Location: East St. Louis, Illinois
Date Posted: November 14, 2023
Closing Date: December 19, 2023
The United States Probation Office for the Southern District of Illinois has a full-time vacancy for a Probation/Pretrial Clerk. A Probation/Pretrial Clerk provides administrative support to the law enforcement officers. Please visit the U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services Office website at http://www.ilsp.uscourts.gov for complete details of the position announcement and how to apply.
The United States Probation Office is part of the Judicial Branch of the Federal Government and operates as an independent excepted service agency. Although not part of the civil service, employees of the Judicial Branch are eligible for civil service health, life, and retirement benefits. Employment with the United States Probation Office is "at will."
Probation officers, pretrial services officers, and probation officer assistants are classified as law enforcement, or hazardous duty, and as such are required to pay a slightly higher portion of salary toward their retirement than non-hazardous duty employees (1.7% for law enforcement officers versus 1.2% for non-law enforcement employees in 2000). Under the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS), Federal law enforcement officers may retire at age 50 with 20 years of hazardous duty service, or at any age with 25 years of hazardous duty service.
FERS employees are covered by Social Security, and are eligible to participate in the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP), a tax deferred savings program which includes matching funds for the first five percent of base pay contributed by employees.
In addition to ten Federal holidays, Federal employees earn annual leave at a rate of from 13 to 26 days per year, depending on their length of Federal service. Sick leave is earned at the rate of 13 days per year.
Judicial employees are also eligible for long term care insurance, a long term disability program, pre-tax payment of health insurance premiums, and participation in pre-tax medical and dependent care spending accounts.
Positions within the Federal probation office are classified and paid under a broad-banded system which combines General Schedule (GS) grades and pay. Probation and pretrial services officers must undergo extensive FBI background investigations.