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THE COUNTY OF SHASTA
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INVITES APPLICATIONS FOR

DEPUTY PROBATION OFFICER I/II

THE CURRENT VACANCY IS IN THE PROBATION DEPARTMENT

WRITTEN & ORAL EXAMS ARE TENTATIVELY SCHEDULED FOR FEBRUARY 2024

SEE “SPECIAL REQUIREMENT” SECTION REGARDING
POSSESSION OF A VALID DRIVER’S LICENSE

RESPONSES TO SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONS REQUIRED

FINAL FILING DATE: FEBRUARY 20, 2024 AT 5:00 PM

 

SALARY INFORMATION

Deputy Probation Officer I: $4,435 – $5,660 APPROXIMATE MONTHLY* / $25.59 – $32.65 APPROXIMATE HOURLY*

Deputy Probation Officer II: $4,889 – $6,241 APPROXIMATE MONTHLY* / $28.21 – $36.01 APPROXIMATE HOURLY*

*Please refer to the appropriate Bargaining Unit Memorandum of Understanding for potential future salary increases* Please visit https://www.shastacounty.gov/personnel/page/labor-agreements-mous

ABOUT SHASTA COUNTY

Shasta County offers all the amenities of the big city while retaining a comfortable small-town atmosphere.  With its natural beauty, affordable housing, excellent educational system, abundance of recreational opportunities, and excellent quality of life, Shasta County is a great place to live, work, and raise a family.

ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT

The Probation Department conducts pre-sentence investigations, prepares pre-sentence reports, and makes placement recommendations for juveniles and adults accused of felonies. Following sentencing, the department monitors all individuals given terms of probation. The major divisions and “core” functions of the department are adult and juvenile intake, and adult and juvenile supervision.

ABOUT THE POSITION

Under general supervision, to investigate, assess, and manage cases involving adult or juvenile offenders; to prepare reports and make recommendations to the courts, to monitor compliance with probation conditions and assist in the rehabilitation of adults or juveniles through prevention services, supervision and guidance; and to perform related work as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

Deputy Probation Officer I: This is the entry and trainee level in the probation officer class series. Although tasks performed are common to those of the next higher level of Deputy Probation Officer II, incumbents are assigned the more routine cases and function within well-defined guidelines under more direct supervision.

Deputy Probation Officer II: This is the journey level within the probation officer class series.  Incumbents in this class will have a basic understanding of probation work and have acquired the essential skills to perform general investigative and case management duties. This class is distinguished from the next higher class of Deputy Probation Officer III in that incumbents in the latter class typically have greater experience and have demonstrated the ability to perform more difficult assignments requiring greater skill, knowledge and judgment, and have a more comprehensive understanding of departmental policies and procedures.

EXAMPLES OF ESSENTIAL DUTIES

Deputy Probation Officer I: Conducts pre-sentence case investigations, interviews offenders and others, having information regarding the offender or the offense; prepares court recommendations for sentencing, probation conditions and rehabilitative programs; conduct investigations and prepare reports on findings; maintain supervision of probationers; make probationers accountable to the terms of their release while promoting a satisfactory social adjustment; make court appearance and make recommendations to the court regarding case disposition; collaborate with staff from other agencies in cases of mutual interest; confer with superiors and other staff members on general casework techniques and specific case situations; prepare and maintain case records and reports; make recommendations for dismissal of cases when satisfactory compliance and adjustment have been attained or for revocation of probation or other disposition in cases failing to adjust adequately; perform delinquency prevention duties, participate in intervention programs, conduct compliance checks and searches of offenders homes and property; conduct surveillance operations; perform physical arrests; work in multi-agency law enforcement efforts such as DUI checkpoints and anti-gang enforcement.

Deputy Probation Officer II: Conducts pre-court case investigations, interviews offenders and others having information regarding the offender or the offense; prepares court reports and makes recommendations for conditions and rehabilitative programs; conducts investigations and reports on findings; explains conditions of probation to the probationers, their families, and interested individuals; maintains contact with probationers to assist in making a satisfactory social adjustment; may appear in court while cases are under consideration and make recommendations to the court regarding disposition; cooperates with staff from other agencies in cases of mutual interest; confers with superiors and other staff members on general casework techniques and specific case situations; prepares and maintains case records and reports; makes recommendations for dismissal of cases when satisfactory adjustment has been effected or for revocation of probation or other disposition in cases failing to adjust adequately; may perform delinquency prevention duties, participate in intervention programs, monitor probationers for compliance with probation conditions, coordinate home visits and searches with law enforcement, work with local agencies and groups; consults with law enforcement agencies; prepares and maintains case records and reports.

TYPICAL QUALIFICATIONS

Any combination of education and experience sufficient to directly demonstrate possession and application of the following:

Deputy Probation Officer I:

Knowledge of: The theory and concepts of basic casework practices, the principles of applied psychology and evidence-based practices, basic interviewing techniques, and proficient writing techniques.

Ability to:  Learn the principles and practices of modern adult and juvenile probation work; learn court procedures relating to probation; learn State laws and County ordinances affecting adult and juvenile probation; learn to effectively manage a caseload; learn to administer with fidelity and interpret evidence-based assessments and create referrals and reports based on the information gathered and submitted, have tolerance and show good judgment and act accordingly in a professional environment; speak and write effectively; learn to prepare comprehensive reports and maintain accurate records; establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

These employment standards are typically attained with a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university OR current enrollment in an accredited college or university in good standing and successful completion of a minimum of 90-100 semester units.

Deputy Probation Officer II:

Knowledge of:  Principles of adult and juvenile probation work and court procedures relating to probation; Federal, State and local laws and ordinances affecting adults and juveniles; probation principles and techniques of effective casework; evidence-based practices; the causes, extent, prevention, and control of crime and delinquency; interviewing and counseling techniques.

Ability to:  Understand and deal effectively with probationers and applicants for probation; interpret court orders and make appropriate related decisions; effectively manage a large and complex caseload; analyze material and take appropriate action; exercise skilled judgment in probation matters; learn to administer with fidelity and interpret evidence-based assessments and create referrals and reports based on the information gathered and submitted; prepare comprehensive reports and maintain accurate financial records; speak and write effectively; organize work and establish priorities; establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

These employment standards are typically attained with a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university AND one (1) year of experience comparable to that of Deputy Probation Officer I with Shasta County.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENT

  • Possession of a valid California driver license.
  • Individuals with a felony conviction may not apply for positions as peace officers.
  • Advancement to the journey level class of DPO II requires successful completion of the probation officer basic CORE academy within one year of employment.

SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONS

Responses to the following must be submitted with a completed application.

  1. Do you have a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university? Yes___ No ___
  2. Have you completed the Deputy Probation Officer Core Training? Yes___ No___

PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; talk or hear; and taste or smell.

The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 100 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

  • In the office or field, physically defend themselves (using hands, arms or feet) against an attacking probationer or other individual.
  • In the office or field, physically subdue with the help of others, a resisting or fleeing probationer.
  • Handcuff a non-resisting person.
  • Handcuff a resisting person. (Assistance is typically present when this task is performed.)
  • Run (such as to assist others in an emergency or to get to cover). Note:  Running is for a short distance, typically 35-50 yards.
  • Bend, extend and twist their body such as when searching probationers, vehicles and/or placing leg-cuffs or other restraints on a probationer.
  • Put an actively resisting person in the seat of a car. (Assistance is typically present when performing this task.)
  • Use their hands and fingers to search.
  • Using a lifting motion, assist someone from a prone position on the ground to his/her feet (such as handcuffed or moderately incapacitated person).
  • Perform CPR. (This is typically two person CPR.)
  • Walk up a flight of stairs.
  • Run quickly up or down a flight of stairs.
  • Carry objects weighing up to 25 pounds such as boxes of evidence, files, equipment, etc.
  • Drive a car as part of their probation officer duties (not commuting).
  • The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee occasionally works in outside weather conditions.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

OTHER CONSIDERATIONS

  • All new employees are required to have their paycheck directly deposited to a bank account.
  • Some positions may require a valid California driver’s license and acceptable driving record according to County policy.
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made for those persons who are disabled under the Americans with Disabilities Act to perform the essential functions of the position.
  • As part of the selection process, all individuals provided with a preliminary offer of employment with Shasta County will be subject to a background investigation, including a criminal history check (primarily completed through the taking of fingerprints). An image of your fingerprints will be captured and sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history, (if any), will be evaluated along with the other information received in connection with your application. Except as otherwise required by law, a criminal conviction will not necessarily disqualify you from the position. The nature of the offense, the date of the offense, the surrounding circumstances, and the relevance of the offense to the position applied for may, however, be considered.
  • Based on the results of the background investigation and criminal history check, applicants may then be provided with an offer of employment conditioned on the results of a medical examination, which includes drug/alcohol testing.
  • In accordance with Government Code Section 3100, County employees, in the event of a disaster are considered disaster workers and may be asked to respond accordingly.
  • Positions in this classification are covered by a collective bargaining agreement between the County and the Professional Peace Officers Association (PPOA).
  • Employees in this classification are covered under the CalPERS retirement program. Depending on the provisions of the California Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act (PEPRA) and other applicable laws, an employee in this classification will be covered under one of the following CalPERS retirement formulas: (1) 2% at 55, (2) 2% at 60, or (3) 2% at 62. An employee in this classification will also contribute up to 11.5% of his/her pay to this plan or will contribute such other amount to the plan as authorized by PEPRA and other applicable laws. Please visit our employees benefit page at https://www.shastacounty.gov/personnel/page/employee-benefits for additional information regarding benefits and CalPERS coverage information. The provisions in this flyer and on the County’s website are for information purposes only. To the extent the provisions of the flyer or the County’s website are inconsistent with PEPRA and other applicable laws, PEPRA and other applicable laws shall govern.

APPLICATION AND SELECTION PROCEDURES

Shasta County Personnel will accept applications and responses to the supplemental questions until 5:00 p.m., on February 20, 2024. A Resume and/or Cover Letter will be accepted in addition to the application form but will not serve as a substitute for a completed application. It is not acceptable to complete the application with statements such as, “Refer to Resume and/or Cover Letter,” or “See Attached Resume and/or Cover Letter” the employment application must be completed in its entirety prior to submission. Incomplete applications will not be processed. Closing date postmarks or faxes will NOT be accepted. This recruitment will establish a list that may or may not be used by other departments. Prior applicants must reapply to be considered.

Applicants will be screened and those considered best qualified will be invited to appear for an oral and/or written examination. Meeting the announced requirements does not guarantee inclusion into the selection process. Depending upon the number of applications received, the selection process may consist of additional application screening, written and/or practical exam(s), oral interview, or any combination thereof. 

Veterans’ Credit: Veterans (as defined by California Government Code section 18973) who have been discharged from military service under conditions other than dishonorable and who receive a passing score on all components of the employment examinations (up to and including oral examinations) shall receive credit for an additional five points to be added to their final examination score. To be considered for this credit, a veteran MUST provide a copy of his or her discharge document (DD-214 or equivalent) and information as to the type of discharge (honorable, dishonorable, etc.) WITH THE EMPLOYMENT APPLICATION ON OR BEFORE THE FINAL FILING DATE.

Applicants are encouraged to apply on-line at www.ShastaCountyCareers.com or submit an application to the Shasta County Personnel Office.

Arrangements may be made to accommodate applicants with disabilities. Requests for accommodations may be made to the Shasta County Personnel Office by the filing deadline posted on this bulletin. Shasta County does not discriminate on the basis of disability. If you feel you are being denied service based on a disability, our ADA Coordinator may be reached at (530) 225-5515; relay service (800) 735-2922; fax (530) 225-5345.

SHASTA COUNTY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
Shasta County Personnel
1450 Court Street, Suite 348; Redding, CA 96001; (530) 225-5515

Minimum Education and Experience

Education Required: Bachelor's
Driver's License Required: Yes
Hiring Requirements for This Job:
  • Drug Testing / Screening
  • Background Checks
  • Motor Vehicle Record Check
  • Physical
  • Minimum Hourly Wage: 25.59
    Maximum Hourly Wage: 36.01