Probation Officer Career Opportunities
BC Corrections, Community Division
Vision of the Community Corrections Division
The Community Corrections Division leads change every day. As a research-based organization, we develop programs and services based on the most current knowledge and understanding of “what works” in community supervision. We strive to support our clients in making positive changes which contribute to safe communities for all British Columbians. To accomplish this goal, our first priority is to support our staff so they can provide innovative and effective service to our clients.
Probation Officer Role
Probation Officers are agents of change. They work with adult clients providing support, guidance, and the administration of court orders. Probation Officers endeavour to help their clients change their criminal behaviour to pro-social behavioural through the application of the risk-needs-responsivity (RNR) model of correctional supervision. Probation Officers teach skills and interventions when instructing CORE programs and to clients during individual appointments.
Probation Officers work in 55 Community Corrections offices throughout B.C., often driving to smaller communities or remote areas to provide service. In addition to supporting clients, Probation Officers are designated Peace Officers and act as officers of the court, providing assistance to the criminal court process as required. This position can include writing court reports, testifying in criminal trials, and laying information with a Justice of the Peace.
There are two classifications of a Probation Officer:
- Probation Officer 14 supervises low risk clients and clients who are awaiting disposition on criminal court matters.
- Probation Officer 24 supervises medium and high-risk clients.
Work Environment & Compensation
Probation Officers work with adult clients who may have behavioural, health and mental health challenges. Many of our clients are socially marginalized and victims of trauma or intergenerational abuse. They can also be motivated, engaged and sincere. To be effective, Probation Officers must be able to develop safe, compassionate relationships with all their clients, work collaboratively with community and justice partners, and have strong communication skills.
Community Corrections has an excellent training program which equips staff to support their clients and develop meaningful working relationships. Every office has a thorough safety program to protect staff from physical harm, and all staff have access to benefits and resources to maintain their own well-being.
Probation Officers work in an office setting, but also see clients in the community, or in their homes. A sense of adventure is an asset and travel may be required, as Community Corrections provides services to all of British Columbia.
Probation Officers in B.C. report a high degree of personal job suitability and value teamwork and cooperation with their colleagues. Probation Officers are members of the BC Government and Service Employees Union (BCGEU). Community Corrections offers competitive salaries and a comprehensive benefits package in accordance with the current Master Agreement. Financial compensation is at grid level Social Program Officer 24 or Probation Interviewer 15, depending on the Officer’s classification. Please review the Total Compensation information for a Probation Officer 14 Step 5 (PDF, 201KB) and for a Probation Officer 24 Step 5 (PDF, 238KB). To learn more, review the applicant information packages for a Probation Officer 14 (PDF, 525KB) and for a Probation Officer 24 (PDF, 777KB).
Applicant Process & Postings
Permanent Probation Officer positions and auxiliary positions over six months in duration are advertised through the BC Careers Opportunities website. Auxiliary positions of less than six months may be filled through a local process. Interested applicants should contact the Local Manager of a specific office to inquire about short term opportunities. A list of Community Corrections offices can be found here.
Training & Development
Once hired, Probation Officers are enrolled in a world class training program offered in collaboration with the Justice Institute of British Columbia. The blended training model uses online classes, in-person courses, and workplace training. Probation Officers receive their base pay during the training period and all training is completed during work hours. Once basic training is complete, Probation Officers are offered advanced training in strategic community supervision, the supervision of sex offenders, and the delivery of CORE programs. In addition, Probation Officers work continuously on their professional development through clinical support meetings, leadership training, and other professional development opportunities.
If you would like to learn more about the role of a Probation Officer in B.C., please visit the Justice Institute of British Columbia’s website for further information about the "Corr1000: Adult Probation Officer" course.