Start your career in Probation

A Deputy Probation Officer may be assigned to intake, investigation, supervision, or multi-agency collaborative projects in adult or juvenile field services in a variety of locations in Stanislaus County. With the opportunity to help people and advance your career, the Stanislaus County Probation Department is a great career choice.


At the Stanislaus County Probation Department we take the job and your safety seriously. We provide you with the training you need to make sure you have a successful career.

Questions people ask us...

What does a probation officer do
  • Review law enforcement or court referrals and apply State law and departmental policy to determine appropriate recommendation and disposition
  • Interview offenders, family members, victims and others critical to appropriate case disposition
  • Access and comprehend law enforcement, school, mental health, social services and other reference materials
  • Provide monitoring and supervision of offenders under court order or departmental disposition. This entails face-to-face contact with offenders, family members, law enforcement, employers, victims and other public or private agencies who provide service or supervision to the offender. These contacts may take place within the office, various custodial facilities, the offender’s home, school or place of work, or at various community locations.
  • Prepare accurate and objective, court reports and statistical reports
  • Testify in court as required
  • Transport probationers as necessary or required
  • Conduct drug testing of probationers
  • Conduct searches of a probationer, his/her residence or vehicle as authorized by court order and departmental policy
  • Arrest probationers as authorized by State law and departmental policy
  • Locate broker and monitor social services to aid probationer and his/her family
  • Attend training classes and meetings
  • Develop and monitor individualized case plans and case file materials to assist probationer to comply with the law, court order and achieve law-abiding productive lifestyle.
  • Report on performance-based outcome measures.
  • Arrange for payment of restitution.
Compensation & Benefits

Approximate Annual Base Salary:

  • $59,134-$80,953 Annually


The County of Stanislaus provides a competitive and comprehensive benefits package for regular full-time County employees including:

  • 2 weeks annual vacation upon entering County service
  • 16 additional vacation hours annually 96 hours of sick leave annually
  • 10 paid holidays annually
  • Excellent retirement benefits (2.7% at approximately age 57 formula)
  • Medical, dental, vision, and basic term life insurance plans
  • Optional participation in Flexible Spending Account & Health Savings Account programs
  • Optional Supplemental Life & AD&D insurance plans
  • Employee Assistance Program



Employee Choice Bonus Plan:

  • Stanislaus County now offers an employee bonus worth up to $10,000! Visit for details.


Career Ladders:

  • We offer valuable tools to help plan your career with Stanislaus County. Find ways to grow and develop within the organization— from Accounting to Public Safety to IT.


Learning Institute:

  • Whether you’re a new employee or looking to acquire new skills, our Learning Institute offers a chance to take on new challenges and ways to consistently hone and improve skills.


Wellness Benefits

  • The Mission of Club Wellness is to facilitate and encourage the “good health” of the county workforce.
    “Good health” is a state of complete physical, social and mental well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity; health is a resource for everyday life, not the object of living, and is a positive concept emphasizing social and personal resources as well as physical capabilities. The program seeks to increase awareness and knowledge of all employee benefits, nurture a team spirit and positive health behaviors, to motivate employees to adopt healthier habits and to provide opportunities and a supportive environment to create positive lifestyle changes.
Additional Compensation
  • 2.5% Armed Qualification Pay – once authorized, qualified, and maintain qualifications to carry a firearm.
  • 2.5% Armed Assignment Pay – once authorized, qualified to carry a firearm, and in an armed assignment.
  • 3% upon successful completion of Probation Officer Core STC training.
  • 2.5% Bilingual Certification Pay


Deputy Probation Officer

  • Possess a Bachelor’s degree at the time of appointment. *
  • Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences, Criminal Justice, Corrections, or a closely related field AND
  • Possess and maintain a valid California Driver’s License


Deputy Probation Officer II

  • Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences, Criminal Justice, Corrections, or a closely related field AND
  • One (1) year of work experience as a Deputy Probation Officer I AND
  • Possess and maintain a valid California Driver’s License


*NOTE: Proof of degree is required in order to be offered a position


The California State Government Code provides the following minimum requirements for all peace officer positions in California.

  • Must be free from any prior felony convictions
  • Pursuant to Government Code Section 1031 applicants for peace officer positions must be legally authorized to work in the United States under federal law
  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • Must provide fingerprints for a criminal records check
  • Must be of a “good moral character” determined by a background investigation
  • Must have a High School diploma or GED equivalency
  • Must be free from any physical, emotional or mental condition that might adversely affect the exercise of Peace Officer powers
Physical Agility Examination

Prone Plank:

Lie on the ground in the prone position and raise body off the ground in a straight posture supported only by forearms/elbows. Keep body raised off the ground and hold posture for 30 seconds. Rest 20 seconds and repeat two more cycles for a total of 3-30 second prone planks.


Body Drag:

Lift and drag a 165 lb. life-like dummy 32 feet in 20 seconds or less.

Stair Climb:

Run 15 yards, climb up a flight of stairs making contact with each step, turn around at the top and climb down the flight of stairs making contact with each step, sprint 15 yards back to starting line in 30 seconds or less.

Scale Chain Link Fence:

Run 5 yards to a 6-foot chain link fence, climb over the fence, and continue running for 25 yards in 25 seconds or less.

Scale Solid Fence:

Run 5 yards to a 6-foot solid fence, climb over the fence, and continue running for 25 yards in 30 seconds or less.

Obstacle Course:

Run a 99-yard obstacle course in 30 seconds or less. The course consists of several sharp turns, a number of curb height obstacles, and a 34-inch high obstacle that must be vaulted.

Endurance Challenge:

Run 500 yards in 2.5 minutes or less immediately followed by performing 10 push-ups in 20 seconds or less.

Trigger Pull:

Raise an unloaded pistol to shoulder height with arm fully extended and unsupported. Pull the trigger at least 40 times with the dominant hand within 1 minute and repeat the test with the weak side hand. The laser dot must remain within the confines of a 9-inch circular area of the target designated by the proctor.


Please visit the link below for a demonstration of the Physical Agility test:

Ready to Join?

Become a Pro and apply now!

Start your career as a Deputy Probation Officer or a Probation Corrections Officer and help people live a better life every day.