The duties of probation officers require the investigation and management of alleged criminal offenders or convicted offenders who may present physical danger to officers and to the public. In the supervision, treatment and control of these offenders, these duties require moderate to arduous physical exercises, including prolonged periods of walking and standing, physical dexterity and coordination necessary for officer safety and use of self-defense tactics. On a daily basis, officers face unusual mental and physical stress because they are subject to danger and possible harm during frequent, direct contact with individuals who are suspected or convicted of committing federal offenses. Because officers must effectively deal with physical attacks and are subject to moderate to arduous physical exertion, applicants must be physically capable of efficiently performing these
duties and are subject to fitness for duty evaluations. Vision and hearing must also be adequate to perform the duties listed safely and effectively. Travel within the state is required. A valid drivers license is required to conduct field work.
Prior to appointment, the selectee considered for this position will undergo a medical examination and drug screening. Upon successful completion of the medical examination and drug screening, the selectee may then be appointed provisionally, pending a favorable suitability determination by the court. In addition, as conditions of employment, incumbent will be subject to ongoing random drug screening, updated background investigations every five years and, as deemed necessary by management for reasonable cause, may be subject to subsequent fitness-for-duty evaluations. The medical requirements and the essential job functions derived from the medical
guidelines for probation officers are available for public view at http://www.uscourts.gov/.
MAXIMUM ENTRY AGE: United States Probation Officers are covered under law enforcement retirement as defined in Title 5, U.S.C., Chapters 83 and 84. Law enforcement retirement/separation provisions require mandatory retirement once an employee meets age and service requirements (age 57 with 20 years of service) due to the physical requirements of the position. Therefore, first-time appointees to positions covered under law enforcement officer retirement provisions must not have reached their 37th birthday at the time of appointment. Applicants 37 or over who have previous federal law enforcement officer experience under the Civil Service Retirement System or the Federal Employees Retirement System and who have either a subsequent break in service or intervening
service in a non-law enforcement officer position may have their previous federal law enforcement officer experience subtracted from their age to determine whether they meet the maximum age requirement.
Starting salary depends on education and experience. This position is graded under the Court Personnel System. At the CL-25 level, the applicant must have at least one year of experience equivalent to work at the CL-23 level. At the CL-27 level, applicant broad knowledge of the criminal justice system, good knowledge of investigative and supervision techniques, and one year qualifying experience specifically in probation, parole, pretrial services or criminal investigations work in addition to the two years specialized experience required at the CL-25 level. Minimum three years specialized experience is preferred.
Specialized experience is defined as progressively responsible experience, gained after completion of a bachelors degree in such fields as probation, pretrial services, parole, corrections, criminal investigations, or work in substance/addiction treatment. Experience as a police, custodial, or security officer, other than and criminal investigative experience, is not creditable.
The Classification Level (CL) is similar to the General Schedule (GS) ratings in the Federal Executive
Branch, CL-25 = GS-9. The target grade for this position is CL-28 = GS-12.
MINIMUM REQUIRED EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
Completion of a bachelors degree from an accredited college or university in a field of academic study, such as criminal justice, criminology, psychology, sociology, human relations, or business or public administration, which provides evidence of the capacity to understand and apply the legal requirements and human relations skills involved in the work of the position, is required for all probation officer positions.
Knowledge of the roles and functions of federal probation, including knowledge of the legal requirements, practices and procedures used in probation, and parole. Knowledge of the roles, responsibilities, and relationships among the federal courts, U.S. Parole Commission, U.S. Marshals Service, Bureau of Prisons, U.S. Attorneys Office, Federal Public Defenders Office, and other organizations.
Knowledge of how other judicial processes and procedures relate to the officers roles and responsibilities. Knowledge of federal law and the criminal justice system particularly as it relates to federal probation, and parole policies and procedures.
Knowledge of investigative techniques and skill in investigating offenders backgrounds, activities, and finances and determining legitimacy of their income. Knowledge of the Bail Reform Act and motivational techniques.
Knowledge of sentencing guidelines, statutes, Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, and applicable case law. Knowledge of techniques in supervising offenders and performing risk assessments and developing appropriate alternatives and sanctions to non-compliant behavior. Skill in counseling offenders to maintain compliance to conditions of their release.
Skill in conducting legal research on a variety of legal issues related to sentencing and supervision. Skill in legal reasoning and critical thinking. Skill in analyzing and summarizing legal concepts and issues. Skill in counseling offenders to maintain compliance to conditions of their release. Skill in evaluating and applying sentencing guidelines. Ability to follow safety procedures. Ability to compile and summarize information such as background checks and criminal histories within established time-frames. Ability to discern deception and act accordingly.
Ability to organize, prioritize work schedule, work with little supervision, and exercise discretion. Ability to work under pressure of short deadlines.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Applicants may be required to take a writing exercise.