Only the Best Serve Here

We Value Your Skills

If you’re looking to join the U.S. Federal Probation Office team, you already know that you’re capable. You know that you’re determined. You know that you’re disciplined. And you know that you have the ability to make a difference in the world, to impact lives in a way that they never saw coming. And the U.S. Probation Office in the Southern District of Iowa would love to see you do it here.

You’ll Do Valuable Work

As the eyes and the ears of the U.S. federal court system, probation officers have a duty to not only uphold the law and any conditions set forth by the court, —they have the duty to be compassionate. To uphold not only the letter, but the spirit of the law. The best candidates are both composed and compassionate.

Your Career. Your Call.

Because we value the unique perspective and capabilities that each of our probation officers bring to our team, we offer three distinct career paths for them to explore.

Pretrial Officers

Focus on investigations for the court, and the supervision of defendants released on conditions of bond.

Presentence Officers

Serve as the court’s independent investigators and assist the court in making fair sentencing decisions.

Supervision Officers

Are tasked with ensuring that offenders uphold all conditions that the court has set forth.

Career Opportunities

Senior U.S. Probation Officer
$69,780 to $87,789
Average promotional opportunity 3 to 7 years
A Senior U.S. Probation Officer provides services that protect the community, help the federal courts ensure fair administration of justice, and investigate and supervise persons charged with and convicted of crimes against the United States. The Senior U.S. Probation Officer is an operational expert and often serves as a mentor to developing staff and as expert advisors to Supervising U.S. Probation Officers regardless of their assigned unit.
Supervising U.S. Probation Officer
$69,780 to $113,459
Average promotional opportunity 3 to 10 years
The Supervisory U.S. Probation Officer is responsible for the quantity and quality of all probation services provided by a unit of five or more probation officers and/or other duties as assigned. The job involves making independent decisions within the context of professional standards, broad policies and general goals. The Supervisory U.S. Probations Officer also manages areas of operations that require specific skills and specialized training in safety, firearms, location monitoring, supervising drug-addicted defendants and offenders, supervising defendants and offenders with mental health conditions, managing sex offenders, using cognitive restructuring and skill building with defendants and offenders and ensuring the best available community resources for those with employment, educational and/or subsistence needs.
Assistant Deputy Chief U.S. Probation Officer
$97,025 to $157,663
Average promotional opportunity 6 to 12 years
The Assistant Deputy Chief U.S. Probation Officer is responsible for managing the supervisors assigned to their respective unit and to ensure excellence in daily operations, service to the court and communication with the Deputy Chief and Chief. The Assistant Deputy Chief also provides leadership and policy guidance to formulate, supervise and implement initiatives to achieve goals and objectives within the Pretrial, Presentence and Post-Conviction Supervision units.
Deputy Chief U.S. Probation Officer
$103,106 to $174,500
Average promotional opportunity 9 to 16 years
The Deputy Chief U.S. Probation Officer is the “alter-ego” of the Chief U.S. Probation Officer and can assume all duties of the Chief, when necessary. The Deputy Chief directly supervises three Assistant Deputy Chiefs and reports directly to the Chief U.S. Probation Officer. Specifically, the Deputy Chief U.S. Probation Officer is responsible for providing leadership to formulate, supervise and implement initiatives to achieve goals and objectives of the Pretrial, Presentence and Post-Conviction Supervision units.
Chief U.S. Probation Officer
$121,280 to $174,500
Average promotional opportunity 13 to 22 years
The Chief U.S. Probation Officer serves the judges of the Southern District of Iowa U.S. District Court. The Chief U.S. Probation Officer is directly responsible for the administration of personnel and budget and management of all operations for the Southern District of Iowa U.S. Probation Office.
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U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services Southern District of Iowa

Des Moines
U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services
110 E. Court Ave.
Des Moines, IA 50309

Davenport
U.S. District Courthouse
131 E. 4th St.
Davenport, IA 52801

Council Bluffs
U.S. Post Office and Federal Building
8 S. 6th St., Ste. 239
Council Bluffs, IA 51501