” will be up on the Kern County Sheriff’s Office YouTube channel this Friday! #careers #loveyourjob #kcsojobs #careergoals
May was Older Americans Month and KCSO would like to share some of our highlights from last month's activities. We would like to take this time to remind our community to look out for our Senior Citizens. KCSO’s Crime Prevention Unit offers programs like Senior Frauds and Scams to help keep our Older Americans sharp as a tack and spot a scam from a mile away! Contact our Crime Prevention Unit to learn more about what they offer the community!
@mach91photo got some amazing views for Vertical Magazine and on The Hangar Z Podcast where KCSO Air Support will be featured 🚁☁️
Movies in the Park was such a fun time with our community. We had some great volunteers who came out in costume to make this Star Wars movie night one to remember! #masterminds #photoshoot #starwars #may4th  #loveyourjob
Licensing Unit will remain temporarily closed. Office will reopen Tuesday 6/11/24 at 12 PM. Thank you for your understanding.
#latepost KCSO deputies attended Kid Fest a couple weekends ago at Stramler Park. #community #communityevent #loveyourjob
Some area deputies snapped a photo while at a brush fire 🔥 with Kern County Fire Department in the Rosamond area yesterday evening.
Licensing Unit will be closed and not issuing permits for the remainder of the week (5/29/24-5/31/24). Office will reopen on Monday 6/3/24 at 8 AM. Thank you for your understanding.
Enjoy a safe Memorial Day with loved ones while we remember those who served in the military and sacrificed and gave their lives in service to this country. 🇺🇸
In Memoriam: Sheriff’s Deputy James Edward Throne

Deputy Throne was a 2½-year veteran. End of watch May 23, 2008, as a result of a traffic accident while assisting deputies in the Lamont area.