Madison County Department of Personnel
(Wampsville, NY – March 2013) The Madison County Department of Personnel announced recently that applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. April 15 for the June 1 open competitive examination for probation officer/probation officer trainee (No. 68-894). The eligible list established as a result of this examination will be used to fill vacancies as they occur in the Madison County Probation Department.
There are no residency requirements to take this examination. Preference in certification may be given to successful candidates who have been legal residents of Madison County for at least one month prior to the date of certification.
The duties of probation officer require the application of modern social work techniques in conducting investigations, making evaluations of adults or juveniles and in supervising persons on probation. A Probation Officer is called upon to exercise sound professional judgment in analyzing data and in making recommendations concerning court dispositions.
The incumbent assists persons on probation, and other persons whom the probation agency services. The work is performed under the general supervision of a higher-ranking professional employee with leeway allowed for the exercise of independent judgment. Supervision may be exercised over the work of subordinate employees. A probation officer does related work as required.
Probation officer trainee is an entry-level position for college graduates with a career interest in probation. Trainees receive on-the-job training while performing duties of a professional nature. Assignments may increase in complexity and responsibility as employees increase in professional competence. The work is performed under the direct supervision of a higher-ranking professional employee. The probation officer trainee does related work as required.
Candidates must meet the following qualifications on or before the date of the written test:
Probation officer: A. Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York state-registered college or university with a master’s degree in social work, education, public administration, criminal justice, psychology, sociology, criminology or closely related field; or B. Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York state college or university with a bachelor’s degree and two years of subsequent experience in counseling or casework in a recognized agency adhering to acceptable standards in probation, parole, social services, psychiatric or medical social work or closely related field; or C. An equivalent combination of training and experience as defined by the limits of (A) and (B).
Probation officer trainee requires graduation from a regionally accredited or New York state-registered four- year college with a bachelor’s degree that shall include at least 30 credit hours in the social or behavioral sciences.
Persons appointed at the trainee level will be promoted to the position of probation officer without further examination upon satisfactory completion of a one-year traineeship.
Possession of an appropriate driver’s license issued by the state Department of Motor Vehicles is required at the time of appointment.
Applications may be obtained and must be filed in the Madison County Personnel/Civil Service Department, County Office Building, P.O. Box 636, Wampsville, N.Y. 13163. Phone (315) 366-2341. Applications can also be downloaded at the Personnel Department’s website madisoncounty.ny.gov.