Juvenile Detention Officer Assistant (#RP2505)
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$26.97-$32.78 Hourly / $4,674.11-$5,681.41 Monthly / $56,089.35-$68,176.96 Yearly


Under immediate supervision, maintains the safety, security and discipline in assigned unit for youthful offenders; supervises and guides the behavior of youthful offenders; enforces rules and regulations of the facility; advises youthful offenders in proper standards of personal conduct; observes and assesses behavior and needs of groups and individuals within groups; and does related or other work as required in accordance with Rule 3, Section 3 of the Civil Service Rules.


Incumbents serve as trainees for the Juvenile Detention Officer series. As trainees, individuals are assigned to perform routine activities under close supervision, receive departmental training, and acquire the essential knowledge and abilities characteristic of Juvenile Detention Officer.


  • Maintains security and discipline over assigned unit or program; enforces rules and regulations of the facility and program. 
  • Supervises and guides youthful offender behavior; advises youthful offenders in proper standards of personal conduct with emphasis on collaboration, education, and partnership. 
  • Develops and maintains positive relationships with youthful offenders, individually or in groups, to gain compliance and build trust. 
  • Documents and relates information to appropriate persons. 
  • Conducts programs related to recreation and work activities; participates in behavior modification programs such as anger management, victim awareness and the like; assists in planning activities and programs. 
  • Prepares and maintains conduct records and reports regarding youthful offenders for use in placement or court proceedings, including incident reports. 
  • May be required to perform basic housekeeping tasks; Conducts room checks and searches; scans incoming and outgoing mail; searches youthful offenders for contraband. 
  • Learns to subdue and restrain violent or attacking youthful offenders when appropriate for the safety and protection of themselves and others; learns to determine appropriate course of action when faced with potentially violent situations. 
  • Uses computers and youthful offender detention specific programs for detention management and communications. 
  • Transports youthful offenders, when necessary.



Education: Completion of thirty semester (or equivalent quarter) units at an accredited college or university, including at least six semester (or equivalent quarter) units in the social or behavioral sciences.


Experience: One year of full-time experience in law enforcement, correctional work in a probation or parole agency, detention or residential treatment facility, correctional institution, or supervision of residents in a youth or adult housing program. 


License: Possession of a valid California driver’s license.

Special Requirements: The Juvenile Detention Officer Assistant must successfully complete the required Juvenile Corrections Officer Core Course training during the first year of appointment as established by the California Board of State and Community Corrections.  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 for peace officer status.  Employees must also conform to all training as well as other requirements including those necessary to hold and maintain peace officer status pursuant to the California Government Code.


California youthful offender justice system; general principles of human behavior, normal and abnormal; basic group and individual counseling techniques; basic psychological theories, terminology and treatment methods; principles of conflict de-escalation; community interaction and collaborative problem solving; general principles of report writing and composition; basic computer literacy; personal computer systems and computer software.


Establish rapport with youthful offenders; recognize emotional and behavioral problems; assess physical and emotional needs of individual youthful offenders; demonstrate clear written and oral skills; follow written and oral instructions/procedures; fairly and equitably enforce rules and regulations with firmness; organize and direct the activities of youthful offenders; utilize a variety of office equipment, including computer operation; operate communications and safety equipment; work different shifts, weekends, holidays and extended schedules; work with other staff to effect job duties; relate to a wide variety of socio-economic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds; physically restrain or subdue youthful offenders for the safety of themselves and others; drive in a safe manner.


Mobility—Constant standing, walking, running, stooping, bending, climbing stairs and lifting of individuals which require strength, coordination, endurance and agility, driving, operation of a computer; Visual—constant overall vision; constant color perception, constant eye-hand coordination; constant depth perception; frequent reading/close-up work; constant field of vision/peripheral; Dexterity—frequent repetitive motion and reaching; Hearing/Talking—constant requirement to hear normal speech; constant hearing on telephone and radio; ability to hear faint sounds; constant talking on telephone/radio; Emotional/Psychological—constant contact with hostile individuals; frequent exposure to emergency situations; frequent exposure to trauma, grief and death; frequent public contact; frequent decision-making; frequent concentration; Special Requirements—assignments may require working weekend, nights, and/or occasional overtime; Environmental—occasional exposure to varied weather conditions.

San Joaquin County complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act and, upon request, will consider reasonable accommodations to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions.

CLASS: RP2505; EST: 10/17/2002; REV: 11/30/2022;