Juvenile Institutions Officer
Salary: $19.75-$24.11 hourly / $3,435-$4,193 monthly / Range:
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.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:
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
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
7. Occasionally assists in the routine preparation and serving of
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
* 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.
# 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
# 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