Probation and Parole Officer
State of Montana - Great Falls, MT

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Position Title:
Probation and Parole Officer

  • Applications must be received by Midnight Mountain Time on the closing date.
Listing Number: 8899-12144


For more information contact:
State Agency:

PO Box 201301

Helena , MT

Phone: (406)444-1541

Fax: (406)444-4551

TTY: Montana Relay Service at 711


  • OR -
Local Montana Job Service Workforce




Great Falls

Job Status:
Full-Time Permanent


Date Posted:

Closing Date:


Community Corrections

Probation and Parole


Bargaining Unit:


State Application Required:


Salary Unit:

Additional Salary Information: The State of Montana offers an excellent benefit package.

Special Information:
Are you looking for a career in an energetic, team oriented, and change-focused environment? If you are energetic, a good communicator and problem solver, and have experience in people service skills, complete a state application and cover letter to be considered for this position. This cover letter will be rated separately and determines if you move forward in the process. Being thorough and answering the question is important.

In your cover letter tell us what qualities you can bring to the Great Falls Probation and Parole office that will support us in carrying out the Department of Corrections’ Mission.

Officer will be responsible for collecting and securing urine specimens, including visual observation of the offender when the specimen is being provided.

The Montana Department of Corrections enhances public safety, promotes positive change in offender behavior, reintegrates offenders into the community and supports the victims of crime.

Successful applicant(s) will be subject to:
Criminal History Background Check
Driving Record Check

This position, guided by the Department of Corrections (DOC) mission, plays a central role in managing the correctional population, promoting public safety and encouraging offenders to make positive life changing decisions for their future. To carry out this responsibility, the officer cooperates with and solicits information from the public and criminal justice system, and supervises and counsels 80-100 offenders. Must have skills and abilities to equally balance social work and law enforcement duties.

The officer conducts pre-sentence investigations and makes placement recommendations concerning those offenders sentenced to DOC.These investigations are completed with cooperation from other criminal justices agencies and by using investigative skills; knowledge of laws, rules and regulations pertaining to probation, parole, incarceration, rehabilitation and treatment programs, as well as, knowledge of behavioral science. The officer then makes recommendations for rehabilitation, treatment plans, conditions of probation, the need for incarceration, and appropriate level ( i.e. local jail or Montana State Prison) to the District Court and Parole Board through a written pre-sentence investigation report. Officers refer offenders to appropriate resources or programs using departments supervision standards, a risk and needs assessment as well as knowledge of state and community resources and monitors the progress of the client for compliance. Officers investigate alleged violations of probation or parole using knowledge of policies & procedures pertaining to violations, search warrants & investigations.

Officers arrest and detain violators and testify in district court and information hearings relative to sentencing or revocation of client’s probation or parole status. Officers are trained to handle situations if probation & parole offenders or inmates become hostile & pose a physical threat. This requires the use of Oleoresin Capsicum “O.C. Spray” and firearms and carrying handcuffs.

May be called back to work at any hour of the day and an officer may need to physically make an arrest, engage in forced entry and either employ or be in proximity of firearms or other dangerous weapons and access closed or hazardous areas.

Must reside in area and be within a 30-minute response time to the office .

May be occasionally scheduled to work alternative shifts such as evenings and weekends.

Travel may be required.

The work requires knowledge of principles, practices and methods of probation and parole, supervised release, sentencing and the criminal justice system in order to perform professional work in the investigation, analysis, determination and monitoring of client's probation or parole potential and/or status. Incumbent must possess the ability to make an arrest. The use of firearms is required.

Communication - Excellent writing and verbal communication skills are necessary to develop a positive rapport with offenders, Criminal Justice System members & the general public, especially when recommending rehabilitative services to offenders & to communicate effectively in court or administrative hearing testimony. Skill in proactive confrontation with offenders when appropriate for successful completion of programming and/or adherence to specific conditions of supervision.

Decision Making & Problem Solving - Able to take action in solving problems while exhibiting judgment & a realistic understanding of issues; able to use reason, even when dealing with emotional topics; review facts & weigh options.

Coping - Able to maintain a solution-oriented approach while dealing with interpersonal conflict, hazardous conditions, personal rejection, or time demands.

Energizing Others - Able to exhibit a can-do approach & inspire associates to excel; use competition to encourage others; develop performance standards & confront negative attitudes; develop a team spirit.

Initiative - Able to bring about great results from ordinary circumstances; prepare for problems or opportunities in advance; transform leads into productive business outcomes; undertake additional responsibilities & respond to situations as they arise without supervision.

Innovation - Able to challenge conventional practices; adapt established methods for new uses; pursue ongoing system improvement; play with concepts & ideas to create novel solutions to problems; evaluate new technology as potential solutions to existing problems.

Tolerance of Ambiguity - Able to withhold actions or speech in the absence of important information; deal with unresolved situations, frequent change, delays, or unexpected events.

Team Work - Able to share due credit with coworkers; display enthusiasm and promote a friendly group working environment; work closely with other departments as necessary; support group decisions and solicit opinions from coworkers.

A Bachelor's or Master's degree in behavioral science such as criminology, psychology, social work, sociology, or guidance and counseling and two years of related experience. This experience should include people service skills focused on promoting the welfare of others, improving their day to day life skills and their ability to participate productively in society.

Related work experience may be substituted for educational requirements at the rate of 1 year experience for 9 months formal education as provided in statute: Qualifications of probation and parole officers are in statue (46-23-1003, MCA).

LAUTENBERG AMENDMENT - Any person who has been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence cannot lawfully possess a firearm or ammunition (Title 18, U.S.C., Section 922(g)(91)). Candidates who have been convicted of any felony or a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence are not qualified for this position.

The successful candidate will be subject to a criminal fingerprint background check.

Supplemental Questions: None Required

Additional Materials Required:
Cover Letter

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