Employment Opportunity

Forensic Technician

Orange County Sheriff's Department, Santa Ana, California

Salary: $39,104.00 - $52,478.40 Annually

Final Filing Date: Continuous

This recruitment is being conducted to establish an Open Eligible List to fill a vacancy in this class until the next recruitment. This list may be utilized to fill positions of lower level classifications within the same occupational series.

Forensic Technicians are assigned to work in a variety of programs in the Orange County Crime Lab, a division of the Orange County Sheriff's Department, including: DNA, Controlled Substances, Toxicology, Firearms, Forensic Alcohol, Trace Evidence, Latent Fingerprints, Photo Lab, Crime Scene Investigation, and Evidence Control. They are primarily responsible for independently performing routine duties as well as assisting the Forensic Scientists and Forensic Specialists with complex duties in the laboratories. The major difference between the two levels within this series is the complexity of work assigned and level of independence required to complete assignments. The Forensic Technician may testify in court to chain of custody or give non-interpretative testimony. Neither position is expected to perform examinations or analysis on evidence that will require them to give expert testimony in court.

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Prepares chemical reagents by following prescribed formulas; autoclaves reagents and supplies in the DNA Section; assembles evidence collection kits from individual components; washes glassware and lab coats; cleans laboratory workstations and equipment; collects and dispose of Biohazard waste; maintains good housekeeping and cleanliness of the laboratory work areas; assists in the collection and documentation of data necessary for special projects and method development or validation; performs routine calibration and performance checks of pipets, pH meters, balances and other laboratory instrumentation; records quality control data such as oven and freezer temperatures; performs quality control checks of supplies, materials, chemicals, and reagents; assists with report preparation/printing in the Toxicology, Blood Alcohol and Controlled Substances Sections, some interpretation of notation and data may be needed; reviews cases in the work request and case status system and requests evidence for analysts; performs characterization of firearm evidence for entry into the computerized database; ensures that workstations and division vehicles are adequately stocked with necessary supplies; basic evidence handling such as swabbing items and excising swabs for downstream DNA extraction and typing; purchases and picks up supplies and does other duties as assigned.


  • Successful completion of 60 semester or 90 quarter units in a natural science discipline from an accredited college or university which includes completion of at least 8 semester or 12 quarter units of chemistry.


  • One year of experience as a Forensic Technician Trainee at the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.
  • OR
  • Two years of experience in a chemistry laboratory performing similar duties which demonstrate the possession of the required knowledges and abilities.

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Posted: February 13, 2017

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