Probation Officer II

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Probation Officer II

County of Tulare - HR&D Visalia, California, United States

Job Description:

Probation Officer II



Multiple vacancies for positions located throughout Tulare County with the Probation Department. This recruitment will establish an employment list to fill current and future vacancies. The anticipated life of the list is six months.


Typical Duties

Investigate, report, and make recommendations on cases referred to the Probation Department by the court; review the personal history, family environment, social and economic conditions; determine the cause of the individuals’ behavior and establish a basis for recommending treatment; gather client information through interviews and correspondence with families, victims, employers, neighbors, associates and personnel of other agencies; conduct interviews with clients and administer psychological, vocational and social tests; analyze information and develop treatment plans for rehabilitation of clients; determine eligibility for work furlough; perform vocational, job, peer group, family and marital counseling; supervise client's progress toward accomplishment of goals of treatment plan and conformance to conditions of probation, make decisions pertaining to release of clients on own recognizance, revocations, extensions, successful terminations or reinstatements of probation; keep records of statistical data related to cases; document all aspects of client’s attitude, institutional behavior, and compliance with probation terms; establish and collect restitution payments; search clients, their automobiles and residences, for evidence of suspected violations of laws or probation; arrest and/or detain probationers who have committed violations; administer drug and alcohol tests to determine use/abuse; receive and book inmates at detention facilities, and assist detention staff with corrections functions; may, upon request, assist Police/Sheriff Departments in emergencies; may be called as a witness. Other job duties may be assigned that are not listed above but are relative to this position.

Employment Standards


Minimum qualifications are used as a guide for establishing the education, training, experience, special skills and/or license which are required and equivalent to the following.

Education/Experience : Equivalent to graduation from an accredited college or university, preferably with major coursework in one of the behavioral or social sciences AND one (1) year of recent work experience equal to or as a Probation Officer I.

Knowledge of: Counseling theories and techniques appropriate to probation work; interviewing methods and techniques; social theory and different cultural value systems; U.S. Monetary system and family budgeting; search, seizure and detention methods; symptoms, effects, and proper tests of drug and alcohol use/abuse; provisions of Penal Code, Welfare and Institutions Code and other applicable law and code sections; juvenile detention facility operations and procedures.

Skill/Ability to: Work and communicate effectively with people of various education and socioeconomic backgrounds by respecting beliefs, interpersonal styles and behaviors of both clients and co-workers; operate contemporary office equipment inclusive of computer, keyboard, and all applicable electronic equipment; establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff members, general public and other agencies; communicate with people from various socioeconomic and educational backgrounds; present and substantiate facts in verbal and written reports; read and understand technical/professional written and verbal information; apply interviewing techniques; conduct investigations, gather and evaluate evidence, formulate recommendations; maintain a variety of records; conduct investigations, gather and evaluate evidence, formulate recommendations; maintain a variety of records.

License or Certificate: Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid California driver's license.


Knowledge of : Search, seizure and detention methods; provisions of Penal code, Welfare and Institutions Code and other applicable laws and code sections; case law and court procedures; Tulare County Probation Department rules and regulations; available community resources and nature of their services to meet needs of clients in rehabilitation programs; symptoms, effects and proper tests of drug and alcohol use/abuse; juvenile detention facility operations and procedures; interagency policies and procedure; basic theories of the operation of a juvenile detention facility.

Peace Officer Status Requirements: Deputy Probation Officers are peace officers and must meet all the minimum standards pursuant to California penal and government codes.

Conditions of Employment:

Applicants must be at least 21 years of age at the time of appointment. Prior to employment, applicants must successfully pass a written exam, a medical exam that includes drug and alcohol screening, a psychological evaluation, and a thorough background investigation to determine fitness for the position. Applicants must meet the minimum Peace Officer Standards as defined in California Government Code Sections 1029 and 1031. Applicants must have a reputation of honesty and trustworthiness. A felony conviction will be disqualifying and convictions for misdemeanors and traffic offenses will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. The background investigation will include reports from former employers, educational institutions, law enforcement agencies, or other relevant sources. As part of the background investigation process, all candidates will be required to submit to a CVSA examination. The CVSA examination is used to verify the veracity and accuracy of information submitted by applicants regarding, but not necessarily limited to: Use of controlled substances, driving, criminal history, employment history, and other suitability factors. Candidates will be fingerprinted by Live Scan as a required part of the background investigation. Each fingerprint is scanned into a computer database at the Department of Justice and checked against criminal records nationwide. Information received may include charges that have been dismissed.

Training: Applicants must have previously completed the Standards of Training for Corrections (STC) core, PC 832 Laws of Arrest and PC 832 Firearms.

Visit for information regarding the written examination.

Additional Information

Conditions of Employment:

College Cost Reduction Access Act : This may be a qualifying position for student loan forgiveness through the College Cost Reduction and Access Act (CCRAA). Only student loan payments made after October 1, 2007 and in a qualified repayment plan are eligible. For more information you are encouraged to speak with your student loan service or visit:


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The information listed is a general summary of benefits. These provisions do not constitute an expressed or implied contract and are subject to change.

Benefit Amount : An annual benefit amount of $3,200 plus 5% of your annual base salary is provided and may be applied towards health insurance premiums(dental, vision, life and long-term disability). This benefit is pro-rated and paid on a pay period basis (24 pay periods).

Health Insurance : A choice of medical plans and dental and vision coverage are available through the Tulare County Corrections Association (TCCA). Waiting periods may apply. Benefit questions should be directed to the TCCA representative at (559) 303-1866 or Olsen-Nelson Insurance at (559) 625-1721. The County does not administer this plan.

Retirement: The retirement plan is a defined benefit plan administered pursuant to the 1937 Act County Employees Retirement Act and integrated with Social Security. In addition to ordinary retirement benefits, the plan provides disability and death benefits. Retirement contributions are made by both the County and the employee. The County has reciprocity with the State of California, contracting PERS agencies, and all County 1937 Act Retirement Systems.

Paid Holiday Leave : 12 set days and one personal holiday

Vacation Accrual:
2 weeks per year (0-3 years of service)
3 weeks per year (3-7 years of service)
4 weeks per year (7-11 years of service)
5 weeks per year (11+ years of service)
Limit of 300 hours.

Sick Leave Accrual: 12 days per year with unlimited accumulation, 48 hours of which may be used toward family sick leave. Sick leave buy back program after 3 years of service.

Group Term Life Insurance and AD&D : $10,000; Provided by Standard Insurance Company.

Long Term Disability Insurance: Employees are covered by State Disability Insurance. The premium is paid by the employee. Provided by Standard Insurance Company.

Deferred Compensation : A voluntary deferred compensation plan is available.

Positions in the classification are subject to Agency Shop, employees of which are required to join the union or pay an equivalent service fee.

To view more detailed descriptions of Tulare County's benefits, please view the Benefits section of our Web site at

The Provisions Of This Bulletin Do Not Constitute An Expressed Or Implied Contract And Are Subject To Change.

Closing Date/Time: Continuous


$58,719.00 - $71,563.00 Annually
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