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Employment Opportunities

The Onondaga County Probation Department hires employees only from certified Civil Service Lists established by the Personnel Department through Civil Service tests. The Probation series of tests are generally given every two to four years. If you are currently on a Probation Civil Service list, you will be contacted only if there is an opening for the position and your score is one of the top three. Please do not call our office unless you have been canvassed for the position. If you are not currently on a Civil Service list and wish to take a test, please use the link below to access the Onondaga County Personnel Department's Web Site to obtain

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Listed below are several of the titles that are used in the Probation Department and some of the minimum qualifications. These qualifications are for general information purposes only and are subject to change at the time an exam is announced.


The work in this title involves responsibility for performing entry level professional work in the field of probation. An employee in this class provides evaluation, conducts investigations and supervises individuals placed on probation by the courts.

Minimum Qualifications

A. Graduation from a regionally accredited college or university with a Bachelor's Degree and two years of counseling or casework in an agency adhering to accepted standards in probation, parole, social services, psychology or a closely related field; or,
B. Graduation from a regionally accredited college or university with a Master's Degree in Social Work, Education, Administration, Law, Sociology, Psychology, Criminology or a closely related field; or,
C. An equivalent combination of training and experience as set by the limits of (A.)
and (B).

Candidates will be required to successfully complete the NY State requirements for firearms training and carry a firearm on duty. Candidates will be required to do field work on nights and weekends and may be assigned a regular afternoon or night shift. Candidates must have a valid New York State driver's license and an available personal motor vehicle. All candidates must be United States citizens.


This position is similar to Probation Officer with the additional responsibility of identifying and relating to the specific problems encountered by minority probationers.

Minimum Qualifications

Same as for Probation Officer with the following additional qualifications:

A. Completion of a major course (minimum 24 credit hours) of study at a regionally accredited college or university in American Indian, African American or Hispanic Culture Studies; or,
B. Two years of close cultural association experience with Native Americans, African Americans or Hispanics or a work association in a criminal justice setting that requires advocacy for or interaction with minority ethnic groups.

Please see exam announcements for more detailed explanations and definitions.


On occasion there are trainee positions available in both Probation Officer and Probation Officer (Minority Group Specialist) titles. There is no experience required for the trainee positions, however the Bachelor's degree must have included thirty semester credit hours in social or behavioral sciences. All other requirements remain the same.


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