Merced CountyMerced 95341
Full Time

Conducts an inquiry into the nature of a reported offense or conduct of a client and the circumstances surrounding same.

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Deputy Probation Officer I/ii/iii

Merced County
Full Time 25 per week Merced County Probation Department, 1880 Wardrobe Ave, Merced, CA 95341, United States


Tentative Physical Agility Date: November 1st, 2023
Overall testing process will take approximately 2 hours.

This recruitment is being established to obtain a current eligible list for both Full Time and Extra-Help vacancies. Extra-Help are not entitled to county benefits and are limited to a maximum of 25 hours per week. Extra-Help pay is $24.79 - $31.68 per hour. 

Duties may include, but are not limited to the following:

Deputy Probation Officer I/II/III

  • Responsible for the intake/investigation and/or supervision of cases involving offenders.
  • Serves as intake officer in determining if a juvenile petition will be filed.
  • Conducts an inquiry into the nature of a reported offense or conduct of a client and the circumstances surrounding same.
  • Interviews clients, families and interested individuals to determine the nature of their community, school, and employment, financial or marital difficulties.

  • Provide monitoring and supervision of offenders under court order or departmental disposition.  This entails face to face contact, in various locations, with offenders, family members, law enforcement, employers, victims and other public or private agencies who provide service or supervision to the offender.

  • Talks to the referring law enforcement officer and victims about the case.
  • Prepares and submits a court report outlining pertinent information and recommending a course of action.
  • May present the report in court and answer the court's questions concerning the case.
  • Reviews case files; develops a plan for making regular contacts with the probationer and providing counsel, guidance, and support.
  • Holds regular interview and counseling sessions with the probationers advising clients of available community resources.
  • Arranges for financial payments to be made.
  • Reviews progress of the case with supervisor.
  • Conducts search and seizure of person, property and vehicles.

  • Use appropriate level of force, when necessary, for the purpose of stopping and/or restraining a combative youth/adult.

  • May arrest, detain and take into custody both juvenile and adult probationers.
  • Collects urine samples from clients for chemical testing.
  • Prepares affidavits of probation violations.
  • Prepares reports regarding adoptions/custody of minors.
  • Cooperates with State and local social service, mental health and law-enforcement agencies in cases of mutual interest.
  • Represent the department at court hearings.
Minimum Qualifications


Level I None

Level II One (1) year of professional probation experience equivalent to a Deputy Probation Officer I in Merced County.

Level III Two (2) years of professional probation experience equivalent to a Deputy Probation Officer II in Merced County.


Graduation from a four (4) year accredited college or university with a degree.
Applications will be accepted for those in the last semester of an accredited college or university.

Possess a valid California driver's license at time of appointment and maintain.


Training and background, to meet the requirements of California Government Code Sections 1029 and 1031.

Must be free from any physical, mental or emotional condition that might adversely affect the exercise of Peace Officers powers.

Certification Level III:

The following must be successfully completed within the first 12 months of employment. Failure to successfully complete these items may result in termination.

Certification to meet California Penal Code Section 832 requirements regarding arrest, search, and seizure and weapons qualification.

Satisfactorily complete the Merced County Probation Department's Armed Academy.

Possession of Board of Corrections Certificate for Basic Probation Officer Core Course to include a physical conditioning element certified by the Board of Corrections for Deputy Probation Officers, and evidence of continued compliance with annual training requirements.

Essential Functions


  • Operate a personal computer and other office equipment.
  • Communicate effectively with others in person and over the telephone.

  • Testify in court as required.

  • Analyze data, interpret directions, procedures and regulations, and develop appropriate responses.
  • Perform job duties under stressful conditions and respond appropriately to situations.
  • Maintain confidential information in accordance with legal standards and/or County regulations.
  • Effectively represent the department, Train other staff; Conduct presentations.
  • Physically subdue and restrain clients.

  • Conduct searches of a client, his/her residence or vehicle as authorized by court order or departmental policy.

  • Be physically fit to perform the following: detain, restrain and handcuff, both resisting and non-resisting persons, run short distances, search probationers, walk up flights of stairs, drive a vehicle, safely operate a weapon.

  • May be required to carry a firearm.

  • Establish, implement and achieve goals and objectives.
  • Frequent use of depth perception, peripheral vision and color perception.
  • Frequently lift, carry, reach, push, pull, twist and manipulate large and small objects.
  • Kneel, bend, twist, squat, balance and crawl.
  • Frequent use of hand-eye coordination.
  • Frequent use of data entry device including repetitive hand and arm motion.
  • Occasionally lift and carry up to 60 pounds.
  • Normal dexterity, frequent holding and grasping.

  • Regular attendance is an essential function.

Knowledge of: 
  • Provisions of the Civil, Penal, Welfare and Institutions.

  • Education, Vehicle and Health and Safety Codes relating to probation work.
  • Modern probation casework, objectives, principles, and methods including individual and group behavior.
  • Psychology as applied to both juvenile and adult offenders.
  • Community, public and private agencies available to provide services for the probationer.

Ability to:

Deputy Probation Officer I/II/III
  • Independently analyze investigation material and make proper deductions.
  • Interview clients and elicit necessary information.
  • Prepare and present effective written and oral reports.
  • Establish and maintain effective relationships with probationers and others.
  • Work cooperatively with peace officers and related social services agencies.
Deputy Probation Officer II/III
  • Direct, train and mentor other staff.