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Criminalist I/II/III

Kern County District Attorney, Bakersfield, California

Salary: $2,247.08 - $2,743.22 Biweekly

Final Filing Date: Continuous

FILING DATE: Applications will be received until cancellation of this notice. CANCELLATION CAN OCCUR AT ANYTIME WITHOUT NOTICE.

Under general supervision, performs professional duties involved in the collection, preservation, and scientific analysis of evidence encountered in the investigation of crimes.

LEVEL I: This is the entry level of the Criminalist series. It is distinguished from the Criminalist II, or journey level, in that entry level personnel receive close supervision from more experienced criminalists. Promotions to the journey level of Criminalist II are made on a merit basis subject to recommendation of the Department Head and approval by the Director of Personnel.

LEVEL II: This is the journey level in the Criminalist series. Incumbents perform a wide range of highly technical tasks largely independent of direct supervision. Incumbents exercise a high degree of initiative and judgment. This class is distinguished from the Criminalist I by the independence of action and the complexity of assignments. Promotion to Criminalist III is based on merit and is subject to recommendation by the Department Head and approval of the Director of Personnel.

LEVEL III: Criminalist III is the advanced journey level of the Criminalist series of classifications. Incumbents are assigned the more difficult cases, expected to exercise a high degree of initiative and judgment and may be responsible for coordinating a program or section within an individual laboratory unit. Incumbents must have demonstrated proficiency in one of the following forensic discipline areas: forensic biology; forensic toxicology, firearms/toolmarks, or general forensic analysis (controlled substances analysis; basic toxicology analysis, such as drugs of abuse testing, forensic alcohol and breath alcohol analysis; trace evidence; crime scene examination; or quality assurance). Promotion to Criminalist III is based on merit, subject to recommendation of the Department Head and approval of the Director of Personnel.

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Duties:

LEVELS I/II:
  • Performs physical, chemical, biochemical, biological, or instrumental analysis and microscopic examinations in the identification and comparison of physical evidence such as hair, fibers, fabrics, body fluids, poisons, narcotics, paint, glass, bullets, and firearms; determines proper testing techniques.
  • Operates, calibrates, troubleshoots and performs minor repairs on laboratory instruments.
  • Consults with and advises law enforcement officers and prosecuting attorneys regarding the nature of evidence or the results of laboratory analysis and their meaning; stays current in trends and innovations in the field of forensic science.
  • Makes accurate observations, records and reports of test results; testifies in court as an expert witness on findings and interpretation.
  • Responds to crime scenes to gather and preserve evidentiary items for laboratory analysis.
LEVEL III - In Addition to Levels I/II Functions:
  • Coordinates a program or section within an individual laboratory unit; reviews case work, prepares work schedules; provides training and technical assistance to less experienced staff; recommends allocation of resources; provides program oversight; assists and advises the Supervising Criminalist in personnel and policy matters within the unit;
  • Engages in research and experimentation to develop and improve analytical procedures; stays current in trends and innovations in the field of forensic science.
OTHER FUNCTIONS:
  • Makes technical presentations to outside groups.
  • Teaches classes or seminars and trains law enforcement officers.
  • Performs related work as required.
  • Incumbents must have the ability to perform the Essential Functions of the job.

Requirements:

LEVEL I:
  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a baccalaureate degree in chemistry, biochemistry, criminalistics, forensic science, biology, or a closely related laboratory science field. Relevant course work must contain a laboratory component. Course work must included 24 semester or 36 quarter units in chemistry including general chemistry, quantitative analysis, organic, and inorganic chemistry OR 12 semester or 18 quarter units in biochemistry, genetics and molecular biology (molecular genetics, recombinant DNA technology) or other subjects which provide a basic understanding of the foundation of forensic DNA analysis, as well as statistics and/or population genetics as applied to Forensic DNA analysis. Course work must satisfy DNA Advisory Board criteria and must contain a laboratory component. An advanced degree without the stated undergraduate course requirements will not meet the employment standards, unless the curriculum of the advanced degree covered the appropriate core courses.
LEVEL II:
  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a baccalaureate degree in chemistry, biochemistry, criminalistics, forensic science, biology, or a closely related laboratory science field. Relevant course work must contain a laboratory component. Course work must include 24 semester or 36 quarter units in chemistry, including general chemistry, quantitative analysis, organic, and inorganic chemistry OR 12 semester or 18 quarter units in biochemistry, genetics and molecular biology (molecular genetics, recombinant DNA technology) or other subjects which provide a basic understanding of the foundation of forensic DNA analysis, as well as statistics and/or population genetics as applied to forensic DNA analysis. Course work must satisfy DNA Advisory Board criteria and must contain a laboratory component. An advanced degree without the stated undergraduate coursework will not meet the employment standards.
Experience:
  • One (1) year of experience equivalent to Criminalist I in the County of Kern. A Masters or Doctorate degree in one of the above disciplines may be substituted for the one year of experience.
LEVEL III:
  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelors degree in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biology, Forensic Science, Criminalistics or a closely related laboratory science. Relevant course work must contain a laboratory component. Course work must include 24 semester or 36 quarter units in chemistry, including general chemistry, quantitative analysis, organic and inorganic chemistry OR 12 semester or 18 quarter units in biochemistry, genetics and molecular biology (molecular genetics, recombinant DNA technology) or other subjects which provide a basic understanding of the foundation of forensic DNA analysis as well as statistics and/or population genetics as applied to forensic DNA analysis. Course work must satisfy DNA Advisory Board criteria and must contain a laboratory component. Experience: Five years of progressively responsible experience as a Criminalist. An advanced degree in a natural or physical science or relevant laboratory experience in a closely related field may be substituted for one year of the Criminalist experience.
LEVEL I/II/III -
  • License/Certification: A valid Class C California motor vehicle operator's license must be maintained throughout employment.

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Posted: November 7, 2017



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