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Job Details for U.S. Pretrial Services Officer

Court Name/Organization: The U. S. Pretrial Services Office for the Middle District of Florida
Location: Orlando, Tampa, FL
Opening and Closing Dates: 05/18/2021 - Open Until Filled
Appointment Type: N/A
Classification Level/Grade: CL 27/1-CL 28/61
Salary: $51,709 - $100,739
Announcement Number: 21-FLMPT-04
Position Description

The U. S. Pretrial Services Office for the Middle District of Florida is currently accepting applications for the position of Pretrial Services Officer in Tampa or Orlando, Florida. The Middle District of Florida consists of five divisions: Jacksonville, Ocala, Orlando, Tampa, and Fort Myers. The assignment of a duty location is at the discretion of the chief pretrial services officer. More than one position may be filled from this recruitment. This position will be under the direct supervision of a supervisory pretrial services officer.

Representative Duties



Qualifications for Pretrial Services Officers are prescribed and set forth by the Judicial Conference of the United States. Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in a field of academic study, such as criminal justice, criminology, psychology, sociology, human relations, business or public administration which provides evidence of the capacity to understand and apply the legal requirements and human relations skills involved in the position.

Specialized Experience: In addition to meeting education requirements, applicants must also have specialized experience and fluency in Spanish is desired. A minimum of three years specialized experience is preferred. Specialized experience must be attained AFTER completion of a bachelor’s degree. Progressively responsible experience in such fields as pretrial services, probation, parole, criminal investigations, work in substance abuse/addiction treatment, mental health treatment, or social work/services, may be considered as specialized experience. Experience as a police officer, corrections or prison guard, custodial or security officer, FBI, Customs Agent, or U.S. Marshal does not meet the requirements of specialized experience.

Additional Qualifications:

Medical Requirements

The duties of Pretrial Services Officers require the investigation and management of alleged criminal defendants who present physical danger to officers and to the public. In the supervision, treatment, and control of defendants, the duties require moderate to arduous physical exercise, including prolonged periods of walking and standing, physical dexterity and coordination necessary to operate a firearm, and use of self-defense tactics. On a daily basis, officers face 3 unusual mental and physical stress because they are subject to danger and possible harm during frequent, direct contact with individuals who are suspected or convicted of committing federal offenses.

Prior to appointment, the selectee considered for this position will undergo a medical examination and drug screening. Upon successful completion of the medical examination and drug screening, the selectee may then be appointed provisionally, pending a favorable suitability determination by the court. In addition, as conditions of employment, incumbent will be subject to ongoing random drug screening, updated background investigations every five years and, as deemed necessary by management for reasonable cause, may be subject to subsequent fitness-for-duty evaluations.
The medical requirements and the essential job functions derived from the medical guidelines for pretrial services officers and officer assistants are available for public review at

Maximum Entry Age

First-time appointees to positions covered under law enforcement officer retirement provisions must not have reached their 37th birthday at the time of appointment. Applicants 37 or over who have previous law enforcement officer experience under the Civil Service Retirement System or the Federal Employees' Retirement System and who have either a subsequent break in service or intervening service in a non-law enforcement officer position may have their previous law enforcement officer experience subtracted from their age to determine whether they meet the maximum age requirement.


Employees of the Judiciary are not covered by the Office of Personnel Management’s civil service classification system or regulations and are considered “at will” employees. Judiciary employees are, however, entitled to the same benefits as other Federal employees. These include:

The U.S. Pretrial Services Office is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity in the workplace.

How To Apply

This position will be filled in accordance with the Employment Dispute Resolution Plan (EDR) as adopted by the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida. Qualified applicants must submit cover letter, resume, and completed AO78 Application for Judicial Branch Federal Employment via e-mail to: in PDF format preferably by 5 pm (ET) on Friday, June 18, 2021. Application package must be emailed in one PDF document with vacancy # 21-FLMPT-04 & preferred location (Tampa or Orlando) in the subject line.

Submit all required documents in a single combined PDF document and arranged in the order indicated below:

  1. Cover Letter;
  2. Updated Resume;
  3. Updated AO78 Application for Judicial Branch Federal Employment. Download application at

Incomplete application packages will not be considered. To ensure consideration, application should be received by 5 p.m. (ET) on Friday, June 18, 2021.

The best qualified applicants will be invited for an interview at their own expense and, if selected, relocation expenses will not be provided. These applicants will be required to participate in testing that assesses knowledge, written and verbal skills, and computer ability. By statute, employees must be U.S. Citizens or eligible to work in the United States. This position is subject to mandatory electronic fund transfer (direct deposit) for payment of net pay under the Federal Financial Management Reform Act.

Employees are required to follow a Code of Conduct which is available upon request. Reference checks with current and former employers will be conducted on top candidates. A background investigation with law enforcement agencies, including fingerprint and criminal record checks, will be conducted as a condition of employment. Any applicant selected for a position will be hired provisionally pending successful completion of the investigation. Unsatisfactory results may result in termination of employment.

Incumbent will attend the Federal Probation and Pretrial Academy in Charleston, South Carolina, for six weeks officer training.

This office provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation, please notify human resources. The decision on granting reasonable accommodations will be made on a case by case basis.

Pretrial Services reserves the right to modify the conditions of this job announcement, to withdraw the announcement, or to fill the position sooner than the closing date, any of which may occur without prior written or other notice. If a position becomes vacant in a similar classification, within a reasonable time from the original announcement, management may elect to select a candidate from the applicants who responded to the original announcement without posting the position.

The federal Judiciary is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer.