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Our Mission

"The mission of the El Dorado County Sheriff's Office is to uphold the law through the investigation and enforcement of criminal and civil law, to provide leadership and law enforcement support to allied law enforcement agencies, to deliver consistent and humane treatment to those placed in our care and custody, and to perform these responsibilities in a manner that is responsive to the needs of our community and faithful to the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of California."  

The Sheriff's Vision

"A modern approach to traditional law enforcement values; Total enforcement on crime and criminals; Total care for victims, witnesses and the community; Total professionalism, through training and by example" 

Be a Leader. Effect Change in your Community.

If you have ever considered a career in law enforcement, now is the time! We are continuously hiring to fill entry level and lateral positions throughout the Sheriff’s Office, in Operations, Custody and Support Services. Whether you have experience in law enforcement or are just starting out, we hope you will find all the information you need here. 

Some recruitments may remain open continuously and some may open and close periodically. Please bookmark this page or subscribe to postings so you stay informed as to when a new recruitment is available for you to submit your application.

A Fulfilling Career, Serving a Supportive Community...

A career with the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office offers challenging opportunities, excitement, variety, teamwork and job satisfaction, career development and training, opportunities for promotion, and excellent salary and benefits. 

Total Enforcement, Total Care and Total Professionalism are a part of everything we do, upholding Sheriff D’Agostini’s vision for the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office.

About El Dorado County

El Dorado County is one of the oldest counties in the state of California as its establishment was directly related to the Gold Rush that took place in 1849; the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office was formed shortly after in in 1850. This county is unique in that it is a little over 1,700 square land miles (1,800 with bodies of water included) with only two incorporated cities, Placerville and South Lake Tahoe. Those cities account for approximately 20% of the population and 3% of land. The Sheriff's Office is responsible for assisting more than 150,000 residents, ranging from El Dorado Hills to South Lake Tahoe, which includes all neighborhoods, waterways and national forests in between.

Vacation in your own backyard

El Dorado County is a great place to live, work and play! The county is not only located close to the Sierra Nevada mountains, but also a mere two hours away from the ocean. In addition to the mountains and ocean, the County offers everything you and your family could want as far as lifestyle options -- beautiful lakes, rivers and during winter, in some locations, snow.  Summers are beautiful with non-humid temperatures, but warm enough to embrace the lakes and rivers...and the winters offer some of the best skiing and snowboarding around, perfect for perfect weekend retreats or mid-week activities. 

Healthy & Happy Families

In addition to the climate, there is a major focus on health and wellness throughout the county. El Dorado County prides itself on the amount of home grown foods available year round, whether its fresh apples, berries, lavender or livestock, healthy and nutritious options are available throughout the area. Additionally, the public schools are ranked as some of the best schools in the state of California based on test scores, key statistics and parent ratings. Our community offers plenty of resources for parents and children to be healthy, successful and happy in whatever they endeavor.

BEST of the BEST

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office is a unique and dynamic place to work. Sheriff John D’Agostini took office with the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office on January 3rd, 2011. With him, he brought a vision to this agency that is present in all of the work that we do for our community. Total Care, Total Enforcement, and Total Professionalism. We hire the best, we never lower our standards, and we refuse to settle. We offer a supportive and engaging career for both sworn and non-sworn personnel. 

We encourage you to reach out and explore the exciting career and life that might be waiting for you and your family here in El Dorado County.

Deputy Sheriff

(Lateral and Academy Recruits)

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office is continuously recruiting for Lateral Deputies and those currently enrolled in a California POST Academy, including intensive, extended and modular formats. If you are in an academy or planning to attend, we highly encourage you to apply at the beginning of your academy. Our hope is that you successfully complete the hiring process during the academy, graduate in our uniform, and become an EDSO Deputy upon graduation.

Minimum Requirements

  • Must be a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident alien who is eligible for, and has applied for, citizenship.
  • No felony convictions.
  • Not on probation. (Misdemeanors may be disqualifying depending on the quantity, type of violation, and the date of the violation).
  • Vision: Subject to POST requirements.
  • Valid Driver’s License.
  • U.S. high school graduate or GED recipient.
  • 21 years of age at time of application.
  • Effective English oral and written communication skills.
  • Successful completion of a comprehensive background investigation, computer voice stress analysis exam, Sheriff’s interview, psychological examination and complete medical examination.

Hiring Process

STEP 1. Whether you are currently a Law Enforcement Officer, recently completed an academy or currently enrolled, you are eligible for our Deputy Sheriff II recruitment.

Complete and submit an online application for Deputy Sheriff II. Be sure to attach one of the following items of documentation with your submission:

  1. POST Certificate, Or
  2. California POST Waiver for Out of State Applicants, Or
  3. California POST Re-Certification Course Letter with original California POST Certificate, Or
  4. California POST Basic Law Enforcement Academy Certificate of Completion, Or
  5. Letter of Good Standing and attendance confirmation from a California POST Certified Academy, Or
  6. Copy of your POST Profile from the POST website showing you are currently working as a Law Enforcement Officer

POST Certificates are valid for three years past :

a) POST Academy completion certificate date  b) last date of employment as a Peace Officer in California  c) date on the POST Waiver for out of state applicants.

Out of state applicants must contact the California POST to inquire whether their training qualifies them for a California POST Certification waiver.

California Commission on Peace Officer Standards & Training   

1601 Alhambra Boulevard

Sacramento, CA 95816-7083

Phone: (916) 227-3909

Fax: (916) 227-3895


STEP 2. If you meet the minimum qualifications for Deputy Sheriff II and you have one of the above items attached to your application, the Sheriff’s Personnel Unit will review your application and contact you via e-mail to complete a Pre-Investigative Questionnaire. Please complete this document honestly and in its entirety and return promptly. Failure to answer questions fully and honestly could lead to disqualification later in the background process. Applicants may be disqualified based on El Dorado County Personnel Rule 406 – Disqualification of Applicants. Failure to return this document in the given timeframe could lead to an automatic withdrawal from the recruitment.

STEP 3. The Sheriff’s Personnel Unit will give you directions on how to use the online self-scheduling feature to schedule yourself for an upcoming interview. Once scheduled, you may not receive a reminder to appear at your scheduled interview. Please record the date and time of your exam when you schedule yourself. This is your responsibility.

STEP 4. If you successfully complete the Oral Exam, you will be notified by email of your score and rank. Also attached to that email will be a list of documents you will need to submit prior to the background process. You can help expedite your background process by having these documents ready to go when an investigator contacts you.

STEP 5. Comprehensive Background Investigation

STEP 6. Truth Verification (CVSA) Exam

STEP 7. Chain of Command Review and Sheriff’s Interview

STEP 8. Psychological Evaluation as per POST Guidelines

STEP 9. Medical Exam as per POST Guidelines

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Who can I call or write for more information?

    The preferred method of contact is email to

    Are you currently hiring/testing?

    We are continuously recruiting for Deputy Sheriff II. Other positions such as Correctional Officer, Public Safety Dispatcher and Sheriff’s Technician open approximately every 3 – 6 months, depending on the need.

    Hiring Process

    Can I apply for more than one position at a time?

    Absolutely! Please apply to all positions you believe you are qualified for. A position that is listed as Extra Help or Temporary could turn into a full time position by the time the hiring process is complete. 

    What is the average hiring time/process?

    Depending on the position and number of vacancies, It will take approximately six months or more to get from date of application to date of hire. This is dependent on how fast applicants get through the recruitment and background processes. Applicants who are prompt with all tasks tend to get through faster. 

    I am currently on active duty in the military, how should I start the process?

    We suggest starting the recruitment process when you have approximately six months left on your enlistment. We post tentative testing dates and requirements in the job announcement and try to stay on course as much as possible. It is your responsibility to attend all tests and interviews to continue in the recruitment. A phone interview may be an option with prior approval. Once you are on the eligibility list and start backgrounds, we have more flexibility with dates and schedules and will try to condense appointments as much as possible.

    What is the hiring process if I live out of the county or state?

    We post tentative testing dates and requirements in the job announcement and try to stay on course as much as possible. It is your responsibility to attend all tests and interviews to continue in the recruitment. A phone interview may be an option with prior approval. Once you are on the eligibility list and start backgrounds, we have more flexibility with dates and schedules and will try to condense appointments as much as possible.

    What does the Physical Ability Test entail?

    The Correctional Officer test is the only recruitment that requires a physical abilities test. It is a one minute timed obstacle course including an 80 foot dummy drag, all completed while wearing an SCBA tank.

    I have something in my background I’m not sure of; may I talk to a recruiter about it

    No, recruiters are not Background Investigators. You should proceed with the recruitment. You should disclose any concerns or information in the pre-investigative questionnaire. Based on everything you disclose, the Background Investigation Sergeant will make a decision as to giving you an opportunity with the Sheriff’s Office or not. Each case is treated individually.

    What is your Department Tattoo Policy?

    No tattoos shall be visible while in uniform.

    If I have questions about my background package and would like to speak to someone, who can I contact?

    Once you are assigned a background investigator, they will be your main point of contact for any questions.

    I’m in the military and I have top security clearance, can this speed up my hiring process?

    No, our background investigation is separate from any previous investigations or clearances you have already obtained.

    Written Exam

    How do I register for the exam?

    Once you submit an application and it is determined you meet the minimum requirements, you will be invited to the written test. (If one is required for your specific recruitment)

    Do you accept other agencies T-scores?

    Yes, if the test was administered within one year of the scheduled test for this recruitment. T-scores must be an email or on letterhead from the other agency and must indicate the specific test you took. Each letter submitted will be reviewed individually for the proper test and a passing score.

    What does the written exam entail?

    Tests are specific to the job classification you are applying to. They are typically general knowledge tests and do not require previous experience in the job class. Many tests have study guides available online or in bookstores.

    What should I study for the written test?

    Many public libraries or local bookstores should have literature on Entry Level Law Enforcement or Corrections Officer examinations. Concentrate on improving your reading comprehension, which is a major factor in the written exam. Read each question slowly. Choose the best possible answer. There are no trick questions on the written exam. You should try and answer every question because those questions left blank will be marked wrong. Take your time.

    For how long are the test results good?

    Most test scores are good for one year.

    Where do I go for the written examination?

    The date, time and location of each test will be sent to you via email once your application is reviewed and determined you meet minimum qualifications for the position.

    If I take the exam and fail, when can I retake the exam?

    POST requires applicants taking either the POST Entry Level Law Enforcement Test Battery or POST Entry Level Dispatcher Test Battery must wait 30 days before retesting. Tests not controlled by POST may or may not have different waiting periods.

    Who do I call if I don’t get my exam score?

    You will receive your score via email within 10 business days of the test. If you do not, you may reply to your original test invitation email.

    If I have my DD214, where do I send it?

    Please attach your DD214 to your application. If you are requesting Veteran’s Preference points, this must be attached to your application and show you were honorably discharged.

    Do Veteran’s Preference Points help me?

    Veteran’s Preference points will add 5 points to your final score. If you have a service related disability and a letter from the VA stating such, you may earn an additional 5 points. This letter must also be attached to your application.

    How long does it take to get my test results?

    You will receive your score via email within 10 business days of the test.

    I just took an exam with another agency, how do I know if it was a California POST Exam?

    You will have to contact the agency where the test was administered. If you take two California POST exams within a 30-day period, your second exam will be void.

    Lateral Hiring

    I’m a current peace officer with a valid POST certification, where do I begin my process?

    Please apply to the Deputy Sheriff II link to submit your application. Please include your POST Certificate or a print out of your POST Profile.

    I’m currently enrolled in a California POST Academy, where do I begin my process?

    Please apply to the Deputy Sheriff II link to submit your application. Please include your enrollment letter or letter of good standings with your application.

    I’m a peace officer from another state, how do I begin my process?

    Out of state applicants must contact the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards & Training (POST) to see if their training qualifies them for a California POST Certification waiver.

    California Commission on Peace Officer Standards & Training

    1601 Alhambra Boulevard

    Sacramento, CA 95816-7083

    Phone: (916) 227-3909

    Fax: (916) 227-3895

    Once this waiver is received, you may apply. Please attach the POST Waiver Letter to your application.

    If I work state corrections and I have a corrections certificate, do I qualify for the lateral position?

    No, you need the law enforcement Basic Level 1 POST certification.

    Given the 2013 California pension reform legislation, how will my retirement be impacted if I lateral from my current department to the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office?

    The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office is a CalPERS agency. If you are currently receiving 2.7% @ 57, you will maintain that retirement with EDSO. For Classic Safety CalPERS retirements at 3% @ 50, we have noticed that after joining EDSO, that member’s retirement goes to 2% @ 50. This is all maintained by CalPERS, not the County of El Dorado. If you have questions about your retirement, please contact CalPERS directly.

    Salary & Benefits

    What is the starting salary?

    You may view the Salary Schedule by clicking here.

    What benefits does the department offer?

    You can find all the benefits by bargaining unit by clicking here.

    Academy Training

    Do you have to go through an academy?

    The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office does not sponsor deputy recruits through a POST academy. If you would like to be a Deputy Sheriff with EDSO, please go to and find an academy you would like to attend. Each academy has a specific enrollment process. Please refer to those academies directly. Once you are enrolled, you may apply with EDSO as Deputy Sheriff II.

    El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office Correctional Officers will attend an STC CORE Course during the first year of hire.

    Who pays for me to attend an academy?

    You are responsible for all financial obligations through your chosen academy. If you are a veteran and eligible for the GI Bill, please look into using those benefits to assist you with the academy. Please contact a local recruiter or the VA for more information.

    Will I be paid and receive benefits while attending the academy?

    The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office cannot hire you until you have successfully completed the academy.

    Thank You

    We appreciate you taking the time to review all that El Dorado County Sheriff's Office has to offer. Click the link below to contact our Recruitment Unit.

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