Job Listing Detail
Probation and Parole Officer
Listing Number: 10369-1390
- Applications must be received by Midnight Mountain Time on the closing date.
For more information contact:
PO Box 201301
Helena , MT
TTY: Montana Relay Service at 711
Local Montana Job Service Workforce
Probation and Parole
State Application Required:
Additional Salary Information: The State of Montana offers an excellent benefit package.
Don’t let this opportunity pass you by!
We are seeking an individual to build a future with the Probation & Parole Bureau of Montana. The Corrections department is looking for someone who is willing to work on new challenges like the Director’s Reentry Initiative, has fresh new innovative ideas and visions and who is committed to working in a positive influential role within the Region.
If you possess these qualities and meet the requirements please complete a state application and cover letter. In your one page cover letter, provide us an example of a time you used your influencing skills to help others make a positive change.
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.
Applicants claiming the Veteran’s or Handicapped Person’s Employment Preferences (see State of Montana Employment Application, PD-25) must provide verification of eligibility with the application materials.
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. The training includes laws and policies related to the use of force, weaponless self defense techniques, the use of Oleoresin Capsicum “O.C. Spray”, firearms and handcuffing.
Officers may be called back to work at any hour of the day
Officers make arrests and may need to physically control an offender who resists arrest.
Officers may engage in forced entry of residences
Officers employ and are in proximity of firearms or other dangerous weapons and may access closed or hazardous areas.
Officers m ust reside in the work area and be within a 30-minute response time to the office .
Officers 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, driving and background check.
Supplemental Questions: None Required
Additional Materials Required: