Probation Corrections Officer I/II

  • Stanislaus County, CA
  • Modesto, California
  • Sep 20, 2021
Full Time CORRECTIONS Probation
  • Salary: $42,244.80 - $58,843.20 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 youth 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. Part-time extra-help is a provisional classification where permanent status may not be obtained. This position is subject to overtime, standby, shift, and call back assignments and will perform related duties as assigned. This position is non-benefited except for participation in a 401a program with Nationwide.

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
  • 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 youth in personal hygiene, clothing care, toilet and table habits;
  • Assist staff in serving meals;
  • Issue equipment and supplies as needed;
  • Counsel and advise youth utilizing behavior modification techniques as well as individual and group counseling and/or communication techniques;
  • Transport youth 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 youths' 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, Abilities, Knowledge, Education/Experience)

  • Supervise the daily program activities of youth;
  • Gain youths' confidence and respect;
  • 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 youth on an individual and group basis;
  • Comprehend and follow written and oral instructions;
  • Deal fairly and effectively with youth;
  • Drive a County vehicle as necessary to transport youth;
  • Utilize departmental training to appropriately respond to combative youth, including controlling a resisting youth 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
  • Possess and maintain a valid California Driver's License; AND
  • The County requires you be at least 21 years old at the time of appointment.

Probation Corrections Officer II
  • High school graduation or pass the General Education Development (GED) test indicating high school graduation level; AND
  • Equivalent of one (1) year full-time experience as a Probation Corrections Officer I; AND
  • Possess and maintain a valid California Driver's License; AND
  • The County requires you be at least 21 years old at the time of appointment.

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
  • Must be 18 years of age or older; AND
  • Must provide fingerprints for a criminal records check; AND
  • Must be of "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.

The Probation Corrections Officer I is a Veterans' Preference Program eligible job classification. For more information please click here.


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 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 with Stanislaus County.
  • 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 Corrections 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 Chief Probation Officer.



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Written Examination

Oral Examination
April 30, 2021 May 19, 2021 June 14, 2021 July 12, 2021 July 09, 2021 July 22, 2021 August 6, 2021 August 23, 2021 September 24, 2021 October 13, 2021 October 28, 2021 November 15, 2021 December 10, 2021 December 29, 2021 January 24, 2022 February 21, 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 extra-help, part-time and 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: 12/10/2021 5:00 PM Pacific

Job Address

Modesto, California United States View Map