Probation and pretrial services officers perform functions that aid judicial officers in making informed decisions on persons charged with and convicted of criminal offenses and supervise persons to assure their compliance with the conditions of release.
Summary of Representative Duties and Responsibilities
A minimum of one (1) year of specialized experience is necessary to qualify at the CL25 level. Progressively responsible experience gained after completion of a bachelor’s degree, in such fields as probation, pretrial services, parole, corrections, criminal investigations, or work in substance/addiction treatment qualify. Experience as a police, custodial, or security officer, other than any criminal investigation experience, is not creditable for this position.
Completion of a bachelor’s degree and one of the following requirements may be substituted for one year of specialized experience: overall “B” grade point average or a “B+” (3.5 out of 4.0) average in a major field of study; standing in the upper third of the class; election to one of the national honorary scholastic societies meeting the minimum requirements of the Association of College Honor Societies, other than freshman honor societies; completion of one (1) academic year (30 semester or 45 quarter hours) of graduate work in a field of study closely related to the position.
Other Conditions of Employment
This is a hazardous duty position and subject to mandatory separation at age 57, after the completion of at least 20 years of service. First-time appointees to positions covered under law enforcement officer retirement provisions must not have reached their 37th birthday at the time of appointment.
As a condition of employment, the selected candidate must successfully complete a comprehensive background investigation and every five years thereafter will be subject to a re-investigation. Prior to appointment, the selectee will undergo a drug screening and medical examination. Upon successful completion of the medical examination and drug screening, the selectee may then be appointed provisionally. A full background investigation will be completed by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) once the incumbent has entered onto duty as a provisional hire. If the OPM report reflects any findings of a negative nature or disqualifying actionable issues, suitability will be reconsidered by the Chief District Judge and the Chief U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services Officer.
Employees are subject to ongoing random drug screening, updated background investigations, and may be subject to subsequent fitness-for-duty evaluations. The duties of a probation officer include moderate to arduous physical exercise and require physical dexterity and coordination necessary for officer safety and use of self-defense tactics. The medical requirements and the essential job functions derived from the medical guidelines for probation officers, pretrial services officers, and officer assistants may be obtained at www.uscourts.gov website under the Federal Courts section.
All court employees, including U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services Officers, are excepted service appointments and are required to adhere to the Code of Conduct for Judicial Employees which is available at http://www.uscourts.gov/rules-policies/judiciary-policies/code-conduct/code-conduct-judicial-employees.
Fully appointed U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services Officers may be removed by the Court for unacceptable performance, misconduct, or other cause, pursuant to 18 U.S.C § 3602(a).
Commencing on the date of entry on duty, the selectee shall complete a one-year probationary period. This period provides time for the employee to become acquainted with the functions of the assigned position. The probationary period also affords the employee’s supervisor the ability to evaluate the employees work performance, attendance, attitude, and compliance with office policies. Upon discretion of the Chief U.S. Probation Officer, and taking into consideration the employee’s work experience, performance, and acclimation to their assigned tasks, the probationary period could be removed prior to one year. Once the selectee has successfully completed the probationary period, the provisional status will likely be removed.
During their first year of duty, probation officers receive extensive local training and must also successfully complete a six-week national training program at the Federal Probation and Pretrial Academy in Charleston, South Carolina.
Applicants must be citizens of the United States.
Federal benefits include paid vacation and sick leave, paid holidays, and retirement benefits. Optional benefits include health and life insurance, disability and long-term care insurance, dental and vision insurance, and a tax-deferred savings plan. This position is subject to mandatory electronic fund transfer (direct deposit) participation or payment of net pay.
Procedures for Applying
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Please note: The court is not authorized to reimburse candidates for travel in connection with an interview or to pay relocation expenses to the successful candidate. Only applicants who are interviewed in person will receive a written response regarding their application.