Employment Opportunity

Forensic Technician

Siskiyou Sheriff's Department, Yreka, California

Salary: $20.82 - $25.95 Hourly

Final Filing Date: March 19, 2023

Job Type: Extra Help

Under direct supervision, to assist in forensic investigation in a variety of situations under the auspices of the Sheriff's Department and that may include assisting in analysis of crime scene evidence; conducting forensic interviews investigating crime scenes in the collection and processing of evidence; preparing forms for mandatory DNA reporting; perform some crime analyst functions; conducting fingerprinting of individuals and collecting and analyzing latest fingerprints at crime scenes; and to do related work as required.

This is a specialized classification. The incumbents in this classification have responsibilities include assisting in performing crime scene investigations, and in performing duties related to the department forensic laboratory including fingerprints, photography, and presumptive testing of evidence properties for illicit drugs. The incumbents also maintain relevant documentation on blood draws and serology testing; performs some crime analyst functions. This position differs from the Senior Forensic Technician in that the Senior Forensic Technician provides lead direction and demonstrates a higher level of responsibility and experience than the Forensic Technician classification.

Duties and Requirements Click to read more

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Essential Functions
  • Assists in operation of the department's criminal laboratory, in crime scene investigations and in performing duties related to the department's forensic laboratory including fingerprints, photography, and presumptive testing for evidence of illicit drugs; in assigning serial numbers to property; in responding to incidents and completing reports on investigations; in processing crimes scenes by taking photographs, notes, and sketching of the scene; in documenting, collecting and logging evidence and maintaining chain of custody information; in placing evidence in proper storage facilities and locations in sending evidence to criminalist laboratories; performs some crime analyst functions; and in conducting forensic interviews of victims and witnesses. Incumbents also may develop and print photos from jail bookings; may conduct serology testing including DNA; may conduct fingerprinting.

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Knowledge of:
  • Forensic laboratory duties, techniques, and procedures.
  • Fingerprinting techniques under a variety of circumstances.
  • Use and care of department equipment and firearms.
  • Methods, practices, and terminology of financial and statistical record keeping.
  • Good public relations techniques.
  • Inventory procedures and file maintenance.
  • Policies and procedures used in the operation "chain of evidence" requirements.
  • Photography techniques and the operation of a dark room.
  • Hazardous materials investigation and methods of containment.
  • Presumptive narcotic screening testing and analysis on found properties.
  • Handwriting analysis techniques.
  • Restoration techniques for the retrieval of altered serial numbers on found properties.
  • Methods and protocols of crime scene processing
  • Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships.
Desired Skills:
  • Provide security, custody and control of criminal evidence, coroner's property, and found property.
  • Testify in court. Conduct forensic interviews and provide expert testimony in court. Read and understand codes, statutes, and information related to criminal evidence control, hazardous materials control, and arson investigations
  • Gather and organize data and information
  • Deal tactfully and courteously with the public and other staff when explaining the functions and policies of the county Sheriff/Coroner.
Training and Experience:
  • Any combination of training or experience that would provide the knowledge and skills to successfully perform the listed duties is qualifying. A typical way, but not required, to obtain the required knowledge and skills would be: One year of performing laboratory work or photography with demonstrated record keeping ability. Completion of specialized training courses in forensic investigation.
Special Requirements:
  • Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid and appropriate driver's license.
  • May be required to pass a pre-employment psychological exam.
Supplemental Information Typical Physical Requirements
  • Sit for extended periods; frequently stand and walk; climb stairs and ladders; walk on sloped, slippery, and/or uneven surfaces; ability to stoop, kneel, and bend over; sufficient manual dexterity and eye-hand coordination; lift and move objects weighing up to 100 pounds with assistance; crawl through various areas on hands and knees; corrected hearing and vision to normal range; drive a motor vehicle over a variety of county roads and in a variety of weather conditions; verbal communication; use of radio equipment, fire suppression equipment, self-contained breathing apparatus, and office equipment, including computer, telephone, calculator, copiers, and FAX.
Typical Working Conditions
  • Work is performed in office and outdoor environments; work is performed in a variety of temperatures and weather conditions and subject to duty anytime within a twenty-four hour period; exposure to smoke, hazardous materials, liquid chemicals, and blood borne pathogens; continuous contact with other staff and the public.

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Posted: March 15, 2023

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