The city is accepting applications for Probation Officer jobs through Sept. 25 for multiple-choice tests scheduled to begin Dec. 20. The minimum salary is $42,759. The application fee is $61.
Probation Officers, under supervision, perform difficult and responsible work providing individuals services in intake, investigation, supervision and enforcement. They investigate defendants’ crimes or offenses; obtain information on offenders’ legal, economic and psycho-social history and background; provide therapeutic counseling to probationers individually or in groups; supervise their progress; and assist Family Court in making appropriate determinations in complex and sensitive cases.
Among other tasks, they also act as liaisons between the department and the courts; secure and clarify information, answer questions, prepare and submit written reports and recommendations, including revocation of probation if necessary; keep track of court cases in which the department is involved; refer probationers to social, governmental or community agencies; perform field work, including home visits to individuals under investigation or supervision; correspond with and make collateral visits to friends, relatives, community agencies, employers, former employers, places of worship, schools, law-enforcement agencies and others; and prepare and maintain case records.
1) A graduate degree in social work, education, law, sociology, psychology, criminology, rehabilitation counseling, counseling, guidance or a related field; or 2) A baccalaureate degree and two years of satisfactory full-time experience in casework or counseling in a recognized social work/counseling setting adhering to acceptable professional standards in probation, parole, social services, psychiatric social work or a related field;
Or 3) A bachelor of Social Work degree and one year of satisfactory full-time experience in casework or counseling as described in “2" above; or 4) A baccalaureate degree and one year of satisfactory, full-time experience in the field of probation providing services for assigned individuals in intake, investigation, supervision or enforcement; or 5) A satisfactory combination of education and/or experience which is equivalent to “1,” “2,” “3” or “4” above.
All candidates must have at least a baccalaureate degree. Graduate credits in the fields listed in “1” above may be substituted for up to one year of experience as described in “2” above on the basis of 30 graduate semester credits for one year of experience.
The education requirement must be met by Jan. 31, 2020. The experience requirement must be met by Sept. 25.
Candidates must satisfy training requirements established by the state for Peace Officer Certification. Appointees must maintain this certification for the duration of their employment.
Proof of good character and satisfactory background are absolute prerequisites to appointment. Medical guidelines have been established for the position of Probation Officer, and since certain assignments require appointees to have firearms, eligibles must undergo a psychological evaluation. Candidates must also pass a drug screening. Appointees must also have a valid driver’s license.
Probation Officers may reside in any county within New York State.
Complete information on qualifications, application requirements and procedures is available at www1.nyc.gov/site/dcas/employment/current-upcoming-exams.page. The exam number is 0191.
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