County of Alameda

Juvenile Institutional Officer Intermittent (#6210N)

Bargaining Unit: PPOA Non-Safety (076)
$26.16-$30.13 Hourly / $0.00-$0.00 BiWeekly /
$0.00-$0.00 Monthly / $0.00-$0.00 Yearly

Under supervision, on an as-needed basis, to be responsible for the care, custody, and control of a group of juveniles being detained at a facility of the Probation Department; to supervise activities of a group of juveniles; and to do related work as required.


Group Counselor Intermittents are on call to provide relief during emergencies and absences of regular staff. They may work at any of the Probation Department’s institutional facilities and are assigned responsibility for the care, custody, and control of juveniles. Positions in this class are not expected to be filled on a long-term basis. General supervision is received in custodial and safety procedures and programming activities from a Group Counselor IV, a Senior Camp Counselor, or an other shift supervisor who will oversee security functions, coordinate activities and handle major emergencies or disciplinary problems. Site and shift work assignments may be received from designated permanent counseling staff members. Incumbents may be assigned to any shift any day of the week. Because of the short duration of assignments, Group Counselor Intermittents may receive closer supervision than regular counseling staff.

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. Observes conduct and behavior of juveniles and maintains order and discipline at all times; keeps the group occupied with constructive activities; recommends appropriate discipline when necessary, such as isolation in room or denial of privileges; reports the more severe disciplinary problems to a senior staff member for appropriate action.

2. Attempts to modify anti-social behavior and assists detainees in adjusting to institutional living; teaches and encourages good manners, sportsmanship, and proper attitudes towards work, play, and citizenship; comforts upset and disturbed juveniles.

3. Maintains proper living standards and health habits by instructing in personal hygiene, by overseeing daily routine hygienic practices, by checking for and reporting illness, by giving medications ordered by doctors, and by supervising juveniles at meals.

4. Checks on the security and safety of the units at all times; inspects windows, keeps doors locked when not in use, keeps count of all juveniles in the unit, and is constantly alert for attempts to escape.

5. Organizes or supervises, under the direction of a superior, leisure time activity, such as games, athletics, and crafts, and encourages participation; instructs in the rules of various games and in craft methods; referees games and organizes tournaments.

6. Observes juveniles' attitudes, behavior, appearances, interests, skills, progress, and needs; reports as required or necessary to permanent staff members; assists in keeping the unit log up to date.

7. Assists in the admitting and releasing operation; performs necessary booking and record work; registers and stores personal belongings; searches for weapons or other contraband articles; weighs and measures detainees, checking for marks, bruises, and infection; outfits them with clothing and instructs on Juvenile Hall regulations and routines.

8. May transport juveniles between Juvenile Hall and the Probation Center or to County hospitals, to court appearances, or to medical appointments; may act as motorized watchman patrolling Probation Department facilities during the evening hours.

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A minimum of ten acceptable college or university level courses which may be expected to provide knowledge and abilities required for this position. These courses must be equal to or greater than 30 semester units or 45 quarter units successfully completed.

Most Acceptable College Coursework:

2 courses in English (designed to improve report writing abilities)
2 courses in psychology
2 courses in sociology
2 courses in cultural anthropology, ethnic studies or similar courses
2 courses in criminology


The equivalent of one year of full-time experience involving the organization, direction, or supervision of youth groups in correctional counseling, or in a recreational or correctional setting.


Possession of a valid California Motor Vehicle Operator's license. May be required to obtain a Class II driver's license.

Special Requirements:

Applicants must be at least 21 years of age at the time of appointment.
A good driving record according to DMV negligent operator guidelines and qualifications for automotive insurance.
Persons appointed to positions in this class in the Probation Department must meet the minimum standards for Peace Officer (Sec. 1031 Government Code), which includes being a U.S. Citizen or a permanent resident alien who is eligible for and has applied for citizenship.

Any felony conviction is disqualifying.

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

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 emotional and behavioral patterns of both delinquent and non-delinquent juveniles and of the causes of juvenile delinquency.
· General principles of working with adolescent groups and individuals.
· Standard health practices and first aid.
· Principles and practices of the care, safety, and custody of juveniles.

· Securing the respect and confidence of adolescents.
· Maintaining firm discipline in a fair and tactful manner.
· Aiding in the rehabilitation of delinquent adolescents.
· Supervising housekeeping and recreational activities appropriate to a detention setting.
· Securing and maintaining cooperation of fellow workers.
· Preparing accurate and meaningful observation reports.
· Handling emergency situations.
· Diffusing aggressive behavior.
· Protecting self or detainees from physical attack.

Revised: 2/83
Retyped: 1/85
Retyped: l/86
Old document: 0610h
New document: Jobspecs/6210
CSC Date: 2/23/83