Employment Opportunity

DNA Criminalist II

San Bernardino County Sheriff, CA

Salary: $71,801.60 - $98,883.20 Annually

Final Filing Date: Continuous

The Sheriff’s Department is recruiting for experienced Criminalists who specialize in DNA analysis to perform laboratory examinations of physical evidence to establish facts of criminal investigations, and participate in crime scene investigations using forensic knowledge and techniques in gathering, preserving, and examining physical evidence.

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  • Performs laboratory examinations and analyses in the identification and comparison of physical evidence. Compares analytical findings with known standards. Analyzes a wide variety of materials and objects which may constitute physical evidence.
  • Analyzes, identifies and compares physical evidence so as to attempt to connect such evidence with the perpetrator of a crime. Reconstructs situations and physical evidence of a crime in the demonstration and proof of the connection of persons, instruments, or materials with the crime.
  • Conducts crime scene investigations for the purpose of collecting, and preserving physical evidence for laboratory analysis.
  • Studies new techniques and procedures in the field of criminalistics. Conducts research in the development of new techniques, methods, and equipment for the solution of problems in laboratory or field identification of evidence. Instructs, monitors and coordinates other criminalists who may be assisting in incumbents' specialized area(s) of expertise.
  • Testifies in court as an expert witness concerning scientific facts established in the analysis of evidence, and draws sound conclusions or observations based upon such facts.
  • Cooperates with and serves as a consultant to other law enforcement agencies. Prepares and presents detailed written reports.
  • Provides vacation and temporary relief as required.


  • Two (2) years of full-time paid experience in a law enforcement forensic laboratory with expertise in performing analysis, comparison and identification of typical forensic samples in the following: Firearms/Toolmarks, DNA/Serology, Trace Evidence, Toxicology, Solid Dose Drug Analysis, or Alcohol Analysis.
  • A bachelor's degree (or higher) in a natural or physical science, criminalistics, or a closely related field is required (per ASCLD/LAB accreditation standards). Coursework must include the following: at least eight (8) semester (12 quarter) units of general chemistry, AND nine (9) semester units which included coursework in genetics, biochemistry, and molecular biology, AND either coursework in population genetics or coursework or training in statistics.
  • Desired Qualifications: Experience in Forensic PCR/STR DNA analysis is particularly desirable.

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How to apply: Apply online.

Posted: December 1, 2015, revised November 7, 2016

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