Juvenile Corrections Officer

County of Mendocino, CA
November 20, 2022
Ukiah, CA
Job Type


The Position

Recruitments posted as "Continuous" are subject to close at any time (sometimes without warning) after an initial two-week posting period. Upon closing, the applications received will be screened (generally within 48 hours) and notices will be sent to the applicants regarding the status of their application. Once a continuous recruitment closes it will often be posted again immediately. You will not be notified by HR regarding the status of your application until the recruitment you applied under closes.

The list developed from this recruitment may be used to fill regular full-time and/or part-time vacancies at the Juvenile Hall division of the Probation Department.

Under general supervision, primary responsibility is to supervise the safety, treatment, recreation, and daily activities of juveniles detained in Juvenile Hall.

Bilingual English/Spanish encouraged to apply. Se buscan personas bilingües en inglés y español. Para recibir una solicitud en español, llame a Recursos Humanos al 234-6600.

Job Requirements and Minimum Qualifications

Duties may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Book juveniles into facility following prescribed procedures; assign rooms for juveniles; orient new arrivals; issue supplies to inmates; process inmate discharges or transfers; determine if youth is at risk of suicide or self-harm requiring evaluation by professional.
  • Monitor behavior of juveniles when going to and from school, cafeteria, while in living unit, during showers, during visits, and during outside recreation.
  • Refer juveniles in crisis situations to appropriate specialist.
  • Explain, monitor, and reinforce Juvenile Hall rules, policies, and procedures.
  • Receive, maintain, and account for the personal property of juveniles; return or send personal property to juveniles upon discharge; maintain appropriate written records.
  • Visually and physically search juveniles for prohibited possessions, contraband, weapons, or narcotics; inspect quarters of juveniles for contraband; inspect and direct cleaning activities of juveniles for maintenance of sanitation, orderliness, and safety.
  • Promote acceptable attitude and behavior of juveniles to assist them in adjusting to confinement; confer with assigned supervisors or officers regarding behavioral or other inmate problems; hold juveniles accountable for their behavior.
  • Communicate with Probation Officers, Public Defender, and/or other law enforcement and social service agencies on juvenile cases.
  • Write special reports for Probation Officers and courts as requested.
  • Counsel juveniles and/or their families on problems; develop treatment plans detailing behavioral goals.
  • Conduct group sessions to resolve problems between juveniles and to structure shift activities.
  • Dispense medically cleared prescription medications and over-the-counter medications.
  • Transport inmates to and from medical appointments, court, or other locations; transfer inmates to other facilities.
  • Perform laundry duties as required.
  • Anticipate and avert potential problems; assist in suppressing and controlling problems that occur; report incidents in the prescribed manner.
  • Enter and retrieve a variety of information from a computer; maintain daily logs and records on school attendance, medical treatment, unusual incidents, and the number and location of juveniles; write reports concerning juvenile activities and behavior.
  • Answer inquiries from the public and family members.
  • Attend staff or other meetings.
  • Assume responsibility for operation and security of unit when regular supervisor is unavailable.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.


Education and Experience:
High school diploma or GED, and a minimum of six (6) months of progressively responsible related experience; or, any combination of related education, training, and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

Licenses and Certifications:

  • Valid Driver's License
  • State Corrections Authority STC Juvenile Corrections Officer Core Course (within first year of job assignment)

Requires the Ability to Obtain:

  • Penal Code 832
  • First Aid/CPR Certificate

Special Requirements:
Must be able to meet physical and psychological standards and pass a detailed background investigation.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of:

  • Methods and techniques of dealing with individuals in custody, including behavioral counseling techniques.
  • First aid methods and techniques.
  • Applicable state, federal, and local ordinances, laws, rules and regulations.
  • All computer applications and hardware related to performance of the essential functions of the job.
  • Record keeping, report preparation, filing methods, and records management techniques.

Skill in:

  • Preparing clear and concise reports, correspondence, and other written materials.
  • Using tact, discretion, initiative, and independent judgment within established guidelines.
  • Organizing work, setting priorities, meeting critical deadlines, and following up on assignments with a minimum of direction.
  • Applying logical thinking to solve problems or accomplish tasks; to understand, interpret, and communicate complicated policies, procedures, and protocols.
  • Communicating clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing.

Mental and Physical Abilities:

  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with a variety of individuals.
  • Maintain discipline and orderly conduct among juveniles.
  • Make quick, effective, and reasonable decisions in emergency situations, and to take appropriate action to include physically restraining violent juveniles.
  • Write reports and correspondence.
  • Solve practical problems and deal with a variety of variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.
  • Define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.
  • While performing the essential functions of this job the employee is regularly required to stand, walk, run, and sit; reach with hands and arms; use manual dexterity to operate machinery/tools; handle, seize, hold, or otherwise work with hands; climb, jump, and/or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; speak and hear; use shape, sound, odor, and color perception and discrimination.
  • While performing the essential functions of this job, the employee is occasionally required to lift and/or move over 50 pounds and detain and/or physically restrain clients.

Selection Procedure & Other Important Information

Important Application Information:

  • It is your responsibility to demonstrate through your application materials how you meet the minimum qualifications of the position/s for which you apply.
  • You must complete all sections of the application. A résumé or other information you feel will help us evaluate your qualifications may be attached to your completed application, but will not be accepted in lieu of completing any part of the application. Blank applications that contain only a résumé or those that reference "see résumé" will be rejected as incomplete.
  • Check your application before submitting to ensure it is complete and correct; no new or additional information will be accepted after the closing date.
  • Inquiry will be made of your former and current employers; please provide the names and telephone numbers of supervisors on your application.
  • You must provide the names and contact information of at least three (3) references (not relatives) that have knowledge of your job skills, experience, ability and/or character.
  • Application materials are the property of Mendocino County and will not be returned.
  • It is your responsibility to keep your NEOGOV profile updated, including any changes to your telephone number or address. Failure to do so may result in missed notification of exams or interviews.
  • The exam process listed on this flyer is tentative. Mendocino County reserves the right to make necessary modifications to the examination plan. Such revisions will be in accordance with approved personnel standards. Should a change be made, applicants will be notified.
  • The provisions of this job bulletin do not constitute an expressed or implied contract.

Examination Process: All complete applications will be reviewed; incomplete applications will not be considered. Applicants meeting the job requirements and qualifications will be invited to participate in a written exam (pass/fail). Those who pass the written exam will be invited to participate further in the selection process. Based on the number of candidates passing the written exam, a qualifications appraisal (oral examination) (weight 100) may be administered. The examination process will test the knowledge, skills and abilities required to perform the essential job functions. A passing mark of 70 must be attained for placement on the employment list.

Special Testing: If you require special testing arrangements to accommodate a disability or religious conviction you must contact Human Resources at 707.234.6600 prior to the test date to make your requirements known. You must provide enough advance notice to allow Human Resources to properly review and evaluate your request .

Special Requirements: Employment in some County departments or positions may require the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background, which may include fingerprinting, and/or a medical examination, which may include drug screening.

Employment in some County departments or positions may require proof of Covid-19 vaccination/booster per the applicable California Public Health Officer's Order .

The option for telework may be available. Eligibility for telework is based on the position, employee, and telework environment; not every position, or every employee will be compatible to telework. Please see Policy #57 Telework Policy and Program Guidelines for details.

This announcement is a synopsis of duties and requirements of this job. To review the complete classification specification and benefits, please see the HR website. Applications must be submitted to the Human Resources Department by the final filing date.

The County of Mendocino is an Equal Opportunity Employer

This information is a summary of general benefits. Benefits listed in Mendocino County Resolutions or Memorandums of Understanding prevail over this listing. This information is not legally binding, nor does it constitute a Contract.

Compensation is based on a five-step salary range, with annual merit-based increases within the salary range.

Covered under Social Security and the 1937 act; both employees and the County pay into the retirement fund. For the most current information regarding County Retirement please go to:

Mendocino County observes 11 paid holidays per year. Employees are granted 24 - 48 hours of personal leave annually, depending upon Bargaining Unit.

Accrues at the rate of two weeks per year for three years. Three weeks per year after three years, four weeks after eight years and five weeks after 15 years.

Paid sick leave accrues at the rate of 1.25 days per month, or 15 days per year. Accruals are pro-rated for part-time employees working at least 20 hours per week. Part-time employees working less than 20 hours per week, and extra-help employees receive up to 24 hours (or 3 days) of paid sick leave annually.

The County and the employee share the cost of an employee selected health care plan; enrollment in the plan includes $20,000 Life Insurance.

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Closing Date/Time: Continuous

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