County Of Sonoma

Santa Rosa , CA
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Juvenile Correctional Counselor I - Regular & Extra-Help

County Of Sonoma
Santa Rosa, CA Full-time
Posted on January 12, 2019

Juvenile Correctional Counselor I - Regular and Extra-Help

$3,760 - $4,570/Monthly 

Minimum Qualifications

Education and Experience: Any combination of education, training and experience which would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities. Normally, this would include completion of twelve semester units at an accredited college in criminology, administration of justice, child development, sociology, behavioral and social psychology, social casework, social welfare, counseling and guidance, child psychology or a closely related field.


Six months experience as a group or youth counselor or other experience related to counseling or case management of troubled youth.

Additional Requirements: In accordance with California Government Code, Section
1029 - 1031, and the California Corrections Standards Authority, Title 15, Section 131, Minimum Standards for Selection, each employee shall meet the following minimum standards: United States citizenship or status as a permanent resident alien who is eligible for and has applied for citizenship (if a permanent resident alien has not obtained citizenship within three years after application for employment or is denied citizenship, he/she will be disqualified for peace officer status); have no prior felony conviction nor be under current formal probation supervision; and achieved a passing score on the California Corrections Standards Authority Juvenile Correctional Counselor written exam, or equivalent prior to appointment.

Candidates certified for employment must be willing to undergo and successfully complete an in-depth background investigation, including a psychological evaluation, finger printing, criminal history check, a medical examination, including physical agilities testing.

License: Possession of a valid driver's license at the appropriate level including special endorsements, as required by the State of California, may be required depending upon assignment to perform the essential job functions of the position.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of: sociology, behavioral and social psychology, criminal justice, police science, counseling and guidance, behavioral and related sciences; relationship to personality development, behavior patterns, motivation and group and family dynamics; psychological, sociological, behavioral cultural factors as they relate to dealing with delinquent minors; typical youth behavior patterns and methods of guidance, counseling and controlling to modify behavioral patterns; personal hygiene techniques and methods utilized in instructing youths; recreation activities commonly enjoyed by youths; knowledge of child abuse laws; department policies, regulations and functions; food preparation and service to youths; basic first aid and CPR.

Ability to: effectively communicate orally and in writing, listen actively. Read and comprehend instructions and standards, apply them to a variety of situations; make and record detailed observations. Write descriptive narratives, including incident or detention observation reports and exercise good judgment and adopt effective courses of action in emergency situations. Relate to a wide variety of individuals from varied socio-economic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds and experiences. Establish and maintain appropriate relationships with delinquent youths; establish and maintain effective working relationships with coworkers, supervisors, health and social service providers, family, and law enforcement agencies, other County Departments.
Learn to: guide, teach and supervise delinquent youths; apply basic first aid to youths and staff; staff may assist youth in developing personal hygiene skills and provide recreation where appropriate for youths; perform janitorial and maintenance tasks; control hostile youths; supervise and direct groups of delinquent youths during work, meal and leisure time activities; ability to work in a stressful environment. Apprehend detention facility escapees in the line of duty; physically subdue and restrain violent or fighting youth; defend against attacking youth. Work different shifts, weekends and holidays, or other non-traditional schedules.