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Careers and volunteers

Thinking of a career in criminal justice?

Join the Dallas County Juvenile Department today where new opportunities are waiting for you. Our culture is one where individuals truly have a passion for improving the lives of today’s youth. There are many benefits to employment with the Juvenile Department and we invite you to join our team!

If you are interested in a career with the Juvenile Department, please go to the Dallas County Human Resources page. All jobs are posted on this site and applications are only accepted via the internet through this site. No paper applications or resumes are accepted. Once your application is completed, a hiring manager will contact you if there is interest.

We offer employment in many fields of work including:

  • Probation Officers
  • Detention and Residential Service Officers
  • Campus Administrators
  • Teachers
  • Caseworkers
  • Psychologists
  • Managers and Supervisors
  • Office Support

If you are a college student or graduate student that is interested in a non-paid internship, please contact Danny Pirtle, Deputy Director of Administrative Services. Interns can gain experience in probation field offices, institutions, and other juvenile department programs. In order to be considered for an internship, students must:

  • Complete an intern application (click here)
  • Pass a FAST background check (click here)
  • Be enrolled in a college or graduate level internship class
  • Provide three letters of reference
  • Complete intern training
  • Age 21 and up

The Dallas County Juvenile Department is currently looking for long-term volunteers. Volunteer opportunities include youth mentoring, providing youth programming, school tutoring and advocacy.

All volunteers must pass a background check and will receive training from the Juvenile Department before they begin volunteering. They must:

  • Complete a volunteer application (click here)
  • Pass a FAST background check (click here)
  • Provide three letters of reference
  • Complete a volunteer training
  • Age 21 and up

We are unable to accommodate one-time, special event volunteers or volunteers under the age of 21. However, these groups are encouraged to support the Juvenile Department’s work through supply drives or fundraising events. Please contact Allison Harris if you are interested in hosting an event on behalf of the youth of the Dallas County Juvenile Department.

Because each facility has unique residents and needs, they each have a designated volunteer coordinator. Please contact the facility you are most interested in volunteering with and they will match you to a volunteer need. 

Detention/RDT/START: Ms. Cynthia Wallace
Hill Transitional Center: Mr. Tony Seymore
Youth Village: Mr. Prederick Jernigan
Medlock Treatment Center: Ms. Marilyn Boss
Letot Center: Ms. Grace Harris
All Other Programs: Ms. Isabel Stricklin