County of Alameda

Juvenile Institutional Officer Intermittent (#6210N)

Bargaining Unit: PPOA Non-Safety (076)
$32.77-$37.74 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.


Juvenile Institutional Officer 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 an Institutional Supervisor, or another 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 juvenile hall staff.  Incumbents may be assigned to any shift any day of the week.  Because of the short duration of assignments, Juvenile Institutional Officer 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.




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 B 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.

Applicants are not required to be a US citizen, but must be legally authorized to work in the United States under federal law (Per SB 960).

Persons appointed to positions in this class in the Probation Department must meet the minimum standards for a Peace Officer (Sec. 1031 Government Code).

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.

Ability to:

  • Secure the respect and confidence of adolescents.
  • Maintain firm discipline in a fair and tactful manner.
  • Aid in the rehabilitation of delinquent adolescents.
  • Supervise housekeeping and recreational activities appropriate to a detention setting.
  • Secure and maintain cooperation of fellow workers.
  • Prepare accurate and meaningful observation reports.
  • Handle emergency situations.
  • Diffuse aggressive behavior.
  • Protect self or detainees from physical attack. 


Revised: 2/83


Retyped: 1/85

Retyped: l/86


Old doc:  0610h

New doc:  6210.doc


CSC Date:  2/23/83

IB:pf  Revised/Retitled 6/21/04 

[old title Group Counselor Intermittent]

CSC Date:    8/16/2006

RE: saa Revised 03/02/2023

CSC Date:05/03/2023


Alameda County offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package that affords wide-ranging health care options to meet the different needs of a diverse workforce and their families. We also sponsor many different employee discount, fitness and health screening programs focused on overall well being.  These benefits include but are not limited to*:

For your Health & Well-Being

  • Medical – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Dental – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Vision or Vision Reimbursement
  • Share the Savings
  • Basic Life Insurance 
  • Supplemental Life Insurance (with optional dependent coverage for eligible employees) 
  • County Allowance Credit
  • Flexible Spending Accounts - Health FSA, Dependent Care and Adoption Assistance
  • Short-Term Disability Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Voluntary Benefits - Accident Insurance, Critical Illness, Hospital Indemnity and Legal Services
  • Employee Assistance Program

For your Financial Future

  • Retirement Plan - (Defined Benefit Pension Plan)
  • Deferred Compensation Plan (457 Plan or Roth Plan)

For your Work/Life Balance

  • 12 paid holidays
  • Floating Holidays
  • Vacation and sick leave accrual
  • Vacation purchase program
  • Catastrophic Sick Leave
  • Group Auto/Home Insurance
  • Pet Insurance
  • Commuter Benefits Program
  • Guaranteed Ride Home
  • Employee Wellness Program (e.g. At Work Fitness, Incentive Based Programs, Gym Membership Discounts)
  • Employee Discount Program (e.g. theme parks, cell phone, etc.)
  • Child Care Resources
  • 1st United Services Credit Union 

*Eligibility is determined by Alameda County and offerings may vary by collective bargaining agreement.  This provides a brief summary of the benefits offered and can be subject to change.


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