Placer County

Deputy Probation Officer - Supervising (#11813)

$46.16-$57.63 Hourly / $8,001.07-$9,989.20 Monthly / $96,012.80-$119,870.40 Yearly


To supervise a group of probation officers engaged in professional probation work for adults and juveniles in either a field or institutional setting; to review the work of probation staff, evaluate performance and counsel and coach staff; to train and orient new staff; to assist in the development of probation policies and procedures; to provide technical expertise and perform related supervisory duties; and to provide staff assistance to the Probation Manager.


This is the supervisory level in the Deputy Probation Officer Series. Positions in this class are distinguished from the next lower-level class of Senior Deputy Probation Officer - Field and Senior Deputy Probation Officer - Institution by having direct and continuing supervision over probation officers and are distinguished from the next higher class of Probation Manager in that the latter are charged with administrative responsibilities in a major division of the Probation Department. Supervising Deputy Probation Officers do not normally carry a caseload or work directly with detainees, but rather focus efforts on the efficient functioning of their assigned unit or units. 


Receives direction from a Probation Manager or other management staff.

Exercises direct supervision over professional, technical, and clerical staff.


Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
Act as a representative or liaison of the Probation Department and provide information or consulting services for organizations, groups, and individuals concerned with providing rehabilitative services for juvenile or adult offenders.

Prepare detailed and complex reports that may be administrative, operational, or technical in nature; prepare monthly statistics and other special reports; compile annual budget numbers for special programs and grants. 

Develop, operate, and monitor special programs and projects undertaken by the Department. 

Explain and interpret department policies and procedures to staff members. 

Participate in department training, staff development, and community education activities. 

Attend and participate in meetings to keep current on laws and policies regarding the field of probation.

May serve as Probation Manager or site supervisor of a branch office within the department in the absence of the incumbent. 

Monitor institutional operations; document and resolve incidents. 

Assist in researching and developing new probation and juvenile detention casework techniques and principles; may perform as a consultant or specialist in particularly difficult areas of probation work and/or facility management.  

Maintain safety and security of youth within the County institution

Coordinate and manage field, institutional, and afterhours operations and respond accordingly.

Supervise and consult with probation staff in analyzing cases and formulating and modifying treatment plans; review, interpret, and evaluate cases; review court reports and field activities to ensure compliance with laws and Departmental guidelines. 

Counsel probationers and consult with interested agencies and individuals to resolve difficult case problems.
Perform related duties as assigned.


Work is typically performed in an indoor office environment with controlled temperature conditions, and/or an indoor office environment in a secure, lock-down detention facility, with some job functions performed outside with varying environments, including inclement weather. 


Experience and Training:

Any combination of experience and training that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and abilities would be: 


One year of probation officer experience in a class comparable to Senior Deputy Probation Officer-Field or Senior Deputy Probation Officer-Institution with Placer County; 


Two years of probation officer experience in at least two different divisions of Probation in a class comparable to Deputy Probation Officer II-Field with Placer County;


Four years of Probation Officer experience in a class comparable to Deputy Probation Officer II – Institution with Placer County. 


Equivalent to a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in criminal justice, corrections, or a closely related field. 

Required License or Certificate: 
  • Possession of, and ability to maintain, a valid First Aid and CPR certificate. 
  • May need to possess a valid driver’s license as required by the position. Proof of adequate vehicle insurance and medical clearance may also be required.
  • Must successfully complete the Supervisory Probation Course of instruction certified by the Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) within one (1) year of appointment to the classification and successfully complete additional certified instruction annually thereafter. 
  • Possession of the Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) Juvenile Corrections Officer Core Certificate  within one (1) year of appointment to the Institution.
  • Possession of Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) Basic Probation Officer certificate within one (1) year of appointment.
Special Requirements:
  • Employees in this classification are Peace Officers as defined by section 830.5 of the Penal Code and must satisfy the State of California criteria and minimum standards for Peace Officer status. 
  • Must meet the Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) standards in Title 15, Section 1320.
  • May be required to carry a firearm.
  • Must be at least 21 years of age upon appointment


Knowledge of: 
  • Principles and theories of human behavior, probation casework and counseling, and criminal justice and rehabilitation.
  • State and local laws and departmental policies and procedures affecting probation work, including juvenile detention and adult offenders. 
  • Principles and practices of supervision, training, and performance evaluation.
  • Principles and practices of leadership, motivation, team building, and conflict resolution.
  • Causes, control, and treatment techniques of crime and delinquency.
  • Criminal behavior and the law. 
  • Operation, process, and terminology of the Superior and Municipal Courts. 

Ability to: 
  • Supervise, train, and evaluate staff; implement progressive discipline as needed. 
  • Recommend, implement, and explain policies and procedures.
  • Analyze individual behavior and family systems; interpret and understand human behavior; problem solve situations by mediating disputes. 
  • Sit at a desk for long periods of time; intermittently twist to reach equipment surrounding desk or while performing field and/or institution activities; perform simple grasping and fine manipulation to use telephone, radio, and other office equipment; write or use a keyboard to communicate through written means; lift very heavy weight; walk, stand, bend, squat, kneel, climb stairs and/or ladders; manage physical confrontations when individuals resist arrest; perform simple and power grasping, pushing, and/or pulling; use handcuffs, weapons, pepper spray, and other equipment; have sufficient visual acuity, hearing, and sense of smell to perform essential job functions. 
  • On a continuous basis, know and understand all aspects of the job; analyze work papers, reports and special projects; identify and interpret technical and numerical information; observe and problem solve operational and technical policies and procedures; understand and interpret County and Department policies; know, enforce, explain, and interpret applicable laws, regulations, and codes. 
  • Exercise skilled judgment in the assessment and treatment of probationers and families; identify potential problems among clients and/or incarcerated youth.
  • Analyze situations accurately and objectively; adopt effective courses of action; work effectively in stressful situations; resolve conflicts in an effective manner; obtain information through interview and interrogation. 
  • Quickly interpret, organize, and apply information received in writing, verbally or visually. 
  • Perform crisis intervention; remember past behavior and medications; provide or recommend individual counseling and understand applicable counseling techniques and methods. 
  • Perform arrest, search, and seizure activities safely and within the confines of the law. 
  • Synthesize complex information into a formal recommendation to the court; write clear and concise court reports. 
  • Effectively manage a large and diverse caseload; complete multiple tasks at once; focus and work effectively with multiple interruptions.
  • Book adults and youth; connect to electronic monitoring program equipment; search residences and vehicles; explain program and rules to participants, conduct field checks.
  • Observe and maintain control and custody of incarcerated youth under supervision.
  • Be sensitive to various cultural and ethnic groups present in the community.
  • Act quickly and calmly in emergency situations. 
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing. 
  • Maintain good physical, emotional, and mental condition to satisfactorily perform the functions of the position.
  • Use and care for small firearms and other law enforcement equipment and tools as assigned. 
  • Work in close proximity of others or in isolation. 
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work. 
  • Work overtime and rotating shifts, including long hours, nights, and weekends. 


Length of Probation: 
All permanent appointments from open eligible lists to positions in this classification shall serve a probationary period of twelve (12) calendar months or two thousand eighty (2,080) hours, whichever is more. 

Bargaining Unit: 
Professional - Safety

CLASS: 11813; EST: 1/25/2022;