Employment Opportunity


Solano County District Attorney's Office, Fairfield, California

Salary: $68,530 - $114,543 per year

Final Filing Date: July 17, 2018

Criminalists work in the District Attorney’s Forensic Laboratory conducting analysis of physical evidence, and serve as expert witnesses in court on the subjects of forensic analysis. Currently the Forensic Laboratory is seeking applicants to perform testing in forensic human-performance toxicology; including identification and quantitative methods for alcohol and drugs in blood, as well as instrumental skills in GC/MS, LC/MSMS and other related toxicological instrumentation. In addition, skills in research and validation of toxicology methods are also desirable.

Distinguishing characteristics between the Entry, Journey and Senior levels are based on assignment and years of experience. The independence of work, complexity and scope of responsibilities is defined as stated below:
  • At entry level, Criminalists have little or no previous forensic casework experience. They receive on-the-job training in one or more of the core forensic disciplines, learning to apply the required body of knowledge. They perform fundamental, routine forensic scientific casework of moderate difficulty and within established parameters that are designed to develop broader and more in-depth knowledge and skill. This is the training and developmental level.
  • At the journey level, Criminalists independently perform technically complex and difficult forensic scientific casework in one or more forensic disciplines; and assist in training laboratory staff and law enforcement officers.
  • At the senior level, Criminalists perform the most technically complex, difficult, or highly sensitive scientific casework in one or more forensic disciplines; research and develop new methods and/or lead oversight and training of laboratory staff on a regular and recurring basis.

The eligible list established from this recruitment will be used to fill full-time and part-time regular, limited-term or extra-help positions as vacancies occur or the need arises.

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This class specification represents the core areas of responsibilities; specific position assignments will vary depending on the needs of the department.
  • Performs physical and chemical examinations of physical evidence using quantitative and qualitative laboratory techniques, procedures, and approved protocols.
  • Evaluates nature, origin, and significance of evidence in criminal cases in the laboratory and in the field.
  • Makes accurate observations regarding examinations.
  • Maintains chain of custody and integrity of evidence.
  • Prepares detailed notes and comprehensive written reports regarding examinations.
  • Presents fair and impartial court testimony concerning findings as established by laboratory analyses and practices and interprets findings as a qualified expert witness.
  • Maintains laboratory equipment, instruments, and work areas.
  • Provides training, guidance, and technical assistance to laboratory staff, law enforcement personnel, and other users of laboratory services in collecting, preserving, analyzing, and interpreting physical evidence.
  • Researches technical journals, textbooks, chemical manuals, and other source materials to determine the best methods of performing analytical testing.
  • Performs other duties of a similar nature and level as assigned.


  • Education: Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a major in chemistry, forensic chemistry/science, biochemistry, toxicology, criminalistics, or a closely related physical or natural science field that included 20 semester/30 quarter units of general chemistry, organic chemistry (two courses), quantitative techniques, and laboratory sections;
  • AND
  • Entry-level Experience: No experience;
  • OR
  • Journey-level Experience: Two years of full-time directly related experience in a class comparable to Solano County's Criminalist;
  • OR
  • Senior-level Experience: Four years of full-time directly related journey-level experience in a class comparable to Solano County's Criminalist in one of the following areas: firearms and tool mark comparisons; forensic biology/DNA, trace and impression evidence examinations, drug analysis, and/or forensic alcohol or toxicology.

  • Note: Master's degree or higher in one of the scientific fields noted above is desirable and may be substituted for one year of the required experience.
  • Employees conducting forensic alcohol analyses must be eligible to conduct such work as specified by the State of California at the time of appointment
  • California Driver's License, Class C

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Posted: June 29, 2018

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