Rise in number of prisoners creates demand for probation officers
The number of probation officer vacancies has been increasing due to more people going into prison – the number of prisoners rose by 20% between 2015 and 2018. Probation officers are needed to support these offenders when they leave prison.
According to the Census, 1.302 probation officers worked in New Zealand in 2018.
Opportunities arise due to internal promotion
Turnover among probation officers is high, as they often move into senior positions. This creates opportunities for new probation officers.
However, entry-level positions in some of the smaller probation service centres around the country may come up less often.
One employer of probation officers
All probation officers are employed by the Department of Corrections.