Job Details for U.S. Probation Officer
|Court Name/Organization:||Idaho Prob/Pretrial Office|
|Opening and Closing Dates:||09/16/2021 - 12/15/2021|
|Classification Level/Grade:||CL 25 - 28|
|Salary:||$44,528 - $100,739|
|Link to Court Careers Information:||https://id.uscourts.gov/probation/work_with_us/Employment_in_Idaho.cfm|
|Link to Job Announcement|
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.
- Prepares pretrial bail reports and pretrial diversion investigation reports. Conducts NCIC and related arrest history and background information inquiries through national, state and local databases. Visits local law enforcement and court agencies to collect record information.
- Conducts investigations and prepares reports for the court with recommendations for sentencing of individuals convicted of federal offenses, through the use of a fully automated and computerized system. The preparation of these reports requires interviewing offenders and their families, investigating the offense, prior record and financial status of the defendant, and contacting law enforcement agencies, attorneys, victims of the crimes, schools, churches, and civic organizations. The purpose of these activities is to ascertain the defendant’s background, to assess the probability of future criminal behavior and determine profit from the offense, restitution, and the defendant’s ability to pay fines and costs of prosecution, incarceration and cost of supervision. An integral part of this process is the interpretation and application of the U.S. Sentencing Commission guidelines and relevant case law.
- Following disclosure of the presentence report to the parties, the officer analyzes any objections and determines an appropriate course of action. Such actions include resolving disputed issues and/or presenting unresolved issues to the court for resolution.
- Presents presentence report and sentencing recommendations to the court. Responds to judicial officer’s request for information and advice. Testifies in court as to the basis for factual findings and guideline applications. Serves as resource to the court to facilitate proper imposition of sentence.
- Supervises offenders to maximize adherence to imposed conditions, reduce risk to the community, and to provide correctional treatment. Collects and conducts urine screens on defendants and offenders as needed. Testifies upon request in court.
- Maintains personal contact with offenders through office and community visits, and by telephone. Investigates employment, sources of income, lifestyle and associates to assess risk and compliance. Responsible for detection of substance abuse and, through assessment and counseling, implements the necessary treatment or violation proceedings of appropriate offenders. Refers offenders to appropriate outside agencies such as medical and drug treatment facilities, employment and training agencies.
- Initiates contacts with, replies to, and seeks information from, organizations and persons such as the U.S. Parole Commission, Bureau of Prisons, and attorneys concerning offenders’ behavior and conditions of supervision. Detects and investigates violations and implements appropriate alternatives and sanctions. Reports violations of the conditions of supervision to the appropriate authorities. Prepares reports, which may include application of U.S. Sentencing Commission revocation guidelines. Makes recommendations for disposition. Testifies at court or parole hearings. Conducts preliminary interviews and other investigations as required. Maintains a detailed written record of case activity.
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.
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.
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:
- An overall “B” grade point average equaling 2.90 or better of a possible 4.0
- Standing in the upper third of the class.
- A “B+” (3.5) average or better in the major field of study, such as criminal justice, psychology, business or public administration, sociology or human relations.
- Election to membership in Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma XI, or one of the National Honorary Scholastic Societies meeting the minimum requirements of the Association of College Honor Societies, other than Freshman Honor Societies.
- Completion of one academic year (30 semester or 45 quarter hours), of graduate work in a field of study closely related to the position equates to one year of specialized experience.
- Completion of a master’s degree in a field of study closely related to the position, or a Juris Doctor (JD) degree, equates to two years of specialized experience.
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:
- Letter of interest
- Current résumé
- 3 Professional References
- Completed AO-78 (See link on page 6)
- AO78B, voluntary (See link on page 6)
The federal Judiciary is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer.