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U.S. Probation-Pretrial Services Office

U.S. Probation Office

  • Location: Sioux City, IA
  • Post Date: 1/6/2019
  • Job Type: FULL TIME
  • Job Level: Entry-Level

Northern District of Iowa 


The United States Probation Office, Northern District of Iowa, is accepting applications for United States Probation Officer(s) for the Presentence unit in the Sioux City, Iowa or Cedar Rapids, Iowa Probation Office. The duties specified herein are intended to provide generalized examples of the major duties and responsibilities that are performed by a U.S. Probation Officer within any unit and do not reflect all duties performed by positions covered by this classification. 

Representative Duties:
  • Conducts pretrial investigations to include background information and prepares pretrial reports for the court with recommendations regarding risk of flight or risk of danger to the community pending trial/court resolution of the defendants impending offense. 
  • Gathers comprehensive, factual information and verifies with collateral resources. 
  • Provides written and/or verbal assistance to the court regarding pretrial procedures in a clear, logical, and concise format. 
  • Conducts presentence investigations and prepares reports for the court with recommendations for sentencing of individuals convicted of federal offenses. The preparation of these reports require interviewing offenders and their families, investigating the offense, prior record and financial status of the offender, and contacting collateral sources. An integral part of this process is the interpretation and application of the U.S. Sentencing Commission guidelines and relevant case law. Following disclosure of the presentence report to the parties, analyzes any objections and determines appropriate course of action. Such actions include resolving disputed issues and /or presenting unresolved issues to the court for resolution. Presents presentence report and sentencing recommendations to the court. 

Sioux City, Iowa or Cedar Rapids, Iowa 


CL-25/1= $42,150 CL-25/19= $49,751 CL-27/16= $56,618 CL-27/28= $62,751 

Salaries above are reflective of an indistrict hiring plan and does not include promotional opportunity, default or discretionary steps. Further information will be provided at the interview. Starting salaries depend on education and experience. At the discretion of the Chief U.S. Probation Officer (based on experience and performance), promotional potential to CL 28 without further competition is possible. The starting salary ranges listed here pertain to applicants that would be new Federal Judiciary Law Enforcement appointments. 

OPENING DATE - 12/14/2018 

CLOSING DATE - 01/18/2019 or until filled. 

This means an application can be received after the closing date and be fully considered. An application can be received up to the time that the position is filled.

Representative Duties Continued:
  • Supervises defendants/offenders to provoke positive lifestyle changes and to maximize compliance to court-imposed conditions, reduce risk to the community, and provide correctional treatment. 
  • Assesses risk, develops objectives and strategies for controlling risk, and address identified needs. 
  • Utilizes evidence-based practices into daily activities and interactions involving offenders. 
  • Maintains personal contact with offenders by way of both office based visits and home/community contacts which could take place in unsafe neighborhoods or environments where illegal activities and violence could occur. Investigates employment, sources of income, lifestyle and associates to assess risk, needs, and compliance. 
  • Responsible for detection of substance abuse through defendant/offender assessment and implements the necessary treatment referrals and/or violation proceedings. 
  • Detects and investigates violations of supervision and implements appropriate alternatives and sanctions. 

Applicants must be citizens of the United States or be eligible to work in the United States.

Minimum Skills and Qualifications:
  • Completion of a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in a field of academic study, such as criminal justice, criminology, psychology, sociology, human relations, or business or public administration, which provides evidence of the capacity to understand and apply the legal requirements and human relations skills involved in the position; 
  • Excellent professional references and computer abilities; 
  • A drivers license is required to conduct field work; 
  • The successful applicant must be mature, responsible, organized, and demonstrate sound ethics and judgment. Must also possess a positive attitude, integrity, tact, initiative, and the ability to work with a wide variety of people with diverse backgrounds; 
  • Must be able to work well under pressure and meet deadlines;
  • Must have the ability to interact and communicate effectively, both orally and in writing. 
Preferred Skills and Qualifications:
  • Completion of an advanced degree from an accredited university is preferred; 
  • Additional preferred skills include: fluency in a foreign language; proficiency in Microsoft Word; licensure or certification in a behavioral science (LMSW, CADC, LPC, etc.). 
  • Exceptional writing skills; 
  • Accounting or background in conducting financial investigations Specialized Experience: A minimum of one (1) year of specialized experience is necessary to qualify at the CL25 level. Specialized experience is defined as: Progressively responsible experience, gained after completion of a bachelor's degree, in such fields as probation, pretrial services, parole, corrections, criminal investigations, or work in substance/addiction treatment qualify. Experience as a police, custodial, or security officer, other than any criminal investigative experience, is not creditable for this position. Educational Substitutions: Completion of a bachelors degree from an accredited college or university and one of the following requirements may be substituted for one year of specialized experience: 
  • An overall "B" grade point average; 
  • Standing in the upper third of the class;
  • A "B+" (3.5) average or better in the major field of study, such as business or public administration, personnel management, industrial relations, or psychology;
  • Election to membership in Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma XI, or one of the National Honorary Scholastic Societies meeting the minimum requirements of the Association of College Honor Societies, other than Freshman Honor Societies; or ? Completion of one (1) academic year (30 semester or 45 quarter hours) of graduate work in a field of study closely related to the position.
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