Hawaii County on the Island of Hawaii is where the Hawaii Third Circuit Court is located. Probation officers employed in Hawaii County supervise probationers who have committed a criminal offense on the Big Island itself, including the Hamakua Coast or the Kohala Coast as well as Hilo, Kona, Puna or Kau. In the Hawaii State Judiciary, some social workers also serve as probation officers.
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Qualifications for the County of Hawaii’s Probation Officer Jobs
- Resident of Hawaii and U.S. citizen (or, eligible to work in the United States)
- Valid State of Hawaii driver’s license
- No prior felony or domestic violence convictions
- Pass drug testing and background screening
- Ability to attain and maintain firearms certification
- Higher education requirements
- Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, including appropriate coursework such as correctional administration, probation, parole, abnormal psychology and counseling; OR a Bachelor’s degree in social work; OR a Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 12 social science credit hours.
- Master’s degree in criminal justice administration, plus experience in the corrections welfare setting, as well as classes such as probation, parole, correctional administration; OR a Master’s degree in social work, plus one (1) year of professional social work experience.
- Doctorate degree in social work, in addition to corrections coursework; OR a Doctorate degree in criminal justice administration
Becoming a Probation Officer in Hawaii County, Hawaii
The Hawai’i State Judiciary website lists current openings for probation officers, including those that handle probationers for the Hawaii Third Circuit Court, under civil service positions. The procedures to become a probation officer in Hawaii County include:
- Visit the Hawaii State Judiciary employment website and search for Probation Officer or Social Worker III-IV (Probation Officer) — Hawai’i.
- First time users of the online system must setup a password. Tips are available here. Complete all questions on the online application and submit electronically.
- Copies of college transcripts must be submitted within two weeks of the application. An official transcript will be required at a later date for those receiving a job offer.
- Promising applicants will be notified regarding interviews and notified of any additional testing required before being qualified for formal new recruit training.