Sacramento County Criminalist I-IV in United States

Criminalist I-IV


$56,021.04 - $119,016.00 Annually


Sacramento, CA

Job Type

Permanent Full-Time


District Attorney

Job Number



3/13/2019 5:00 PM Pacific

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The Position

Level 1 - $4,668.42 - $5,674.17/month

Level 2 - $6,234.42 - $7,576.00/month

Level 3 - $7,763.92 - $9,436.00/month

Level 4 - $8,160.58 - $9,918.00/month

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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Examples of Knowledge and Abilities

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

Employment Qualifications

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 or speak to someone in our office before the final filing date listed in this notice.

General Requirements

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.

Certificates/licenses: 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.

Application and Testing Information


Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply immediately. All applicants must complete and submit an online County of Sacramento employment application online by 5:00 PM on the final filing date of March 13, 2019. Click here to apply.

County of Sacramento

Department of Personnel Services

Employment Services Division

700 H Street, Room 4667

Sacramento, CA 95814

Phone (916) 874-5593; 7-1-1 California Relay Service


Inter-Office Mail Code: 09-4667

  • Employment applications and all documentation requested in this announcement must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on the final filing date.

  • Employment Services is not responsible for any issues or delays caused by an applicant's computer or web browser. Applicants will be automatically logged out if they have not submitted their applications and all documentation prior to 5:00 p.m. on the final filing date.

  • Your application should highlight all relevant education, training, and experience, and clearly indicate how you meet the minimum qualifications for the position as of the final filing date.

  • Application information must be current, concise and related to the requirements in this job announcement. You may only apply for this recruitment once. Duplicate and incomplete applications will be disqualified.

  • A resume may be included with your application, however it will not substitute for the information requested on the application.


Applicants are required to provide a full and complete response to each supplemental question. The Supplemental Questionnaire is located in the tab marked "Supplemental Questions". Please be descriptive in your response.

Note: Responses of "See Resume" or "See Application", or copy and paste of work experience are not qualifying responses and will not be considered.

  • Supplemental Questionnaires must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on the final filing date. Employment Services is not responsible for any issues or delays caused by an applicant's computer or web browser. Applicants will be automatically logged out if they have not submitted their applications and all documentation prior to 5:00 p.m. on the final filing date.

  • The supplemental questions are designed to elicit specific information regarding a candidate's experience, education, and training. Responses should be consistent with the information on your application and are subject to verification.

  • Please provide place of employment, pertinent dates, and concise, descriptive and detailed information for each question.

  • If a job included responsibilities applicable to several questions, separate the different functions of the job to answer all the questions completely.

  • Resumes or referral to the application or other questionnaire responses will not be accepted in lieu of completing each question.

  • If you have no experience, write "no experience" for the appropriate question.

  • For many individuals, it is more efficient to develop responses to the supplemental questions in a word processing document and then paste them into the final document to be submitted. Changes or corrections to your Supplemental Questionnaire cannot be made once your application packet has been submitted.

  • If the Supplemental Questionnaire is used in the Formula Rate exam, failure to complete all of the questions or incomplete responses will result in a lower score. While scoring the Supplemental Questionnaire, the candidate's application and/or attachments will not be reviewed, therefore, a candidate's responses to the questions should be accurate, thorough, detailed, and complete.


All candidates meeting the minimum qualifications by the final filing date will have their Supplemental Questionnaire scored in the Formula Rate Examination.

This examination will evaluate the relevance, level, recency, progression and quality of candidate's education, training and experience. The candidate's application or other materials will not be included in this examination. Therefore, the candidate's responses to the supplemental questionnaire should be thorough, detailed and complete. The score from the Formula Rate Examination will determine the ranking on the eligible/employment list for this job.

All candidates competing in the testing process will receive written notice of their examination results by email. Notices can also be accessed in their inbox. Applicants achieving a passing score will be placed on the eligible list in rank order. The rank is determined by the test score attained from the examination.


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