County of Santa BarbaraSanta Barbara 93101
Full Time

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Juvenile Institutions Officer

County of Santa Barbara
Full Time 24 per week 117 E Carrillo St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, United States


**** 02/07/13 - Notice of Change: Supplemental Question #13 has been updated. If you have submitted an application prior to 02/07/23, you do not need to re-submit a new one for the purpose of this updated question. ****

if you applied to this position between April 22, 2022, and 5:00 p.m. PST on Friday, December 16, 2022, your application is still under consideration for the position and you do not need to re-apply.



 $70,262.89 - $89,597.97 Annually, plus bilingual and uniform allowance when applicable. 

  • Vacation: 12 to 25 days per year depending on length of public employment.
  • Holidays: 12 days per year. 
  • Sick Leave: 12 days sick leave per year. Unlimited accumulation, one year of which can be converted to service credit upon retirement.  
  • Health Plan: Choice of medical and dental plans (with vision care). County contributes toward the employee's premium. 
  • On-Site Employee Health Clinics in Santa Barbara and Santa Maria: Provides ongoing and episodic services to eligible employees and their eligible dependents over age of 5.
  • For County benefits, please visit . In addition, applicants from other public sector employers may qualify for retirement reciprocity and time and service credit towards an advanced vacation accrual rate.
The Probation Department is accepting applications to fill full time vacancies for the Juvenile Institutions Officer position in "All Locations." We are accepting applications to establish one list that will be used to fill vacancies at all locations (separate lists for different locations will not be established). Therefore, applicants must check "All Locations" on the application AND be willing to accept an initial assignment at any location. It is required that you select "All Locations" on the application to be considered.
Some positions that may be filled by this recruitment have been vacated as a result of a leave of absence (CS Rule 1414) and the duration of those appointments shall be subject to the return of the individuals who are on leave.  A person who is appointed to a position under CS Rule 1414 may be able to transition into a regular position in the classification without re-application or re-testing, depending on the performance of the appointee and the needs of the department.
THE POSITION: Under direction, supervises, controls, guides, routinely counsels and motivates a group of youths in detention and/or treatment facilities; performs related duties as required.
 The ideal candidate will possess
• Strong written and verbal communication
• Reputation for honesty and trustworthiness
• Excellent command presence
• Good moral character
• Credibility
• Integrity
Examples of Duties
  1. Orients, observes, supervises controls, motivates, counsels, and maintains headcount of youths in a detention and/or treatment facility; enforces disciplinary rules and policies of the institution/facility; delivers medication as prescribed; participates in individual, group, or crisis counseling and facilitates the application of certain programs and compliance with case plans. 
  2. Plans, organizes, and coordinates work project details, recreation, and leisure activities for youth detainees; ensures youths complete activities within allotted timeframes.  
  3. Observes and writes reports on the attitude, behavior, and adjustment of youth detainees; recommends intervals at which suicidal youths should be observed; and enters pertinent narrative and statistical information into computer programs.  
  4. Monitors youth detainees during showers in order to ensure hygiene and security; supervises youths in performing laundry duties, and other work details.  
  5. Receives and releases youths; may make intake and release decisions; contacts and
     informs parents/guardians of case status; supervises visits between parents and youths; supervises youths who are on alternative release status or on probation and living at home. 
  6. Physically restrains and/or redirects assaultive youths; secures and transports detained youths.  
  7. Occasionally assists in the routine preparation and serving/distribution of meals.  
  8. May train colleagues in a specialized area of expertise; may train and guide Extra Help employees and volunteers.  
  9. May act as lead officer of a shift, as needed. 
Employment Standards

To be considered for this position, applicants must demonstrate how they meet the employment standards. Applicants will need to attach their unofficial transcripts to their application.

In order to determine if you meet the employment standards you must have the following qualifications: 

  1. Completion of 90 quarter units or 60 semester units of college coursework, including 14 quarter or 9 semester units in sociology, psychology, criminology, or a related field, that would provide the required knowledge and abilities; OR,
  2. A combination of training, education, and experience equivalent to that listed above that would provide the required knowledge and abilities (an example of equivalent experience would be working with juvenile/youth offenders, as a counselor in a group home).

 Additional Requirements:
  • Must meet minimum peace officer standards as specified in California Government Code Sections 1029 and 1031 including, but not limited to: not currently on probation for a misdemeanor; no prior felony convictions (unless fully pardoned); good moral character as determined through a background check (this includes a polygraph examination); and no physical, mental, or emotional condition, including bias against race or ethnicity, gender, nationality, gender identity and gender expression, ancestry, religion, disability, or sexual orientation, that might adversely affect the exercise of the powers of a peace officer.
  • Unless previously completed, within one year of hire, must have successfully completed “Core” training and an introductory law enforcement procedures program (PC 832), certified by the California Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission.
  • Appointees must be at least 21 years of age.
  • Possession of a valid California Class C Driver’s License.  Driver’s license must be kept valid throughout the term of employment.  Incumbents must be able to travel independently.
  • All appointees must successfully complete 40 hours of intense, on-the-job training, which focuses on facility security and operations, psychological principles and techniques applicable to the care and rehabilitation of youth and young adult offenders, and the growth, development, needs, and problems of youth and young adults.  
  • Some positions in this classification may require incumbents to obtain and maintain a valid California Class B Driver’s License.  Appointees to those positions requiring a Class B license will be subject to mandatory testing for drugs prior to beginning work; once assigned, incumbents will be subject to mandatory testing for drugs and/or alcohol on a random, reasonable suspicion, post-accident, return-to-duty, and follow-up basis.
Knowledge of: Standard English grammar, spelling, punctuation, and usage; college-level report writing; standard computer applications used in an office; basic math including addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of whole numbers and percentages.
Ability to: Read and comprehend material at college level; learn and apply psychological principles and techniques applicable to the care and rehabilitation of youth involved in the justice system; learn about the growth, development, needs, and issues of youth; gain the confidence and respect of  youths; supervise  youths; perceive, evaluate, and de-escalate or resolve tense group situations; make rational decisions; observe, recall, and document behavior; note behavior patterns and behavior changes for signs of potential problems; read, understand, and apply laws, regulations, and procedures; enforce rules while maintaining flexibility; counsel and motivate individuals and groups and provide support and control as needed; work with youths in an assertive, calm manner; communicate effectively both orally and in writing; work well under pressure; work in a structured, regimented work environment; meet deadlines; maintain professional ethics; learn and follow County and departmental policies, goals, and objectives; drive safely and legally; work harmoniously with others; maintain confidentiality and impartiality; maintain professional demeanor even when dealing with hostile or abusive individuals; use a computer keyboard.

Desirable Qualifications:
  • Knowledge of: Adolescent psychology, juvenile justice, juvenile delinquency, counseling, basic knowledge of the criminal justice system.
  • Education: A bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year college or university with related course work focus is desirable.
  • Bilingual skills: Bilingual Spanish skills are desirable. The ability to read, write, and converse fluently in English and Spanish is desirable for some positions. Hiring departments will test you on your fluency. If you do not demonstrate sufficient fluency, your name may be withheld from future certification or removed from the bilingual employment list, in accordance with Civil Service Rule 7.