Probation Corrections Officer I/II

  • Stanislaus County, CA
  • Stanislaus County, California
  • Dec 01, 2018
Full Time Probation Public Safety
  • Salary: $39,832.00 - $48,443.20 Annually

Job Description

About the Department and the Position


This recruitment is being conducted to fillvacancies 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.

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 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 also 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 full-time Probation Corrections Officer I/II is an entry-level Peace Officer position and the part-time Probation Corrections Officer I is an at-will, non-sworn position.Both positions in this classification areresponsible for the care, custody, and supervisionof youth confined to Juvenile Hall, the Juvenile Commitment Facility, or those participating in various alternative-to-custody programs.Individuals in this classification may be assigned to work inside locked custodial facilities that operate 24 hours per day, every day of the year. Other assignments may include Work Programs, Electronic Monitoring Program, Day Commitment Program, or other juvenile supervision programs.

Individuals selected for the position of Probation Corrections Officer must be willing and able to work any shift on a rotational basis, as well as weekends and holidays. This position may also be subject to overtime, standby, and callback assignments. Performs related duties as assigned.

Candidates selected for the full-time position will have the opportunity for promotion to the Probation Corrections Officer II classification upon satisfactory completion of the Juvenile Corrections Officer CORE Academy and successfully completing a one-year probationary period.

Probation Corrections Officer assignments involve dealing with angry, hostile and potentially combative clientele, the possibility of bodily injury, and exposure to infectious diseases that can cause chronic illness or death. Some positions include exposure to offensive odors and bodily fluids and exposure to chemical weapons such as O.C. pepper spray.Other assignments may require the use firearms.

Full-time Probation Corrections Officers currently receive an additional 3% compensation for successfully passing State Certified Probation Corrections Officer CORE training. The 3% compensation is in addition to the base hourly rate for the position.

State certified CORE training must be completed within the first 12 months of employment as a full time Probation Corrections Officer. Full time candidates already possessing the required CORE training certificate will earn the additional 3% compensation at the time of appointment.

Typical Tasks

  • Comply with all state and federal regulations required of youth correctional facilities;
  • Provide direct assistance and supervision of detainedyouth 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 toachieve 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;
  • Gain minors' confidence and respect;
  • Effectively enforce Juvenile Detention facility rules and regulations, and 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 tominors on an individual and group basis;
  • Comprehend and follow written and oral instructions;
  • Deal fairly and effectively with minors;
  • Drive County vehicle as necessary to transport minors;
  • Utilize departmental training to appropriately respond to combative minors, including controlling a resistingminor or utilizing O.C. (pepper) spray as necessary;
  • 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 audiblesounds in combination withenvironmental noises;
  • Meet minimum physical performance standards for Probation Corrections Officer as prescribed by the California State Corrections and Standards Authority. These standards include the ability to: support the weight of a 150 pound bag for at least 30 seconds; drag a 150 pound bag at least 20 feet within 30 seconds; complete a 150 foot course within 30 seconds while carrying a 20 pound weight; complete a 75-yard sprint within 30 seconds; and
  • Successfully complete 134-hour Juvenile Corrections Officer CORE training within the first 12 months of appointment as prescribed by the California Corrections Standards Authority; and
  • Per POST regulation 1002(a)(7): Successfully pass the POST Medical and Physical Examination, including a treadmill test prior to hiring.
  • Principles and techniques of supervising group activities;
  • Causes of juvenile delinquency and the principles and methods of dealing with delinquent and emotionally disturbed juveniles;
  • Behavior modification principles and techniques;
  • Laws, statutes, court proceedings and regulations governing juvenile institutional care; and
  • Techniques for establishing effective verbal communication.
  • Pursuant to Section 1031.5 of the Government Code, permanent resident aliens who desire to be employed as a peace officer must have applied for citizenship.

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; AND
The California State Government Code provides and the County requires the following minimum requirements for all Peace Officer positions:
  • Must be free from any prior felony convictions; AND
  • Must be a current United States Citizen, or have an approved application for citizenship on file; 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.
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 asa 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; AND
The California State Government Code provides and the County requires the following minimum requirements for all Peace Officer positions:
  • Must be free from any prior felony convictions; AND
  • Must be a current United States Citizen, or have an approved application for citizenship on file; 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.
Probation Corrections Officer I is a Veterans' Preference Program eligible job classification. For more information please click on the followinglink:

  • Six months experience working with adolescents in a supervisory role; OR
  • Six 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


Unless otherwise provided, this position 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 classified 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.

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.

Final Filing Date: This is a continuous recruitment and can be closed at any time. Your application must be received online no later than 5:00 pm on the date the recruitment is closed or within 72 hours if the recruitment is continuous or until filled.

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.



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 "Juvenile Corrections Officer Examination" on the Internet. You may also access the Probation Correction 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 the Oral Exam Panel Interview 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 and may beinvited to a Selection Interview with the Chief Probation Officer.

Conditional Offer Examinations
- Pass/Fail: Candidates selected to continue on from the Selection Interview will 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 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".


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Stanislaus County reserves the right to revise the examination plan described in this flyer 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 this announcement may be directed to the Stanislaus County Chief Executive Office/ Human Resources

Closing Date/Time: 12/27/2019 5:00 PM Pacific