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Probation officers needed to supervise and counsel probationers and provide professional casework services. Entry level DPO candidates will be required to participate in a written exam. Must be able to pass a strict law enforcement background, including psych evaluation. Apply now! Position is open until filled.
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SALARY:  (I)$19.55-$23.76  -or- (II)$22.96-$27.93  -or-  (III)$27.12-$33.00 per hour

RANGE: 10511  /  10512  /  10513


FLSA: Non-Exempt

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County of Calaveras is an Equal Opportunity Employer.



Deputy Probation Officer I: 

This is the entry level of the D.P.O. series. As incumbents obtain required training and gain experience they are expected to promote to the class of D.P.O. II, normally within one year. Incumbents work initially under close supervision learning the laws, practices and social theory relating to modern probation work; a larger case load and more difficult cases are added as the knowledge and proficiency of the officer increases.

Deputy Probation Officer II  

This is the journey level class of the D.P.O. series and incumbents receive less direct supervision.

Deputy Probation Officer III

This is the advanced journey working level and lead class of the D.P.O. series.  Incumbents perform the most technical and complex professional Probation casework, as well as the full range of Probation assignments. They are expected to function effectively in leading particular departmental programs and projects. Incumbents will assist in the training and supervision of less experienced Probation Officers.


Deputy Probation Officer I/II

Under general supervision, to investigate cases of juvenile delinquency or dependency or adult applicants for probation; supervise and counsel juveniles and adults on probation; to provide professional casework services to adult and juvenile offenders involving the referral, supervision, counseling and rehabilitation of juveniles and adults on probation.


Deputy Probation Officer III

Under general direction, to provide lead direction, work coordination and training for other Deputy Probation Officers and support staff. Incumbents must have the ability to handle the more complex and sensitive assignments with a minimum of supervision. Positions in this class possess high levels of knowledge and proficiency in Probation assignments and may serve as specialists or consultants in particular programs or functions.


  • Conducts pre-court case investigations.
  • Prepares petitions, court reports and social case histories, and makes recommendations for rehabilitative programs.
  • Conducts juvenile intake duties to determine appropriate action to recommend.
  • Investigates adult applicants for probation and makes pertinent recommendations.
  • Counsels and guides probationers.
  • Considers client needs and develops and conducts treatment plans designed to achieve rehabilitation and to bring about desired behavioral changes among probationers.
  • Advises parents, school authorities, and social organizations regarding the progress and the needs of probationers.
  • Refers probationers or their parents to various agencies for help as necessary.
  • Makes periodic reports to the Court on the progress, development and needs of probationers.
  • Makes recommendations for dismissal of cases when satisfactory adjustment has been affected or for revocation of probation or other disposition in cases failing to adjust properly.
  • Performs delinquency prevention duties, including, counseling, and working with local agencies and groups. A Deputy Probation Officer I receives close supervision and generally handles basic responsibilities. Incumbents in the Deputy Probation Officer II class may handle more complex cases and act with greater independence.  Incumbents in the Deputy Probation Officer III class works with the more difficult clients and caseloads.
  • Performs investigation, prepares reports, and supervises clientele with a high degree of independence.
  • A Deputy Probation Officer III may provide supervision, training, and work direction for a small group of Deputy Probation Officers’ assigned programs and projects; may serve as Intake Officer determining if a court action is necessary and a petition should be filed.
  • A Deputy Probation Officer III performs crisis counseling as needed; develops treatment plans for probationers.
  • A Deputy Probation Officer III conducts individual and group facilitation and counseling.
  • Makes assessments for appropriate placement of juveniles. A Deputy Probation Officer Ill may assist in researching and evaluating Probation policies and procedures.


Knowledge of:

Principles of adult and juvenile probation, social casework, and court procedures; federal, state, and local laws and ordinances affecting adult and juvenile probation work; principles and findings of applied psychology; the causes, extent, prevention and control of crime and

delinquency; interviewing and counseling techniques.

Ability to:

Understand and deal effectively with probationers and applicants for probation; analyze investigational material and make proper deductions; prepare and present effective written and oral reports; determine the truth of statements; work cooperatively with peace officers, attorneys, school officials and others contacted in the course of duties. Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, verbally and in writing.  D.P.O III provides lead direction and work coordination for other Deputy Probation Officers and support staff

Training and Experience:

Deputy Probation Officer I

Completion of a 4 year degree from an accredited college or university in social welfare, psychology, sociology, criminology or a related field. Experience in supervising, counseling or providing assistance to delinquent and/or offender populations is highly desirable.

Deputy Probation Officer II

In addition to the above, one year of professional experience as a Probation Officer I with the County, possession of certificates of completion of Deputy Probation Officer Core Course and 832 P.C. course, and the recommendation of the Department Head.

Deputy Probation Officer III

In addition to the above, three years of professional experience as a Probation Officer II or education and experience equivalent to experience as a Deputy Probation Officer II with the County and the recommendation of the Department Head.  Deputy Probation Officers without a bachelors degree hired before July 2007 may substitute five years as a Deputy Probation Officer II with the County of Calaveras.


Possession of an appropriate California driver’s license issued by the State Department of Motor Vehicles may be required; completion of an STC approved course pursuant to Penal Code Section 832 is mandatory to enable officer to exercise arrest, search and seizure duties.

Must satisfactorily complete the Probation Officer Core Course within one year of hire.

Deputy Probation Officer II/III, (in addition to the above) must possess certificate of completion of STC approved Probation Officer core course. Must complete 40 hours of

STC training annually.



Interested individuals must submit the following documents:

  • Calaveras County Application
  • Resume
  • Letter of Interest

Application materials will be reviewed to evaluate the specific qualifications of each applicant and determine which applicants will continue in the screening process.  Incomplete application information will result in the candidate being screened out of the process. 

Those candidates identified as having qualifications best suited for the level I position will be invited to participate in a written exam. 

Candidates qualifying for the II or III level will be invited to an oral interview.

Following the oral examination, the top candidates will be referred to the Department Head for a selection interview.



Testing to be conducted in February and April.

Human Resources Division
891 Mountain Ranch Road
Building C
San Andreas, CA 95249

Phone (209) 754-6303
Fax (209) 754-6333
24 Hour job line (209) 754-6332

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