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Commission of Pardons and Parole

1299 N Orchard Suite 110
Boise, ID


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Parole Hearing Officer

Commission of Pardons and Parole

Open for Recruitment: November 14, 2017 - November 28, 2017
Announcement # 09362004765
Salary Range: $20.64 - $22.93 -Plus Competitive Benefits!

Location(s): Boise

The Idaho Commission of Pardons and Parole is an independent body appointed by the Governor. The Commission is committed to the protection of the public, the rights of victims and to the fair and individualized assessment of each offender.

The Commission subscribes to professional ethics and supports all other agencies in order to foster the integrity of the criminal justice system.

Please note changes have been made to this exam to include the standards required for the Department’s compliance with the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) of 2003. You must complete both exams attached to this announcement to be considered for this position.

The Commission of Pardons and Parole is currently accepting applications for a Parole Hearing Officer to oversee and conduct parole revocation hearings and parole interviews within a correctional facility, subjects under the purview of the Commission of Pardons and Parole.

This recruitment may be used to fill this current vacancy and future vacancies at the Commission of Pardon & Parole in Boise, Idaho ONLY. If you have previously applied for the position of Parole Hearing Officer and wish to be considered you must reapply under this announcement. Previous scores will not be used.

Please be prepared to provide certification of typing/data entry speed of at least 35 words per minute. This may be obtained at any Public Library or State Job Service Office.

The desirable applicant will have bilingual Spanish/English skills and may be given additional consideration in the hiring process.



  • Analyzes hearing files to determine issues; schedules and conducts interviews
  • Establishes guidelines under which interviews will be conducted
  • Screens information received to reach fair and impartial decisions
  • Determines admissibility of evidence and rules on objections
  • Makes determination of guilt or innocence based on testimony and evidence presented
  • Schedules hearings and notifies inmates of hearing dates
  • Conducts interviews and takes testimony from inmates and witnesses
  • Makes collateral contacts to verify information received at interview
  • Conducts criminal background and warrant checks
  • Writes detailed reports on information and testimony received during interviews and submit to the commission who base decisions on completed reports
  • Coordinates special projects regarding the parole hearing process; prepares records, reports and correspondence
  • Provides training and support for parole officers regarding the parole and revocation processes


  • Good knowledge of federal and state laws concerning due process and the constitutional rights of law violators
  • Some knowledge of the criminal justice system, with emphasis on the parole system; fact-finding or due process hearing processes; the fundamentals of social sciences
  • Some knowledge of the fundamentals of social sciences through College courses in psychology, sociology, or criminology, or related training or experience
  • Experience conducting fact-finding interviews; making collateral contacts to verify/document verbal/written information; writing detailed reports with supporting rationale for recommendations made; researching, analyzing, and interpreting laws, policies, and regulations, and drawing valid conclusions
  • Typing Speed of 35 Words per minute


  • Bilingual Spanish/English speaking/reading/writing skills
  • Willing to work in a Correctional Facility


To be hired, candidates will have a history and background supportive of department mission goals and will be subject to:

  • Completing a Background Investigation Questionnaire and pre-employment drug testing
  • Having a federal and state criminal background check to include fingerprints
  • Having a history of law-abiding behavior
  • Felonies, misdemeanors, illegal drug usage, DUI's, adverse driving convictions and employment history may make you ineligible for employment

Non-hiring restrictions are in place for candidates who:

  • Have been convicted of Domestic Violence or similar types of violent behaviors
  • Have a dishonorable discharge from military service
  • Currently are using, dealing or are associated with illegal drugs
  • Have close friends or relatives under IDOC care & custody where the vacancy exists
  • Are currently under IDOC supervision or probation (must be released from IDOC supervision or probation for at least one year)


  1. Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) - In compliance with the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) of 2003, we are required to obtain certain information in the exam/interview process and consider specific information when making hiring and selection decisions for positions that have contact with inmates "in a prison, jail, lockup, community confinement facility, juvenile facility, or other institution..." The PREA Standards do not require we obtain this information for positions not within a correctional facility such as Probation & Parole and Central Office positions. Again, these changes are being implemented in order for the department to the meet the requirement of PREA standards. The PREA definitions of Sexual Abuse and Sexual Harassment are available on the IDOC website. For more information about PREA, visit
  2. Minimum Qualifications Exam - You will receive a score based on your education and experience in the answers to the exam. A minimum score of 70 is required to pass. Notification of your test results will be available online when the exam review process has been completed. All answers to the questions on the exam must be supported in the work history, resume, and/or education portion of your application. For more detailed information regarding the requirements of this position please click on the following link;


Click on any Apply Online button to the left and follow the instructions provided to complete the Exam on-line.

When updating your online application information, please remember to select:

  • Commission of Pardons and Parole under "Agencies"
  • Full-time under "Job Type/Shift"
  • Boise under "Cities"

Without this information, your name cannot be referred to the hiring agency. You must complete all items in the Application Checklist under General Information and Optional Information. This includes: Personal Information, Education, Work History, Cities, Agencies, Job Type/Shift, Skills, and Customized Resume.


For more information on the Commission for Pardon's and Parole follow this link: For State of Idaho employee benefit information click on the link following the Salary range above where it says "Plus Competitive Benefits!"

Thank you for your interest in employment with the Commission of Pardons and Parole


Preview Exam

At the discretion of the appointing authority, compensatory time off may be provided in lieu of overtime cash compensation.

Hiring is done without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age or disability. In addition, preference may be given to veterans who qualify under state and federal laws and regulations. If you need special accommodations to satisfy testing requirements, please contact the Division of Human Resources.