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Coming to work at the Ada County Sheriff’s Office means more than just accepting a job. You’re becoming part of a rich tradition of excellence and a community of people working to make a difference. We are the largest law enforcement agency in the state of Idaho serving a population of almost 400,000. Our mission is to make safer places for you to live, work, and play.

With over 740 employees in over 60 different career fields we offer a variety of employment opportunities. You can become a patrol or detention officer, 911 dispatcher, records or jail technician, nurse, or choose from a variety of other administrative positions. There are also numerous opportunities for career advancement, and professional growth and development.

Disqualifiers/Hiring Standards

The Ada County Sheriff’s Office will likely disqualify any candidates whose background includes the following:


  • Have used marijuana, cannabis, hashish, oils, edibles, vaporizers or any other substance containing THC or CBD in both natural and synthetic forms within the last 3 years. This also includes use in states and countries where marijuana has been legalized or for medical use.
  • Have used any other drug (methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine, mushrooms, etc …) within the last five years.
  • Have ever sold, transported, or manufactured illegal drugs for profit in the last 10 years.

Criminal activity

  • Any adult felony convictions. (Juvenile felony convictions will be reviewed on a case by case basis). This policy will also include withheld judgments as convictions.
  • Any misdemeanor conviction for crimes involving domestic battery or violence, child abuse, stalking, or voyeurism.
  • Any criminal probation must already have been served.


  • Have regular contact with those who use illegal drugs, are incarcerated, or on probation/parole.


  • Have been convicted of Driving Under the Influence (DUI) within the last three years.
  • Have had a driver’s license suspension within the last three years relating to a DUI, chemical test refusal, or points assessed due to moving traffic violations (if driving is an essential function of the job).


  • A “dismissal,” “bad conduct discharge” (BCD), “dishonorable discharge” (DD), or administrative discharge of other than honorable (OTH)
  • Any other military discharge will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.


  • The policy of the Sheriff’s Office is to hire applicants who do not smoke or use simulated smoking products. Applicants must have not used the following for at least three (3) months prior to applying; cigarettes, e-cigarettes, vaporizers, cigars, pipes, hookah, or cloves. The use of chewing tobacco and snuff is excluded from this standard.


  • Misstating, omitting or deliberately lying about anything during any stage of the hiring process.

Federal Employment Law

The Ada County Sheriff’s Office is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy), age, veteran status, marital status, physical or mental disability, and any other legally protected status.View more info on Federal Employment laws.


If you want more information about career opportunities or need assistance completing your online application, please contact us.

7200 Barrister Drive
Boise, Idaho 83704