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Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, Los Angeles, California

Salary: $67,225.20 - $83,515.68 Annually

Final Filing Date: Continuous

Performs physical and chemical analyses required in scientific criminal investigations.

Positions allocable to this entry level class typically report to a Supervising Criminalist and work under close supervision and guidance in each section of a forensic science or criminalistics laboratory, receiving work of a progressively responsible nature and of broadening scope as capability develops and complete familiarity with all phases of laboratory analysis is gained. Incumbents in this class are characterized by their participation in an extensive, mandatory in-service training program designed to teach the techniques and procedures used in forensic science or criminalistic laboratories and, through classroom instruction and on-the-job training, prepare incumbents for higher level criminalistic positions. Incumbents are required to respond to crime scenes at any time during their assigned shift, as well as during off duty hours, and will be required to testify in court regarding their analyses. Upon completion of a one year probationary period within Technical Services Division, and with a rating of competent, incumbents may be assigned to any section or regional laboratory within Scientific Services Bureau.

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  • Performs, under close supervision, physical and chemical analyses of evidentiary material such as blood, narcotics, drugs, hairs, fibers, metals, tool marks, and body fluids; utilizes microscopic techniques, comparison macrophotography, chromatography, spectrography, and physical, analytical, and comparison techniques.
  • Participates in the preparation of written findings and displays for court presentation; testifies in court concerning findings as established by the laboratory analyses.
  • Responds to crime scenes and examines, collects, interprets, and preserves physical evidence for analysis and evaluation under the direction of an experienced criminalist.
  • Researches technical journals, textbooks, chemical manuals, and other source materials to determine the best methods of performing analytical testing.
  • Participates, as assigned, in conducting research into new methods and procedures of scientific criminal investigation.
  • Drives to various facilities located throughout Los Angeles County to perform job-related essential functions, as required.


  • A Bachelor's Degree or higher from an accredited college with specialization in criminalistics, biology, chemistry, biochemistry, or a closely related scientific field, including at least eight semester hours of general chemistry and three semester hours of quantitative analysis.
  • A valid California Class C Driver License is required to perform job-related essential functions of the position. Appointees may be required to provide automobiles and drive them in County service at the rate of compensation allowed by the Board of Supervisors.
  • Out-of-state applicants must have a valid license from the state in which they reside at the time of filing. Out-of-state applicants will be required to obtain a California Class C Driver License prior to appointment.

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Posted: January 23, 2018

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