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Careers Within U.S. Probation/Pretrial Services

District Mission Statement

We, the members of Probation and Pretrial Services for the Eastern District of Tennessee, believe that as a component of the federal judiciary, we are responsible for community corrections. Furthermore, we are committed to providing services that facilitate positive, long-lasting change.

  • We are fundamentally committed to providing a reduction in detention through the creation and recommendation of alternative conditions which will reasonably assure the appearance of the person as required.
  • We are fundamentally committed to the objective assessment of the defendant’s background obtained through interview, verification, and presentation of information to the Court. In providing supervision services to the Court, we seek to foster balance by ensuring the safety of the community and the utilization of other techniques and strategies that are consistent with our duties and our responsibilities.


We believe...

  • In the right of all persons to be treated with dignity and fairness.
  • In our role of ensuring that the Court is provided information vital in imposing just and fair sentences.
  • In the protection of the public as the most vital aspect of community supervision and in proper supervision as the best means to control and reduce risk.
  • In the ability of people to change and in our responsibility to provide persons under our supervision with opportunities for treatment.
  • In individual commitment to a shared vision as the best way to achieve our mission.


U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services strive to exemplify the highest ideals and standards in community corrections.

District Summary

The Eastern District of Tennessee is a learning organization that 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. 

The Eastern District of Tennessee U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services, where we serve with United Strength, United Vision. Our headquarters office is located in Knoxville. We also have offices located in the Federal Courthouses in Chattanooga and Greeneville.

How to Apply

We accept applications via the U.S. Postal Service, email, or fax. There are unique links for each open position provided in the position announcement. All documents listed below should be combined into a single "PDF" document before being sent; zipped files, other document formats, or incomplete application packets will NOT be accepted.

  • Cover letter (two-page limit).
  • Resume (two-page limit) citing professional experience and educational background.
  • Two most recent performance evaluations.
  • A completed application (AO-78).
  • Three Professional References.


Because only official transcripts will be accepted, transcripts are submitted separately.  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
800 Market Street, Suite 311
Knoxville, TN, 37902


  • U.S. Probation reserves the right to modify the conditions of this 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 this announcement.
  • Applications will be accepted from U.S. citizens and non-citizens as allowed by appropriations and statutes.
  • 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.
  • All non-law enforcement employment with U.S. Probation is considered at-will which means that employment may be terminated at any time by either the employer or employee, with or without cause.
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 favorable suitability determined by the Court.  In addition, as conditions of employment, the selected candidate will be subject to ongoing random drug screening, and 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 in 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 and sick 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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