The Wyoming Department of Corrections contributes to public safety by exercising reasonable, safe, secure and humane management, while actively providing offenders opportunities to become law abiding citizens. The Field Services Division is responsible for the community supervision and case management of probationers and parolees. The Wyoming Department Corrections is a progressive department that offers job variety and challenges working with offenders and the community to make a positive difference.
We are currently seeking a Probation & Parole Officer for the Sheridan field office.
- Maintenance, surveillance and supervision of a caseload of adult probationers and parolees
- Maintains standards of supervision to provide public safety and assist offenders in the re-socialization and reintegration into the community as law abiding citizens
- Documents all contact with offenders in the case management system
- Monitors Defendant's compliance and progress
- Provides the courts, boards, institutions and other states with offender progress reports, violation reports and recommendations
- Collaborates with Government and private organizations to meet offender needs
- Investigates possible supervision violations
- Conducts searches and seizures of evidence
- Provides weekly testimony in court, as applicable
- Conducts compliance visits to offender's home and job site
- Facilitate cognitive behavioral programs with offenders in a group setting
- Monitors urine sample collections to determine if offenders violate substance abuse requirements
- Works with high risks offenders
- Provides and utilizes appropriate incentives and sanctions to achieve desired behaviors
- Makes recommendations regarding disposition of cases, up to and including revocation
- Interviews, evaluates and conducts investigations into the offender's background and criminial history to determine their individual risks and needs
- Interviews victims & insurance companies to determine victim losses and make collateral contacts with outside sources to verify information
- Maintains case management files to include collections of schedules and other probations related materials
- Works in collaboration with offenders to engage them in the development of case plans designed around the offenders individual risk and needs
- Interpret data from various assessment tools to determine offenders risk and needs and to determine an appropriate level of supervision
KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS:
- Knowledge of human behavior, crisis behavior, and substance use, abuse & addiction
- Knowledge of criminal justice system, department policies and procedures
- Knowledge of criminal and legal law
- Knowledge of procedures used in criminal justice agencies and cognitive behavior programs
- Ability to effectively communicate, both orally and in writing, with offenders and other professionals
- Ability to be a positive, pro-social role-model for offenders
- Ability to exercise good judgement when making decisions in highly stressful situations
- Ability to analyze information from various sources
- Ability to interpret information received from risk/needs assessments and case planning tools
- Ability to engage others in innovative solutions
- Ability to create and implement new concepts and ideas and to motivate others
- Ability to learn and utilize various interviewing skills, such as Motivational Interviewing
- Skills in: organization, time management, group facilitation and problem solving
NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:
- Early morning, night and weekend hours with year round travel
- Agents may be required to rotate to any and all caseloads within the Division, including, but not limited to: Community Corrections facilities, Intensive Supervision Program, Sex Offenders, Drug Court or being a Pre-Sentence Investigation Writer
Must have, or be within 3 months of completing, a Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university, in Social Work, Counseling, Sociology, Psychology, Criminal Justice or Administration of Justice. With 0-2 year(s) of progressive work experience in the Community Criminal Justice Field, to include experience in one or more of the following areas: case management practices, risk/need assessments, cognitive skills group facilitation, effective interpersonal communication strategies, conducting investigations, report writing, supervision of a high risk population, computer use.
Official College Transcripts will be required upon interview or before official offer of position.
*Please view the Class Specifications (Class Code SOAP08) and the State required Minimum Qualifications for this vacancy at:
Probation and Parole Officers will receive an extensive new agent training program, along with a commitment to professional development through ongoing training, and career advancement through promotional opportunities and receive the 20-year Law Enforcement Retirement plan.
The Wyoming Department of Corrections is a Drug Free Workplace. Per WDOC policy, all staff are subject to drug testing while employed by WDOC. Successful applicants for employment must pass a background/reference check and urinalysis drug test prior to appointment.
The Wyoming Department of Corrections is a Tobacco-Free Workplace and prohibits the taking, carrying, possessing or introducing of smoking materials, smokeless tobacco, or tobacco substitutes on or into WDOC facilities and grounds.