Juvenile Detention Officer (#RP2506)
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$30.02-$36.49 Hourly / $5,203.17-$6,324.49 Monthly / $62,438.10-$75,893.90 Yearly


Under general supervision, maintains the safety, security and discipline over an assigned unit or program for youthful offenders; supervises and guides youthful offenders in the proper standards of personal conduct and behavior; organizes and supervises recreational and work activities, behavior modification modules, such as anger management, victim awareness and the like; prepare and maintains records and reports; and does related or other work as required in accordance with Rule 3, Section 3 of the Civil Service Rules.


Incumbents in this journey level class have greater responsibility and independence than at the Juvenile Detention Officer Assistant trainee level, including training and development of the trainees and in the supervision of youthful offenders.


  • 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. 
  • Maintains contact with youthful offenders and their family, friends, school officials, employers, and probation officers to gain compliance and build trust. 
  • Observes and assesses behavior and needs of groups and individuals; utilizes information in attempting to meet the needs of a program structure. 
  • Documents and relates information to appropriate personnel. 
  • Conducts programs related to recreation, work activities and behavior modification modules, such as anger management, victim awareness and the like. 
  • Prepares and maintains youthful offender conduct records and reports for use in placement or court proceedings, including incident reports. 
  • May be required to perform basic housekeeping tasks. May lead other workers as assigned. 
  • Conducts room checks and searches; searches youthful offenders for contraband; administers sanctions and behavior modification consequences as required. 
  • Physically restrains or subdues violent or attacking youthful offenders when appropriate for the safety and protection of themselves and others; determines appropriate course of action when faced with potentially violent situations. Uses computer for detention management and communication. 
  • Transports youthful offenders, when necessary.


Experience: Six months experience as Juvenile Detention Officer Assistant with San Joaquin County. 

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

Experience: Six months 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: If not already obtained prior to appointment, Juvenile Detention Officer’s 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; self-defense and emergency/crisis management techniques.


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; work with other staff to effect job duties; enforce rules, policies and procedures with firmness; organize and direct the activities of youthful offenders; operate communications and safety equipment; 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 safely; utilize a variety of office equipment.


Mobility—constant standing, walking, running, stooping, bending, climbing stairs, driving and lifting of individuals, which require strength, coordination, endurance and agility; 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 weekends, 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: RP2506; EST: 10/17/2002; REV: 11/30/2022;