Work at PPP

Work at PPP

Glossary of Terms

Thank you for taking an interest in working at the South Carolina Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services! 

  • Interested applicants should complete the State Application online at
  • If you have additional questions, please contact the Human Resources Office at (803) 734-9220.
  • Applicants for Information Technology Jobs can review requirements here

Current job openings:


  • LOCATION:  York County
  • CLOSING DATE:  01/19/22
    • *A special assignment pay of $3000 will be applied to anyone selected. 
    • Under general supervision, the Specialized Domestic Violence Agent will serve as the first line of supervision for a Domestic Violence caseload. 
    • Maintain a professional communication network inside and outside the Department, promotes public relations within the local community and with service providers. 
    • Maintains effective knowledge of all areas of Domestic Violence Supervision, Programs, Policies and Protocols. Participates in trainings and maintains all requirements for Domestic Violence Certification.


  • Location:  Richland County
  • Closing Date:  01/19/22
    • Under the general supervision of the Rehabilitative Services Manager, provide clinical interventions, evaluations, treatment, education, and coordinate aftercare for clients under the supervision of the Department at assigned county offices.  
    • Advocate on behalf of clients to ensure appropriate, timely, and consistent services are provided. 
    • Assist in evaluating the effectiveness of the program. 
    • Enhance Department staff’s awareness and knowledge regarding rehabilitative services programming and treatment protocols. 
    • This position may include travel up to 75 miles away from home office. 
    • Flexible work schedule, to include evening and possibly, weekend classes


  • Location:  Richland County/Central
  • Closing Date:  1/27/2022
    • Under limited supervision, performs professional duties in the creation and maintenance of accounting records, review an analysis of financial transactions, and the external and internal reporting of financial information. 
    • Supervise Accounts Payable to ensure that all invoices and IDTs are coded properly, including travel reimbursements; state vehicles; registrations and copier/postage machine rentals, etc. 
    • Responsible for reviewing and processing all non-routine IDT payments for the agency and processing IDT Billing invoices as requested. 
    • Responsible for the preparation of Year-end Reporting packages related to the Accounting Services Section.


  • Location:  Dorchester County
  • Closing Date:  1/20/2022
    • Under direct supervision of a Probation & Parole Agent, Probation & Parole Manager or a Field Office Specialist Supervisor;
    • Responsible for performing secretarial and paraprofessional administrative duties;
    • Managing, coordinating and assisting in the performance of other specific related duties.


  • Location:  Richland County
  • Closing Date:  1/27/2022
    • Under general supervision, maintains and supports the operation of the Department’s data network environment, wireless infrastructure, and related server systems.  
    • Has a primary role in the design, installation, monitoring, lifecycle maintenance, and management of the network and systems infrastructure.    
    • Monitors internal networks and systems for issues, anomalies, and potential security risks.  
    • Supports IT shared services related processes, workflows, and information security related efforts.   
    • Applies industry best practices and standards for network and system operations.  
    • Establishes and maintains working relationships with users, technical staff, management, vendors and others.


  • Location:  Statewide Vacancies
  • Closing Date:  1/27/2022              
    • Responsible for Parole/Pardon Investigations work in the Charleston and Colleton Counties. Office location TBD. 
    • Responsible for non-sworn Probation and Parole Law Enforcement Officer duties by completing Board related investigations. 
    • Executes community contacts with law enforcement agencies, judges, victims, inmates’ family and other community resources. 
    • Gathers and confirms details regarding criminal convictions and supervision history. 
    • Maintains documents related to all investigations; initiates legal review of problem cases; monitors all problem cases to ensure swift resolution and prevent hearing delay; maintains a professional communication network inside and outside of the Department.


  • Statewide Vacancies
  • Closing Date:  Continuous
    • Reviews background information, interviews offenders, assesses offender risk and needs and develops supervision plans. 
    • Explains conditions of supervision to offenders; counsels offenders regarding appropriate behavior and life skills; refers offenders to appropriate services. 
    • Makes and documents required contacts with offenders; gathers and reports information about offenders. 
    • Monitors offender compliance with conditions of supervision; discusses offender violations with supervisor to determine what action should be taken. 
    • Gathers information about possible violations and prepares violation reports. 
    • Locates violators, executes arrests and takes violators into custody. 
    • Presents offenders and violation reports to hearing officers, the Board of Paroles and Pardons or courts. Processes offenders from court. 
    • Develops and maintains professional competence.

Hiring/Selection Process

The South Carolina Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services is committed to the active recruitment of highly motivated individuals for all positions.  SCDPPPS employees become part of a team dedicated to improving the lives of all citizens in the state of South Carolina. Interested persons enter a highly competitive selection process. All components of the selection process use minimum qualifications that are job related.  Selection processes for both sworn and non-sworn positions may include one or more of the following components:

  1. Complete on-line Application
  2. Reading Comprehension Testing (Nelson Denny Testing)
  3. Interview
  4. Background Investigation
  5. Medical Examination
  6. Physical Ability Testing (PAT)
  7. Cybervetting Check
  8. Credit Check
  9. Psychological Testing
  10. Drug Testing
  11. Driving Record Check
  12. Final Hiring Decision

Officer Requirements


Applicants for the Probation and Parole Law Enforcement Officer Career Track must hold a bachelor's degree with at least 15 semester hours in social or behavioral science courses; an associate’s degree and two (2) years of military or law enforcement experience (to include Class1 or Offender Supervision Specialist experience) may be substituted; or a high school diploma and four (4) years of military or law enforcement experience (to include Class 1 or Offender Supervision Specialist experience) may be substituted.  Officers are Class-One Certified and must complete the Basic Training Program at the Criminal Justice Academy in Columbia, the Department's Basic Training courses and on-the-job training

Additionally, applicants:

  • Cannot have been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence or be subject to a criminal domestic violence restraining order. (Forfeiture of bond, a guilty plea, or a plea of nolo contendere is considered the equivalent of a conviction.)
  • Must complete a Fair Credit Reporting Act Disclosure authorization.
  • Will be fingerprinted for a criminal background check.

Upon a conditional offer of employment, an applicant must undergo a screening for illicit drugs a physical examination, and a psychological screening. 

To Apply:

Applicants interested in applying for any position at SCDPPPS should first complete the State Application online at

Applicants interested in applying for the position of Probation and Parole Law Enforcement Officer I, must then take the Department’s test focusing on reading comprehension and vocabulary.  On the date of testing, applicants must bring a copy of the state application which includes the Probation and Parole Agent Checklist, certified college transcripts or high school diploma & DD -214 (if applicable), photo ID and Social Security Card to the designated test site.

General Recruitment: 

The goal of any recruitment process is to generate a pool of qualified applicants.  There is no minimum or maximum number of applicants to be included in an applicant pool.  However, a competitive pool should reflect racial and gender diversity.  Recruitment efforts will include sources or means by which this diversity can be achieved.  All qualified applicants will be considered.

Employee Benefits:

All Probation and Parole Agents will be assigned their own law enforcement vehicle to execute department related duties.  

State insurance to include health, dental, vision, and/or life insurance and disability.  Please visit PEBA Insurance Benefits for more information.

All employees are eligible to enroll in the SC State Retirement System.  Our law enforcement positions are eligible for the Police Office Retirement Systems (PORS) and our non-law enforcement positions are eligible for either the SC Retirement Systems (SCRS) or the State Optional Retirement Program (ORP).  Please visit PEBA Retirement Benefits for more information.

Employees can also contribute to a 401(k) or 457(b) plan through the SC Deferred Compensation Program.  This voluntary program allows you to save and invest extra money for retirement through before-tax and/or after-tax contributions.  Please visit SC Deferred Compensation for more information.

Leave and Holidays
All employees in a full-time equivalent position receive 15 days paid annual leave per year and 15 days paid sick leave per year.  There are also 13 paid holidays per year.  Please visit State Human Resources Division for more information.

Offender Supervision Specialist

In 2017 SCDPPPS was granted statutory authorization to hire a new staff position for which members of the public may apply. Offender Supervision Specialists (OSS), are non-Class 1 staff members who monitor low level offenders for a team of Class 1 certified Agents and handle non-law enforcement duties associated with these offenders. The monitoring duties conducted by OSS staff consists of the review of supervision reports, financial reports and arrest records. OSS staff are not assigned high level or sex offender cases. (Offender supervision level is determined by a risk and needs assessment administered to offenders.)   

OSS staff experience minimum contact with offenders in the SCDPPPS County Offices. Class 1 Agents continue to address and handle all offender violations. OSS do not perform face to face contacts with offenders in the field, do not issue or serve legal process and do not transport offenders. OSS staff do, however, attend the SCDPPPS 3-week Basic Training to learn basic supervision skills. OSS staff also receive office safety training. Interested applicants can find the applications online at