The Riverside County Probation Department is a progressive criminal justice agency that believes in continuous improvement. Volunteers, (also known as Volunteers in Probation (VIP’s), and student interns) play a vital role in assisting probation staff to carry out their duties and are used in both the adult and juvenile field divisions and institutions. Student interns can gain valuable job experience while obtaining college credit. Non-paid student internships are available in a number of areas. The primary focus of Auxiliary work is to meet the needs of juveniles through fundraising events.
Volunteer Positions within the Riverside County Probation Department
Positions are located within institutions, treatment facilities, or in outlying field offices, throughout Riverside County. Typical duties include:
- Mentoring or teaching youth a skill
- Tutoring youth in treatment facilities
- Assisting probation officers and staff
- Data entry
- Fundraising activities through auxiliary work
Volunteers, student interns, and auxiliary members must be at least 18 years of age. U.S. Citizenship is also required. If you are not a citizen, proof is required that you are a legal resident in this country and that you are applying for citizenship. Volunteers/Interns are asked to donate a minimum of eight hours a week for a six-month period. A criminal background check is completed on all eligible candidates. A criminal conviction will not automatically disqualify your application; however, active probation status, recent criminal activity or illegal substance use/abuse could be considered disqualifying factors.
How to Apply for a Volunteer Position/Application Process
The application form and process for the VIP Program, Student Internship, and Auxiliary members is the same. To access the Riverside County Probation Department VIP Application, click on Volunteer In Probation Personal History Statement. Applications must be thoroughly completed to be considered. You are also required to submit an essay. It must describe why you want to volunteer and what you hope to gain from volunteering for this department. It should be hand printed on one side of lined white paper. The essay should be a minimum of 2 pages but no more than 3 pages. Candidates should complete, sign and send the forms to the Riverside County Probation Department via fax (951-955-9603) or email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Approval Process
Once your application is submitted, you will be contacted by the Volunteer Coordinator who will confirm receipt of the application. The application will remain active for six months. Once an opening becomes available, all active applications will be reviewed and a candidate selected. Once selected for a position, you will be contacted to schedule an appointment for a background interview and fingerprinting. You will be expected to complete an on-site orientation prior to being accepted as a volunteer. Additionally, the process cannot be completed until all elements of the criminal background check have been received. The process usually takes two to three weeks. If you have any questions that are not answered by this webpage, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator at (951) 955-3637.