Employment Opportunity

Sheriff's Photographer

Contra Costa County Sheriff, Martinez, California

Salary: $64,099.08 - $79,860.72 Annually

Final Filing Date: March 16, 2018

The Office of the Sheriff is actively recruiting to fill one Sheriff's Photographer position. This position is a single-position, non-sworn technical classification in the Professional Standards Division of the Sheriff's Office. The incumbent will serve as the primary photographer responsible for conceiving, executing, and delivering professional-quality photographic content that aligns with the mission of the Office of the Sheriff.

The incumbent will perform a range of general and specialized technical photographic imagery for operational, training, public relations, legal evidence, archival and accident prevention purposes. This is a journey level photographer classification that requires technical proficiency in all phases of photography, including high–resolution digital imagery, photomicrography, macro-photography and photographic processing and reproduction assignments. The incumbent may respond to crime scenes for photography and videography purposes. However, routine photo documentation of crime scenes and vehicle accidents is handled by other personnel. The Sheriff's Photographer is expected to keep the Professional Standards Division and Department advised as to technical advances in the field of photography.

The eligible list established from this examination may remain in effect for twelve (12) months.

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  • Sets up and adjusts cameras and takes quality black and white and color photographs utilizing, digital cameras
  • Produces a wide range of photographs and images to include recruitment advertising, informational brochures, training manuals, social media and posters that fulfill the mission of the Office of the Sheriff.
  • Sets up and maintains photographic and digital image files and archives utilizing manual and computer data-based systems
  • Maintains an inventory of photographic equipment and supplies to include professional cameras, lighting equipment, special lenses, filters, and other photographic equipment according to subject material, anticipated conditions and equipment limitations.
  • Advises management on technical advances in photographic, digital and audiovisual equipment and recommends on purchase of new equipment
  • Advises and trains Office of the Sheriff personnel on photographic and digital imaging techniques and acts as consultant for the Department on matters relating to photography
  • Operates video camera for special events and various productions
  • Downloads digital images from a camera onto a computer Creates, manipulates, and designs computer generated photographic images using advanced digital imaging techniques, illustration and presentation software
  • Scans and prints digital images for various applications
  • Provides training in the area of photographic evidence collection and preservation
  • Assist in the videotaping of investigative interviews of victims and suspects
  • Take photos and maintain electronic database on Sheriff's Office Fleet of vehicles, vessels and air craft units
  • Assist the Office recruiting campaigns by taking pictures and videos for marketing and recruiting
  • Create and produce posters, pamphlets, flyers and other materials that fulfil the mission of the Office of the Sheriff
  • Take photos and maintain electronic journal of all Sheriff's Office and regional assets acquired through the grant process
  • May video record crime scenes or crime scene evidence as directed
  • Take photos of employees to be used for Department issued identification cards
  • Research and review local and state law enforcement web sites to ensure departments sites are state of the art and legally compliant
  • Upload and maintain photos associated with Sheriff's Office social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and the internet


We are looking for someone who has:
  • Excellent photography skills and applied photographic knowledge.
  • Proficiency with photography software editing and lighting
  • Professional experience in portraiture and event photography
  • Great organizational skills and dependable
  • Creativity and versatility
  • The ability to work flexible hours to attend after hour events
  • Excellent interpersonal skills when working with various customers, peers, and stakeholders to accomplish goals.
Minimum Qualifications
  • License: Possession of a valid California Motor Vehicle Operator's License. Out of State valid Vehicle Operators License will be accepted during the application process.
  • Education: Possession of a high school diploma, GED equivalency or high school proficiency certificate.
  • Experience: Three (3) years of full time or its equivalent professional experience as a journey level photographer which included use of standard, videotape and digital cameras and performance of related photo lab functions such as developing and processing film and printing, enlarging and copying photographs and operating computer programs necessary to manipulate, print and archive digital images.
  • Substitution: An Associate's Degree in Art, Photography, or a closely related field may be substituted for two (2) years of the required experience.

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How to apply: Apply online

Posted: March 6, 2018

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