Corrections Department adjusts hiring process to draw more applicants

Snake River Correctional Institution in Ontario is hiring. (The Enterprise/File)

In the town of Umatilla, Two Rivers Correctional Institution needs to hire a food service coordinator. Pay: up to $61,000 a year.

In Ontario, Snake River Correctional Institution is recruiting for a nurse practitioner for the state’s largest prison. Pay: Up to $124,000.

And in Madras, Deer Ridge Correctional Institution is looking for a correctional officer with pay up to $78,000.

That prison is competing with identical jobs available at state prisons in Portland, Salem, Baker City and Lakeview.

Across the Oregon Department of Corrections, finding new employees has become Job No. 1. On the morning of Wednesday, Feb. 9, the agency listed . . .