Employment Opportunity


State of California Department of Justice

Salary: $3,250 - $6,844 per month

Final Filing Date: Continuous Testing

The Criminalist is the entry, training and sub journey level for the series. Criminalists will perform routine and less complex technical laboratory analyses and assist higher-level Criminalists in the examination of crime scenes and in the scientific investigation of crimes.

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Education: Equivalent to graduation from college with a major in one of the physical or biological sciences, including the equivalent of eight semester hours of general chemistry and three semester hours of quantitative analysis. Registration as a senior in a recognized institution will admit applicants to the examination but they must produce proof of graduation or its equivalent before they are eligible for appointment. Candidates who have graduated from college with a major in one of the physical or biological sciences, including the eight semester hours of general chemistry, but do not possess the three semester hours of quantitative analysis will be admitted to the examination, but they must produce proof of completion of the three semester hours of quantitative analysis before they are eligible for appointment.

The examination will consist of a Training and Experience Questionnaire and is the sole component of the Criminalist examination. To obtain a position on the eligible list a minimum score of 70% must be received. In addition to evaluating the competitor’s relative abilities as demonstrated by quality and breadth of experience, emphasis in the Training and Experience Questionnaire process will be on measuring the following competencies:

Knowledge of:

  1. Scientific methods and techniques used in examining crime scenes.
  2. Tests for the identity and comparison of blood and physiological fluids.
  3. Tests for explosives and flammable materials.
  4. Toxicological analyses.
  5. Tests for hair and fibers, glass, soil, paint, and similar materials and equipment necessary to conduct these tests.
  6. Modern methods and techniques in investigations of major crimes.
  7. Current trends in toxicology, general chemistry and microchemistry.
  8. Modern types of small arms and the techniques of conducting all types of firearms, bullet and tool mark comparisons.
  9. Methods used in the examination of documents in criminal cases.
  10. Photographic and photo micrographic principles and practices as applied to Criminalists.
  11. Chromatographic techniques.

Ability to:

  1. Make extensive use of scientific methods and techniques at the scene of a crime.
  2. Make effective use of microscopes, spectrograph, infrared and ultra-violet spectrophotometer, and gas chromatograph.
  3. Use micro methods for determining physical constants such as refractive index and density.
  4. Recognize the need for and develop and evaluate new test methods and procedures.
  5. Analyze situations accurately and take effective action.
  6. Conduct applied research to develop and validate state-of-the art evidence examination techniques.
  7. Testify effectively in court.
  8. Instruct law enforcement and forensic personnel in criminalistics.
  9. Prepare course outlines and lesson plans which will satisfy the requirements set forth by the Commission on Peace Officers’ Standard and Training (POST).

Special Personal Characteristics:

  • Tact, patience, and keenness of observation.
  • The candidate must be able to accurately see and record different colors and color transitions.

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How to apply: See the complete job announcement and application at: http://oag.ca.gov/sites/all/files/pdfs/careers/bulletins/cnt_crim.pdf?

Posted: November 30, 2015

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