Probation Volunteer Opportunities

Probation Services is currently recruiting volunteers to join us in our work.

Volunteer Requirements

  • 18 years of age or older.
  • Complete a criminal history background check.
  • Minimum 3 month service commitment. 6 month commitment is desired.
  • Ability to work a minimum of 8 hours per week between 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday - Friday.
  • Interview with the Volunteer Coordinator or designated Probation staff.
  • Attend training sessions.
  • Abide by all policies and procedures.

Volunteer Application

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Volunteer Opportunities

Case Aide

Essential Functions

  • Under the supervision of a Probation Counselor, provide professional services to the court, Probation Services, and individuals on probation.
  • Data entry.
  • Sort and distribute mail.
  • Assist in file creation and archiving.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Desired Qualifications

  • A "can do" attitude and a desire to assist others.
  • Interest in a hands-on volunteer activity.
  • Experience using computers, including programs such as Microsoft Office and Excel.
  • Good organizational skills.

Case Management Assistant

Essential Functions

  • Under the supervision of a Probation Counselor, provide professional services to the court, Probation Services, and individuals on probation.
  • Maintain face-to-face and/or telephone contact with individuals on probation.
  • Monitor compliance with court ordered conditions for individual's on probation.
  • Research case information.
  • Maintain records and files.
  • Prepare basic court reports.
  • Correspond with other criminal justice agencies, treatment facilities, and service providers.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Desirable Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree or enrolled in a university or college degree program.
  • A "can do" attitude and a desire to assist others.
  • Desire for a hands-on volunteer activity.
  • Willingness to work under supervision while gradually assuming more responsibility.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with people of various socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds.
  • Experience using computers, including programs such as Microsoft Office and Excel.
  • Good organizational skills.
  • Interest in criminal justice.
  • Strong problem solving skills.

Court Resource Center Volunteer

The Court Resource Center is a social service hub located within the courthouse. Volunteers will learn court protocols and procedures and gain a working knowledge of various community social service resources.

Essential Functions

  • Develop a solid working knowledge of the Court Resource Center (CRC) and community social services partners.
  • Data entry. Assist in compiling data using Excel and preparing monthly, quarterly and annual reports.
  • Work a minimum of 8 hours per week in the CRC facilitating defendant linkages to DSHS, housing, mental health, chemical dependency services, and other as necessary.
  • Conduct orientation for individuals visiting the CRC.
  • Provide excellent customer service and develop written communications.
  • Answer phone and greet visitors in a friendly, professional manner.
  • Review paperwork for completeness and access client information through computerized data entry/retrieval system.
  • Work closely with supervisor regarding client issues.
  • Adhere to all policies, procedures, and decorum of Seattle Municipal Court.

Required Qualifications

  • Eight hours per week and a minimum six month commitment.
  • Pass criminal background check.
  • Ability to maintain sensitive and confidential information.
  • Ability to work with diverse populations.

Desirable Qualifications

  • Ability to work under pressure and handle changing workloads and assignments.
  • Effective communication skills both written and oral.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office programs including Word, Access, Excel.
  • Exceptional organization and research abilities.
  • Ability to deal with individuals in crisis.
  • Compassionate and active listening.