Parole Officers (POs) are integral to the Correctional Service of Canada’s (CSC’s) goal of protecting public safety through the safe reintegration and supervision of offenders in the community.
The majority of offenders currently serving sentences in federal penitentiaries will be released into the community. Parole Officers assess offenders to ensure any risk they pose to public safety can be effectively managed.
POs working within a correctional facility or the community, assess offenders’ behaviour and develop appropriate programming and treatment options to address factors that led to their criminal activity.
As a Parole Officer you will supervise and manage a caseload of offenders by maintaining regular contact. You must observe, listen, question, interview, counsel and intervene while assessing offenders’ behaviour and potential risk.
You will use your professional judgement as part of the case management process, and provide written analytical reports and recommendations to CSC and the National Parole Board.
You will work closely with other CSC staff, including Psychologists, Correctional Officers, Primary Workers, Kimisinaws, Correctional Program Officers, Elders, Teachers, Mental Health staff, Social Workers, and other partners to analyze every available source of relevant information when assessing offenders, ensuring that accurate information and sound assessments form the basis of offenders' safe return to the community.
For each offender under their supervision, Community Parole Officers develop a network of community contacts to provide accurate information about the offender’s progress, and support the offender in their reintegration efforts. This information will form a basis for sound assessments of an offender’s risk level. As a Parole Officer, you must establish and maintain positive relationships with the case management team, the community at large, and collateral sources.
CSC has a presence from coast to coast -- from large urban centres with diverse populations, to remote communities across the North.
CSC operates under three levels of management: National, Regional and Institutional/Parole Offices. The National Headquarters in Ottawa performs overall planning and policy development for the Service, while each of the five regional offices implements CSC activities within the Pacific, Prairie, Ontario, Quebec, and Atlantic regions.
CSC operations include 57 penitentiaries at minimum, medium, maximum and multi-level security classifications. These institutions include specialized facilities for women offenders, Healing Lodges designed to address the needs of Aboriginal offenders and Regional Treatment Centres that provide mental health interventions to offenders.
CSC also operates 16 community correctional centres and partners with 175 Community-Based Residential Facilities for offenders on some form of conditional release into the community. As well, CSC operates 84 parole offices and sub-offices in every region of Canada.
As a PO, you will be expected to work in a team environment. You may also be required to travel.
CSC is committed to building a skilled, diverse workforce that is reflective of Canadian society. We encourage all ethnicities, cultures, visible minorities, Aboriginal people, and people with disabilities to seek employment as a Parole Officer.
CSC is a large government agency with a wide variety of occupations. Depending on your interest and skill set, career opportunities exist in a variety of positions in the organization, both within an institutional and community setting, as well as at regional or national headquarters.
About the selection process
CSC job opportunities are posted on www.jobs.gc.ca . Applicants are screened according to essential education and experience listed on the advertisement.
Applicants knowledge, abilities, skills and personal suitability may be assessed with a written test and interview.
PO orientation will be provided. This two-week training program will enable you to apply relevant laws, policies and procedures as you fulfill the duties of the position.
Ready to Apply?
Please visit www.jobs.gc.ca to learn about the job opportunities currently available at CSC and how to apply.