Employment Opportunity

Digital Forensics Investigator

Monterey County Sheriff-Coroner, Monterey, California

Salary: $6,493.59 - $8,863.75 Monthly

Final Filing Date: April 1, 2023

The Digital Forensics Investigator is a non-sworn position responsible for all aspects of evidence handling in a forensically sound manner, including evidence that may have been deleted, damaged, encrypted or otherwise manipulated. Incumbents collaborate with investigators and law enforcement. The ideal candidate will have the ability to perform forensic examination, analysis, and evaluation of electronically stored data. The ideal candidate will demonstrate the ability to read, understand, interpret laws, and be aware of chain-of-custody when working with investigators and prosecutors.

The Eligible List established by this recruitment process may be used County-wide to fill current and future vacancies on a regular full-time, part-time, or temporary basis.

Duties and Requirements Click to read more

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Examples of Duties
  • Conducts forensic examinations of electronic evidence, including computer-related equipment, cell phones, network devices, information systems, and digital software.
  • Use forensic software applications to analyze various forms of digital evidence.
  • Collect, transport, label and secure evidence from crime scenes or during forensic processing.
  • Works with Investigators and prosecutors in handling digital evidence and safeguarding data from potential contamination or exposure during extraction or transport.
  • Prepares written reports and court presentations of forensic examination findings, and provide expert testimony as requested on the handling of digital evidence.
  • Disassembles and examine computers, other hardware and related peripherals.
  • Prepares and maintains needed statistical and operational logs, records, databases and other files according to agency protocols.
  • Constructs computers and peripheral devices as needed to support digital forensic duties.

THE SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATE Will have a proven track record demonstrating the following knowledge, skills and abilities:

Thorough knowledge of:
  • Principles, techniques, and procedures of conducting forensic examinations of electronic devices and software.
  • Design and operation of computers, other digital technology hardware and peripherals, operating system, networks, firewalls, and systems security.
  • Written and spoken English.
Working knowledge of:
  • Forensic software applications and utilities, and authentication technologies and processes
  • Laws of arrest, search and seizure, service of legal process and the legal rights of citizens
  • Evidence and court procedures
  • Microsoft Office Suite software and standard office equipment.
Some knowledge of:
  • Statistics, research methods, record-keeping, and databases.
Skill and Ability to:
  • Work independently as a specialist in the field of digital forensics.
  • Maintain cooperative relationships with co-workers, members of the public and others contacted through the course of work to include law enforcement, prosecutors and investigators with other specialties participating in investigations; respond appropriately to supervision and direction; and attend and perform duties on a regular, reliable and consistent basis.
  • Work professionally at crime scenes, which may be unpleasant.
  • Organize and manage time as needed to maintain well-organized files and materials according to agency protocols, and to complete projects according to agreed timelines.
  • Work different hours of the day, shift work and possible on-call assignments.
  • View objectionable, explicit or graphic materials.

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Any combination of training, education and/or experience which provides the knowledge, skills and abilities and required conditions of employment is qualifying. An example of a way these requirements might be acquired is:
  • Two years of comparable experience with another agency,
  • OR
  • Associate degree (or higher), or its equivalent, in computer science or a related field from an accredited college, AND two years’ experience as a computer technician with A+ certification (industry standard certification),
  • OR
  • Five years of experience as a computer technician, programmer or computer network technician/administrator with experience in software applications, operating systems and advanced Internet operations.

  • Previous law enforcement experience preferred.


The required conditions of employment include, but are not limited to the following:
  • Possess and maintain a valid California Class C driver license at the time of appointment.
  • Successfully pass and complete a thorough background investigation, which includes a polygraph examination or a voice stress analysis.
  • Provide a telephone number or means by which employee can be reached.
  • Perform tasks outdoors or work on uneven ground or floor surfaces while working at crime scenes.
  • Be available to work a flexible schedule, including evenings, weekends, holidays, and during times of disaster and/or emergency.

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Posted: March 17, 2023

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