The state Civil Service Commission (SCSC) has opened the testing period for the parole agent 1 civil service exam from now through Nov. 30 for people seeking to become state parole agents.

Applications are available on the SCSC’s website at www.scsc.pa.gov or by contacting the PA Board of Probation and Parole’s (PBPP) Bureau of Human Resources at 717-787-5699 x 1322 or email ra-pbpprec@pa.gov.

To be eligible to apply, applicants must: have civil service status based on prior state government employment or competitive civil service testing; be a Pennsylvania resident at the time of application with a valid PA driver’s license; be a U.S. citizen at the time of initial application; meet minimum education and experience requirements; have four years of paraprofessional experience including 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.

The selected applicant must be free of criminal history that would preclude a Commonwealth Law Enforcement Assistance Network (CLEAN) certification.  Individuals convicted, or under indictment, for any felony; for any misdemeanor where more than one year in prison can be imposed, or any computer crime, are precluded from CLEAN certification.

Individuals passing the test and selected must successfully pass an extensive 10-year background check, fingerprinting requirement, drug screening, medical examination and psychological evaluation before assuming the job and complete an intense eight-week Basic Training Academy in Elizabethtown, PA. The starting salary for new agents is over $40,000 annually.

For more information, visit the “Apply for Jobs” section of the state parole website at www.pbpp.pa.gov.

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