Become a Probation Officer

“For those who believe in redemption.” It’s not only a part of the foundational principles of the Maine Model of Corrections, but what we look for in career-minded applicants who truly want to make a difference in the lives of our clients  --- those who are seeking a second chance.

Probation Officers play a vital role in their rehabilitation and redemption. It involves investigative and protective services, case management, and supervision of adult residents referred to the Maine Department of Corrections or released to the community. The most successful PPOs are able to assess risks and needs, are decisive and independent decision-makers, are a supportive and firm counsel and peer to their assigned cases, and have a strong sense of duty, responsibility, and attention to detail on behalf of their clients.

Read on to learn more about the application requirements, hiring process, and the training that we provide to help ensure your professional success in this rewarding career.

Minimum Qualifications

  • A Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice, a Behavior Science or Social Science area, or a closely related field.
  • Six (6) months of experience in probation work, counseling or case management, or law enforcement activities.

    Or an equivalent combination of directly related education, experience, and training.
  • Possession of a Class C Maine Driver’s License. Those moving to Maine are required to obtain a Maine driver's license within 30 days.

Hiring Process

  1. APPLICATION EVALUATION: HR will review your application; a resume and cover letter are preferred though not required.
    1. Application packets for those who meet the minimum qualifications will be forwarded to the Hiring Manager.
    2. The Hiring Manager will contact you to schedule an interview.
    1. Oral Board interview with three or more experienced staff.
    2. Candidates who are selected to move forward will receive a conditional job offer contingent on successful background checks.
    1. Interstate Identification Index (Triple I)
      • Fingerprint
      • Criminal history
    2. Juvenile history report
    3. DHHS history review
    4. OFFER
      • Should there be more than one top candidate for a single opening, a second interview will be held with each.
      • A formal job offer is made to the selected candidate.


    1. Adult Community Corrections Academy
      • An 8-week academy based out of the Augusta Office, with other locations as dictated by the curriculum.
      • Includes firearms training and exposure to OC spray.
      • MDOC covers overnight stays for those travelling significant distances (ex. from Aroostook County)
    2. Upon academy completion, you become a Sworn Probation Officer.
    3. Post-Academy Field Training.
      • You are assigned a Field Training Officer to work closely with you for generally 6 months or more.