to become a Correctional or Probation Officer

Correctional Probation Officer Careers

Correctional Probation Officers are responsible for performing professional work investigating, assessing, supervising, counseling, and/or classifying offenders.

Examples of Duties and Responsibilities

Enforce standard conditions of supervision stipulated by statute, as well as, special conditions imposed by the court or sentencing authority. Including victim restitution, substance abuse and/or mental health treatment programs, and other sanctions or restrictions.

  • Monitor offenders through field contacts at their residence, employment sites and other locations in the community.
  • Conduct investigations, including Pre- Sentence Investigations, other state investigation, and violation reports.
  • Make appropriate referrals to assist the offender with resources available to them, and to assist them in successfully completing their terms of supervision.
  • Testify in court and parole hearings.
  • Performs related work as required.

Minimum Qualifications

In accordance with Florida Statute 943.13 and Florida Administrative Code 33-208.402, any person employed as a Florida Correctional Probation Officer must:

  • Possess a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Be at least 19 years of age.
  • Be a citizen of the United States notwithstanding any laws of the State to the contrary.
  • Have a valid driver’s license.
  • Not have been convicted of any felony or of a misdemeanor involving perjury or a false statement, nor have received a dishonorable discharge from any of the Armed Forces of the United States. Any person who, after July 1, 1981, pleads guilty or nolo contendere to or is found guilty of a felony or of a misdemeanor involving perjury or a false statement shall not be eligible for employment or appointment as an officer, notwithstanding suspension of sentence or withholding of adjudication.
  • Have passed a medical examination by a licensed physician, based on specifications established by the Commission.
  • Have a good moral character as determined by a background investigation under procedures established by the Commission.

Salary Information

  • Starting at $45,760
  • Annual salary additive of approximately $1,700 when employed in Indian River, Martin, Okeechobee or St. Lucie counties. Annual salary additive of approximately $2,740 when employed in Palm Beach, Dade, Broward or Monroe counties.

Supplemental Employment Application


The Florida Department of Corrections is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Certain veterans and spouses of veterans receive preference in employment by the state as provided by Chapter 295, Florida Statutes, and are encouraged to apply.