County of Alameda

Probation Aide (#6103)

$27.79-$33.83 Hourly / $2,223.20-$2,706.40 BiWeekly /
$4,816.93-$5,863.87 Monthly / $57,803.20-$70,366.40 Yearly


DESCRIPTION
Under supervision, to receive training in and perform the less technical phases of probation investigation and supervision functions, to assist probation officers by relieving them of paraprofessional tasks; and to do related work as required.

DISTINGUISHING FEATURES

Positions in this class are found in investigative and supervision units in the Probation Department. Incumbents are assigned tasks of a well-defined and limited nature. Their work is subject to detailed and frequent review, which lessens as they become more experienced.

This class is distinguished from the Deputy Probation Officer I classification in that Deputy Probation Officers are sworn peace officers and are required to carry out the duties of a peace officer; may be responsible for providing administrative oversight of cases assigned to alternative caseloads, such as banked caseloads and remote reporting; while such oversight entails paper monitoring, there may be incidental direct contact.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES

NOTE: The following are the duties performed by employees in this classification. However, employees may perform other related duties at an equivalent level. Each individual in the classification does not necessarily perform all duties listed.

1. Assists probation officers in case supervision; makes contacts with clients as directed by Deputy Probation Officers.

2. Assists in finding employment, housing, and other programs for clients.

3. By various methods provides verification of case information submitted by clients.

4. Assists the probation officers in locating clients, victims, and/or witnesses.

5. Screens incoming calls in absence of the Deputy Probation Officer.

6. May assist probation officers with drug testing responsibilities.

7. Transports adults and juveniles to a variety of locations; i.e., medical appointments, employment opportunities, schools, etc., primarily when trips are in County and when regular Transportation Workers are not available.

8. Assists the Deputy Probation Officer in obtaining or locating various required reports such as police reports, school reports, psychiatric reports, etc.

9. Assists in the supervision of juveniles on outings, cultural or recreational events; participates in group work activities.

10. Does fingerprinting of clients or other staff as required by legal mandates or department policy.


MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education:

Completion of two years of study (60 semester units or 90 quarter units) at an accredited college or university. A minimum of ten acceptable college or university-level courses which may be expected to provide knowledge and skills required for this position is listed below. These courses must be equal to or greater than 30 semester units or 45 quarter units.

Most acceptable college coursework:
2 courses in cultural anthropology, ethnic studies or similar courses
2 courses in criminology
2 courses in English (designed to improve writing skills)
2 courses in psychology
2 courses in sociology

And

Experience:

The equivalent of one year full-time experience working with people in a detention, recreation, rehabilitation, or related probation program. 

Special Requirements:

A thorough background investigation will be conducted on all prospective Probation Aides.

Must be willing to work all assignments and locations.

License:

Possession of a valid California Motor Vehicle Operator's license is required. A good driving record according to DMV negligent operator guidelines and qualifications for automotive insurance is also required.

NOTE: The Civil Service Commission may modify the above Minimum Qualifications in the announcement of an examination.


KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS
NOTE: The level and scope of the following knowledge and abilities are related to duties listed under the “Examples of Duties” section of this specification.

Knowledge of:

• General causes of crime and delinquency.
• General understanding of the role of the probation officer in juvenile and criminal justice system.

Ability to:

• Organize thoughts and make sound judgments.
• Learn and receive training working with juveniles and adults who are involved in the criminal justice system.
• Carry out instructions, communicate effectively in both written and oral forms.

CLASS SPEC HISTORY
JG-S:lm-h
Revised: 11/82
Retyped: 1/85
Old document: 0590h
New document: Jobspecs/6103
ys/7/01
CSC Date: 9/11/85
IB:cs Revised 3/11/13
CSC Date: 4/2/14