Probation Volunteers/Interns

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. 
  • Commit to a minimum of three months, though a six-month commitment is preferred. 
  • Have the ability to work a minimum of eight hours per week between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. 
  • Attend training sessions. 
  • Abide by all policies and procedures. 
  • Please note that some volunteer/intern opportunities require some formal education. 

Contact us: 

Volunteer opportunities include: 

Essential functions:

  • Work under the supervision of a Probation Officer or Program Coordinator to provide clerical support.
  • Data entry.
  • Sort and distribute mail.
  • Help maintain spreadsheets and files.
  • Document case notes.
  • Assist with creating, organizing and archiving files.
  • Filing.
  • Set up rooms for classes and create roster sheets or certificates.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Desired qualifications:

  • Have a “can do” attitude and a desire to assist others.
  • Willingness to work under supervision while gradually assuming more responsibilities.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with a diverse population.
  • Experience in using computers, including programs such as Microsoft Office and Excel.
  • Have good organizational skills.
  • Possess a sincere interest in the Criminal Justice System.
  • Strong problem-solving skills.

Essential functions:

  • Work under the direct supervision of a Probation Officer to provide professional services to the Court, Probation Division, and individuals on supervision.
  • Maintain face-to-face and/or telephone contact with offenders.
  • Monitor Court-ordered conditions.
  • Manage a small caseload.
  • Complete Pre/Post-Sentence Interviews.
  • Prepare documents and files for the Monitored Probation caseload.
  • Correspond with other criminal justice agencies, treatment facilities, and service providers.
  • Research case information.
  • Interpret criminal history reports.
  • Write reports and letters to the Court and Prosecutor.
  • Maintain confidential records and files.
  • Attend Court hearings.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Desired qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or enrolled in a University or College degree program.
  • Have a positive attitude and sincere desire to assist others.
  • Willingness to work under supervision and be a team player.
  • Have the ability to manage several time-sensitive tasks.
  • Communicate effectively with people of diverse populations.
  • Experience  using computers, including programs such as Microsoft Office and Excel.
  • Excellent organization and communication skills. 
  • A sincere interest in the Criminal Justice System and desire to learn.
  • Strong problem-solving and organizational skills.
The City of Bellevue's Probation Division may have position(s) available to train interns in all areas of work within the Division.  Some employment and college internships have specific educational and training requirements which need to be evaluated on a case-by-case basis for coordinating schedules and availability. 

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.
  • Locate new community-based agencies.
  • Maintain resource lists.
  • Learn Court protocols and procedures. 
  • Data entry: Compile data using Excel and prepare monthly, quarterly and annual reports.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Desired qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or enrolled in a University or College degree program.
  • Strong research and organization skills.
  • Willingness to interview offenders 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 and Excel.
  • Interest in connecting services with defendants in need.
  • Strong problem-solving skills.

Essential functions:

  • Handle all inquiries at the front desk.
  • Provide excellent customer service by greeting individuals and answering phones.
  • Prepare case files.
  • Assist accounting staff with reviewing financial documents.
  • Create and manage accounting spreadsheets.
  • Schedule classes and appointments for staff.
  • Help manage program worksheets and roster lists.
  • Filing.
  • Send out monthly statements.
  • Data entry.
  • Other clerical duties as assigned.

Desired qualifications:

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

Essential functions:

  • Attend Court hearings and introduce the LSP program to participants.
  • Attend DWLS/R (Driving while License is Suspended or Revoked) Court calendar and provide LSP sign-up sheets.
  • Schedule appointments.
  • Meet with participants to determine needs.
  • Contact third parties 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 and Excel.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Basic understanding of the Criminal Justice System and Department of Licensing.
  • Strong negotiating and problem-solving skills.