Employment Opportunity

Forensic Identification Specialist I/II

Sacramento Sheriff's Department, Sacramento, California

Salary: $58,672.80 - $80,179.20 Annually

Final Filing Date: May 19, 2017

  • Level 1 - $4,889.40 - $5,942.08/month
  • Level 2 - $5,496.67 - $6,681.60/month

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Under general direction, the Forensic Identification Specialist Level I/II examines latent fingerprints, processes crime scene evidence, and performs related duties in accordance with the Sheriff's Department established policies and procedures.

Knowledge of
  • Customer service principles and techniques, including the identification of customer needs and follow up to ensure customer commitments have been met
  • Office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and applicable software applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and other specialized applications related to area of assignment
  • English usage, spelling, grammar, and punctuation
Ability to Learn and develop skills to:
  • Use current scientific methods and techniques of fingerprint pattern collection, recognition, identification, comparison and verification
  • Use techniques of developing latent fingerprints with powders, chemicals or other approved methods
  • Classify fingerprints accurately
  • Process and evaluate latent print evidence
  • Operate a digital single lens reflex (SLR) camera
  • Operate equipment and scientific apparatus with skill and care
  • Provide effective court testimony
  • Use technical, police, and legal terminology
  • Learn composite likeness construction techniques
  • Provide attention to detail and engage in critical thinking and analysis
  • Coordinate, organize and interpret information from a variety of sources
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing
  • Maintain cooperative, effective working relationships with others
  • Read and understand instructions
  • Perform repetitious tasks
  • Effectively communicate with the public


Minimum Qualifications
  • Either: 1. One year of full-time paid experience in a law enforcement agency.
  • Or: 2. Completion of 30 semester or 45 quarter units from an accredited college or university with 12 semester or 18 quarter units in criminal justice, forensic science, chemistry, biology or in a field related to the intent of this job class.
  • Note: If the word "experience" is referenced in the minimum qualifications, it means full-time paid experience unless the minimum qualification states that volunteer experience is acceptable. Part-time paid experience may be accumulated and pro-rated to meet the total experience requirements.
  • Note: If the minimum qualifications include an educational or certificate/license requirement, applicants must submit proof of requirements with the application. Failure to submit proof of requirements may result in disqualification from the examination. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable. For guidelines on submitting acceptable proof of educational requirements, please click here (Download PDF reader) or speak to someone in our office before the cut-off date listed in this notice.
General Qualifications
  • Criminal History and Background Checks: The County may access criminal history information on candidates who have accepted a conditional offer of appointment for this class consistent with the provisions of Board of Supervisors Resolution No. 82-602, Personnel Policies and Procedures B-5, and applicable federal and state laws. The County shall not consider for employment any candidate who has been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor that relates to or impacts the candidate's ability to perform the job duties of this class unless it is determined that mitigating circumstances exist. For purposes of accessing criminal history information, the candidate will be fingerprinted. A subsequent arrest notification may be obtained.
  • The County may also conduct a background check on the candidate prior to appointment to a position within this class. The background check may include personal and professional reference checks, credit history checks where authorized by Labor Code section 1024.5, Social Security Number verification, professional license/registration verification, military service information and driving history. Information obtained in the course of this background check will be considered by the appointing authority in the selection process. In obtaining such information, the County will comply with applicable consent and disclosure practices in the Fair Credit Reporting Act and the California Investigative Consumer Reporting Agencies Act.
  • License Requirement: A valid California Driver License, Class C or higher, may be required at the time of appointment. Failure to obtain or maintain the appropriate California Driver License may constitute cause for personnel action in accordance with Civil Service Rules or applicable bargaining agreement. Individuals who do not meet this requirement due to disability will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
  • Physical Requirements: Some positions in this class require the incumbent to be able to:
    • Sit and stand for extended periods of time.
    • Visually distinguish colors and have sufficient visual acuity to be able to see details at close range in order to perform the essential functions of the job.
    • Bend in order to review and compare latent impressions.
    • Lift evidence and lab equipment weighing up to 50 pounds.
  • Individuals who do not meet these requirements due to disability will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
  • Working Conditions: Some positions in this class require the incumbent to:
    • Work weekends, holidays and non-routine hours.
    • Work in extreme weather conditions.
    • Fingerprint deceased individuals.
    • Wear a designated uniform.
Probationary Period
  • The probationary period for this classification is twelve (12) months.

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Posted: May 1, 2017

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