• Stanislaus County, CA
  • Modesto, California
  • Sep 06, 2020
Full Time CORRECTIONS Probation
  • Salary: $42,244.80 - $51,376.00 Annually USD

Job Description

About the Opportunity

To learn more about the Probation Department, click here.

The Probation Corrections Officer I is the entry-level Peace Officer position responsible for the care and custody of minors detained in Juvenile Hall or participating in various alternative-to-custody programs. Advancement to the II level will be based upon satisfactory or better performance after completing one (1) year of employment. Individuals in this classification may be assigned to work in the Juvenile Hall, Juvenile Commitment Facility, Electronic Monitoring Program, or other juvenile supervision programs. Juvenile Hall and the Juvenile Commitment Facility are locked custodial facilities operating on a 24-hour basis. Individuals selected for the position of Probation Corrections Officer must be willing and available to work any shift, on a rotation basis, as well as weekends and holidays. This position is also subject to overtime, standby, and callback assignments. Performs related duties as assigned.

The full-time Probation Corrections Officer I/II position is an entry-level Peace Officer position. It is part of the Classified Service of the County and is assigned to the Stanislaus County Probation Corrections Officer Association (SCPCOA) 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 part-time Probation Corrections Officer I is a non-sworn position Unclassified Service of the County and considered "at will" for labor relations purposes.

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".

Typical Tasks
  • Comply with all state and federal regulations required of youth correctional facilities;
  • Provide direct assistance and supervision of detained youth during recreation, study, and work activities;
  • Instruct minors in personal hygiene, clothing care, toilet and table habits;
  • Assist staff in serving meals;
  • Issue equipment and supplies as needed;
  • Counsel and advise minors utilizing behavior modification techniques as well as individual and group counseling and/or communication techniques;
  • Transport minors to and from Juvenile Detention facilities or other custody facilities;
  • Enforce department procedures to achieve institutional safety and security, enforce discipline and order, and maintain sanitation standards;
  • Oversee visitation procedures, inspect all items brought into the custodial facilities, and monitor all incoming and outgoing mail of confined youth;
  • Act promptly and efficiently in emergency situations, including restraining and handcuffing youth;
  • Use O.C. (pepper) spray in accordance with departmental policies and procedures;
  • Observe minors' activities, document their behavior, prepare incident reports and compose progress reports;
  • Book incoming youth, conduct searches, completes room assignments and observation records; and
  • Assist in training of subordinate staff members as necessary.

Minimum Qualifications (Skills, Ability, Knowledge, Education/Experience)
  • Supervise the daily program activities of minors;
  • Effectively enforce rules and regulations; accurately interpret policies;
  • Remain calm and exercise good judgment in controlling emergency situations and behavioral disturbances;
  • Write clear and concise reports;
  • Supply support and direction to minors on an individual and group basis;
  • Utilize departmental training to appropriately respond to combative minors, including controlling a resisting minor or utilizing O.C. (pepper) spray as necessary;
  • Successfully complete 134-hour introductory CORE training course within the first 12 months of appointment as prescribed by the California State Corrections and Standards Authority.

  • Principles and techniques of supervising group activities;
  • Causes of juvenile delinquency and the principles and methods of dealing with delinquent and emotionally disturbed juveniles; and
  • Techniques for establishing effective verbal communication.

We recognize your time is valuable, please only apply if you meet the following required qualifications.
Probation Corrections Officer I
  • High school graduation or pass the General Education Development (GED) test indicating high school graduation level; AND
  • The County requires you be at least 21 years old at the time of appointment; AND
  • The California State Government Code provides and the County requires the following minimum requirements for all Peace Officer positions:
  • Be free from any prior felony convictions; AND
  • Be a current United States Citizen, or have an approved application for citizenship on file; AND
  • Provide fingerprints for a criminal records check; AND
  • Be of a "good moral character" determined by a background investigation; AND
  • Be free from any physical, emotional or mental condition that might adversely affect the exercise of Peace Officer powers.

Probation Corrections Officer II
  • Equivalent of one (1) year full-time experience as a Probation Corrections Officer I.

  • Applicants must possess and maintain a valid California Driver's License and remain free from repeated preventable accidents.

In addition to the minimum qualifications, applicant screening will focus on the following desirable qualifications. Please list any of these qualifications you may have within the "Duties" section of the online application.
  • Six (6)months experience working with adolescents in a supervisory role; OR
  • Six (6) months experience working in a detention facility, jail, or prison; OR
  • Completion of 30 units of relevant college coursework in one of the following fields: Criminology, Administration of Justice, Law Enforcement, Sociology, Psychology or other related fields of study.

Application and Selection Procedures

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.

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

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.

Probation recruitmentsconsists of the steps detailed below and are governed by Merit Principles. The examination process ensures that all applicants are given the same opportunity to gain employment withinStanislausCounty.
  • Application Review and Screening- Applications are carefully screened based on information provided.
  • Orientation - Attendance is mandatory to continue in the recruitment process.
  • Written Examination- Samples of the written examination can be found by searching "Juvenile CorrectionsOfficer Examination" on the Internet.
  • Oral Exam Panel Interview- A ranking oral examination. Successful candidates will be placed on an eligibility list.
  • Personal History Statement and Background Investigation-Thorough Peace Officer background investigation.
  • Selection Interview- Selection Interview with the Chief Probation Officer.
  • Conditional Offer Examinations- The pre-employment exams include drug testing, physical examination, treadmill test, fingerprint clearance and a psychological examination.



Please note 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.

Note: The eligible list generated from this recruitment may be used to fill future extra-help, part-time and full-time vacancies with the Stanislaus County Probation Department .

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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.

Closing Date/Time: Continuous

Job Address

Modesto, California United States View Map