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Deputy Probation Officer, Senior

Salary: $25.29-$30.88 hourly / $4,399-$5,370 monthly / Range: 5810

DEFINITION: Under general supervision, performs professional casework services for adult and juvenile offenders for the most complex or difficult cases; provides technical guidance to junior staff members; assists the Deputy Probation Officer, Supervising, with supervisory duties on an as-needed basis; and performs related duties as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: This is the lead worker level in the Deputy Probation Officer series, as distinguished from Deputy Probation Officer, which is the entry-/journey-level class, and Deputy Probation Officer, Supervising, which is the supervisory level in charge of a unit.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES: Performs supervisory function at the discretion of, or in the absence of the unit supervisor; conducts caseload reviews, traffic hearings and in-service training programs; operates counseling and education centers; reviews and signs Court reports prepared by junior staff; interprets departmental policies and procedures to staff; represents the department at meetings and hearings; cooperates with representatives of state and local social services and law enforcement agencies in cases of mutual interest; investigates and supervises the most complex or difficult cases; interviews offenders, their families, and interested individuals to determine the nature of their environmental, employment, financial, or family difficulties; formulates plans of probation and presents oral or written recommendations to the Court; conducts group counseling sessions; advises adults, juveniles, or their families about available community resources; makes arrests and conducts body searches as necessary and authorized; administers drug tests; handles special assignments; prepares petitions, correspondence, case histories, and regular and administrative reports, and maintains case files.


1. Two years of professional probation experience; or,
2. two years of experience performing duties equivalent to the class of Deputy Probation Officer with Santa Barbara County; or,
3. equivalent combination of training, education, and experience that would provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities.

Candidates must meet minimum peace officer standards as specified in California Government Code Sections 1029 and 1031, including but not limited to: no one currently on probation for a misdemeanor; no prior felony convictions (unless fully pardoned); good moral character as determined by thorough background investigation; submission of fingerprints for purpose of a criminal record check; and found to be free from any physical, emotional, or mental condition which might adversely affect the powers of a peace officer.

Possession of a valid California Driver's License and U.S. Citizenship or permanent resident alien who is eligible for and has applied for citizenship.

Knowledge of: peace officer probation theory and practice; federal, state, and local laws relating to probation work; casework objectives and techniques; court practices and procedures.

Ability to: skillfully interview; demonstrate mature judgment in disposition of cases; establish and maintain effective relationships with others; make sound discretionary decisions; work well under pressure; learn to plan, review, and direct the work of others.

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