PROBATION OFFICER TRAINEE 6510
DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS
Under immediate supervision, an employee in this class assists in performing professional probation work related to the Intake, Investigation and Supervision functions in the Probation Department. Trainees receive continuous on-the-job training while performing duties of limited professional nature. The term of probation is one (1) year, during which employees will be required to satisfactorily complete a supervised in-service training program. After one (1) year of continuous service as a permanent Probation Officer Trainee, the employee achieves permanent competitive status as a Probation Officer without further examination. All work receives close and continuing supervision by superiors through consultations and observations of office and field activities. Does related work as required.
TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES
Attends on-the-job and special training sessions and participates in conferences and regular staff meetings;
Assists in the collection and analysis of social and legal history data and in the preparation of investigation reports concerning cases pending in court;
Assists in interviewing and screening clients to try to effect a satisfactory adjustment of family related problems without necessity of court action;
Helps to supervise probationers by counseling and otherwise assisting them to maintain lawful behavior in the community;
Helps to maintain appropriate case records of persons under probation supervision;
Makes home visits and other community contacts to assist in monitoring the probationers' adherence to the conditions of probation;
Helps to establish and maintain contact with persons and organizations in the community that may provide necessary resources for individuals serviced by the agency;
Studies and reviews literature and other materials related to probation, criminal justice and social work to systematically acquire essential knowledge of the profession.
FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS
Good knowledge of the social sciences, including sociology, psychology and economics; working knowledge of the social resources and services offered to the community; working knowledge of the factors related to the cause of crime and delinquency; working knowledge of the principles and practices of probation and social casework, including interviewing, investigation, counseling, case supervision, record keeping and reporting; ability to analyze data gathered through investigations of probationers; ability deal effectively with people who may be under emotional strain; ability to express oneself clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position.
Graduation from a New York State or Regionally accredited college or university with a Bachelor's Degree, including at least thirty (30) semester credit hours in the social or behavioral sciences.
NOTE: Experience cannot be substituted for the required Bachelor's Degree.
NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS
1. At the time of appointment and during employment in this title employees must possess a valid license to operate a motor vehicle in New York State or otherwise demonstrate their capacity to meet the transportation requirements of the position.
2. Candidates must be a United State Citizen at the time of appointment.
3. There will be a qualifying psychological evaluation.
4. There will be a qualifying medical evaluation.
5. Candidates will be required to successfully complete the State Requirements of Peace
Officer Training and Firearms Training as per New York State Criminal Procedure Law, § 2.30.