Employment Opportunity

Forensic Laboratory Technician

Ventura County Sheriff's Office, Ventura, California

Salary: $35,948.98 - $50,601.66 Annually

Final Filing Date: May 22, 2019

Under immediate supervision, provides technical assistance to forensic scientists in all areas of Alcohol Analysis, Toxicology, Solid Dosage Drugs, Forensic Biology, DNA, Trace Analysis, and Firearms; and performs related duties as assigned.

The eligible list established from this recruitment may be used to fill current and future Regular (including Temporary and Fixed-term), Intermittent, and Extra Help vacancies for these positions only in the Sheriff's Office. There is currently one (1) Regular vacancy.

Duties and Requirements Click to read more


  • Assists forensic scientists in basic casework preparation and analysis;
  • Verifies accuracy and conducts maintenance on instrumentation under the supervision of a forensic scientist;
  • Prepares reagents and performs quality control checks;
  • Prepares kits for Blood Alcohol, Toxicology, and Forensic Biology Sections;
  • Disposes of samples in accordance with legal requirements;
  • Assists in preparation of case work and prepares statistical reports;
  • Maintains current inventory of laboratory equipment and supplies; orders supplies as needed for the Forensic Science laboratory;
  • Cleans and prepares surfaces, test tubes, and other laboratory equipment as required;
  • Assists Forensic Scientists with preparation of samples to be analyzed;
  • May testify in court; and
  • Performs related duties as required.


  • Some experience which has led to the acquisition of the required knowledge, skills ,and abilities. The required knowledge, skills, and abilities can also be obtained by the equivalent of two (2) years of college which has included at least twenty (20) semester units or thirty (30) quarter units in science laboratory courses such as biochemistry, chemistry, physics, biology, criminalistics, forensic science, quantitative analysis; or a closely related field.
  • Must possess and maintain a valid California driver license.
  • Bachelor's Degree in the laboratory sciences field (e.g., biochemistry, chemistry, physics, biology, forensic science; or a closely related field).
  • Three (3) semester units or four point five (4.5) quarter units each in genetics, biochemistry, and molecular biology.
  • Eight (8) semester units or twelve (12) quarter units of general chemistry.
  • Some knowledge of: general chemistry, and forensic science.
  • Some ability to: comprehend and follow oral and written instructions; maintain laboratory equipment; prepare test kits; enter and retrieve data from computerized data bases; utilize specialized computer software related to forensic science; communicate effectively both orally and in writing; establish and maintain effectively working relationships.

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Posted: May 10, 2019

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