United States Probation Officer
Opportunity Information
Opportunity Title: United States Probation Officer
Location: Denver
Department: United States Probation Office - District of Colorado
Posted Date: 12/04/2017
Closing Date: 01/30/2018
Contact Information
Name: Sheila Tyler 
Title: Human Resources Specialist
Address: 1929 Stout Street, Suite C-102 
  Denver CO  
Email: cod_hrd@cod.uscourts.gov
Brief Description

****This is a courtesy posting for the United States Probation Office - District of Colorado****

The position is a full-time permanent position, with a salary range of $44,910 - $71,909 (CL 25), $52,185 - $84,793 (CL 27) or $62,537 - $101,652 (CL 28), dependent upon qualifications.

The United States Probation Office for the District of Colorado is accepting applications for the position of Probation Officer. More than one position may be filled from this posting. The U.S. Probation Office for the District of Colorado includes four offices: Denver (headquarters), Colorado Springs, Grand Junction and Durango.


The probation officer, as an investigative, sentencing and supervision professional, is responsible for
providing meaningful assistance to the court in its deliberations and decisions concerning criminal
offenders, and ensuring public safety through the monitoring and supervision of offenders placed under
supervision by the court, the U.S. Parole Commission or military authorities. The incumbent(s) will be
responsible for supervision of defendants/offenders or for preparation of presentence and/or pretrial
services investigations for the court.

Successful applicant must be mature, responsible, poised, organized and meticulous; must also possess
tact, good judgment, initiative and the ability to work with a wide variety of people with diverse

The U.S. Probation Office’s mission is to make the community safer by facilitating the administration of
justice, providing opportunities for positive change while maintaining professional integrity, dignity, and
respect for all. As a partner in the national federal probation system, the office is guided by a Charter for
Excellence and the desire to ensure that each member of the team has an opportunity to develop their
skills to their highest capability.

Representative Duties:

Conducts investigations, prepares reports for the court and makes recommendations concerning the
release or sentencing of individuals who have been charged with or convicted of federal crimes. The
preparation of these reports may require interviewing defendants and their families; investigating the
offense; investigating the prior criminal record and financial status of the defendant; and contacting law
enforcement agencies, attorneys, victims, churches, and civic organizations. The purpose of these
activities is to obtain information about the defendant’s background; to assess risk; to assess the
appropriateness of detention or release pending trial; to assess the probability of future criminal behavior;
and to determine the amount of loss and the defendant’s ability to pay monetary penalties, including
restitution, fines and costs of prosecution. An integral part of the sentencing 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 bail or presentence reports and makes release or sentencing recommendations to the court.
Responds to judicial officer’s request for information and advice. Testifies in court as to the basis for
factual findings and guideline applications. Serves as resource to the court to facilitate proper release
decision or imposition of sentence.

Supervises defendants to maximize adherence to imposed conditions, reduce risk to the community, and
provide correctional treatment. Maintains personal contact with defendants through office and
community visits and by telephone. Investigates employment, sources of income, lifestyle and associates
to assess risk and compliance. Detects evidence of substance abuse and takes appropriate action, which
may include implementing necessary treatment or initiating revocation proceedings. Refers defendants to
appropriate outside agencies for counseling, treatment, employment assistance and training. Collects and
conducts urine screens on defendants and offenders as needed. Evening and weekend work is required for
supervision activities.

Initiates contacts with, replies to, and seeks information from organizations and persons such as the U.S.
Parole Commission, Federal Bureau of Prisons, and attorneys concerning defendants’ behavior and
conditions of supervision. Detects and investigates violations and implements appropriate response.
Reports violations of the conditions of supervision to the appropriate authorities. Prepares reports, which
may include application of U.S. Sentencing Commission revocation guidelines. Makes recommendations
for disposition. Testifies at court or parole hearings. Conducts preliminary interviews and other
investigations as required. Maintains a detailed written record of case activity.

Minimum 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 work of the position, is required for all probation officer

Specialized Experience:

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. Experience as a police, custodial, or security officer, other than any criminal investigative
experience, is not creditable.

Court Preferred Skills:

Preference will be given to applicants who can demonstrate the following:
Three years specialized experience with an emphasis in field of case management related to probation,
pretrial services and/or parole. This includes preparing presentence reports for the court and/or
supervising clients/offenders in the community. Supervision experience should include knowledge of
evidence based practices in community corrections, including, but not limited to, risk assessment, riskbased supervision, and cognitive behavioral treatment. Preference may also be given to those who can
effectively communicate in Spanish.

Maximum Entry Age and Physical Requirements:

First time appointees to positions covered under law enforcement officer retirement provisions must not
have reached their 37th birthday at the time of the appointment. Applicants 37 or over who have
previous law enforcement officer experience under the Civil Service Retirement System or the Federal
Employees’ Retirement System and who have either a subsequent break in service or intervening service
in a non-law enforcement officer position may have their previous law enforcement officer experience
subtracted from their age to determine whether they meet the maximum age requirement.

The duties of probation officers require the investigation and management of alleged criminal offenders
or convicted offenders who present physical danger to officers and to the public. In the supervision,
treatment, and control of these offenders, these duties require moderate to arduous physical exercise,
including prolonged periods of walking and standing, physical dexterity and coordination necessary to
operate a firearm, and use of self-defense tactics. On a daily basis, these officers face unusual mental and
physical stress because they are subject to danger and possible harm during frequent, direct contact with
individuals who are suspected or convicted of committing Federal offenses. Travel within the state is
required. Because officers must effectively deal with physical attacks and are subject to moderate to
arduous physical exertion, applicants must be physically capable of efficiently performing these duties
and are subject to fitness for duty evaluations. Vision and hearing must also be adequate to perform the
duties listed safely and effectively.

Conditions of Employment:

If not already serving as a U.S. Probation/Pretrial Services Officer or Assistant, prior to appointment, the
selectee considered for this position will undergo a medical examination, drug screening and background
investigation. Upon successful completion of the medical examination and drug screening, the selectee
may then be appointed provisionally, pending a favorable suitability determination by the court.

Due to the nature of duties performed by the probation office, applicants will be subject to a government
background investigation. Officers may be appointed provisionally pending a clear background
investigation. The selected candidate must successfully complete a ten year background investigation.
This investigation includes an FBI fingerprint and background check, and retention in the position will
depend upon a favorable suitability determination.

U.S. Probation and/or Pretrial Services Officers transferring to another district are not required to
undergo a medical examination, drug testing, or the background investigation. However, all applicable
records for the background reinvestigation apply. The Chief U.S. Probation Officer of the receiving district
may, at their discretion, request drug and/or medical testing be conducted, if through direct observation
or objective evidence, finds an officer is unable to perform the essential functions, as defined in the
medical guidelines. Also, at the Chief’s discretion, the most recent reinvestigation report completed on
behalf of the officer may be examined.

In addition, as continuing conditions of employment, the incumbent will be subject to ongoing random
drug screening, a re-investigation every five years, and, as deemed necessary by management for
reasonable cause, may be subject to subsequent fitness-for-duty evaluations. The medical requirements
for probation officers, pretrial services officers, and officer assistants are available for public review at the
USCourts.gov web site under Officer and Officer Assistant Medical Requirements.

Out of District Specialized Training:

If not already serving as a U.S. Probation/Pretrial Services Officer, prior to appointment in this district,
newly appointed officers to the position of U.S. Probation Officer will be required to attend a six (6) week
training course at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Charleston, S.C.


Federal benefits include paid vacation and sick leave, 10 paid holidays, retirement benefits, and a
401(k) styled program called the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP), with a government match of up to 5%.
Optional benefits include health and life insurance, disability and long-term care insurance, dental and
vision insurance, a Flexible Benefits Program which includes medical and dependent care
reimbursement, a RTD EcoPass (depending on budget), and an in-house fitness facility. Federal
Occupational Health (FOH)/Employee Assistance Programs (EAP).

How to Apply:

All qualified applicants should submit an application (AO 78 Application Form) and a current resume
outlining how you meet minimum qualification standards, specialized experience and court preferred
skills for the vacancy announcement. If selected for an interview, applicants will be required to present
copies of college transcripts. In addition, any previous or current U.S. Probation/Pretrial employees
selected for interviews may be required to submit a copy of their last performance evaluation and
Notification of Personnel Action (SF50).

Go to www.cod.uscourts.gov to complete a fillable application.

All application materials must be submitted by email to: cod_hrd@cod.uscourts.gov. Please note vacancy
announcement 2018-01-USPO in the subject line of the email. Attachments should be submitted as Word
or Adobe Acrobat (pdf) documents. Other formats are not acceptable. Incomplete applications and
applications received after the closing date may not be considered.



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