Juvenile Detention Officer I - Continuous

  • Madera, California
  • Dec 21, 2020
Public Safety
  • Salary: $37,645.03 - $45,757.77 Annually USD

Job Description


**Extra Help opportunities are immediately available.**
The County of Madera is establishing a list of qualified applicants for this position. Applications will be accepted continuously until otherwise noted and the list will be used to fill current vacancies in this classification. Applications will remain on file for one year from the date the list is established.

Under supervision, to assume responsibility for the care, welfare, custody, rehabilitation, and transportation of juvenile detainees in the County's Juvenile Detention Facilities; and to do related work as required.


Exercises no supervision.

Examples of Duties

Plans, organizes, and supervises a program of work, study, and recreation for a group of delinquent or emotionally disturbed adolescents in the County Juvenile Detention Facilities; oversees activities such as housekeeping, clothing issue, personal hygiene, meals, arts and crafts, and sports; maintains good discipline and instructs detainees in gaining insight into themselves and their relationships to family, peers, and adults; observes and records information on detainee behavior, attitude, appearance, interests, and skills; maintains necessary logs and reports; may assist Deputy Probation Officers in the development of treatment plans for detainees; admits and releases juvenile detainees; contacts parents, Deputy Probation Officers, law enforcement personnel and others as required; supervises visitor activities; remains alert for potential problems and takes measures to reduce tension and avoid violence; participates in training programs.

When assigned to Transport:

Searches and restrains detainees to be transported; transports detainees to and from courts, institutions, and other facilities; supervises and secures detainees during transport; inspects and maintains vehicles as assigned.


Performs related duties and responsibilities as assigned.

Employment Standards / Minimum Qualifications

Knowledge of:
  • Behavior problems of juveniles.
  • Basic knowledge of the care and custody of juvenile detainees.
  • Health and personal hygiene methods.

Skill to:
  • Operate firearms and other modern law enforcement equipment.
  • Operate a motor vehicle safely.
  • Operate modern office equipment, including computer equipment.

Ability to:
  • Learn and apply the methods, procedures, and practices used in the care, custody, and detention of juveniles.
  • Learn the operations, policies, functions, services, and activities of the County's Juvenile Detention Facilities.
  • Learn to anticipate and prevent acts of violence to persons and property.
  • Learn to adapt quickly and effectively to emergency situations.
  • Learn proper firearm use and maintenance.
  • Learn proper use and application of mechanical restraints, soft restraints and chemical agents.
  • Learn pertinent Federal, State, and local laws, codes, and regulations.
  • Supervise a group of juvenile detainees in work, meal, and leisure time activities.
  • Respond constructively to juvenile detainee behavioral problems and gain their cooperation when possible.
  • Prepare clear and concise log entries and reports.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Establish, maintain, and foster positive and harmonious working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Education and Experience: Any combination equivalent to experience and training that would provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities would be qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge, skills, and abilities would be:


Some experience in working with juveniles experiencing behavioral problems.


Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth grade supplemented by college level course work in criminology, behavioral science, social work, or a related field. A Bachelor's degree is desirable.

License or Certificate:
  • Completion of, or ability to complete, requirements for California Penal Code Section 832 with firearms and chemical weaponry training.
  • Ability to complete the Corrections Standards Authority's Juvenile Institution Basic Academy.
  • Possession of, or ability to obtain, CPR and First Aid certification.
  • Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate, valid driver's license.
Special Requirements:
Essential duties require the following physical skills and work environment:

Ability to sit, stand, walk, run, kneel, crouch, stoop, squat, twist, and climb; exposure to noise, chemicals, bodily fluids, infectious diseases, and potentially hostile and violent situations; some positions may require the ability to travel to different sites and locations; availability for shift work.

Application Process

The application review process will include screening to ensure applications are complete and meet all minimum qualifications. In addition to the application, the applicant is required to complete the Supplemental Questions to further evaluate their education, training and experience relative to the required knowledge, skills and abilities for the position. Applicants must submit answers that are as complete as possible.

Only the most qualified applicants, who pass the minimum qualifications review, will be invited to the examination process. The examination process may be administered either by a written examination, oral interview, or any combination of qualifications appraisal determined by the Department of Human Resources to be appropriate. The Department of Human Resources will make reasonable accommodation in the examination process for disabled applicants. If you have an accommodation request, please indicate such on your application. The examination for Juvenile Detention Officer I will consist first of a written examination. Candidates attaining the minimum pass point (70% out of 100%) on the written examination will then participate in an oral interview before a qualifications appraisal panel and must successfully complete a physical agility test (pass/fail).

Final scores will be weighted and will consist of 50% of the written examination score and 50% of the oral interview score. Other portions of the examination will be pass/fail.

Once a candidate's name is certified to the Department of Probation-Juvenile Services Division, a background investigation shall be completed. Subsequent to an offer of employment, the candidate will be scheduled for a psychological evaluation and a physical examination. No appointment will be made prior to the recommendation on the psychological evaluation and the medical determination of the County physician. Candidates may also be subject to pre-employment drug testing and polygraph.

To move forward in the application process, you must complete an online application through our website https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/maderacountyca . Resumes may be uploaded but cannot be used in place of a completed application.

The Civil Service Commission may limit the number of qualified applicants eligible to participate in the examination process. If two or more candidates have the same total final grade on an examination, they shall be ranked in order of their scores in that portion of the examination which has the greatest weight. In case this fails to break the tie, they shall be ranked in the order of filing applications.

Candidates who are successful in all phases of the examination process will be placed on an eligible list, in rank order based on a calculation of their total score from the examination process. Eligible lists resulting from continuous testing shall remain on such lists for one year. The duration of the eligible list is determined by Civil Service Commission Rules.

As a condition of employment with the County of Madera, a candidate must submit to a Tuberculosis (TB) screening, and related follow up testing as necessary. Designated classifications* are also subject to a medical examination, which includes a review of medical history. TB screenings and medical exams are administered by the Madera County Public Health Department and/or health care professional designated by the County.

Designated classifications required to submit to an employment medical examination generally include those that are physical in nature or as may be required by law. If you have any questions about the pre-employment requirements, please contact the Department of Human Resources at (559) 675-7705 or hr@maderacounty.com.


You will be required to submit verification of your identity and citizenship or legal right to work in the United States at the time of and as a condition of an offer of employment.

Website: www.maderacounty.com
Department of Human Resources
200 W. 4th Street, 4th Floor, Madera California 93637
Phone: 559.675.7705
TDD Phone: 559.675.8970
24-Hour Job Line: 559.675.7697

Madera County does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, transgender status, national origin, age, disability (physical or mental), medical condition, pregnancy, genetic information, ancestry, marital status, sexual orientation, veteran or military status, political affiliation, or any other basis protected by Federal or State law.
Closing Date/Time: Continuous

Job Address

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