Probation Officer
San Benito County - Hollister, CA

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Under supervision to investigate cases of juvenile delinquency, status offenders, neglect or dependency and of adult applicants for probation; to provide professional casework services to adult and juvenile offenders involving the referral, supervision, counseling, and rehabilitation of juveniles and adults on probation; and to do related work as required.


Incumbents in the class of Probation Officer I work initially under close supervision learning the laws, practices and social theory relating to modern probation work. A larger caseload and more difficult cases are added as the knowledge and proficiency of the worker increases. Incumbents are expected to attain the degree of proficiency necessary for advancement to the class of Probation Officer II and are eligible for advancement to the next level of the series after one year.

Examples Of Essential Duties:
(The following is used as a partial description and is not restrictive as to duties required.)

Counsels clients, helps them to understand their problems, and adapts the treatment program to the individual.
Interviews offenders, victims, arresting officers, parents, relatives, church leaders, school officials, social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists, and others interested or concerned with the welfare of the individual or in the offense.
Prepares a written report, including facts, recommendations, and original petitions to the court.
Appears in court and informs the court concerning the social history, motives, and personality of the offender.
Supervises and counsels wards of the juvenile court and juveniles on informal probation.
Arranges job placements
Contact school officials for progress of juveniles on probation.
Supervises and counsels adult offenders placed on probation through personal interviews, written reports or by telephone calls.
Counsels probationers.
Informs court of all violations of probationers and advises on necessary action.
Apprehends violators for return to custody.
Works with and secures the cooperation of social, law enforcement, recreational, religious, educational, and other agencies concerned with rehabilitation.
Arranges for court appearances for client and families.
Transport individuals when necessary.
Composes and dictates petitions, case histories and correspondence.
Provides special grant program services to target groups to meet the program goals.
Keeps records.
Other duties as assigned.

Typical Qualifications:
Two years of experience involving the care, supervision, counseling or leadership of an adult or juvenile group in an institution,


One year of professional probation or parole work. (Successful completion of the requirements for a Baccalaureate Degree in social welfare, psychology, sociology, criminology, or a closely related field from an accredited college or university may be substituted for the required experience.)

Supplemental Information:
Knowledge of:
Interviewing principles and techniques.
Basic principles of applied psychology.

Ability to:
Learn the principles and practices of modern adult and juvenile probation work.
Learn state laws and county ordinances affecting adult and juvenile probation.
Learn modern casework techniques applicable to probation work.
Understand and deal effectively with probationers and applicants for probation.
Analyze investigational material and make proper deduction.
Work cooperatively with those contacted in the course of work.
Write and speak effectively.
Ability to lift and/or move up to 100 pounds.
Physical ability to sustain extra physical effort to defend self and deal with violent/aggressive persons.