Adult Probation Officer Recruitments

Do you have what it takes to be an Adult Probation Officer?

Probation Officers can make a positive difference in the lives of criminal offenders, providing them with the skills, resources and accountability to live a productive, law-abiding life.  Due to the nature of the work, it is important that candidates assess whether or not they are a match to the skills and personal characteristics necessary.   Candidates are asked to consider the following information carefully.

Are you:

  • A person of integrity? Applicants must have sound moral and ethical principles, be trustworthy, reliable and accountable for their actions. They should act with honor and truthfulness.
  • Motivational in order to support and encourage behavior change?
  • A clear communicator? You must interact effectively with support and respect, listen actively, and engage probationers in the process in order to solicit the need to change.
  • Organized and able to meet deadlines? You’ll be required to manage time and deadlines while juggling other operational demands.
  • Satisfied completing paperwork and administrative work on a daily basis? This is a large part of the Probation Officer position.
  • A strong writer? You’ll be required to document activity, decisions, progress, etc.; clearly, credibly and concisely. Information and evidence should be critically evaluated and presented in a clear and convincing way.
  • Able to work any time? This is not a Monday-Friday, 8 to 5 job.
  • Personable and relationship-oriented? You’ll spend much of your time in the community; meeting with offenders, family members, employers and treatment providers to build quality working relationships in order to be an effective behavior-change agent.
  • Comfortable with uncertain situations? You could find yourself in a situation where your safety may be compromised.
  • Emotionally stable? You should be able to draw clear and healthy emotional boundaries.
  • A critical thinker? You’ll be required to analyze complex information in order to form judgments and draw conclusions while considering the implications and consequences of all options.
  • A decision-maker? You’ll be required to select logical and optimal choices from all available options.

If you think you have what it takes to make a difference in this position, we welcome your application. Please read this page in it's entirety.

Minimum Requirements

The following are the minimum requirements for Adult Probation Officers Pursuant to the Arizona Code of Judicial Administration Part 6, Chapter 1, Section 6-106 and A.R.S. §§ 12-251(C) and 8- 203(C):

  • Be a United States Citizen or have legal resident status
  • At minimum, possess a bachelor's degree from a college or university accredited by the US Department of Education or CHEA
  • Be a minimum age of 21 years


External Candidates will start at the pay rate of $21.80 per hour. Once the minimum of a 12 month probation is completed and Probation Officer Certification is obtained, the pay rate will increase to $23.70 per hour. 

Candidates who have a current Probation Officer Academy Certification in the State of Arizona may start at $23.70 per hour.


Want to know what an Adult Probation Officer Does?

Check out our Adult Probation Officer recruitment video and then see the Maricopa County Adult Probation Department in action in this PBS Presentation:

Department Ride-Alongs

If you are interested in scheduling a Ride-Along to learn more about the Adult Probation Officer position, please email

Adult Probation Officer Recruitment Process:

The process will generally take 6-8 months but may take up to 12 months to complete. Applicants will only advance to the next stage of the process once they have successfully completed and passed the previous step. 

 A timeline of the process:

  • Application must be submitted online during the posting period on our website.
  • A background packet is emailed to you to be completed and returned by the deadline. This is an extensive 26+ page document that requires you to fill out personal information and provide supporting documents. We will give you approximately 2 weeks to submit this packet. Start collecting your documents now! This is a strict deadline, and extensions will not be granted. The documents you will need are listed on the upper right hand side of this page.
  • Complete an online Personal History Questionnaire (PHQ). This is provided via an emailed link once all required documents are submitted.
  • Files are compiled and reviewed and moved to the department for the background investigation.
  • Background investigations are conducted and usually take 8-10 weeks but may take longer. During this time, job history will be validated and references will be contacted.
  • Depending upon our vacancies at that time, your file may be placed on a wait-list. Your application can remain active for up to 12 months.
  • Polygraphs are conducted. Results can take 1-2 weeks to receive. Out of state candidates must be here in person to take the polygraph at their own expense.
  • Psychological Evaluation. Out of state candidates must be here in person to take the psychological evaluation at their own expense. The polygraph and the psychological evaluation cannot be combined into one trip.
  • Start dates are coordinated.

Probation Officer Academies for Successful Hires:

Probation Officer Academies are conducted quarterly. Our Academies are mainly conducted at our offices Monday through Friday during normal business hours. Hires who start prior to the academy will work in a shadowing capacity with an experienced officer.

The Academy consists of:

  • New Employee Orientation (1 week)
  • New Officer Training, Education and Skill Building (3 weeks)
  • Probation Officer Certification (2 weeks)
  • Defensive Tactics (1 week)
  • Field Coaching (1 week)

Frequently Asked Questions for Prospective Adult Probation Officers:

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Most of our communications for the Adult Probation Officer position are done by email. Please make sure you are checking your email and junk mail regularly if you are involved in one of our open recruitments.

If you have any additional questions about this recruitment, please contact us at 602-372-9675.

Required Documentation

You will need to submit the following documents during the Adult Probation Officer background process. Please start collecting these documents now, as once instructed, you will need to submit them by the deadline you are given by the Recruiter:

  • A legible copy of your Arizona Driver License (Out of state Candidates submit their current state license)
  • A copy of your Birth Certificate, US Passport, Naturalization paperwork or Legal Resident Card
  • A copy of your College Transcripts that specifically state that your bachelor degree was "awarded" or "conferred." *
  • A copy of your Member 4 DD-214 (or comparable paperwork) if you served in the military.
  • A copy of your most recent performance review.

Optional documents include:

  • Up to 3 letters of recommendation
  • A copy of your College Diploma

* Applicants with a Bachelor's degree from a foreign country must submit an educational equivalency (basic statement of comparability) report completed by an organization which is a current member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) or an endorsed member of the Association of International Credential Evaluators (AICE).  The Judicial Branch of Arizona in Maricopa County does not endorse any particular service.

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