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Probation Aide

The Position
This is a continuous filing exam. Next filing cut-offs are at 5:00 pm on:
 10/8/21, 1/28/22, 4/29/22, 7/29/22, 10/28/22

Under close supervision, Probation Aides learn to apply the principles and techniques of probation work; supervise and counsel individuals detained in, committed to, or sheltered in one of several County juvenile institutions; supervise minors assigned to Work Project; and provide close supervision of minors placed on home supervision.

Probation Aides are typically hired as temporary replacements for regular Probation staff who are absent due to vacation, sick leave, military duty, leave without pay, or other reasons. All Probation Aide positions are currently temporary intermittent positions, also known as on-call positions, which are limited to 1560 hours worked per year. Probation Aides may be assigned to full-time and/or part-time hours, not to exceed 1560 hours worked.

Examples of Knowledge and Abilities:

Knowledge of
  • Principles and techniques applicable to the care and rehabilitation of juvenile delinquents
  • The growth, development, needs and problems of minors
  • Symptoms of behavior disorders
  • Group dynamics
  • Codes, standards and regulations governing are and treatment of juveniles in juvenile hall, camps, ranches or schools
  • Principles of investigation and laws governing search, seizure and preservation of evidence
  • Counseling techniques
  • Basic housekeeping techniques
  • Hygienic standards
  • Motivational techniques
  • Crisis intervention
  • Self-defense
  • Appropriate use of force and security techniques
  • Rights and liabilities of peace officers
Ability to
  • Secure the respect and confidence of adolescents
  • Cope with hostility and aggressive behavior
  • Work well as a member of a team
  • Exercise good judgment and act calmly in emergency situations
  • Recognize subtle changes in behavior
  • Read, write, and speak English at a level necessary for satisfactory job performance
  • Prepare concise and clear reports
  • Maintain records
  • Communicate with individuals from a variety of socioeconomic backgrounds
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships
  • Meet all physical requirements of the position

Employment Qualifications
Minimum Qualifications

Equivalent to an Associate of Art degree (60 semester units or 90 quarter units), from an accredited college or university.

Note: Up to one year of the required education may be substituted by experience in full-time, or equivalent part-time, paid law enforcement or correctional work in a probation agency, parole agency, or correctional institution on the basis of 173.6 hours = 21.7 days = 1 work month = 3 semester or 4.5 quarter units.

Note: If the minimum qualifications include an educational or certificate/license requirement, applicants must submit proof of requirements with the application. Failure to submit proof of requirements may result in disqualification from the examination. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable. For guidelines on submitting acceptable proof of educational requirements, please click here (Download PDF reader) or speak to someone in our office before the cut-off date listed in this notice. Typing Certificate requirements can be found by clicking here (Download PDF reader) or by obtaining the requirements from the Employment Services Division office.

Special Requirements

Compliance with government Code: In accordance with California Government Code, Section 1031, each employee shall meet the following minimum standards:

a. Be a citizen of the United States or a permanent resident alien who is eligible for and has applied for citizenship. Any permanent resident alien shall be disqualified from holding the position if his or her application for citizenship is denied.
b. Be at least 18 years of age.
c. Be fingerprinted for purposes of search of local, state, and national fingerprint files to disclose any criminal record. In addition, a classifiable set of fingerprints shall be furnished to the Department of Justice and to the Federal Bureau of Investigations.
d. Be found to be free from any physical, emotional, or mental condition that might adversely affect the exercise of the powers of a peace officer.

Background/Criminal History: Appointees must pass a criminal history and background check. Pursuant to California Government Code, Section 1029, the conviction of a felony is grounds for disqualification from an appointment. Pursuant to Sacramento County Civil Service Rules, candidates found having been convicted of a felony will be disqualified.

Physical Requirements: Incumbents will frequently perform a wide variety of physical tasks such as standing, walking, running, stooping, bending, climbing stairs and lifting of individuals which requires strength, coordination, endurance, and agility. In addition, there may be occasional contact with hostile individuals, and incumbents may be subjected to physical and verbal abuse while restraining individuals.

Driver's License: Possession of a valid California Driver License, Class C or higher, is required at the time of appointment.

Note: Failure to maintain the appropriate valid California Driver License may constitute cause for dismissal from the class under applicable Civil Service Rules or applicable bargaining agreement.

Hours of Work: Incumbents in this class must be willing to work irregular hours, holidays and weekends.

Probationary Period
The probationary period for this classification is  six (6) months.
Application and Testing Information

Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply immediately. All applicants must complete and submit an online County of Sacramento employment application by 5:00 PM on the posted cut-off date.