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ProfileJuvenile Probation Officer Duties: Assist in the rehabilitation of juvenile offenders. This consists of supervising juveniles placed on probation or deferred prosecution. Supervise and counsel juveniles that are placed on probation or deferred prosecution at Progressive Levels I-V, as well as performing all duties associated with case management. Conduct regular home, school, employment and office visits. Document all contacts regarding the child and family. Preparation of various written reports including but not limited to violation reports, social history, and case plans and various assessment instruments as instructed, conduct interviews and provide court testimony. Enforce the orders of the Court and deal appropriately with violations of the court order per departmental policy. Perform drug screens on juvenile offenders. Make referrals to appropriate agencies and treatment providers and able to react to change productively and handle other essential tasks as assigned. Performs PACT assessments and re-assessments as required by department standards. Completes case plan and reviews as required by department standards.
Qualification and Experience
Minimum Qualifications: To be eligible for appointment as a Probation Officer, a person must (1) be of good moral character; (2) have a Bachelor' s degree conferred by an accrediting organization recognized by the coordinating board, Texas college and University System; (3) must have either one year of graduate study in criminology, corrections, counseling, law, social work, psychology, sociology, or other field of instruction approved by the Commission or 1 year of experience in full-time casework, counseling, community or group work in a social service, community, corrections, or juvenile agency that deals with offenders or disadvantaged persons and that is determined by the Commission to provide the kind of experience needed to meet this requirement, and must have satisfactorily completed the court of pre-service training or instruction, have passed the tests or examinations, and possess the level of certification as the Commission may prescribe. This position requires a basic knowledge of typing and some computer literacy.
Preference may be given to applicants who possess one or more of the following credentials: Experience in working with juveniles in mental health or substance abuse treatment settings; Experience in working with juvenile sex offenders.
Some of the specific requirements that make these factors important are: extensive writing, both in the form of documentation and in the preparation of various reports; extensive communication with other agency professionals and probation staff; juvenile offenders and their families; assessing the individual needs of juvenile offenders; preparing plans of action for juvenile offenders based upon their individual needs.
County of Galveston
722 Moody Avenue
Galveston, TX 77550