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Juvenile Institutions Officer

Salary: $19.75-$24.11 hourly / $3,435-$4,193 monthly / Range: 5314

DEFINITION: Under direction, supervises, controls, guides, and occasionally counsels a group of juveniles in detention and/or treatment facilities; performs related duties as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: Juvenile Institutions Officer is the entry-/journey-level class in the series. Juvenile Institutions Officer is distinguished from Juvenile Institutions Officer, Senior by the latter's responsibility for lead functions in assigning and reviewing the work and training of staff.


1. Orients, observes, supervises, controls, counsels, and maintains headcount of juveniles in a detention and/or treatment facility; enforces disciplinary rules and policies of the institution/facility; administers medication as prescribed; participates in individual, group, or crisis counseling.
2. Plans, organizes, and coordinates work projects, recreation, and leisure activities for juvenile detainees; ensures juveniles complete activities within allotted timeframes.
3. Observes and writes reports on the attitude, behavior, and adjustment of juvenile detainees; calculates intervals at which suicidal juveniles should be observed; and enters pertinent narrative and statistical information into computer programs.
4. Observes juvenile detainees during showers in order to ensure hygiene and security; supervises juveniles in performing laundry duties.
5. Receives and releases juveniles; may make intake and release decisions; supervises visits between parents and juveniles; supervises juveniles who are on probation and living at home.
6. Physically restrains assaultive juveniles; secures and transports detained juveniles.
7. Occasionally assists in the routine preparation and serving of meals.
8. May train colleagues in a specialized area of expertise; may train and guide extra-help employees and volunteers.
9. May act as officer in charge of a shift as needed.


1. Completion of 60 semester or 90 quarter units of college coursework, preferably with a major in behavioral sciences, social sciences, criminology, or a related field; or,
2. a combination of training, education, and experience equivalent to that listed above that would provide the required knowledge and abilities (an example of equivalent experience would be working with juvenile offenders, as a counselor in a group home).

Must meet minimum peace officer standards as specified in Government Code Sections 1029 and 1031 including, but not limited to, the following:

* no prior felony convictions (unless fully pardoned);
* good moral character as determined through a background check (this includes a polygraph examination);
* no physical, mental, or emotional condition which might adversely affect the powers of a peace officer;
* not currently on probation for a misdemeanor.

Within the one-year probationary period, must complete core training required by Standards in Training for Corrections (STC) which includes, but is not limited to, law enforcement procedures, 832 PC (laws of arrest), and passing a physical agility examination.

Additional Requirements:
# Appointees must be at least 21 years of age.
# Possession of a valid California Class C Driver's License.
# All appointees must participate in 40 hours of intense, on-the-job training, which focuses on psychological principles and techniques applicable to the care and rehabilitation of juvenile offenders, and the growth, development, needs, and problems of minors. This training must be successfully completed during the first week of employment.
# Some positions in this classification may require possession of a valid California Class B Driver's License.
# Appointees to those positions requiring a Class B license will be subject to mandatory testing for drugs prior to beginning work; once on the job, incumbents will be subject to mandatory testing for drugs and/or alcohol on a random, reasonable suspicion, post-accident, return-to-duty, and follow-up basis.
# Appointee must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident alien who is eligible for and has applied for citizenship.

Knowledge of: standard English grammar, spelling, punctuation, report writing, and usage; basic arithmetic; standard computer applications used in an office; adolescent psychology, juvenile justice, juvenile delinquency, counseling, basic knowledge of the criminal justice system.

Ability to: learn and apply psychological principles and techniques applicable to the care and rehabilitation of juvenile delinquents; learn about the growth, development, needs, and problems of minors; gain the confidence and respect of juveniles; supervise juveniles; perceive, evaluate, and resolve tense group situations; make rational decisions; observe, recall, and document behavior; note behavior patterns and behavior changes for signs of potential problems; read, understand, and apply laws, regulations, and procedures; enforce rules while maintaining flexibility; counsel individuals and groups and provide support and control as needed; work with juveniles in an assertive, calm manner; communicate effectively both orally and in writing; work well under pressure; work in a structured, regimented work environment; meet deadlines; maintain professional ethics; learn and follow County and departmental policies, goals, and objectives; drive safely and legally; work harmoniously with others; maintain confidentiality and impartiality; maintain professional demeanor even when dealing with hostile or abusive individuals; use a computer keyboard.

Desirable Qualifications: A bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year college or university with related coursework focus is desirable.


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