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U.S. Probation Office
U.S. Probation Officer

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Position Title: U.S. Probation Officer
Concentration: Law Enforcement
Level of Entry: Select

Hiring Agency

Agency: U.S. Probation Office
Address: 230 S. Dearborn St
City: Chicago
State: IL    Zipcode: 60604
Contact: Human Resources
Email Address:

Descriptive Tasks/Responsibilities for Position


The Probation Office for the Northern District of Illinois serves 35 U.S. District Judges and 14 Magistrate Judges and covers 18 counties in northern Illinois. Our office is comprised of 100+ employees. The Probation Office headquarters is located at 230 S. Dearborn Street, Suite 3400, Chicago, Illinois 60604. There are two divisional offices (Eastern, located in Chicago, IL and Western, located in Rockford, IL) and one satellite office (located in Lisle, Illinois).

By statute, the Probation Officer serves in a Judiciary law enforcement position and assists in the administration of justice. Under the guidance and direction of a Supervisory Probation Officer, incumbent as an investigative, sentencing and supervision specialist, is responsible for providing meaningful assistance to the U.S. District Court in its deliberations and decisions concerning criminal offenders, and for ensuring public safety through the monitoring and supervision of offenders placed under supervision by the court, the U.S. Parole Commission, or military authorities.


• Conduct investigations and prepare reports for the court with recommendations. Interview offenders and their families and collect background data from various sources.

• During the process, interpret and apply policies and procedures, statutes, Federal Rules of Criminal Procedures, and U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, Monographs, and relevant case law, as applicable.

• Enforce court-ordered supervision components and implement supervision strategies. Maintain personal contact with offenders, investigate employment, sources of income, lifestyle, and associates to assess risk and compliance. Address substance abuse, mental health, domestic violence, and similar problems and refer to appropriate specialist.

• Schedule and conduct drug use detection tests and DNA collection of offenders, following established procedures and protocols. Maintain records of test results. Maintain chain of custody of urinalysis testing materials. Respond to judicial officers’ requests for information and advice. Testify in court as to the basis for factual findings and guideline applications, if warranted. Maintain detailed records of case activity.
• Investigate and analyze financial documents and activities and take appropriate action. Interview victim(s) and provide victim impact statements to the court. Ensure compliance with Mandatory Victims Restitution Act.

• Review and resolve disputed issues involving offenders and present unresolved issues to the court for resolution. Assess offenders’ level of risk and develop a blend of strategies for monitoring, restrictions and interventions designed to mitigate risk.

• Provide offenders with information on local resources and programs regarding employment, GED certification assistance, ongoing education, and vocational training. Identify interests, aptitudes, and abilities of offenders through interviewing, gathering appropriate information and collaborating with stakeholders. Assist offenders toward integration into the community.

• Communicate with other organizations and personnel (such as the U.S. Parole Commission, Bureau of Prisons, law enforcement, treatment agencies, and attorneys) concerning offenders’ behavior and conditions of supervision. Identify and investigate violations and implement appropriate alternatives and sanctions. Discuss violations with Supervisory Probation Officer. Report violations of the conditions of supervision to the appropriate authorities. Prepare written reports of violation matters, and make recommendations for disposition. Testify at court or parole hearings. Conduct Parole Commission preliminary interviews.



Applicant must be a United States citizen or provide documentation proving eligibility to work in the United States.

Required Education: All probation officer positions require 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.

Required Experience: In addition to meeting education requirements, United States Probation Officers must possess the following required experience:

• To qualify at a CL 25, candidates must possess one year of specialized experience* equivalent to work at a CL 23, OR completion of a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with an overall grade point average of 2.9 or better on a 4.0 scale (3.6 on a 5.0 scale) or completion of one academic year (30 semester or 45 quarter hours) of graduate work in a field of study closely related to the position.

• To qualify at a CL 27, candidates must possess two years of specialized experience* including at least one-year equivalent to work at a CL 25 or the completion of master’s degree closely related to field of Juris Doctorate.

• With satisfactory performance, and qualifying experience, promotion to the CL28 is without further competition.

*Specialized experience is described as progressively responsible experience, gained after completion of a bachelor’s degree, which provides evidence of the capacity to understand and apply the human behavior management skills involved in the position. Experience as a police, parole, custodial, or security officer does not qualify as specialized experience.

Applicants must have a valid driver’s license and access to a personal vehicle for use when a government-issued vehicle is unavailable. Sufficient keyboarding skills (or alternative skills) to demonstrate proficiency in producing reports/documents/correspondence using electronic word processing and other office system technology is required.

Maximum Age Requirement: First time appointees to positions covered under federal law enforcement officer retirement provisions must not have reached their 37th birthday at the time of appointment. Applicants 37 years old and older who have previous law enforcement experience covered under the Federal Employees’ Retirement System (FERS) 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 deducted from their age to determine whether or not they meet the maximum age requirement.

Medical Requirements: Prior to appointment, the applicant considered for this position will undergo a medical examination and drug screen. Upon successful completion of the medical examination and drug screen, the applicant will be appointed under a provisional status, pending the completion of a favorable background investigation. In addition, as conditions of employment, incumbent will be subject to ongoing random drug screening, updated background investigations every five years and, as deemed necessary by management for reasonable cause, may be subject to subsequent fitness- for-duty evaluations.

The medical requirements and the essential job functions derived from the medical guidelines for probation officers, pretrial services officers, and officer assistants are available for public review at

Candidates for employment must be fully vaccinated (i.e., at least 2 weeks after last dose) for COVID-19 and, if hired, present proof of vaccination by start date or submit a request in writing for an exemption to this requirement on the basis of a sincerely held religious belief or medical condition.

Physical Requirements: Officers must possess, with or without corrective lenses, good distance vision in at least one eye and the ability to read normal size print. Normal hearing ability, with or without hearing aid(s), is also required. Any severe health problems, such as physical defects, disease, and deformities that constitute employment hazards to the applicant or others, may disqualify the applicant.

Other qualifications required:
(1) Unquestioned integrity and exemplary character.
(2) Sound health.
(3) Less than 37 years old at time of appointment.
(4) Fluency in Spanish is helpful but not required.

Application Period

Application Period Begins: 09/15/2021

Application Period Ends: 12/31/2021

Number Positions to be Filled: 1

Yearly Salary: $49,382.00 to $100,739.00
(Some agencies may post only their standard hourly rate)

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