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Careers Within U.S. Probation/Pretrial Services

District Mission Statement

We value each individual and their potential to change.  As effective agents of that change, we provide excellent service to our clients and the courts, creating a safer community through the fair administration of justice.  Our guiding principles are: Dedication, Empowerment, Idealism, and Integrity.

District Summary

The Northern District of Texas is a learning organization which encourages all staff to use their strengths to explore opportunities for meaningful personal, professional, and organizational growth.   We expect and support team members to continue developing throughout their careers.  We recognize that individuals have varying talents and passions, and we seek to match roles, responsibilities, and opportunities to individual strengths, while still meeting the mission of the organization.  We believe that leadership is a shared responsibility of all team members and we expect staff at all levels of the organization to lead from where they stand. We encourage creativity and ingenuity in problem solving. 

This district is geographically one of the largest in the United States. We serve a one hundred-county area, bordering the states of Oklahoma and New Mexico. These counties also extend to approximately ninety miles from the Mexican border. Our headquarters office is located in Dallas in the Earle Cabell Federal Building. We also have offices located in the federal courthouses in Fort Worth, Wichita Falls, Abilene, San Angelo, Lubbock and Amarillo.

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted via our online Employment Application System. There are unique links for each open position provided in the position announcement as well as on this website. Applicants who meet the requirements outlined in the position announcement will be required to upload required documents to the Employment Application System and answer the pre-screening questions. The required documents are listed in the announcement.


If a transcript is required, only unofficial transcripts may be submitted online via the Employment Application System. Official transcripts must be submitted by:

  • A link sent to from your university or college, or
  • Regular mail or overnight courier to:

U.S. Probation & Pretrial Services
Human Resources Department
1100 Commerce Street, Room 1329
Dallas, TX, 75242


  • U.S. Probation reserves the right to modify the conditions of a job announcement, to withdraw the announcement, or to fill the position sooner than the closing date without prior notice.
  • U.S. Probation reserves the right to fill multiple positions from any announcement.
  • Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or a lawful permanent resident of the United States currently seeking citizenship or intending to become a citizen immediately following meeting the eligibility requirements set forth by appropriations and statute.
  • U.S. Probation requires employees to adhere to a Code of Ethics and Conduct for Judicial Employees.
  • U.S. Probation reserves the right to re-advertise or extend the screening process for this position.
  • Candidates may be subjected to a writing and skills assessment.
  • The final candidate will be subject to an initial record check with law enforcement agencies and credit bureaus.
  • Positions designated as high-sensitive are subject to an additional background investigation.
  • Non-law enforcement employees are appointed to excepted service and serve at the pleasure of the Court.
Additional Disclosures for Law Enforcement Positions
  • First-time appointees to positions covered under federal law enforcement officer retirement provisions must not have reached their 37th birthday at the time of appointment.
  • Prior to appointment, the selected applicant considered for the position will undergo an initial background investigation, medical examination, and drug screening. Upon successful completion of the initial background investigation, medical examination, and drug screening, the selected applicant may then be appointed provisionally, pending a favorable suitability determined by the Court. In addition, as conditions of employment, the selected candidate will be subject to ongoing random drug screening, updated background investigations every five years and, as deemed necessary by management for reasonable cause, may be subject to subsequent fitness-for-duty evaluations. The medical requirements and the essential job functions derived from the medical guidelines for probation officers, pretrial services officers, and officer assistants are available for public review at
  • As a condition of employment, the incumbent must successfully complete an initial ten-year background investigation and every five years thereafter will be subject to an updated investigation.
  • Upon hire, first time probation and pretrial services officers are required to attend six weeks of training at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center located at Charleston, South Carolina.


Employees of the U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services Office are eligible to receive benefits which include participation in:  

  • the Federal Employees Retirement System,
  • Thrift Savings Plan,
  • choice of a health benefit plan from several options,
  • life insurance,
  • optional long term care coverage and long term disability coverage,
  • optional vision insurance and dental insurance,
  • annual, sick leave, and paid parental leave,
  • a pre-tax reimbursement program,
  • time off for federal holidays, and
  • mandatory Electronic Funds Transfer for payment of net pay.  

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