- Entry level
- No Education
- Salary $19.50 - $24.39 gross per hour
Juvenile Probation Officers provide service and support for youth and families as they navigate the
juvenile court process.
The ideal candidate will be passionate about facilitating positive change and decision making skills in
the lives of youth and parents.
We believe in teamwork, in building positive relationships with clients, in serving the community, and in partnering with allied agencies
Example of Duties
- This position has three (3) career levels where additional skills and responsibilities may be required.
- Conducts investigations on juveniles placed in detention and recommends release or continuation in detention as warranted by the seriousness of the offenses committed and the relative threat posed to the community by the individual's alleged actions.
- Screens referrals and studies police reports in order to determine if the allegations bring the juvenile within the court's jurisdiction.
- Conducts preliminary inquiry interviews with juveniles and parents in order to determine whether to pursue non-judicial handling of the case or to request petitioning of the case to court for judicial action.
- Conducts assessments to determine risk, guide case plans and court recommendations.
- Develops and monitors consent agreements with juveniles and parents in order to implement non-judicial sanctions and interventions, such as: payment of fines and restitution, essays, work hours, referral to counseling or education programs, etc.
- Prepares and recommends filing of petitions to activate formal court action based upon the seriousness and frequency of offenses committed; prepares cases for court action, including preparation of social history summary and dispositional recommendations.
- Develops treatment/correctional plans for the court, including brokering services with agencies such as Juvenile Justice Services, Child and Family Services, Mental Health, State Hospital, and various private and public counseling and education programs.
- Presents oral and written recommendations in court hearings based on compliance and progress of probationers.
- Supervises juveniles on probation; monitors compliance with court order, including terms of probation; running DNA and drug tests, reports compliance and progress of probationers to court for judicial action.
- Participates in case staffing in order to consult regarding proposed dispositional and treatment recommendations for difficult or unusual cases.
- Acts as liaison between court and victims of juvenile crime in order to assess and satisfy warranted restitution.
- Maintains regular contact with probationers, school officials, law enforcement, Juvenile Justice Services, Child and Family Services, Mental Health, public and private counseling and education programs, and other agencies in the form of field visits.
- Coordinates case processing with the intake, supervision, and clerical divisions of the court.
- Handles difficult situations where individuals may be volatile by oneself or in a small group setting.
- Participates in training, staff meetings, conferences and retreats.
- Performs other related duties as assigned.
(includes knowledge, skills, and abilities required upon entry into position and trainable after entry into position)
- Bachelor's degree in Psychology, Sociology, Social Work, Child Development, Educational Psychology, Education or other directly related degree - will consider Criminal Justice and Police Science.
- A minimum of two (2) years of professional experience with delinquent, at-risk or child welfare youth.
- Familiarity with Motivational Interviewing and Evidence Based Practices/What Works Principles; familiarity with principles of cognitive behavior and learning; familiarity with the juvenile justice and legal systems.
- Ability to cope with stressful/threatening situations; ability to make critical judgments and objective decisions under duress; ability to deescalate and influence compliance with difficult clients; ability to communicate effectively, orally and written.
- Ability to respond effectively to coaching and feedback.
- Schedule varies regularly. Travel required which may include nights and weekends.
- Proficiency in Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Google products such as Gmail, Google Docs and Google Calendar.
- Scanning, uploading, and entering electronic documentation as well as proficiency in data entry.
- Ability to adapt to change, adjust and learn new platforms and programs.
- Successful completion of a background investigation and a valid Utah Driver's License upon hire and must not exceed 70 total points on the individual driving record.
- Must attain Level II within 3 years of hire.
- Within one (1) year of hire date, successful completion of the following: New Employee Orientation Academy (12 hours) Probation Officer Certification Education and Training (40 hours).
- Will be required to demonstrate proficiency through video or live observation.
- Additional education as required or as needs of the Courts change.
- Applications from this recruitment may be used for the next 90 days if future Probation Officer positions become available in the 4th Juvenile Court.