Yakima County Human Resources

  • 430-64 Probation Officer - Juvenile

    Working Title
    Probation Counselor
    Regular Full Time Budgeted
    FLSA Status
    Juvenile Court
    Required Testing/Exercises
    AFSCME Local 87
    Open Date
    Close Date
    $4,167 per month
  • Overview

    There is one opening with the Yakima County Juvenile Services Department.  Position is responsible for performing all facets of duties related to the probation supervision of a caseload of juvenile criminals, status offenders and/or diversion clients.  Caseload may include specialized populations of offenders/clients. This recruitment may be used to fill future openings which may occur within 90 days of the posted closing date.


    Interviews and assesses juvenile clients assigned to caseload; meets regularly with clients and guardians to monitor court ordered conditions or diversion contracts, provides case management according to the Case Management Assessment Process (CMAP) adopted by Washington State Juvenile Court Administrators and/or diversion guidelines, counsels, advises, performs re-assessments, and staffs cases regularly with supervisor; engages youth to increase motivation to participate in evidence based programs, promising practices, restorative community service and other community based services designed to address risk and protective factors;

    Participates in the facilitation of Aggression Replacement Training or other skill classes.


    Coordinates activities and services with outside parties including parents, law enforcement, social service agencies, schools to provide and receive information and to clarify policies and court orders. Receives information regarding referrals and case management and acts as an advocate for clients. Presents information and provides technical knowledge to schools and other interested parties; provides program support services such as scheduling hearings; serving notice and summons; fingerprints clients; collects urine samples for drug/alcohol use; transporting clients.


    Documents case progress by preparing case notes, compiling statistics, preparing periodic reports, court reports. Maintains files.


    Participates in unit meetings, work groups and committees


    Conducts field observations of client activity; visits client in the community and at home; Determines correct sanctions when client is out of compliance with supervision requirements, Testifies in court, provides recommendations to the court; conducts decline and capacity investigations and prepares related reports or recommendations responds to crisis situations as needed; Represents juvenile department in courtroom.


    Other duties as assigned.


    Education and Experience: Bachelor's degree: Sociology, Psychology Criminal Justice or a closely related field and Two (2) full-time years of counseling, case work and interviewing experience required.



    Valid Washington State Driver’s License and proof of insurance at time of appointment.

    Applicants selected for final interview will be required to complete a criminal and abuse/exploitation history disclosure statement pursuant to RCW 43.43.834.



    • Probation Academy at the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Academy (graduation)
    • CMAP Certification within 6 months of employment or as directed.
    • Department of Health Agency Affiliated Counselor Certificate

    This is a Yakima County Courthouse Master Contract Bargaining Unit position. 



    Bi-lingual in English/Spanish is preferred


    Equipment Used: Computer, printer, copier, telephone, cell phone, fax, projector, county automobiles.


    Working Conditions: Environmental Demands: Travel, Field Work, May be required to work outside of standard business hours and at alternate work locations. Exposure to hazardous physical conditions and exposure to potentially violent or hostile individuals is possible. Physical Demands: bending, carrying, handling, lifting, pulling, pushing, reaching, sitting, standing, walking, fingering, balancing, crouching, kneeling, hearing, smelling, talking, visual acuity. Intellectual demands: Ability to multitask, confidentiality, ability to work under pressure, ability to articulate and communicate information in conversations, ability to follow written and verbal instruction. Medium Work: Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 20 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects or work out in the field.


    Knowledge: Upon entry what specific knowledge would an individual need to assume the duties of this position (Information or concepts that can be measured through written or oral examination)

    • Statutory language in Title 13 RCW Juvenile Courts and Juvenile Offenders;
    • Case management theories, practices and principles,
    • Counseling and interviewing techniques,
    • Basic mathematical calculation and report writing methods;
    • Basic court and criminal justice system procedures;
    • Basic terminology, laws, rules, and regulations and codes governing area of assignment;
    • Technical program delivery methods, systems and techniques such as: court and criminal justice systems, truancy laws, counseling techniques, adult and juvenile sentencing options, chemical dependency treatment resources, or personal safety and defense procedures; and
    • Customer service techniques and team building concepts.
    • Theories of mental health issues and treatment in adolescent population


    Skills (and abilities):

    • Using a personal computer and related software applications, and operating basic office equipment;
    • Collecting, compiling, organizing and maintaining information and notes of progress and compliance;
    • Determining appropriate course of action and making recommendations;
    • Interviewing and counseling clients and/or offenders;
    • Applying time management and work organization techniques and methods;
    • Applying crisis management, de-escalation, safety and security techniques;
    • Detecting drug and alcohol use/abuse and using equipment for the detection of such;
    • Preparing and giving presentations and facilitating groups;
    • Evaluating and assessing needs and developing, implementing and monitoring case plans and preparing related reports;
    • Applying authority and confronting individuals;
    • Complying with laws, codes, ordinances, and regulations;
    • Conducting investigation, field observations and surveillance;
    • Establishing and maintaining effective interpersonal relationships with County and other officials, at all organizational levels and with the public; and
    • Communications, oral and written, sufficient to interview, exchange or convey information and to receive work direction.


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