County of HumboldtEureka 95501
Full Time

Principles, practices and techniques of probation. Sentencing laws and victim's rights.

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Probation Officer I

County of Humboldt
Full Time 2002 Harrison Ave, Eureka, CA 95501, United States


PROBATION OFFICER IProbation Department
What You'll Do: 
  • Monitor assigned probationary caseload of juveniles and/or adults
  • Assess probationer's needs and develops rehabilitation programs
  • Coordinate and administer support programs for probation such as diversion or community service work
  • Compile, investigate, verify and present reports on personal, social, educational, financial, vocational, health and/or prior criminal history of probationers
  • Present reports to various courts, officials and agencies
  • Develop and present recommendations for case disposition and/or sentencing
Where You'll Do It:
This position is located in Eureka. However, employees will regularly use a county vehicle to travel throughout the County to perform work.

The typical schedule is Monday - Friday, 8 am to 5 pm, with a 1-hour lunch.


No person shall be considered for employment with the Humboldt County Probation Department if they have a drug history involving illicit drug use within the last three years, intravenous drug use, marijuana use since submission of application, or have ever engaged in felonious drug activity.

The successful candidate for this position will be required to undergo a detailed background investigation.

The successful applicant for this recruitment will need to attend and pass BOTH a written exam and oral exam. The written exam will be held IN PERSON, in EUREKA, CALIFORNIA. A written exam session will be held every THURSDAY and successful applicants will receive an email invitation to attend. 


Under general supervision, performs a variety of duties in intake and field probation work for juveniles and adults; serves as Peace Officer as described in Penal Code section 830.5; performs related work as assigned.
Probation Officer I is the entry level class in this professional series.  Initially under close supervision, incumbents provide probation services while learning policies, rules and procedures.  As experience is gained, duties become more diversified and are performed under more general supervision.  This class is alternately staffed with Probation Officer II and incumbents may advance to the higher level after gaining experience and demonstrating proficiency which meet the qualifications for the higher level class.
  • Monitors assigned probationary caseload of juveniles and/or adults; assesses probationer's needs and develops rehabilitation programs.
  • Ensures adherence to the court ordered conditions of probation; counsels and advises probationers regarding pertinent personal, social, educational, financial, vocational and health matters; makes arrests, conducts drug tests and searches of residences.
  • Arranges and monitors placement of probationers in various rehabilitation and/or treatment programs; transports prisoners and detainees in custody; returns absconders.
  • Intervenes in crisis situations involving probationers; interviews and advises probationers, family members, victims and others; confers with other departments or agencies and makes referrals as needed.
  • Investigates and processes probation violations and makes recommendations regarding revocation of probation; arrests and transports probationers to detention facility.
  • Compiles, investigates, verifies and presents reports on personal, social, educational, financial, vocational, health and/or prior criminal history of probationers; presents reports to various courts, officials and agencies; develops and presents recommendations for case disposition and/or sentencing.
  • Represents the department and appears and/or testifies in court for a variety of hearings such as jurisdiction or violation of probation; attends special and/or annual reviews and/or sealing of records for assigned probationers.
  • Reviews arrest and citations involving minors within the County; prepares referrals for prosecution or determines disposition.
  • Writes and files a variety of legal documents and reports relating to assigned probationers; writes progress report notes and maintains accurate case files.
  • Completes court-ordered investigations, including conservatorships.
  • Serves as Placement Officer; investigates and monitors placement resources; transports juveniles.
  • Identifies and develops community resources including foster parents and residential facilities; coordinates licensing procedures.
  • Coordinates and administers support programs for probation such as diversion or community service work.
  • Maintains communication and liaison with law enforcement, social services, probation and other community resource agencies.
  • Interviews and/or performs background investigations for civil court matters, as assigned.

NOTE:  The level and scope of knowledge and skills listed below are related to job duties as defined under Distinguishing Characteristics.

Knowledge of:

  • Principles, practices and techniques of probation.
  • Sentencing laws and victim's rights.
  • Principles and practices of applied psychology and behavior modification.
  • Applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations.
  • Community resources and agencies.
  • Methods of arrest and restraint.
  • Principles of officer safety in the field, including fire and life safety.
  • Methods and techniques of effective interviewing.
  • Basic principles, practices and procedures of adult and juvenile criminal and civil justice systems.
 Skill in:
  • Assessing and evaluating the risks and needs of adult and juvenile probationers.
  • Developing and monitoring rehabilitation treatment programs for probationers.
  • Interviewing in crises situations and determining and taking appropriate actions.
  • Compiling and analyzing complex information from a variety of sources and developing sound recommendations.
  • Using initiative and independent judgment within established guidelines.
  • Using tact, discretion and prudence in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of the work.
  • Composing accurate and effective reports, correspondence and other written materials.
Other Requirements:
Must possess a valid California driver's license.  Specified position must possess a valid Class B California driver's license.  Must be a citizen of the United States.  Must be at least eighteen years of age at the time of appointment.  Must be a high school graduate, have passed the GED Test or have attained a two year or four year degree from an accredited college or university.  Must be able to meet physical and psychological standards and pass a detailed background investigation. Level I must successfully complete training required by Section 832 of the Penal Code within 90 days of employment and the State

Corrections Standard Authority STC Probation Officer Core Course within first twelve months of employment.  Level II incumbents must possess and maintain such certifications.
Desirable Education and Experience:
A typical way to obtain the knowledge and skills outlined above is:
Probation Officer I:  Equivalent to graduation from a four year college or university with major coursework in psychology, sociology, a behavioral science or a closely related field.