U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services Officer

locationAnchorage - Alaska (AK),

atUS Judicial Branch

Estimated salary $49,280 - $111,567 a year

Job Description:



    The United States Probation and Pretrial Services Office for the District of Alaska is accepting applications for a United States Probation and Pretrial Services Officer.


    By statute, probation officers serve in a judiciary law enforcement capacity, assist in the fair administration of justice, promote community safety, gather information, supervise individuals on pretrial and post-conviction supervision, interact with collateral agencies, conduct investigations, prepare reports, and present recommendations to the Court. The positions will be assigned representative duties based on the skills and qualifications of the successful candidates.

    The United States Probation and Pretrial Services Office for the District of Alaska is committed to the goals, mission and values of the United States Probation and Pretrial Services Charter for Excellence.


    Pretrial Services: Conduct investigations, research the criminal and social backgrounds of defendants charged with federal offenses, and interview defendants and their families. Compile information gathered to prepare reports and make release recommendations to the court. Represent the probation and pretrial services office at court proceedings. Supervise defendants on pretrial release to ensure public safety, compliance with release conditions, investigate alleged violations of release, and report findings to the court.

    Presentence Investigations: Conduct investigations, interview defendants, their families, and collateral sources to obtain background information. Investigate criminal history and finances. Interview victim(s) and provide victim impact statements to the court. Prepare reports for the court with recommendations for sentencing defendants convicted of federal offenses. Analyze and respond to objections and present unresolved objections to the court. An integral part of this position requires the interpretation and application of policies and procedures, statutes, the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedures, U.S. Sentencing Commission Guidelines, and case law. Skill in legal reasoning and critical thinking is preferred. Track legal developments and serve as a resource to judicial officers for information and advice to facilitate proper imposition of a sentence.

    Post-Conviction Responsibilities: Supervise and evaluate the behavior of individuals on probation, supervised release, or parole to bring about improvements in conduct, ensure public safety, and monitor compliance with court ordered conditions. Complete written investigations/evaluations on proposed release plans for individuals releasing from imprisonment. Develop supervision and treatment plans to include: identification of risk, need and responsivity; community safety requirements; establish specific objectives; and assist in securing employment and medical, legal, or social services. Investigate, evaluate, and report behavior of individuals on supervision and make recommendations to the court for sentencing of individuals alleged to have violated conditions of probation, supervised release, or parole.

    Maintain personal contact with individuals on supervision in the community, office, and telephonically.

    Cooperate with U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services offices nationally regarding the investigation and supervision of individuals involved in the federal court system, to include courtesy supervision, travel permits, and perform related services as requested. Utilize data to organize workload, and analyze reports to identify problems, trends, and to formulate solutions.

    Maintain case records as required by statute or by the court, the Administrative Offices of the U.S. Courts, and the Chief U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services Officer; document interactions and events related to representative duties as directed under existing policies and procedures.

    Knowledge of and compliance with, The Code of Conduct for Judicial Employees and court confidentiality requirements. Ability to consistently demonstrate sound ethics and judgment.

    Participate in and contribute to ongoing inter and intra-agency training programs. Keep informed of and apply new developments and techniques in the judicial and correctional fields.

    Travel within the State of Alaska is required to perform job duties.

    Perform other related duties as assigned.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential

    28 - CL-28.

  • Job family (Series)

    0007 Correctional Officer

  • Requirements


    Conditions of Employment

    The duties of probation and pretrial services officers require the investigation and management of individuals (pretrial and post-conviction) who present physical danger to officers and the public. In the supervision, treatment, and control of these individuals, these duties require moderate to arduous physical exercise, including prolonged periods of walking and standing, physical dexterity and coordination, and use of self defense tactics. On a daily basis, officers face unusual mental and physical stress because they are subject to danger and possible harm while conducting their duties.

    The medical requirements and the essential functions derived from the medical guidelines for probation officers are available for public review at

    Due to the hazardous duty retirement requirements of the Federal Government, applicants must not have reached

    their 37th birthday before date of hire unless they have prior federal hazardous duty experience sufficient to complete 20 years by the mandatory retirement age of 57.



    Applicant must be a U.S. citizen or foreign national eligible for federal employment.

    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, business or public administration, or another closely related field which provides evidence of the capacity to understand and apply the legal requirements and human relations skills involved in the position, is required for all probation and pretrial services officer positions.

    Bachelor's degree and one of the following superior academic achievement requirements:
    • An overall "B" grade point average equaling 2.90 or better of a possible 4.0;
    • Standing in the upper third of the class;
    • "3.5" average or better in the major field of study; 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.

    Bachelor's degree and two years specialized experience, including at least one-year equivalent to work at the CL-25; or
    Completion of a master's degree in a field of study closely related to the position, or a Juris
    Doctor (JD) degree.

    Bachelor's degree and two years specialized experience, including at least one-year equivalent to work at the CL-27.

    Specialized experience: Progressively responsible experience is, 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 officer, custodial or security officer, other than any criminal investigative experience, is not creditable.


    In addition to the minimum qualifications, preference may be given to candidates with any of the following:
    • A Juris Doctor or a master's degree in a closely related field of study;
    • Knowledge of evidence-based practices, risk, need, and responsivity principles, cognitive behavioral interventions;
    • Organization skills to manage all aspects of an individual's case, including documenting;
    • Knowledge, understanding, and skills required to identify community resources;
    • Ability to conduct legal research related to varied and complex legal issues; and
    • Bilingual skills.


    Please read the "Qualifications" section.

    Additional information


    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, and Flexible Benefits Program that includes medical and dependent care reimbursement.

    Due to the volume of applications received, the court may only communicate to those individuals who will be interviewed for open positions. Travel and relocation expenses will not be paid.

    New officers receive extensive training during their first year of employment. In addition to local training, officers must also successfully complete a six-week national training program at the Federal Probation and Pretrial Academy (FPPA) in Charleston, South Carolina.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    Please read the "Next steps" section.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance


    Drug test required


  • Required Documents

    Required Documents

    Please read the "How To Apply" section.

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

  • Benefits


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This job is open to

  • The public

    U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.

Clarification from the agency

This announcement is for three vacancies; one is in Anchorage, Alaska and the other two are in Fairbanks, Alaska. Training will primarily be conducted in Anchorage. A recruitment bonus may be negotiated upon acceptance of an employment offer in the Fairbanks office.

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