Deputy Probation Officer I/II

  • Stanislaus County, CA
  • Modesto, California
  • Jun 28, 2019
Full Time CORRECTIONS Probation Public Safety
  • Salary: $49,795.20 - $68,203.20 Annually

Job Description

About the Department and the Position


This recruitment is being conducted to fillcurrent full-time vacancies for the Stanislaus County Probation Department and to establish an eligibility list to fill future full-time and part-time vacancies.While this is a continuous recruitment, we encourage you to apply immediately as this recruitment may close at any time.
  • Additional compensation of 2.5% will be paid to incumbents who are authorized, qualified, and maintain qualifications to carry a firearm.
  • Additional compensation of 2.5% will be paid to incumbents who are authorized, qualified to carry a firearm, and in an armed assignment.
  • Additional compensation of 3% will be paid to incumbents upon completion of Probation Officer Core Training.
  • Additional compensation of 2.5% will be paid to eligible certified bilingual incumbents.

Candidates are required to pass a thorough background investigation.A sample of the information required to submit for the background investigationis viewable by clicking on the following link and selectingBackground/Hiring Form 2-251 Personal History Statement - Peace Officer:

The tentative schedule for testing in 2019 is as follows:

Please note that these dates are tentative and subject to change.You will be notified whether or not you are invited to each testing event at least five (5) days prior to the actual test date.

Cell phones are typically incompatible with the online application format or browser.We recommend using a desktop or laptop computer.If you are still having technical difficulties, please call NEOGOV at 1-855-524-5627.


Stanislaus County is located in Central California within 90 minutes of the San Francisco Bay Area, the Silicon Valley, Sacramento, the Sierra Nevada Mountains and California's Central Coast.With an estimated 538,388 people calling this area home, the community reflects a region rich in diversity with a strong sense of community. Two of California's major north-south transportation routes (Interstate 5 and Highway 99) intersect the area and the County has quickly become one of the dominant logistics center locations on the west coast.

The County is home to a vibrant arts community with the world-class Gallo Center for the Arts, a symphony orchestra, and abundant visual and performing arts. Stanislaus County is a global center for agribusiness, positioned by its mild Mediterranean climate, rich soils and progressive farming practices.

The area is recognized internationally for agricultural innovation with wine, almonds, poultry, milk, cattle, and walnuts being some of the features industries. The County is also home to Stanislaus State University, Modesto Junior College and benefits from satellite locations of other high quality educational institutions. The County was established in 1854 and has a total land area of 1,515 square miles. Temperatures range from an average low of 38 degrees Fahrenheit in the winter, to an average high of 85 degrees in the summer.


The Stanislaus County Probation Department serves as an integral component of the community and the criminal justice system by providing adult and youth offender community supervision, accountability, rehabilitation, education, life skills programming, and direct services that support families and victims.In addition, the Department operates safe and secure youth custodial facilities and offers a variety of positive behavioral conditioning, counseling therapy, job skills,and alternatives to custody programs.

The Department consists offour divisions: Adult Field Services, Juvenile Field Services, Institution Services, and Support Services with over 286 allocated administrative, support, and sworn peace officer positionsand an operational budget of $53.1 million.


The Deputy Probation Officer I classification is the entry-level Peace Officer position for new officers who generally have little or no prior work history in a probation department. Officers may be assigned to intake, investigation, supervision, or multi-agency collaborative projects in adult or juvenile field services in a variety of locations in Stanislaus County.

The DPO II classification is a journey level position for officers who generally have at least one-year successful full-time experience as a sworn Probation Officer in a same or similar classification in a probation department and have successfully completed mandatory California State Probation Officer core training.

Candidates selected for this position may be appointed at the I or II classification as determined by the Chief Probation Officer. Those appointed at the I classification will have the opportunity to promote to the II classification upon satisfactory completion of Probation Officer core, and one year of service.

Deputy Probation Officer assignments involve the possibility of bodily injury, dealing with angry, hostile and potentially combative clientele, and exposure to infectious diseases that can cause chronic illness or death. Some positions include exposure to offensive odors and bodily fluids, exposure to chemical weapons such as O.C. The incumbent may be required to carry a firearm and qualify on a quarterly basis. This position may be required to work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends, and also performs related duties as assigned.

Typical Tasks

  • Review law enforcement or court referrals and apply State law and departmental policy to determine appropriate recommendation and disposition;
  • Interview offenders, family members, victims and others critical to appropriate case disposition;
  • Access and comprehend law enforcement, school, mental health, social services and other reference materials;
  • Provide monitoring and supervision of offenders under court order or departmental disposition. This entails face-to-face contact with offenders, family members, law enforcement, employers, victims and other public or private agencies that provide service or supervision to the offender. These contacts may take place within the office, various custodial facilities, the offender's home, school or place of work, or at various community locations;
  • Accurately and objectively prepare memos, court reports, statistical reports, etc.;
  • Testify in court as required;
  • Transport probationers as necessary or required;
  • Conduct drug testing of probationers;
  • Conduct searches of a probationer, his/her residence or vehicle as authorized by court order and departmental policy;
  • Arrest probationers as authorized by State law and departmental policy;
  • Locate, brokers and monitors social services to aid probationer and his/her family;
  • Attend training classes, meetings, etc.;
  • Develop and monitor individualized case plans and case file materials to assist probationer to comply with the law, court order and achieve law abiding productive lifestyle;
  • Develop, monitor and report on job performance and performance based outcome measures; and
  • Arrange for payment of restitution and fines.

Minimum Qualifications (Skills, Ability, Knowledge, Education/Experience)


  • Read and comprehend complex written materials, including legal documents, psychological evaluations and other technical reports;
  • Communicate effectively in the English language both orally and in writing;
  • Deal effectively with criminal offenders, including potentially hostile and aggressive individuals;
  • Analyze investigative materials and make proper deductions;
  • Work cooperatively with law enforcement and other allied agencies;
  • Learn to use computer terminals and personal computers for word processing, data entry and retrieval, and other applications;
  • Successfully complete required training, that may involve overnight assignments away from home;
  • Work well under considerable pressure and with deadlines for work completion;
  • Learn to use radios, defensive chemical weapons, firearms and mechanical physical restraints;
  • Read or see objects under ambient, limited or artificial lighting and at a reasonable distance with sufficient clarity to permit their recording or accurate description, i.e., persons, items of property, written messages, printed materials, etc.;
  • Hear normal speech and other audible events (with or without environmental noise); and
  • Successfully complete Probation Officer core training course within the first 12-months of appointment, as prescribed by the Corrections Standards Authority.

DEPUTY PROBATION OFFICER II - Possess all of the skillsand abilitiesfor DEPUTY PROBATION OFFICERI; AND
  • Write clear and concise reports and make appropriate recommendations;
  • Work independently without excessive supervision; and
  • Work on special projects with others in a participatory group process.

  • Principles of human behavior, communication, adult and juvenile probation and applicable court procedures;
  • State laws and County ordinances affecting adult and juvenile probation; and
  • Modern casework techniques applicable to probation work.

  • Pursuant to Section 1031.5 of the Government Code, be a citizen of the United States or a permanent resident alien who is eligible for and has applied forcitizenship.


  • Possess a Bachelor's degree in any field, preferably one of the Social Sciences, Criminal Justice, Corrections, or a related field of study at the time of appointment. Proof of degree is required by the date of hire; AND
  • Possess and maintain a valid California Driver's License; AND
  • Some positions require the carrying of a firearm on-duty.

DEPUTY PROBATION OFFICERI is a Veterans' Preference Program eligible job classification. For more information please click on the followinglink

The California State Government Code provides the following minimum requirements for all Peace Officer positions in California:
  • Must be free from any prior felony convictions; AND
  • Must be a citizen of the United States or a permanent resident alien who is eligible for and has applied for citizenship; AND
  • Successfully pass the POST Medical and Physical Exam, including a treadmill test prior to hiring. For more information visit the POST website at; AND
  • Must be 18 years of age or older; AND
  • Must provide fingerprints for a criminal records check; AND
  • Must be of a "good moral character" determined by a background investigation; AND
  • Must have a High School diploma or GED equivalency; AND
  • Must be free from any physical, emotional or mental condition that might adversely affect the exercise of Peace Officer powers.

  • Must have successfully completed Probation Officer core training; AND
  • One year of work experience as a Deputy Probation Officer I or similar classification in a probation department.

  • One year experience in a paid or volunteer position in a justice system or social services agency.

Application and Selection Procedures


Unless otherwise provided, this position is part of the Classified service of the County and is assigned to the Stanislaus County Deputy ProbationOfficer Association (SCDPOA) bargaining unit for labor relations purposes.

Individuals who are in a full-time classification position are required to serve a twelve-month probationary period, which may be extended an additional six months, for a total of eighteen months.The probationary period does not apply to unclassified positions.


The County of Stanislaus is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to submit online application(s) for open position(s).

Stanislaus County is committed to establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with the general public, co-workers, supervisors, and members of diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds regardless of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, pregnancy related condition, marital status, gender/sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age (over 40), political affiliation or belief, or military or veteran status.


Applications cannot be submitted later than 5:00 p.m. on the final filing date. Make your online application as complete as possible so a full and realistic appraisal may be made of your qualifications. Applicants are invited to submit a brief resume outlining paid or non-paid experience relevant to the position.

Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application form.

Attaching your resume and cover letter are an optional feature for those who wish to do so in addition to completing the required application. Information on your resume and cover letter will not substitute for the education, work experience and required fields on the County application. The online County application is the primary tool used to evaluate your job qualifications.

Supplemental Questionnaire - Qualifying: All applicants are required to complete and submit the questionnaire for this examination at the time of filing.The supplemental questionnaire is considered part of the application and may be used throughout the examination process to assist in determining each applicant's qualifications and acceptability for the position.



Physical Agility Examination - Pass/Fail: A timed physical agility examination will be administered. The physical agility test includes:

Prone Plank: Lie on the ground in the prone position and raise body off the ground in a straight posture supported only by forearms/elbows. Keep body raised off the ground and hold posture for 30 seconds. Rest 20 seconds and repeat two more cycles for a total of 3-30 second prone planks.

Body Drag: Lift and drag a 165 lb. life-like dummy 32 feet in 20 seconds or less.

Stair Climb: Run 15 yards, climb up a flight of stairs making contact with each step, turn around at the top and climb down the flight of stairs making contact with each step, sprint 15 yards back to starting line in 30 seconds or less.

Scale Chain Link Fence: Run 5 yards to a 6-foot chain link fence, climb over the fence, and continue running for 25 yards in 25 seconds or less.

Scale Solid Fence: Run 5 yards to a 6-foot solid fence, climb over the fence, and continue running for 25 yards in 30 seconds or less.

Obstacle Course: Run a 99-yard obstacle course in 30 seconds or less. The course consists of several sharp turns, a number of curb height obstacles, and a 34-inch high obstacle that must be vaulted.

Endurance Challenge: Run 500 yards in 2.5 minutes or less immediately followed by performing 10 push-ups in 20 seconds or less.

Trigger Pull: Raise an unloaded pistol to shoulder height with arm fully extended and unsupported. Pull the trigger at least 40 times with the dominant hand within 1 minute and repeat the test with the weak side hand. The laser dot must remain within the confines of a 9 inch circular area of the target designated by the proctor.

Written Examination - Pass/Fail: A timed written examination will be administered. The written examination is a multiple choice examination provided by CPS HR Consulting. Samples of the written examination can be found by searching "Probation Officer Examination" on the Internet. You may also access the Probation Officer Study Guide at:

Oral Exam Panel Interview - Scored: An oral examination consisting of at least three panel members from the Probation Department, community and/or local law enforcement agencies. A minimum score of 70% must be obtained in order to continue in the process. Successful candidates will be placed on an eligibility list.

Personal History Statement and Background Investigation - Pass/Fail: Candidates selected to continue on from theOral Exam PanelInterview will be subject to a thorough background investigation.

Selection Interview - Pass/Fail:Top Candidates that have cleared the background investigation will be referred from the eligibility list andinvited to a Selection Interview with the Chief Probation Officer.

Conditional Offer Examinations - Pass/Fail: Candidates selected to continue on from the Selection Interviewwill be subject to pre-employment exams. The exams include drug testing, physical examination, treadmill test, fingerprint clearance and a psychological examination.



Arrangements may be made to accommodate disabilities and religious convictions. Applicants requiring testing accommodations are required to complete and submit the Testing Accommodation Request Form prior to the test administration date. Special arrangements for religious convictions should be included in the "Additional Information" section of the application form.

  • Pass County-paid pre-employment drug screening *if applicable and job-related background investigation.
  • Perform job duties in a manner assuring a safe working environment for oneself and others.
  • Maintain confidential information according to the legal standards and/or County regulations as required.


Application and/or examination results may be appealed by applicants presenting facts alleging irregularity, fraud and/or error in application screening or in exam scoring. Appeals must be in writing and submitted to the Chief Executive Officer within seven (7) days after the examination results are mailed.


The Job Task Analysis provides information detailing the physical and functional demands of the classification. For the complete job task analysis, visit the Risk Management website at under "Disability Management".


Find out if you qualify for the AES Public Service Loan Forgiveness program for full-time public sector employees (PSLF) by contacting (866) 706-5005.


Learn more about Club Wellness, a program designed to facilitate and encourage the good health of the Stanislaus County's workforce.


Stanislaus County reserves the right to revise the examination plan described in thisbulletin to better meet the needs of County service. The provisions of this bulletin do not constitute an express or implied contract. Any provision contained in this bulletin may be modified or revoked without notice. The information contained in the bulletin is information, which sets forth a general summary of benefits for this respective position. This information is not legally binding. The benefits and other information regarding this position may be found in the Stanislaus County Code, the Stanislaus County Personnel Policies manual, or in the applicable Memorandum of Understandings, and such information prevails over information contained in this bulletin. Questions regarding thisbulletin may be directed to the Stanislaus County Chief Executive Office/ Human Resources.

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