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Civil Service Job: Yes

Filing Date:

Applications received by mail must be postmarked no later than Friday, April 12, 2013

Exam Date:

Examinations will be held on Saturday, June 1, 2013


$21.17 - $23.59 per hour, Grade 22-General Unit

Information on the PROBATION OFFICER TRAINEE #68917 O.C. position

Vacancy: Eligible List may be used to fill vacancies which may occur within the Cattaraugus County Probation Department.

Fee Required: The State Civil Service Law requires our office to collect a processing fee from each applicant.  The amount of the fee is fifteen dollars ($15) per applicant for Each examination applied for, payable at the time of filing of the application form, by check (personal or certified) or money order, payable to the “Cattaraugus County Treasurer”.  Cash Will Not Be Accepted.  Applicants whose personal checks are returned for insufficient funds will not be considered as candidates for this exam or subsequent exams until such time as restitution is made.  Applicants must record the Examination Number(s) and Title(s) on their checks.  Refunds of fees will not be issued to applicants who are disqualified for not meeting the minimum qualifications for admittance to the examination, who file their application after the final filing date or who do not appear for testing on the scheduled test date.  Therefore, Do Not Apply for an examination if you are not sure that you meet the minimum qualifications.  Application fees shall be waived for candidates that are unemployed and primarily responsible for the support of a household or are receiving public assistance.  Please contact this office for an Application Fee Waiver Request and Certification Form, or download from our website at:

Residency:  Preference in appointment may be given to successful candidates who have been, at the time of examination and for at least one month prior thereto, a resident of the jurisdiction in which the vacancy exists.

Duties: The work involves performing varied duties related to investigation and supervision of persons within the jurisdiction of the courts while participating in a continuous in-service training program under close supervision.  A Probation Officer Trainee does related work.

Trainee appointments consist of a probationary period, which extends to one year, following which incumbents receiving satisfactory ratings qualify for advancement to the title of Probation Officer without further examination.)

Minimum Qualifications:

A.)     Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college or university with a Bachelor’s degree including or supplemented by thirty (30) credit hours in the social or behavioral sciences;  OR

B.)   Individuals possessing a bachelor’s degree not containing the required course work in the social or behavioral sciences may qualify if they possess:

1)   Two (2) years of counseling or casework experience in an agency adhering to accepted standards in probation, parole, social services, psychology, or medical social work;  OR

2)   A graduate degree in social work, education, administration, law, sociology, psychology, or related field.

Special Requirements:

  1. In accordance with State laws, a probation Officer is a Peace Officer and must be qualified to hold such office.  Permanent appointments to this class are subject to satisfactorily completing training standards prescribed by 9 NYCRR (subtitle H part 355).

  2. Must possess an appropriate operator’s license to drive a vehicle in NYS at the time of appointment and maintain such licensure throughout employment.  Availability of an appropriate vehicle in meeting the transportation requirements of the job.

Subject of Examination: Written test will cover knowledges, skills and /or abilities in such areas as:

1. Principles and Practices of Offender Counseling and Supervision - These questions test for the knowledge and application of principles and practices of offender counseling and supervision in a law enforcement setting. Questions present situations typically encountered while establishing and maintaining working relationships with offenders, such as obtaining information from offenders, exploring offenders' social, psychological, or legal problems, and supervising offender rehabilitation. Candidates will be required to choose the best analysis of, solution to, or approach for handling the problem described. Specific knowledge of laws, rules, regulations, or procedures regarding offender counseling and supervision is not required to answer these questions.

2. Preparing Written Material - These questions test for the ability to write the kinds of reports and correspondence required in criminal justice settings such as probation and parole. Some questions test for the ability to present information clearly and accurately. Others test for the ability to organize paragraphs logically and comprehensibly.

The New York State Department of Civil Service has not prepared a test guide for this examination. However, candidates may find information in the publication "How to take a written test" helpful in preparing for this test. This publication is available on line at:

Candidates are ALLOWED to use quiet, hand-held, solar or battery powered calculators.  Devices with typewriter keyboards, spell checkers, personal digital assistants, address books, language translators, dictionaries or any similar devices are prohibited.

Complete Job Description & Qualifications

Download the following file for the complete job description and qualifications for the PROBATION OFFICER TRAINEE #68917 O.C. position.

PARTICIPATION IN MULTIPLE EXAMINATIONS: If you have applied for both State and Local government examinations, you must take all your examinations at the State examination center. You will be advised by letter when and where to report for your examinations.

If you have applied for another local government examination with another local civil service agency, call or write each civil service agency to make arrangements. You must notify all government civil service agencies with whom you have filed an application of the test site at which you wish to take your examination.

SATURDAY SABBATH OBSERVERS - HANDICAPPED PERSONS: If special arrangements for testing are required, please indicate this on your application(s).

CANDIDATES PLEASE NOTE: Your application for this test is part of the examination process. Applications must be completely filled out with all pertinent information stated. The Commission does not refer to other applications on file for additional information. Applications which do not show training and/or experience to meet the minimum qualifications will be disapproved. Vagueness and ambiguity will not be resolved in your favor.

VETERANS: Disabled and non-disabled war veterans who are eligible for additional credits must submit an application for veterans' credits. Candidates who wish to claim veterans' credits on an examination should request an application and information sheet from the Cattaraugus County Civil Service Commission. Veterans' application forms will also be available upon request at the examination center. The completed forms must be received before the eligible list for the examination is established in order to utilize additional credits.

Effective January 1, 2014, War-time Veterans who previously used non-disabled veterans credits for appointment or promotion and are subsequently certified by the Veteran's Administration as a disabled veteran may again be eligible for additional exam credits. To apply for subsequent disabled veteran credits, complete the Veteran Credit application and check the applicable box, additionally you are required to follow the directions below regarding Disabled Veterans credits.

Effective January 1, 1998, the State Constitution was amended to permit a candidate currently in the armed forces to apply for and be conditionally granted veteran's credit in examinations. Any candidate who applies for such credit must provide proof of military status to receive the conditional credit. No credit may be granted after the establishment of the list. It is the responsibility of the candidate to provide appropriate documentary proof indicating that the service was in time of war, as defined in Section 85 of Civil Service Law, and that the candidate received an honorable discharge or was released under honorable conditions in order to be certified at a score including veteran's credits.

In conformance with Section 85-a of the Civil Service Law, children of firefighters and police officers killed in the line of duty shall be entitled to receive an additional ten points in a competitive examination for original appointment in the same municipality in which his or her parent has served. If you are qualified to participate in this examination and are a child of a firefighter or police officer killed in the line of duty in this municipality, please inform this office of this matter when you submit your application for examination. A candidate claiming such credit has a minimum of two months from the application deadline to provide the necessary documentation to verify additional credit eligibility. However, no credit may be added after the eligible list has been established.


Applications for PROBATION OFFICER TRAINEE #68917 O.C. will be accepted up to Friday, April 12, 2013, and may be obtained by downloading from the following links.

Application Forms

Cattaraugus County an Equal Opportunity Employer

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