Placer Employment Opportunities

Deputy Probation Officer Supervising - Field

Recruitment #2021-14413-01


This is a promotional recruitment - only permanent and/or probationary County employees are eligible to apply.


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To supervise a group of probation officers engaged in professional probation work in a court or supervision unit involving investigation, supervision, surveillance, and rehabilitation of adult and juvenile offenders; to review the work of probation staff, evaluate performance; to counsel and coach staff; to train and orient new staff; to assist in the development of unit policies and procedures; provide technical expertise and perform related supervisory duties; and to provide staff assistance to Probation Manager.


This is the first full supervisory level class in the Deputy Probation Officer series.  Positions at this level have responsibility for staff working in the court, intake, field and special services divisions for adults and juveniles. Positions in this class are distinguished from the next lower level class of Senior Deputy Probation Officer – Field 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.  Employees at this level are required to be fully trained in all procedures related to assigned area of responsibility.  Supervising Deputy Probation Officers do not normally carry a caseload, rather focusing efforts on the efficient functioning of assigned unit or units.


Receives direction from a Probation Manager or other management staff.

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


Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Plan, assign, and review work of probation officers performing investigation, supervision and surveillance of adult and/or juvenile cases; coordinate work flow and assist in setting priorities; act as a liaison with the local community, outside agencies, and the County.
  • 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.
  • Act as the Probation Department’s liaison with, and may provide consulting services for, organizations, groups, and individuals concerned with providing rehabilitative services for juvenile or adult offenders. 
  • Counsel with probationers and consult with interested agencies and individuals to resolve difficult case problems. 
  • 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. 
  • Prepare correspondence and reports. 
  • Assist in researching and developing new probation casework techniques; may perform as a consultant or specialist in particularly difficult areas of probation work. 
  • Evaluate work of staff and make recommendations regarding personnel actions; train new personnel and/or coordinate formal training programs; conduct performance evaluations; and be involved in disciplinary proceedings when necessary. 
  • Prepare detailed and complex reports that may be administrative, operational, or technical in nature. 
  • May represent the Probation Department before interested groups and individuals. 
  • 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. 
  • Maintain good physical, emotional, and mental condition to satisfactorily perform functions of the position. 
  • May be assigned as assistant to a Probation Manager, filling in during absence, or may be assigned to act as site supervisor of a branch office within the Department. 
  • Perform related duties as assigned.


It is the responsibility of applicants to identify in their application materials how they meet the minimum qualifications listed below.

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:

Experience: Two years of probation officer experience in a class comparable to Deputy Probation Officer II in Placer County and experience in at least two different areas of Probation (e.g. Juvenile Field and Juvenile Court, Juvenile Court and Adult Court, CSOC and Adult Court, CSOC and JDF).

Training: 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.

Note: Applicants receiving their degree outside the United States must submit proof of accreditation by a recognized evaluation agency.

License or Certificate:

  • Possession of the Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) Basic Probation Officer certificate.
  • Must have successfully completed 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.  Must successfully complete additional required certified instruction annually thereafter.
  • Must 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.

Special Requirements:

  • Must be at least 21 years of age upon appointment.
  • Must meet minimum standards required for Peace Officers as set forth in Section 1029 and 1031 of the Government Code.
  • Must meet the Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) standards in Title 15, Sections 130-132.
  • Must pass a background investigation.
  • Must meet physical standards established for County Safety employees, including a psychological examination.
  • Must qualify for use of a firearm when assigned to a field position.


Knowledge of:

  • Principles of probation casework and counseling, as applied to the probation field.
  • Principles and theories of human behavior.
  • State and local laws and Departmental policies and procedures affecting probation work.
  • Operation, process, and terminology of the Superior and Municipal Courts.
  • 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.

Ability to:

  • Plan, organize, and review the work of assigned staff.
  • Supervise, train, and evaluate staff.
  • On an intermittent basis, analyze individual behavior and family systems; identify potential problems among clients; interpret and understand human behavior; knowledge of criminal behavior and the law; problem solve situations by mediating disputes; remember past behavior; and explain procedures and policies to staff.
  • On an intermittent basis, sit at desk while preparing reports or interviewing; walk to supervise wards within the institutions; stand to conduct field contacts; bend and squat to book juveniles into the facility or perform searches; kneel to make arrests or file papers; climb during searches; manage physical confrontations when individuals resist arrest; fine hand manipulation for handcuff, weapons and computer use; visual, auditory, and sense of smell needed for supervision of wards and probationers; and lift very heavy weight.
  • Exercise skilled judgment in the assessment and treatment of probationers and families.
  • 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.
  • Perform crisis intervention; give individual counseling and understand 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.
  • Be sensitive to various cultural and ethnic groups present in the community.
  • Use and care for small firearms and other law enforcement equipment and tools as assigned.
  • 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; meet Physical Performance Program requirements.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.


Training & Experience Rating (100%)

Based upon responses to the supplemental questionnaire, the applicant’s education, training, and experience will be evaluated using a pre-determined formula. Scores from this evaluation will determine applicant ranking and placement on the eligible list.


The eligible list resulting from this recruitment may be certified as a substitute list for a substantially similar classification.  For this purpose, a substantially similar classification is one at a lower level in the same classification (example: entry level vs. journey level) and/or a similar classification (similar work performed, similar training and experience qualifications required). If you are contacted for an interview by a County department, you will be informed of the classification and other relevant information. If you choose not to interview for a substantially similar classification, you will remain on the eligible list for which you originally applied.


Thank you for your interest in employment with Placer County. Placer County is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to an active nondiscrimination program. It is the stated policy of Placer County that harassment, discrimination, and retaliation are prohibited and that all employees, applicants, agents, contractors, and interns/volunteers shall receive equal consideration and treatment. All terms and conditions of employment, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, transfer, and promotion will be based on the qualifications of the individual for the positions being filled regardless of gender (including gender identity and expression), sexual orientation, race, color, ancestry, religion, national origin, physical disability (including HIV and AIDS), mental disability, medical condition (cancer or genetic characteristics/information), age (40 or over), marital status, military and/or veteran status, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions), or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local law. Please contact the Human Resources Department at least 5 working days before a scheduled examination if you require accommodation in the examination process. Medical disability verification may be required prior to accommodation.

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