• Stanislaus County, CA
  • Modesto, California
  • Sep 20, 2021
Full Time Probation
  • Salary: $51,292.80 - $70,241.60 Annually USD

Job Description

About the Opportunity

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 casework in a variety of locations in Stanislaus County. 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 pepper spray, and may be required to use firearms.

This position may be required to work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends. This position also performs related duties as assigned.

  • 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.

To learn more about the Probation Department, click here.

This position is part of the Classified Service of the County and is assigned to the Stanislaus County Deputy Probation Officer 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 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 the "Disability" tab.

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 who 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;
  • Prepare accurate and objective memos, court reports, and statistical reports;
  • 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 broker and monitor social services to aid probationer and his/her family;
  • Attend training classes and meetings;
  • 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, Abilities, Knowledge, Education/Experience)
Deputy Probation Officer I

  • Communicate effectively in the English language both orally and in writing;
  • Deal effectively with criminal offenders, including potentially hostile and aggressive individuals;
  • Successfully complete required training, that may involve overnight assignments away from home;
  • Work well under considerable pressure and with deadlines for work completion; and
  • Successfully complete Probation Officer core training course within the first 12-months of appointment, as prescribed by the California State Corrections and Standards Authority.

Deputy Probation Officer II - Possess all of the skills and abilities for Deputy Probation Officer I and
  • 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.

We recognize your time is valuable, please only apply if you meet the following required qualifications.
Deputy Probation Officer I

  • Possess a Bachelor's degree at the time of appointment. Proof of degree is required in order to be offered a position;
  • Bachelor's degree in Social Sciences, Criminal Justice, Corrections, or a closely related field; AND
  • Some positions require the carrying of a firearm on-duty.

Deputy Probation Officer II - Possess all education/experience above for Deputy Probation Officer I plus
  • 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.

The California State Government Code provides the following minimum requirements for all Peace Officer positions in California:
  • Be free from any prior felony convictions; AND
  • Be a citizen of the United States or a permanent resident alien who is eligible for and has applied for citizenship; AND
  • Be 18 years of age or older; AND
  • Be of a "good moral character" determined by a background investigation; AND
  • Provide fingerprints for a criminal records check; AND
  • Have a High School diploma or GED equivalency; AND
  • Be free from any physical, emotional or mental condition that might adversely affect the exercise of Peace Officer powers.

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.
  • One (1) year experience in a paid or volunteer position in a justice system or social services agency.

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 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.

Probation recruitments consists 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 within Stanislaus County.
  • Orientation - Attendance is mandatory to continue on in the recruitment
  • Physical Agility Examination - The physical agility test includes:
  1. 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.
  2. Body Drag: Lift and drag a 165 lb. life-like dummy 32 feet in 20 seconds or less.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Endurance Challenge: Run 500 yards in 2.5 minutes or less immediately followed by performing 10 push-ups in 20 seconds or less.
  8. 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 - Samples of the written examination can be found by searching "Probation Officer Examination" on the Internet.
  • Oral Exam Panel Interview - A ranking oral examination. Successful candidates will be placed on an eligibility list.
  • Conditional Offer Examinations - The pre-employment exams include drug testing, physical examination, treadmill test, fingerprint clearance and a psychological examination.
  • Personal History Statement and Background Investigation - Thorough Peace Officer background investigation.
  • Selection Interview - Selection Interview with the Chief Probation Officer.



Apply by


Physical Agility

Written Examination

Oral Examination

March 12, 2021

March 22, 2021

April 9, 2021

Week of April 26th

Week of May 17th

July 02, 2021

July 20, 2021

August, 27, 2021

Week of September 20th

Week of November 1st
November 01, 2021 November 16, 2021 December 3, 2021 Week of December 20th Week of January 10, 2022
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 full-time vacancies with the Stanislaus County Probation Department.

Final appointment will be conditional upon successfully passing a County paid pre-employment drug screening (if applicable for position) and a job-related background investigation.

Some positions may require possession or the ability to obtain, and maintenance of a valid California Driver's license or the ability to utilize an alternative method of transportation when needed to carry out job related essential functions.

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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: 11/1/2021 5:00 PM Pacific

Job Address

Modesto, California United States View Map