U.S. Courts United States Probation Officer in Las Vegas, Nevada

  • Duties



This announcement will be used to fill one or more full-time positions in the Las Vegas Office of the United States Probation Office for the District of Nevada.

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  • Conducts investigations and prepares reports for the court with recommendations for sentencing of individuals convicted of federal offenses. The preparation of these reports requires interviewing offenders and their families; investigating the offense, prior record and financial status of the offender; and contacting law enforcement agencies, attorneys, victims of the crimes, schools, churches, and civic organizations. The purpose of these activities is to ascertain the offender's background; to assess the probability of future criminal behavior; to determine profit from the offense, restitution, and the offender's ability to pay fines; and costs of prosecution, incarceration, and supervision. An integral part of this process is the interpretation and application of the U.S. Sentencing Commission guidelines and relevant case law.
  • Following disclosure of the presentence report to the parties, analyzes objections and determines appropriate course of action. Such actions include resolving disputed issues and/or presenting unresolved issues to the court for resolution.
  • Presents presentence report and sentencing recommendations to the court. Responds to judicial officer's request for information and advice. Testifies in court as to the basis for factual findings and guideline applications. Serves as resource to the court to facilitate proper imposition of sentence.
  • Supervises offenders to maximize adherence to imposed conditions, reduce risk to the community, and to provide correctional treatment.
  • Maintains personal contact with offenders through office and community visits and by telephone. Investigates employment, sources of income, life style and associates to assess risk and compliance. Responsible for detection of substance abuse, and through assessment and counseling, implements the necessary treatment or violation proceedings. Refers offenders to appropriate outside agencies such as medical and drug treatment facilities, employment, and training.
  • Initiates contact with, replies to, and seeks information from, organizations and persons such as the U.S. Parole Commission, Bureau of Prisons, and attorneys concerning offenders' behavior and conditions of supervision. Detects and investigates violations and implements appropriate alternatives and court-ordered sanctions. Reports violations of the conditions of supervision to the appropriate authorities. Prepares reports, which may include application of U.S. Sentencing Commission revocation guidelines. Makes recommendations for disposition. Testifies at court or parole hearings. Conducts preliminary interviews and other investigations as required. Maintains a detailed written record of case activity.
Travel Required

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

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


Who May Apply
This job is open to…

United States Citizens

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0007 Correctional Officer

  • Requirements


Conditions of Employment

Physical Requirements and Maximum Entry Age

The duties of probation officers and probation officer assistants require the investigation and management of alleged criminal offenders or convicted offenders who present physical danger to officers and to the public. In the supervision, treatment, and case management of these offenders moderate to arduous physical exercise, prolonged periods of walking and standing, physical dexterity, and use of self-defense tactics may be required. On a daily basis, these officers face unusual mental and physical stress because they are subject to danger and possible harm during frequent, direct contact with individuals who are convicted of committing Federal offenses.

Because officers must effectively deal with physical attacks and are subject to moderate to arduous physical exertion, applicants must be physically capable. Officers must possess, with or without corrective lenses, good distance vision in at least one eye and the ability to read normal size print. Normal hearing ability, with or without a hearing aid, is also required. Any severe health problems that constitute employment hazards to the applicant or others, may disqualify an applicant.

First-time appointees to positions covered under law enforcement officer retirement provisions must not have reached their 37th birthday at the time of appointment. Applicants age 37 or over who have previous law enforcement officer experience under the Civil Service Retirement System or the Federal Employees Retirement System and who have either a subsequent break in service or intervening service in a non-law enforcement officer position may have their previous law enforcement experience subtracted from their age to determine whether they meet the maximum age requirement. Retirement is mandatory at age 57.


To qualify for a CL-27, a person must have two years of specialized experience, including at least one year equivalent to work at the CL-25;

To qualify for a CL-28, a person must have two years of specialized experience, including at least one year equivalent to work at the CL-27;

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, or business or public administration, which provides evidence of the capacity to understand and apply the legal requirements and human relations skills involved in the work of the position, is required for all probation officer positions. Specialized experience is preferred.

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

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How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Out-of-District Specialized Training

If not already serving as a U.S. Probation/Pretrial Services Officer, newly appointed officers will be required to attend a six-week training academy at the National Training Academy (NTA) at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Charleston, South Carolina.

Special Requirements for Probation Officers and Probation Officer Assistants

If not already serving as a U.S. Probation/Pretrial Services Officer or Assistant, the selectee considered for this position will undergo a medical examination and drug screening as a condition of employment, and must successfully complete a ten-year background investigation. Upon successful completion of the medical examination and drug screening, the selectee may be appointed provisionally, pending a favorable suitability determination by the court. In addition, as conditions of employment, incumbent will be subject to ongoing random drug screening, updated background investigations every five years and, as deemed necessary by management for reasonable cause, may be subject to subsequent fitness-for-duty evaluations.

The medical requirements and the essential job functions derived from the medical guidelines for probation officers, pretrial services officers and officer assistants are available for public review at http://www.uscourts.gov/.

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Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance

Not Applicable

  • 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



A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.

  • Benefits for federal employees
  • Healthcare insurance
  • Pay and leave


Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

  • How to Apply


How to Apply

Qualified applicants should submit a detailed resume and a one-page cover letter which addresses their qualifications, skills, and experience. Applicants should also include a copy of their last two employment performance evaluations. All documents should be submitted to the U.S. Probation Office. The envelope should be marked "confidential" and mailed to:

Human Resources Specialist U.S. Probation Officer Vacancy Announcement No. 2017-03 U.S. Probation Office 300 Las Vegas Blvd South, #1200 Las Vegas, NV 89101-5833

Documents may also be emailed to humanresources@nvp.uscourts.gov

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Agency contact information
Jill Davis

(702) 527-7271




United States Probation Office Las Vegas Nevada 300 Las Vegas Boulevard South Suite 1200 Las Vegas, NV US

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Only qualified applicants will be considered for this position. The Probation Office will contact only the most qualified applicants who will be invited to interview. Persons selected for interviews will be required to travel to Las Vegas, Nevada, at their own expense.

The Court requires employees to adhere to a Code of Ethics and Conduct which is available to applicants for review upon request. Employees of the United States Courts are NOT included in the government's Civil Service classification. They are, however, entitled to the same benefits as other federal government employees depending on the appointment type. Employees who work at the Court are considered at-will and work at the pleasure of the Court.

The Probation Office reserves the right to amend or withdraw this announcement with or without written notice to applicants. If a subsequent vacancy of the same position becomes available within a reasonable time of the original announcement, the Chief Probation Officer may elect to select a candidate from the original qualified applicant pool.

This position will be filled in accordance with the Equal Employment Opportunity Plan of this Court.

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Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

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Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

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Legal and regulatory guidance
  • Financial suitability
  • Social security number request
  • Privacy Act
  • Signature and false statements
  • Selective Service
  • New employee probationary period

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/475794800. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 07/20/2017 to 10/20/2017

Salary: $48,534 to $94,541 per year Commensurate with experience, with promotional opportunity (based on performance) up to the target grade without further competition.

Pay scale & grade: CL 27 - 28

Work schedule: Full-Time

Appointment type: Permanent