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Criminalist I - IV

Sacramento County District Attorney, Sacramento, California

Level 1 - $4,471.83 - $5,435.75/month
Level 2 - $5,968.17 - $7,255.83/month
Level 3 - $7,433.25 - $9,035.83/month
Level 4 - $7,812.58 - $9,498.67/month

Final Filing Date: October 3, 2017

Criminalists conduct forensic laboratory analyses of physical evidence, investigate crime scenes, and testify in court as an expert witness on the subjects of forensic analyses and crime scene investigation.

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Knowledge of
  • Principles, methods, materials, standards, practices, equipment, and techniques of forensic science
  • Principles of chemistry, physics, biochemistry, physiology, zoology, botany,
  • statistics, and photography as related to forensic science
  • Common types of evidence, such as narcotics, poisons, trace, firearms, and explosives
  • Laws of evidence, criminal procedure, and crimes
  • Laboratory safety
Ability to
  • Perform a variety of difficult chemical, instrumental, and other complex laboratory analyses
  • Interpret federal, state, and local regulations pertaining to physical evidence
  • Develop and maintain good working relationships with those encountered during the course of work
  • Promote and enforce safe work practices and handling of hazardous substances
  • Prepare and analyze complex reports and correspondence
  • Testify in court
  • Adhere to established code of ethics
  • Handle exposure to stressful situations as a result of human behavior
Minimum Qualifications
  • Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a major in chemistry, biochemistry, physics, pharmacology, biology, microbiology, criminalistics (with emphasis in chemistry), or a closely related scientific field. Coursework must have included successful completion of 8 semester / 12 quarter units of general chemistry and 3 semester / 4.5 quarter units of quantitative analysis.
  • Note: A Master's degree in criminalistics, chemistry, biology, or a closely related scientific field may be substituted for one year of required experience.
  • Note: The level at which initial appointment to the class of Criminalist is made and/or movement from one level to the next is at the discretion of the appointing authority, in accordance with budget provisions, workload, and organizational needs, provided the experience requirements are met.
  • Note: The word "experience" referenced in the minimum qualifications means full-time paid experience unless the job announcement 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 final filing date listed in this notice.
Driver's License:
  • Some positions in this class may require a valid California Driver (Class C) License prior to appointment. Failure to maintain a valid License may constitute cause for termination from this class in accordance with Civil Service Rule 11.4. Individuals who do not meet this requirement due to a disability will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
  • Incumbents appointed to positions whose duties include the analysis of blood alcohol are required to obtain a Forensic Alcohol Analyst / Supervisor License issued by the State of California within one year of appointment date.
  • Note: Failure to obtain and maintain the appropriate valid Forensic Alcohol Analyst / Supervisor License may constitute cause for personnel action, up to and including dismissal from the class, under applicable Civil Service Rules or applicable bargaining agreement.
Background/Criminal History:
  • Candidates must pass a criminal history and background check, which may include contact of prior employers and personal references.
  • Candidates will be fingerprinted through the California Department of Justice Live Scan process for purposes of search of local, state, and national fingerprint files to disclose any criminal record.
  • A set of fingerprints is furnished to the California Department of Justice and to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Physical Requirements and Working Conditions: All positions require incumbents to:
  • Stand, walk, and/or sit for long periods of time, such as while conducting analysis in the laboratory or processing a crime scene
  • Move with sufficient personal agility to collect and process evidence at a variety of crime scenes, such as clandestine drug laboratories, automobiles, trash bins, etc.
  • Possess sufficient manual dexterity to manipulate and operate laboratory equipment
  • Lift and transport items weighing up to 50 pounds, such as bags and/or boxes of evidence
  • Visually distinguish color, shape, size, number, and picture resolution quality
  • Withstand exposure to disagreeable elements such as extreme weather conditions, malodorous and/or decomposing samples, blood, bodily fluids, etc.
Competency / Proficiency Testing:
  • Incumbents are required to successfully complete competency testing prior to beginning casework in a new core or sub-discipline.
  • Incumbents are required to successfully complete annual Proficiency Testing as required by the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors / Laboratory Accreditation Board (ASCLD / LAB).
Equipment Used: Incumbents are required to safely operate the following equipment in the performance of duties:
  • County-owned vehicles
  • Laboratory equipment and tools, such as microscopes, centrifuges, gas chromatograph-mass spectrometers, etc.
  • Office equipment, such as telephones, copiers, and fax machines
Hours of Work:
  • Incumbents may be required to work irregular hours, holidays, and weekends at various locations as necessary.
Probationary Period
  • The probationary period for this classification is twelve (12) months.

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Posted: September 12, 2017

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