Juvenile Department Volunteer Program

Overview | Practice Opportunities | Application Process | Internship | Upcoming Trainings | Contact


Over the years we have been fortunate to have numerous students and volunteers work with us to gain hands-on experience, learn about the juvenile justice system and assist us in our work.  It is our goal that students and volunteers will perform specific job responsibilities that lead to practical work experiences related to the field of juvenile justice. 

Opportunities for Practice

  • Probation
  • Drug Court
  • Skills Groups Facilitation
  • Community Service
  • Youth Supervision (Community Connections, Project Payback)
  • Restorative Justice
  • Dialogue Facilitation (through Partner Clackamas Resolution Services)
  • Research and Evaluation
  • Clerical Support

Application Process and Guidelines

  1. All applicants will need to complete an application , an interview, reference checks, a criminal history check, and a driving history check.
  2. All applicants must be at least 21 years of age at the time of their experience.
  3. After being accepted for a student/volunteer position, a full time staff member will provide orientation regarding the Juvenile Department's policies and procedures, training, supervision and evaluation.
  4. All student and volunteer positions are unpaid. It is expected that persons accepted into these positions will be reliable, dependable and will carry themselves professionally.
  5. All program participants will be expected to learn and follow the policies and procedures of the Juvenile Department.
  6. All students and volunteers are accepted on a case by case basis.

Internship and Practicum

Students working towards their Associates, Bachelors and Masters Degrees are interviewed and the agency works to create a learning opportunity to meet their needs. As the various colleges and universities have different expectations of hours and duties we will attempt to meet the requirements with each student.  Students with a strong interest in Juvenile Corrections, Social Service, Psychology, Sociology or other related areas are encouraged to apply. 

For further detail on expectations and potential learning objectives and guidelines we encourage you to read the following descriptions on our current volunteer and intern opportunities.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please call 503-650-3146 and ask for the Volunteer Coordinator. All internships are full for the fall of 2018. If you are interested in future internships, email Vikki Allen at Vallen@clackamas.us.

Application materials

Community and Volunteer Trainings

Dec. 11 and
Dec. 12, 2018

Girls Circle Facilitator Training
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (both days)
Clackamas County Developmental Services Building (DSB), Room 115
150 Beavercreek Rd., Oregon City, OR 97045 map
Costs $360 by Nov. 12, $410 after Nov. 12

This workshop is for adults across all sectors including education, community based programs, juvenile justice, mental and behavioral health, child welfare, substance abuse and gang prevention programs, faith based settings, and more. Find out more information and complete the application by clicking here.

The Girls Circle® model uses evidence-based principles of motivational interviewing and strengths based approaches, is trauma and culturally responsive, gender transformative, and utilizes restorative practices.

Girls Circle® is the first program in the nation proven to reduce delinquency for girls, now listed on SAMHSA’s national registry for evidence-based programs and practices.

Jan. 25 and
Jan. 26, 2019

Juvenile Department & Restorative Justice
8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

(This training is a pre-requisite for all other trainings.)
Participants of this 2-day training will explore the philosophical and practical foundations of the Clackamas County Juvenile Dept.

Find out more information and complete the application by clicking here.

Feb. 4, 2019

Purposeful Facilitation of Cognitive Skills Groups
8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This training provides an opportunity for individuals to learn or increase their group facilitator skills through understanding the group performance curve, group dynamics and appropriate interventions to get the most out of the group process.

Find out more information and complete the application by clicking here.

March 7, 2019

Effective Strategies and Interventions for Working with Youth in the Community
8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This training is offered to provide information and skill development to program partners, volunteers and interns as well as parents who are interested in learning effective strategies to have positive outcomes when engaging with youth in challenging circumstances. This training includes setting expectations, exploring youth perspectives, working with defiance and engaging in conflict with a strength-based lens.

Find out more information and complete the application by clicking here.