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Job Opportunity Bulletin - Division Of Law Enforcement



Date of Announcement:August 28, 2014
Submit Applications By:September 25, 2014
Class Title:CRIMINALIST (positions 1)
Type of Appointment:PERMANENT
Time Base:FULL TIME
Shift:Day Shift [PSN: 420-551-8466-xxx] (8:00 am - 5:00 pm)
Work Week:Monday - Friday
Bureau/Section/Program:Bureau of Forensic Services / Toxicology Program
City:SACRAMENTO
Duties:Under the general direction of the Criminalist Manager, the Criminalist performs routine and less complex technical laboratory analyses, analyzing biological samples for the presence of drugs, and assist higher level criminalists in the examination of crime scenes and in the scientific investigation of crimes. The Criminalist will be responsible to provide drug screening and confirmation of positive results and analysis of Blood Alcohol samples and training on and maintenance of Evidential Portable Alcohol System devices and handle the Blood Alcohol cases. They will conduct all types of toxicological analyses and to analyze and approve results for breath alcohol of subject testing performed at the roadside by law enforcement officers. Provide drug screening and confirmation of positive results and analysis of Blood Alcohol samples and training on and maintenance of Evidential Portable Alcohol System devices. The Criminalist will be expected to interpret the results of the toxicological analysis and render expert witness opinions for courts throughout the state; prepare reports of all analyses and examinations and assist local law enforcement officers, investigators and prosecutors in analyzing and interpreting evidence.
Desirable Qualifications:Equivalent to graduation from college with a major in one of the physical sciences, including eight semester hours of general chemistry and three semester hours of quantitative analyses. Knowledge of scientific methods and techniques used in examining crime scenes; tests for the identity and comparison of blood and fluids; tests for explosives and flammable materials; tests of hair and fibers, glass and equipment necessary to conduct these tests; modern methods and techniques in investigations of major crimes.
Filing Requirements:Failure to submit the following with your application package may result in elimination from the hiring process:
  • State Application (STD 678) - Clearly indicate the basis of your eligibility in the Explanation section located at the bottom of page one.
  • If you are using education to meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must submit a copy of your transcript or diploma. An official transcript will be required upon appointment.
  • Resume
Who May Apply:checkedDOJ AND OTHER: Individuals who are currently in this classification, eligible for lateral transfer, reachable on a current employment list for this classification, or former state employees with reinstatement eligibility.

checkedSROA/SURPLUS: Individuals with SROA/Surplus status. Surplus candidates must submit a copy of their Surplus letter. Please visit CalHR's web site for more information on the SROA and Surplus programs.

Additional Job-Related Information: The following is a list of additional features related to this job opportunity.
  • A background check will be required.
  • A fingerprint check will be required.
  • A drug screen test will be required.
  • This position is Program Critical.
  • A 60-day candidate pool will be established for subsequent vacancies.
Submit Application Packages To:California Department of Justice
Division of Law Enforcement
Bureau of Forensic Services
Toxicology Program
4949 Broadway, Room F-249
Sacramento, CA 95820

Contact Information:Kurtis Smith, Criminalist Manager
(916) 227-3620


California Relay (Telephone) Service for the Deaf or Hearing-Impaired: TDD Phones: 1-800-735-2929 or Voice Phones: 1-800-735-2922
It is an objective of the State of California to achieve a drug-free work place. Any applicant for state employment will be expected to behave in accordance with this objective because the use of illegal drugs is inconsistent with the law of the state, civil service rules, and the special trust placed in public servants.

An equal opportunity employer for all regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, marital status, disability, religious or political affiliation, age, or sexual orientation.

Employment provisions in the California Department of Human Resources' State Restriction of Appointments (SROA) policy will prevail. Current or future Executive Orders relating to filling positions may also affect this process.

Applications will be screened and only the most qualified may be interviewed. In order to ensure the most qualified candidate pool, applications received after the final filing date may be considered.

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