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Job Details for U.S. Probation Officer

Court Name/Organization: Idaho Prob/Pretrial Office
Location: Boise, ID
Opening and Closing Dates: 09/16/2021 - 12/15/2021
Appointment Type: N/A
Classification Level/Grade: CL 25 - 28
Salary: $44,528 - $100,739
Link to Court Careers Information:
Announcement Number: 2020-PR-01
Position Description

The United States Probation and Pretrial Services Office for the District of Idaho is accepting applications for the position of United States Probation Officer. It is anticipated that this position will serve as a Presentence Investigator. There are five offices within the District of Idaho: Boise (headquarters office), Coeur d’Alene, Lewiston, Twin Falls and Pocatello.  Assignment of all positions is at the discretion of the Chief Probation Officer. This recruitment may also be used to fill future anticipated openings throughout all district locations.

The probation officer, as an investigative, sentencing and supervision professional, is responsible for providing meaningful assistance to the court in its deliberations and decisions concerning criminal offenders, and ensuring public safety through the monitoring and supervision of offenders placed under supervision by the court, the U.S. Parole Commission or military authorities.

The District of Idaho is committed to a leadership-centric team approach to carrying out our mission and all staff, regardless of position, are expected to understand and display effective leadership behaviors.

Representative Duties:


Minimum/Required Qualifications:

For Current Probation and Pretrial Officers:

The incumbent must be a current United States Probation/Pretrial Services Officer at any CPS classification level and be in good standing (i.e., not on a performance improvement plan or similar status). To be considered for placement at a CL-28 level, the District of Idaho requires at least 3 years of experience at a CL-27. Transfers will be considered at a Probation /Pretrial Services Officer’s current Classification Level (up to CL-28) and Step from their current pay table to Pay Table 01-RUS (or Pay Table 31-RUS if a CL-25). We will be unable to match locality pay, or offer compensation for relocation.

For All Other Applicants:

Required Education and Experience

To qualify for a position as a United States Probation Officer, a person must possess 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, or business or public administration. All Probation and Pretrial Services Officers must have the capacity to understand and apply legal requirements and possess human relations skills.

Specialized Experience

For appointment at the CL-25 level, the incumbent must possess one year of progressively responsible experience, gained after completion of a bachelor’s degree. For appointment at the CL-27 level, the incumbent must possess two years of progressively responsible experience, gained after completion of a bachelor’s degree. 

Progressively responsible experience is considered to be work in such fields as probation, pretrial services, parole, corrections, criminal investigations, or work in substance abuse/addiction treatment.  Experience as a police, custodial, or security officer, other than any criminal investigative experience, is not creditable. 

Educational Substitutions

Completion of a bachelor’s degree in a related field from an accredited college or university and one of the following requirements may be substituted for one year of specialized experience:

Preferred Qualifications:

Three years progressively responsible experience (as described above), gained after completion of a bachelor’s degree.

Knowledge and proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel and other Windows based computer applications. 


How To Apply

Materials must be submitted to:

U.S. Probation & Pretrial Services Office

Attn: Erica Langton

Materials should be submitted in one PDF document, please.


Applicants must provide:

  1. Letter of interest
  2. Current résumé
  3. 3 Professional References
  4. Completed AO-78 (See link on page 6)
  5. AO78B, voluntary (See link on page 6)

The federal Judiciary is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer.