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Estimated Pay $23 per hour
Hours Full-time, Part-time
Location Altoona, Pennsylvania

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Are you passionate about promoting public safety? Are you looking for a rewarding career in law enforcement that offers professional growth? Become a Parole Agent with the Department of Corrections! This is a trainee position with the purpose of learning how to supervise offenders released on probation or parole to serve the remainder of their sentence in the community. Apply today and take the next step in your career serving the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and discover all that a lucrative position with the Department of Corrections can offer you!

NOTE: Senate Bill 411 merged the Department of Corrections and the Board of Probation and Parole. This position is within the Department of Corrections.


Duties of a Parole Agent 1 include helping parolees and probationers resolve problems hindering their adjustment to society, developing treatment plans based on the needs of each individual parolee and probationer, and participating in proceedings by providing testimony regarding the parolee and probationer. Other duties include monitoring the probationer or parolees conduct, answering concerns from the public, probationers, parolees, and their families regarding concerns, and arresting those who may have violated their probation or parole. working with the community

Field Operations: Agents are assigned state vehicles to ensure they can meet with parolees where they live and work. They work within the community to supervise and guide the transition and integration of parolees. Parole supervision is much more than working one-on-one with a parolee. It encompasses coordination and consultation with a parolee's employer, counselors, and family members.

Successful completion of the 12-month training/probationary period will result in a promotion to Parole Agent 2 with an increase in salary!

Work Schedule and Additional Information:

  • Full-time employment, 40-hour work week
  • Work schedule and hours to be determined.
    • Holidays and weekends as required.
  • Must be willing to travel.
  • This position is eligible for full retirement benefits at age 50/55.
  • Salary: In some cases, the starting salary may be non-negotiable.
  • You will receive further communication regarding this position via email. Check your email, including spam/junk folders, for these notices.

Minimum Experience and Training Requirements:

  • Four years of paraprofessional experience which includes two years of paraprofessional social services, human services, corrections, or law enforcement experience; or
  • Two years of paraprofessional social services, human services, corrections, or law enforcement experience, and an associate's degree; or
  • A bachelor's degree in criminal justice, law enforcement, legal studies, political science, behavioral science, or a related field; or
  • An equivalent combination of experience and training.
  • Applicants will be considered to have met the educational requirements once they are within 3 months of graduating with a qualifying degree.

Special Requirements:
  • All positions require possession of an active non-commercial Pennsylvania Class C driver's license or equivalent.
  • All employees must obtain CLEAN certification within two months of employment and maintain this certification for the duration of employment in this job.

Other Requirements:
  • This position requires successful completion of up to a nine (9) week training program at the Training Academy in Elizabethtown, PA.
  • This position requires participation in training programs including firearms, defensive tactics, and personal safety techniques.
  • This position requires you to wear, carry, and use protective devices such as ballistic vests and pepper spray.
  • This position requires you to work independently and encounter potentially dangerous situations working in neighborhoods, offenders' homes, and prisons.
  • You must meet the PA residency requirement. For more information on ways to meet PA residency requirements, follow the link and click on Residency.
  • You must be able to perform essential job functions.

Legal Requirements:
  • A conditional offer of employment will require submission of criminal history reports. See hiring agency contact information.
  • You must pass a background investigation.
  • A conditional offer of employment will require a medical examination and drug screening.
  • A conditional offer of employment requires Act 57 clearance.

How to Apply:
  • Resumes, cover letters, and similar documents will not be reviewed, and the information contained therein will not be considered for the purposes of determining your eligibility for the position. Information to support your eligibility for the position must be provided on the application (i.e., relevant, detailed experience/education).
  • If you are claiming education in your answers to the supplemental application questions, you must attach a copy of your college transcripts for your claim to be accepted toward meeting the minimum requirements. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable.
  • Your application must be submitted by the posting closing date. Late applications and other required materials will not be accepted.
  • Failure to comply with the above application requirements will eliminate you from consideration for this position.

  • Pennsylvania law (51 Pa. C.S. *7103) provides employment preference for qualified veterans for appointment to many state and local government jobs. To learn more about employment preferences for veterans, go to and click the Veterans' Preference tab or contact us at

Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS):
  • 711 (hearing and speech disabilities or other individuals).

If you are contacted for an interview and need accommodations due to a disability, please discuss your request for accommodations with the interviewer in advance of your interview date.

The Commonwealth is an equal employment opportunity employer and is committed to a diverse workforce. The Commonwealth values inclusion as we seek to recruit, develop, and retain the most qualified people to serve the citizens of Pennsylvania. The Commonwealth does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, ancestry, union membership, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, AIDS or HIV status, disability, or any other categories protected by applicable federal or state law. All diverse candidates are encouraged to apply.
  • Completing the application, including all supplemental questions, serves as your exam for this position. No additional exam is required at a test center (also referred to as a written exam).
  • Your score is based on the detailed information you provide on your application and in response to the supplemental questions.
  • Your score is valid for this specific posting only.
  • You must provide complete and accurate information or:
    • your score may be lower than deserved.
    • you may be disqualified.
  • You may only apply/test once for this posting.
  • Your results will be provided via email.