Sacramento County, California

Director, District Attorney's Laboratory of Forensic Services

Closing Date

February 17, 2017
(This is a continuous filing exam. First filing cut-off is at 5:00 pm on: 1/20/2017, Final cut-off is at 5:00 pm on: 2/17/2017)


$67.83 - $82.45 Hour
$11,802.42 - $14,346.30 Monthly
$141,629.04 - $172,155.60 Annually

Position Information

Incumbents in this class direct and manage the operations of the District Attorney's Laboratory of Forensic Services.

Examples of Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of:

Ability to:

Supervision Received and Exercised

General supervision is provided by the Supervising Forensic Investigator. Technical oversight and work direction related to the investigation and forensic processing of major crime scenes and related evidence is provided by the Lead Forensic Investigator. Incumbents of the Forensic Investigator II class are expected to train, oversee and provide work direction to Forensic Investigator I and provide verbal and written feedback to supervisory personnel regarding work performance and progress.

Employment Qualifications

Two years full-time paid experience as a Supervising Criminalist in Sacramento County service,


Eleven (11) years full-time paid crime laboratory experience, two of which must have been as a supervisor in a crime laboratory setting


Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a major in chemistry, biochemistry, physics, pharmacology, biology, microbiology, criminalistics (with emphasis in chemistry), or a closely related field. Coursework must have included successful completion of 8 semester / 12 quarter units of general chemistry and 3 semester / 4.5 quarter units of quantitative analysis.

Note: A Master's degree in criminalistics, chemistry, biology, or a closely related scientific field may be substituted for one year of the non-supervisory experience.

General Requirements: Some positions in this class may require a valid California Driver (Class C) License prior to appointment. Failure to maintain a valid License may constitute cause for termination from this class in accordance with Civil Service Rule 11.4. Individuals who do not meet this requirement due to a disability will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Incumbents appointed to positions whose duties include the analysis of blood alcohol are required to obtain a Forensic Alcohol Analyst / Supervisor License issued by the State of California within one year of appointment date.

Note: Failure to obtain and maintain the appropriate valid Forensic Alcohol Analyst / Supervisor License may constitute cause for personnel action, up to and including dismissal from the class, under applicable Civil Service Rules or applicable bargaining agreement.

Criminal History and Background Investigation: Candidates must pass a criminal history and background check, which may include contact of prior employers and personal references. Candidates will be fingerprinted through the California Department of Justice Live Scan process for purposes of search of local, state, and national fingerprint files to disclose any criminal record. A set of fingerprints is furnished to the California Department of Justice and to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Physical Requirements and Working Conditions:

All positions require incumbents to:

  • Stand, walk, and/or sit for long periods of time, such as while conducting analysis in the laboratory or processing a crime scene
  • Move with sufficient personal agility to collect and process evidence at a variety of crime scenes, such as clandestine drug laboratories, automobiles, trash bins, etc.
  • Possess sufficient manual dexterity to manipulate and operate laboratory equipment
  • Lift and transport items weighing up to 50 pounds, such as bags and/or boxes of evidence
  • Visually distinguish color, shape, size, number, and picture resolution quality
  • Withstand exposure to disagreeable elements such as extreme weather conditions, malodorous and/or decomposing samples, blood, bodily fluids, etc. Competency

Proficiency Testing:

  • Incumbents are required to successfully complete competency testing prior to beginning casework in a new core or sub-discipline.
  • Incumbents are required to successfully complete annual Proficiency Testing as required by the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors / Laboratory Accreditation Board (ASCLD / LAB).

Equipment Used:

Incumbents are required to safely operate the following equipment in the performance of duties:

  • County-owned vehicles
  • Laboratory equipment and tools, such as microscopes, centrifuges, gas chromatograph-mass spectrometers, etc.
  • Office equipment, such as telephones, copiers, and fax machines

Hours of Work: Incumbents may be required to work irregular hours, holidays, and weekends at various locations as necessary.

To Apply

Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply immediately. All applicants must complete and submit an online County of Sacramento employment application by 5:00 PM on the posted cut-off dates. Read the full job posting and apply online here.

County of Sacramento
Department of Personnel Services
Employment Services Division
700 H Street, Room 4667
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone (916) 874-5593; 7-1-1 California Relay Service
Inter-Office Mail Code: 09-4667

  • Employment applications and all documentation requested in this announcement must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on the cut-off date.
  • Employment Services is not responsible for any issues or delays caused by an applicant's computer or web browser. Applicants will be automatically logged out if they have not submitted their applications and all documentation prior to 5:00 p.m. on the cut-off date.
  • Your application should highlight all relevant education, training, and experience, and clearly indicate how you meet the minimum qualifications for the position as of the cut-off date.
  • Application information must be current, concise and related to the requirements in this job announcement. You may only apply for this recruitment once. Duplicate and incomplete applications will be disqualified.
  • A resume may be included with your application, however it will not substitute for the information requested on the application.