Probation Officer - Region 1 - Portland

at State of Maine, Bureau of Human Resources in Portland, Maine, United States

Job Description

Probation Officer – Region 1 – Portland

Portland , Maine , United States | Correctional Services | Full-time Apply by: Jan. 20, 2022 Apply with Linkedin Apply

Open: January 6, 2022

Close: January 20, 2022

Pay Grade:23 $46,446.40 – $61,422.40 plus $.85/hr. stipend


CURRENT VACANCY INFORMATION:The Department of Corrections – Adult Community Corrections has a current vacancy in the Portland office. This position is open to current Maine DOC employees and all outside applicants. The successful candidate will be required to pass a complete background investigation, including a polygraph and psychological examination.


As a Probation Officer, you will supervise and manage clients assigned to the Department of Corrections or released to the community. You will assess clients’ risks and needs; counsel and supervise them while on probation or other forms of community release, prepare after care, pardon, and pre-sentence investigation reports for the court; perform interstate compact duties and participate in the formulation and oversight of community reentry release plans. Probation Officers make decisions relative to the referral, detention, prosecution, disposition, and discharge of clients.

Administrative duties include, but are not limited to, gathering, and entering data into a computer tracking system and providing various reports from this information. This information data is compiled so that effective decisions can be made regarding delivery of service.


+ Knowledge of Maine criminal code and criminal court procedures

+ Knowledge of social service agencies operating in the community

+ Knowledge of investigative practices and techniques

+ Knowledge of motivational interviewing techniques

+ Knowledge of evidence-based principles and practices

+ Ability to counsel adult clients

+ Ability to communicate effectively

+ Ability to write clearly and effectively

+ Ability to apply casework principles, methods, and techniques

+ Ability to objectively assess clients and make appropriate decisions

+ Ability to administer assessment tools to make individual situational determinations

+ Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships

+ Ability to develop adult clients subject matter expertise

+ Ability to distinguish between obligation to public safety and responsibility to client

+ Ability to act appropriately in stressful situations

+ Ability to work without direct supervision

+ Ability to control an aggressive person

+ Ability to operate a motor vehicle

+ Ability to use a laptop or personal computer

+ Ability to prepare and maintain detailed records/reports and individual rehabilitation case plans


To succeed in this position, you must be self-motivated, resourceful, able to work as an integral part of a team and possess excellent time management, analytical, and interpersonal skills. You will also be required to carry a firearm and must complete the Maine Criminal Justice Academy’s firearms qualifications program on a yearly basis.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:A Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice, a Behavioral Science, or Social Science area, or a closely related field and six (6) months of experience in probation/parole work, counseling and case management, or law enforcement activities – OR – an equivalent combination of directly related education, training, and/or experience.


Possession of a Class C Maine Driver’s License.


No matter where you work across Maine state government, you find employees who embody our state motto-“Dirigo” or “I lead”-as they provide essential services to Mainers every day. We believe in supporting our workforce’s health and wellbeing with a valuable total compensation package, including:

+ Work-Life Balance – Rest is essential. Take time for yourself using 13 paid holidays, 12 days of sick leave, and 3+ weeks of vacation leave Vacation leave accrual increases with years of service, and overtime-exempt employees receive personal leave.

+ Health Insurance Coverage- The State of Maine pays 85%-100% of employee-only premiums ($9,893.52-$11,057.52 annual value), depending on salary. Use this chart to find the premium costs for you and your family, including the percentage of dependent coverage paid by the State.

+ Health Insurance Premium Credit- Participation decreases employee-only premiums by 5%. Visit the Office of Employee Health and Wellness for more information about program requirements.

+ Dental Insurance- The State of Maine pays 100% of employee-only dental premiums ($350.40 annual value).

+ Retirement Plan- The State of Maine contributes 19.63% of pay to the Maine Public Employees Retirement System (MainePERS), on behalf of the employee.

+ Gym Membership Reimbursement- Improve overall health with regular exercise and receive up to $40 per month to offset this expense.

+ Health and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts- Set aside money pre-tax to help pay for out-of-pocket health care expenses and/or daycare expenses.

+ Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness- The State of Maine is a qualified employer for this federal program. For more information, visit the Federal Student Aid office.

+ Living Resources Program – Navigate challenging work and life situations with our employee assistance program.

+ Parental leaveis one of the most important benefits for any working parent. All employees who are welcoming a child-including fathers and adoptive parents-receive four weeks of fully paid parental leave. Additional, unpaid leave may also be available, under the Family and Medical Leave Act.

+ Voluntary Deferred Compensation- Save additional pre-tax funds for retirement in a MaineSaves 457(b) account through payroll deductions.

+ Learn aboutadditional wellness benefits for State employees from the Office of Employee Health and Wellness.

Maine State Government is an Equal Opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.

Application Process:

To be considered for the Probation Officer position the following must be submitted:

+ State of Maine Direct Hire Application; (application to be received through online application)

+ Cover letter

You should be aware before starting the application process that the following are disqualifiers for this position.

If you:

+ Have been convicted of murder or any crime classified in Maine law as a Class A, Class B, or Class C crime (i.e., any crime with a maximum term of imprisonment of one year or more), or of any substantially similar crime in another jurisdiction outside the State of Maine;

+ Have been convicted of any crime classified in Maine law as a Class D crime (i.e., any crime with a maximum possible term of imprisonment of less than one year), or of any substantially similar crime in another jurisdiction outside the State of Maine.

+ Have been convicted of any of the following provisions of the Maine Criminal Code (Title 17-A of the Maine Revised Statutes Annotated), or of any substantially similar crime in another jurisdiction outside the State of Maine.

+ Chapter 15, Theft, including, but not limited to: Theft by deception; Insurance deception; Theft by extortion; Theft of lost, mislaid or mistakenly delivered property; Theft of services; Theft by misapplication of property; Unauthorized use of property.

+ Chapter 19, Falsification in Official Matters, including, but not limited to: Perjury; False swearing; Unsworn falsification; Tampering with a witness, informant, juror, or victim; Falsifying physical evidence; Tampering with public records or informati

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Job Posting: JC201407172

Posted On: Jan 08, 2022

Updated On: Jan 23, 2022