Bellevue Probation Volunteer Program

Volunteers and interns serve an important role in supporting the work of the City of Bellevue Probation Division.  Volunteers are valuable mentors to our offenders and essential assistants to our staff.  We offer several different opportunities for community members to help support our mission.  

Minimum Requirements for Volunteers: 

  • 18 years of age or older.  
  • Attend an interview with the Volunteer Program Coordinator. 
  • Pass a criminal history background check. 
  • A minimum three month commitment is preferred. 
  • Abide by all policies and procedures. 
  • Provide excellent customer service with all interactions with clients in a professional and confidential manner.
  • Currently enrolled student or Associate/Bachelor’s Degree minimum.

Contact us: 

Volunteer opportunities include

Essential functions:

  • Work under the supervision of staff monitoring the Electronic Home Detention Program.
  • Conduct intakes for new referrals.
  • Evaluate applications for eligibility.
  • Verify employment and residential information.
  • Install electronic tracking devices such as GPS, TAD and Soberlink.
  • Monitor offenders electronically and in-person.
  • Remove electronic tracking devices.
  • Prepare basic court reports.
  • Research case information.
  • Maintain records and files.
  • Correspond with other criminal justice agencies, treatment facilities, and service providers.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Desired 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 responsibilities.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with a diverse population.
  • Comfortable installing electronic monitoring equipment on offenders.
  • Experience using computers, including programs such as Microsoft Office and Excel.
  • Good organizational skills.
  • Strong problem-solving skills.

Essential functions:

  • Provide support for defendants reintegrating back into the community.
  • Conduct one-time or ongoing meetings with defendants to evaluate their needs and locate appropriate resources.
  • Contact agencies to coordinate connections.
  • Build collaborative relationships with community-based agencies.
  • Maintain and update resource lists.
  • Learn Court protocols and procedures. 
  • Data entry: Compile data using Microsoft Office (Excel) and prepare monthly, quarterly and annual reports.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Desired qualifications:

  • Strong research and organization skills.
  • Willingness to interview defendants to understand their needs and locate services.
  • Work under supervision while gradually assuming more responsibilities.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with people of diverse populations.
  • Experience using computers, including programs such as Microsoft Office/Teams.
  • Strong problem-solving skills.

Essential functions:

  • Assist Senior Office Assistant as needed at the front desk.
  • Assist accounting staff with reviewing financial documents as needed.
  • Create and manage accounting spreadsheets.
  • Schedule classes and appointments as needed.
  • Data entry and records management for all Probation programs.
  • Filing and organization.
  • Send out monthly statements as needed.
  • Other clerical duties as needed.

Desired qualifications:

  • Ability to have professional interactions with customers.
  • Effectively handle multiple inquires.
  • Willingness to work under supervision while gradually assuming more responsibilities with experience.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with a diverse population.
  • Experience using computers, including programs such as Microsoft Office, Teams, and other internal software
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Strong listening and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to ask for help.
  • Compassion and empathy when working with clientele.

Essential functions:

  • Attend Court hearings and introduce the LSP (License Support Program) to participants as needed.
  • Attend DWLS/R (Driving while License Suspended or Revoked) Court calendar and provide LSP sign-up sheets.
  • Schedule appointments.
  • Meet with participants to determine immediate and ongoing needs.
  • Contact third parties/resources to help find resolutions.
  • Provide correspondence to Courts and Department of Licensing as needed.
  • Maintain files and documentation.

Desired qualifications:

  • Ability to correspond professionally with the Prosecutor, Judge, Defense Attorneys and program participants and their families. 
  • Strong and clear communication skills.
  • Willingness to attend various Court hearings.
  • Experience using computers, including programs such as Microsoft Office/Teams and Zoom.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Basic understanding of the Criminal Justice System and Department of Licensing.
  • Strong negotiating and problem-solving skills.