County of Santa ClaraSan Jose 95131
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Deputy Probation Officer I

County of Santa Clara
Full Time 2023 between the per week 2314 N First St, San Jose, CA 95131, United States


Under close supervision, to investigate and supervise cases involving adult or juvenile offenders and to receive on-the-job training in the probation field.

NOTE:  Candidates who meet the employment standards will be invited to take the in person Written Examination tentatively scheduled for the last week & weekend of November 2023 between the hours of 7:30 a.m. - 9 p.m. at 70 W Hedding St. San Jose, CA. 

COVID-19 Risk Tier – High Risk 

Pursuant to California Senate Bill 960, effective January 1, 2023, it is no longer required for peace officers to either be a citizen of the United States or be a permanent resident who is eligible for and has applied for citizenship; instead, peace officers must be legally authorized to work in the United States.  

Typical Tasks
  • Interviews adult or juvenile offenders, their families and interested parties to determine the nature of their difficulties;
  • Conducts investigations and reports on findings;
  • Makes necessary arrests to protect the community;
  • Recommends to the Court plans for the adjustment of offenders and interprets the plan to the probationer, his/her family, and interested parties;
  • Conducts field visits to monitor compliance with court orders and probation conditions;
  • Conducts random searches according to the conditions of probation;
  • Collects urine specimens for chemical analysis;
  • Maintains contact with the probationer to assist him/her in making a satisfactory social adjustment;
  • Appears in court while cases are under consideration and makes recommendations as to the cases disposition;
  • Cooperates with staff from other agencies on cases of mutual interest;
  • Confers with supervisors and other staff members on general casework techniques and specific case situations;
  • Prepares and maintains case records and reports;
  • Performs related duties as required.
Employment Standards

A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university preferably with specialization in Sociology, Criminology, Psychology, Penology, or closely related field.

Special Requirements
Must be a citizen of the United States or a permanent resident who is eligible for and has applied for citizenship. (Govt. Code 1031-1031.5)

Applicant must possess a valid California Motor Vehicle operator's license.

Applicants with a felony conviction and/or a conviction outside of California that would be considered a felony in this state will be disqualified.

Must complete the DPO Core Training Course.

Knowledge of:

  • Theory and concepts of probation work;
  • Basic principles of applied psychology;
  • Casework concepts and interviewing techniques.
Ability to: 
  • Prepare and present effective written and oral reports;
  • Establish and maintain effective personal and working relationships;
  • Have tolerance and show good judgment.