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Hiring Process

We want to make sure that every employee hired at the Orange County Probation Department is qualified, capable of success and enthusiastic about joining our team. So applicants should expect a thorough and rigorous hiring process, which includes the following steps:

1. Application

Workers interested in any position with the Orange County Probation Department must submit an online application through the website. If you don’t already have an account on that site, you’ll need to create one before you can apply.

2. Interview 

Applicants will participate in a panel interview to determine eligibility and fit for both present and future job openings.

3. Background Investigation

All Probation Department employees must successfully clear an extensive background investigation process prior to the start of their employment. This process is designed to verify a history of ethical behavior and good moral character needed to perform the duties required.

Each candidate’s background will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis, weighing all aspects to determine if the candidate possesses the characteristics and qualities desired by the Probation Department. However, felony convictions, current probation or parole status, active arrest warrants, and lack of integrity are almost always disqualifying factors. 

Read our Background Investigation frequently asked questions.

Some job openings may require additional steps, such as written exams and medical or psychological evaluations. For complete details, be sure to read each job bulletin at