A juvenile probation officer is a person who is sometimes referred to as a juvenile correctional treatment specialist. This person will work with adolescents who have committed criminal acts and have subsequently been put on probation. This sentence is instead of, or after, being put into a juvenile delinquent center.
This position is one that will generally keep weekday, daytime hours. However, it is not unheard of for the person to work extended hours. A juvenile probation officer will typically work independently, though within an office of other probation officers. The position can also be found within juvenile detention centers. This position will usually require a bachelor’s degree in a field such as criminal justice. This person will also be required to complete a state or federal training program, with certification being determined by the passing of an exam.
A juvenile probation officer will have a lot of demands related to their job, relating to the supervision of youths who have been put on parole or probation. Some of the typical duties associated with this position include meeting with the youths and their families, performing assessments on the youth and family, researching the youth and their family, visiting the youth’s home periodically, ensuring compliance with court-mandated regulations, providing counseling services for the youth and family, providing recommendations to the judge regarding the youth, investigating cases, attending court hearings, preparing reports, filing motions for probation violations, and providing crisis intervention. This position requires a person with an innate sense of leadership and authority, as well as expert communication skills.