Employment Opportunity

DNA Criminalist II

San Bernardino County Sheriff/Coroner, San Bernardino, California

Salary: $75,441.60 - $103,875.20 Annually

Final Filing Date: Continuous

The Sheriff's Department is recruiting for experienced Criminalists who specialize in DNA analysis to perform laboratory examinations of physical evidence to establish facts of criminal investigations, and participate in crime scene investigations using forensic knowledge and techniques in gathering, preserving, and examining physical evidence.

Duties and Requirements Click to read more


  • Conduct laboratory examinations and analyses in the identification and comparison of physical evidence. Compare analytical findings with known standards. Analyzes a wide variety of materials and objects which may constitute physical evidence.
  • Conduct field investigations at crime scenes to search for, collect and preserve physical evidence for laboratory analysis; reconstruct situations using physical evidence to aid in the interpretation of relationships amongst persons, instruments, or materials with the crime.
  • Study new techniques, procedures and methodology in the field of criminalistics. Conduct research in the development of new techniques, methods, and equipment for the solution of problems in laboratory or field identification of evidence.
  • Assist in training less experienced Criminalists in the methods of collecting, analyzing and preserving evidence.
  • Prepare case notes and detailed reports of forensic analyses and findings; maintain case files and records; assist with administrative review of case notes and reports.
  • Interact with law enforcement personnel to obtain information about evidence and cases; serve as a consultant to other law enforcement agencies; prepare and present detailed written reports.
  • Testify in court as an expert witness on findings and interpretation.
  • Operate, calibrate, troubleshoot and perform minor repairs on laboratory instruments.
  • Assist in testing and evaluating new laboratory equipment, methods and protocols.
  • Provide vacation and temporary relief as required.


Minimum Requirements
  • EXPERIENCE: Two (2) years of full-time paid experience in a law enforcement forensic laboratory with expertise in performing analysis, comparison and identification of typical forensic samples in the following: Firearms/Toolmarks, DNA/Serology, Trace Evidence, Toxicology, Solid Dose Drug Analysis, or Alcohol Analysis.
  • --AND--
  • EDUCATION: A bachelor's degree (or higher) in a natural or physical science, criminalistics, or a closely related field is required (per ASCLD/LAB accreditation standards). Coursework must include the following: at least eight (8) semester (12 quarter) units of general chemistry, AND nine (9) semester units which included coursework in genetics, biochemistry, and molecular biology, AND either coursework in population genetics or coursework or training in statistics.

  • ALL APPLICANTS: A legible copy of your college transcripts must be scanned and attached to the application (unofficial transcripts are acceptable).
  • Note: If qualifying with training in statistics, a certificate or other verification of completion of the training must also be submitted for evaluation.
  • Qualifying degree and coursework must be completed at a college or university accredited by any accrediting association recognized by the United States Department of Education. Degrees or coursework completed outside the U.S. must be accompanied by an evaluation report from a reputable credential evaluation service indicating equivalency to degrees or coursework as above.
Desired Qualifications
  • Experience in Forensic PCR/STR DNA analysis is particularly desirable.
  • Background: Prior to appointment, applicants will be fingerprinted and must pass an extensive background investigation, including a polygraph examination. Applicants must not have been convicted of a felony.
  • Shift: Incumbents may be required to work, or to be on call for work, on weekends, holidays, evenings, and nights. On-call employees must be able to report for duty within one hour after being notified.
  • License: A valid California Class C driver license is required at time of appointment. Employees in this class may be required to use personal vehicles and show proof of automobile liability insurance.
  • Availability: This department is a "24/7" operation, and the incumbent can expect to work rotating, night, weekend, day, and graveyard shifts, as well as holidays and weekends. Sheriff's Crime Scene Specialists who are on call must be able to report for duty within one hour after being paged.
  • Physical: Incumbents conducting investigations in the field must be able to climb up and down embankments and hike over rough terrain.
  • Travel: Travel throughout the county is required; employees may be required to make provision for transportation. At the time of hire, a valid California driver license and proof of automobile liability insurance must be produced for the individual providing the transportation.

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Posted: October 4, 2018

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