EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY

Los Angeles County Probation is the nation’s largest probation department with 6,500 staff and an $820 million dollar budget.

The LAC Probation Department is comprised of three juvenile halls, 19 residential treatment camps, 24 area offices, not including specialized service field offices and pre-trial service locations.   

Currently, the Probation Department is undergoing a hiring phase but is seeking specific educational and character qualities in this next generation of Probation staff.   There is a thorough exam,  background investigation and polygraph process to ensure only the candidates with the highest integrity are chosen.  So far, more than 80% of candidates who apply do not meet the exam and polygraphing standards.  To learn more about employment at Los Angeles County Probation, click here.


 

 

Overview

The Los Angeles County Probation Department offers a wide range of career opportunities. A career with L.A. County Probation offers a uniquely rewarding opportunity to become an essential part of your community. We are the largest Probation Department in the nation with more than 6,600 employees and an annual budget of more than $840 million. L.A. County Probation is a dynamic and growing department with careers in law enforcement and community service that range from special enforcement and investigations to school and housing-based programs working with families and children.

We have sworn peace officer assignments and non-sworn staff. 

Our mission is to rebuild lives.  Our goal is to do this with integrity and the highest standards.

If you have received a Conditional Offer of Employment Letter for a Peace Officer position, click here for instructions/application.

 

Types of Sworn Positions
Deputy Probation Officers(DPO)
  • Provides for the care, safety and control of minors in a camp or a juvenile hall; maintains group and individual behavioral standards; performs case management and life-skills assessment activities; conducts the living group process, including the proper supervision of wards eating, showering, using restroom facilities, visiting, and performing school and recreation activities.
  • Develops and implements supervision programs for camp wards with the assistance of a Deputy Probation Officer II.
  • Confers with the Supervising Deputy Probation Officer or Deputy Probation Officer II, and evaluates and maintains records on the progress of assigned cases.
  • Conducts recreational activities.
  • Provides individual and group crisis intervention.
  • Ensures that minor's health needs are met and hygiene and personal appearances are adequate.
  • In concert with the Supervising Deputy Probation Officer and Deputy Probation Officer II, provides casework services to camp wards and/or minors in a juvenile hall; prepares petitions and court reports; maintains case records and logbooks.

Deputy Service Officers(DSO)

  • Supervises detained juveniles in their activities within the unit, on work assignments, during recreation periods, on medical or dental appointments, or awaiting court appearances.
  • Maintains order and control of a unit and takes appropriate action in connection with rule infractions or other disturbances.
  • Maintains institutional security and takes appropriate action to prevent escapes.
  • Supervises the movement of juveniles within and outside the facility.
  • Controls and restrains combative or emotionally disturbed juveniles.
  • Provides situational counseling to assist individual juveniles through their daily routines.
  • Observes and records the behavior of juveniles and confers with the supervisor about problem juveniles.
  • Keeps records and makes reports on unit activities and incidents.
  • Ensures that injured or ill juveniles receive nursing or medical attention.
  • Admits, orients, classifies, and releases juveniles.
  • May transport juveniles to other Probation facilities, courts or other locations.

Group Supervisor Nights(GSN)

  • Makes periodic rounds of the living unit to verify the presence of all juveniles assigned and to guard against problems such as fires.
  • Maintains order and security in the living unit and investigates unusual sounds and occurrences.
  • Takes appropriate action to prevent escapes, rule infractions, or other disturbances.
  • Observes and records the behavior and actions of individual juveniles; comforts or disciplines juveniles as necessary.
  • Inspects bedding to prevent misuse and ensure safety, and monitors ventilation and heating levels in the living unit to maintain a comfortable environment.
  • Ensures that injured or ill juveniles obtain nursing or medical attention.
  • Carries out standard procedures for the admission or release of juveniles including orientation to the facility and assignment to living quarters.
  • Supervises juveniles on awakening, in dressing, and in preparing their sleeping area for the day.
  • May restrain or assist in restraining combative or emotionally disturbed juveniles.
  • Keeps records, makes reports, and performs other clerical duties as assigned.
  • May transport or ready juveniles for transportation to medical care facilities, courts or other locations.

 

Qualifications

Minimum Requirements

DETENTION SERVICES OFFICER

Training and Experience:

Completion of 60 units or 90 quarter units of college including course work in the behavioral or social sciences such as: psychology, sociology or criminology.

Physical Requirements: The position is a physical class of “arduous”. Click here for more information

 

 

DEPUTY PROBATION OFFICER I (RESIDENTIAL TREATMENT/DETENTION SERVICES)

Training and Experience:

Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university and satisfies the State of California criteria for peace officer status. Appointees will be required to meet State-mandated CORE training requirements as defined by Standards for Training in Corrections.

Physical Requirements: The position is a physical class of “arduous”. Click here for more information

 

DEPUTY PROBATION OFFICER II (FIELD)

Training and Experience:

A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university; 

-AND- either:

Option I: Two years of experience as a Deputy Probation Officer I, Senior Detention Services Officer, Transportation Deputy, Probation, or Senior Investigator Aid, Probation, in the service of Los Angeles County;

-or-

Option II: Three years of experience as a peace officer in probation, parole, corrections, or other law enforcement field at the level of Los Angeles County's classes of Deputy Probation Officer I, Senior Detention Services Officer, Transportation Deputy, Probation, or Senior Investigator Aid, Probation, with at least six months of experience conducting complete field investigations or full responsibility for supervising either adult or juvenile probationers.

 

DEPUTY PROBATION OFFICER II (RESIDENTIAL TREATMENT/ DETENTION SERVICES)

Training and Experience:

A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university;

-AND- either:

Option I: Two years of experience as a Deputy Probation Officer I, Senior Detention Services Officer, Transportation Deputy, Probation, or Senior Investigator Aid, Probation,  in the service of Los Angeles County;

-or-

Option II: Three years of experience as a peace officer in probation, parole, corrections or other law enforcement field at the level of Los Angeles County's classes of Deputy Probation Officer I, Senior Detention Services Officer, Transportation Deputy, Probation, or Senior Investigator Aid, Probation, with at least six months of experience conducting complete field investigations or full responsibility for supervising either adult or juvenile probationers.

 

Background Investigations

Every peace officer candidate will be subject to a thorough background investigation to verify good moral character and to identify past behaviors that may indicate the candidate’s unsuitability to perform the duties of a peace officer position.  Disqualifying factors include all felony convictions, sex offenses, crimes against children and crimes with weapons.  Other areas of review include, but are not limited to, criminal offenses, narcotic and marijuana use, theft, driving violations and past employment history.  In addition, each candidate must also pass a polygraph, medical and psychological examination.    For more information, click here

 

Sworn Peace Officer Employment Preparation:
  1. I want to work for the Los Angeles County Probation Department. How would I go about applying for the positions you have available?

    The Los Angeles County is enhancing the job application process. You can visit the County of Los Angeles  website at http://dhr.lacounty.info, to view all Los Angeles County job opportunities - Click on “HR Job Search.”  You are now at the “Welcome Page,” to find a job that interests you, click on “Search Openings” from this screen, then follow the search prompts.  If this is the first time applying online, you must create an account. Your “username will be your personal email address. Make sure you create a password and write it down. Do not share your account and password with anyone.  We recommend reading the job bulletin prior to application submission.

     
  2. Why should I apply online?
     

    Applying online is easy and you will receive immediate email notification that your application has been received.  The profile information you entered on your application is saved and can be used to complete future applications.  Your profile information is your name, address, and telephone number, etc.

    Applicants who apply online must either upload required documents (e.g, official college transcripts, High School Diploma and College Degree) as attachments during the application submission or fax a photocopy of the required documents to (562) 401-2885 within five (5) business days of filing online. Please include your Name, the Exam Number and the Exam Title on faxed documents. The Probation Department accepts photocopies of official college transcripts.
     

  3. Once I submit my employment application, how long would it take before I hear from anyone?
     

    Once your application is received, it is reviewed by the Examinations Unit to determine eligibility. To qualify you must meet the requirements listed on the posted Job Announcement/Bulletin.  If your application is missing information, it will be rejected and you will be notified via mail. If your application is complete and meets the requirements as stated on the job bulletin, a letter will be mailed scheduling you to take a written examination.  This process may take several weeks.
     

  4. How many positions can I apply for?
     

    You can apply for as many positions as you wish.  Make sure to submit an employment application and supporting documents for each position you are applying for.  As each examination has different standards, refer to the examination bulletin you are applying for to determine how often you can apply.
     

  5. When I apply online do I need to provide information about my past experience?
     

    All applicants should provide employment experience which includes the past 10 years to allow a thorough review.  List the most recent job information first, then list separately all other jobs held and the job/payroll title and duties for each.
     

  6. Will I need to take a polygraph?

    Yes. To learn more, Click here.  
     
  7. I received a letter from the Probation Department rejecting my employment application.  What can I do to correct the problem?
     

    In order to avoid this situation, make sure your documentation is complete (e.g, attach official transcripts, diploma, etc.) before submission. Make sure to read the Requirements/Selection Requirements on the Job Announcement/Bulletin so you get an understanding of what documentation is required.

 

Current Openings
For Current Job Opportunities and Qualifications, Click Here

Executive Positions

Assistant Chief Probation Officer Job Description Apply Now
Chief Deputy, Probation    
Deputy Director, Probation Job Description  
Bureau Chief, Probation Job Description  

 

Sworn Positions

Senior Probation Director Job Description  
Probation Director Job Description  
Deputy Probation Officer I (Residential Treatment / Detention Services) Job Description  
Transportation Deputy, Probation Job Description  
Detention Services Officer Job Description Apply Now

 

Non-Sworn Positions

Supervising Program Analyst, Probation Job Description  
Director, Facilities Operations, Probation Job Description  
Services Director, Probation Job Description  
Senior Investigator, Pretrial Services, Probation Job Description  
Food Services Consultant, Probation Job Description  
Program Analyst, Probation Job Description  
Investigator Aid, Probation Job Description  
Crew Instructor Job Description  
Senior Financial Evaluator Job Description  
Head Cook Job Description  
Financial Evaluator Job Description  
Personal Property Worker Job Description  
Community Worker Job Description  

 

For a more complete list of Frequently Asked Questions, click here.

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