Criminalist Job Description Sample
FIRST DAY OF FILING:
JANUARY 23, 2018 at 8:00 A.M. (PST)
THE FILING PERIOD MAY BE SUSPENDED AT ANY TIME WITHOUT PRIOR NOTICE. THIS EXAMINATION MAY REOPEN AS THE NEEDS OF THE SERVICE REQUIRE.
THIS ANNOUNCEMENT IS A REBULLETIN TO REOPEN THE FILING PERIOD, UPDATE THE SALARY INFORMATION, UPDATE THE LICENSE INFORMATION, UPDATE THE SPECIAL INFORMATION SECTION, AND ADD INFORMATION ON THE SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONNAIRE. PERSONS WHO HAVE ALREADY APPLIED WITHIN THE LAST TWELVE (12) MONTHS NEED NOT REAPPLY, BUT MAY SUBMIT ADDITIONAL INFORMATION BY THE LAST DAY OF FILING.
TYPE OF RECRUITMENT
OPEN COMPETITIVE JOB OPPORTUNITY
Performs physical and chemical analyses required in scientific criminal investigations.
Positions allocable to this entry level class typically report to a Supervising Criminalist and work under close supervision and guidance in each section of a forensic science or criminalistics laboratory, receiving work of a progressively responsible nature and of broadening scope as capability develops and complete familiarity with all phases of laboratory analysis is gained. Incumbents in this class are characterized by their participation in an extensive, mandatory in-service training program designed to teach the techniques and procedures used in forensic science or criminalistic laboratories and, through classroom instruction and on-the-job training, prepare incumbents for higher level criminalistic positions.
Incumbents are required to respond to crime scenes at any time during their assigned shift, as well as during off duty hours, and will be required to testify in court regarding their analyses. Upon completion of a one year probationary period within Technical Services Division, and with a rating of competent, incumbents may be assigned to any section or regional laboratory within Scientific Services Bureau.
Essential Job Functions
Performs, under close supervision, physical and chemical analyses of evidentiary material such as blood, narcotics, drugs, hairs, fibers, metals, tool marks, and body fluids; utilizes microscopic techniques, comparison macrophotography, chromatography, spectrography, and physical, analytical, and comparison techniques.
Participates in the preparation of written findings and displays for court presentation; testifies in court concerning findings as established by the laboratory analyses.
Responds to crime scenes and examines, collects, interprets, and preserves physical evidence for analysis and evaluation under the direction of an experienced criminalist.
Researches technical journals, textbooks, chemical manuals, and other source materials to determine the best methods of performing analytical testing.
Participates, as assigned, in conducting research into new methods and procedures of scientific criminal investigation.
Drives to various facilities located throughout Los Angeles County to perform job-related essential functions, as required.
A Bachelor's Degree* or higher from an accredited college with specialization in criminalistics, biology, chemistry, biochemistry, or a closely related scientific field, including at least eight semester hours of general chemistry and three semester hours of quantitative analysis.
A valid California Class C Driver License is required to perform job-related essential functions of the position. Appointees may be required to provide automobiles and drive them in County service at the rate of compensation allowed by the Board of Supervisors.
Out-of-state applicants must have a valid license from the state in which they reside at the time of filing. Out-of-state applicants will be required to obtain a California Class C Driver License prior to appointment.
License Information: Successful applicants for this position will be required to obtain a copy of his/her driving record from the California State Department of Motor Vehicles before being appointed.
A copy of your driving record must be presented at the time of your appointment. License must not be suspended, restricted, or revoked. AN APPLICANT WHOSE DRIVING RECORD SHOWS THREE (3) OR MORE MOVING VIOLATIONS WITHIN THE LAST YEAR WILL NOT BE APPOINTED.
2 - Light: Light physical effort which may include occasional light lifting to a 10 pound limit, and some bending, stooping or squatting. Considerable walking may be involved.
SPECIAL REQUIREMENT INFORMATION
- In order to receive credit for the required degree and coursework, you must include a legible copy of the official degree, or official letter, and official transcripts from the accredited institution which shows the area of specialization and required course work with your application at the time of filing, or during the examination process but prior to promulgation. Failure to provide the required documentation will result in application rejection.
As part of this application process, applicants will be required to complete a supplemental questionnaire. The questionnaire contains a pre-investigative questionnaire which will be utilized as part of the background investigation process to ensure applicants meet the standards set forth by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.
Applicants who fail the pre-investigative questionnaire will be disqualified and will have to wait twelve (12) months from the date of the disqualification in order to reapply. Additional Information
This examination will consist of two (2) parts:
A written test covering biology, chemistry, quantitative analysis, scientific method, and criminalistics weighted 50%.
ONLY THOSE CANDIDATES WHO PASS THE WRITTEN TEST WITH A SCORE OF 70% OR HIGHER WILL PROCEED TO PART II.
THE WRITTEN TEST IS NOT REVIEWABLE BY CANDIDATES PER CIVIL SERVICE RULE 7.19.
An interview covering training, experience, and general ability to perform the duties of the position weighted 50%. As part of the interview, candidates will also be required to complete a brief writing exercise. Candidates who do not submit a writing sample will be disqualified from this examination.
CANDIDATES MUST ACHIEVE A PASSING SCORE OF 70% OR HIGHER ON EACH WEIGHTED PART OF THE EXAMINATION IN ORDER TO BE PLACED ON THE ELIGIBLE REGISTER.
Invitation letters will be sent electronically to the email address provided on the application. It is important that applicants provide a valid email address. Please add firstname.lastname@example.org to your email address book and to the list of approved senders to prevent email notifications from being filtered as spam/junk/clutter mail.
Notice of Non-Acceptance and Final Result letter will be mailed via USPS. Test scores cannot be given over the phone.
The names of candidates receiving a passing grade in the examination will be placed on the eligible register in the order of their score group for a period of twelve (12) months following the date of promulgation. Applications will be processed on an as received basis and promulgated to the eligible register accordingly.
NO PERSON MAY COMPETE IN THIS EXAMINATION MORE THAN ONCE EVERY TWELVE (12) MONTHS.
SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATES MUST COMPLETE A THOROUGH BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION, INCLUDING FINGERPRINT SEARCH. Examples of disqualifying factors include: Any felony convictions; job related misdemeanor convictions; certain serious traffic convictions or patterns of traffic violations (3 moving violations in one year; failure to appear; at fault accidents; suspended license; driving under the influence); poor credit history; poor employment history; substance abuse; anyone on probation.
ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY IF HIRED
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department (Department) has a "zero tolerance" policy for its employees for the following:
- use of narcotics, controlled substances, and/or prescription drugs without a prescription.
- use of marijuana with or without a prescription.
Any employee found in violation of this policy will be subject to discharge.
The eligible register resulting from this examination will be used to fill vacancies within the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, Technology & Support Division, Scientific Services Bureau.
AVAILABLE SHIFT Any Shift
APPOINTEES MUST BE WILLING TO WORK ANY SHIFT, INCLUDING EVENINGS, NIGHTS, WEEKENDS, AND HOLIDAYS
APPLICATION AND FILING INFORMATION
APPLICATIONS MUST BE FILED ONLINE ONLY - APPLICATIONS SUBMITTED BY U.S. MAIL, FAX, OR IN PERSON WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.
All applicants are required to submit a Standard County of Los Angeles Employment application ONLINE only. Resumes cannot be accepted in lieu of applications, although resumes and supporting documents may be uploaded as attachments to the online application.
Fill out your application and supplemental questionnaire completely. Provide any relevant education, training, and experience in the spaces provided so we can evaluate your qualifications for the job. All information is subject to verification and applications may be rejected at any time during the selection process.
The acceptance of your application depends on whether you have clearly shown that you meet the SELECTION REQUIREMENTS and you have completely filled out your application.
Apply online by clicking on the green "Apply" button at the top right of this post. You can also track the status of your application using this website. Your application and supplemental questionnaire must be submitted electronically by 5:00 p.m., PST, on the last day of filing.
Please note that ALL information included in the application materials is subject to VERIFICATION at any point during the examination and hiring process, including after an appointment has been made.
FALSIFICATIONS of any information may result in DISQUALIFICATION or RESCISSION OF APPOINTMENT.
Utilizing VERBIAGE from Class Specification and Minimum Requirements serving as your description of duties WILL NOT be sufficient to demonstrate that you meet the requirements. Doing so may result in an INCOMPLETE APPLICATION and you may be DISQUALIFIED.
NOTE: Candidates who apply online must upload any required documents as attachments during application submission.
If you are unable to attach required documents, you may fax the documents to (323) 415-2580 at the time of filing, or during the examination process but prior to promulgation. Failure to provide the required documentation will result in application rejection. Please include your Name, the Exam Number, and the Exam Title on the faxed documents.
SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER: Please include your Social Security Number for record control purposes. Federal Law requires that all employed persons have a Social Security Number.
COMPUTER AND INTERNET ACCESS AT LIBRARIES: For candidates who may not have regular access to a computer or the internet, applications can be completed on computers at public libraries throughout Los Angeles County.
NO SHARING OF USER ID AND PASSWORD: All applicants must file their application online using their OWN user ID and password. Using a family member or friend's user ID and password may erase a candidate's original application record.
California Relay Services Phone: (800) 735-2922
ADA Coordinator Phone: (213) 229-1621
Teletype Phone: (213) 626-0251
Department Contact Name: Professional Examinations Unit
Department Contact Phone: (323) 526-5611
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Criminalist Iii-Dna Technical Leader*
The Job Benefits Supplemental Questions
FUTURE SALARY INCREASE
3.0% Effective July 21, 2018
The Sheriff's Department is accepting applications for Criminalist III-DNA Technical Leader to perform the more complex Criminalist III duties of DNA analysis and review of DNA casework, in addition to accountability for DNA laboratory quality assurance requirements; responsibility includes methods and procedures, technical problem solving, and technical oversight of the DNA laboratory, in accordance with the FBI DNA Quality Assurance Standards for Forensic DNA Testing Laboratories, Combined DNA Index System (CODIS), and the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors - Laboratory Accreditation Board (ASCLD-LAB) requirements. This recruitment may close without notice when a sufficient number of qualified applications have been received. Apply TODAY for optimal consideration!
Applications are reviewed and processed on a weekly basis.
For a more comprehensive description of duties of this classification, view the Criminalist III job description.
- Official title: Criminalist III
Administrative Services Unit Benefits
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
- Applicants must not have been convicted of a felony. Prior to appointment, candidates will be fingerprinted and must pass a background investigation and a medical examination, which includes a drug test.
- 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 paged.
- Incumbents conducting investigations in the field must be able to climb up and down embankments and hike over rough terrain.
- 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.
- Must successfully complete FBI Auditor Training within one year of appointment, or be terminated.
- Some positions in this classification may be assigned to a schedule less than full-time (80 hours) per two-week pay period.
EDUCATION: A Master's Degree in a biology, chemistry, or forensic science-related area, with successful completion of 12 semester units of (combination of graduate-level and undergraduate-level) coursework in biochemistry, genetics, and molecular biology, and either statistics or population genetics (or an equivalency-waiver letter from ASCLD-LAB/FBI), as required per accreditation standards for the DNA laboratory.
EXPERIENCE: Three (3) years of experience as a qualified analyst in forensic (human) DNA laboratory casework, as required per accreditation standards for the DNA laboratory. (At time of application, must be capable of being qualified as a technical leader per the FBI DNA Quality Assurance Standards regarding education and experience requirements.)
A legible copy of your college transcripts are required to be submitted with the application or received within 48 hours of the application deadline posted on the announcement. (Unofficial transcripts are acceptable.) Scan and attach to the application or e-mail to Employment@hr.sbcounty.gov or FAX to (909)383-2394, Attn:Sheriff's jobs-Crim III-DNA.
The ideal candidate will possess five (5) years performing casework analysis using PCR-STR techniques in a certified forensic DNA laboratory, meeting the requirements of a DNA Technical Leader as outlined in the FBI DNA Quality Assurance Standards.
Selection Process:There will be a competitive evaluation of qualifications based upon a review of the application materials. It is to your advantage to be explicit and complete in your responses in all areas.
Only the most highly qualified applicants will be invited to continue in the selection process
Please click HERE for important Applicant Information and the County Employment Process.
$65,584 to $95,901; $85,900 to $125,593; $90,159 to $131,773
Annual salary is at the start of the pay range. The current salary range is subject to change. Please confirm the starting salary with the hiring department before accepting a job offer.
Candidates from the eligible list are normally appointed to vacancies in the lower pay grade positions. However, candidates with at least 18 months of full-time paid professional experience as a Criminalist (Forensic Chemist) may be considered for appointment to the second pay grade.
A Criminalist searches for, collects and preserves physical evidence in the investigation of crime and suspected criminals; examines evidence by means of physical and chemical analyses; prepares reports of findings; and gives expert testimony in court. At the highest pay grade, performs analyses of physical and chemical evidence of a nonroutine nature requiring advanced technology; and may serve as a lead worker by providing training and supervision to criminalists working in a specialized field.
A Criminalist is subject to call at any hour and may work under unpleasant and adverse conditions, including high places, dangerous locations, and in proximity to dead bodies and biological and chemical hazards, in order to investigate crime scenes. REQUIREMENT(S)/MINIMUM QUALIFICATION(S)
Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a major in a physical or natural science and successful completion of 8 semester or 12 quarter units in general chemistry.
1.In addition to the regular City application, all applicants must complete the Criminalist Training and Experience Questionnaire at the time of filing. The Criminalist Training and Experience Questionnaire is located within the Supplemental Questions Section of the City application. Applicants who fail to complete the Training and Experience Questionnaire will not be considered further in this examination, and their application will not be processed.
2.A valid California driver's license is required prior to appointment. Applicants will be disqualified and not eligible for hire if their record within the last 36 months reflects three or more moving violations and/or at-fault accidents, or a conviction of a major moving violation (such as DUI).
3.Applicants must list their:
(a) School name and location, type of degree earned and major in the Education Section of the City application; and
(b) Completed courses in chemistry as stated in the requirement, the course titles with the number of semester or quarter units, school attended and completion dates in the Supplemental Questions Section of the City application.
4.Please note that qualifying education must be from a college or university accredited by a City of Los Angeles recognized agency. A list of approved accrediting agencies can be found at http://per.lacity.org/Accredited%20Institutions%2008-21-08.pdf.
5.Candidates completing the examination process will be contacted by the Personnel Department to provide required proof of qualifying degree and coursework.
WHERE TO APPLY & APPLICATION DEADLINE
WHERE TO APPLY
City job applications and the Criminalist Supplemental Training and Experience Questionnaire WILL ONLY BE ACCEPTED ON-LINE. When you are viewing the on-line job bulletin of your choice, simply scroll to the top of the page and select the "Apply" icon. On-line job bulletins are available at https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/lacity for Open Competitive Examinations.
You must complete both the application and the Criminalist Supplemental Training and Experience Questionnaire (T&E) during the initial session. We recommend that you preview the T&E at http://per.lacity.org/exams/2234Sup.pdf prior to completing your on-line application to ensure you provide yourself with sufficient time to complete both the on-line application and the T&E.
There is an issue with using Google Chrome as your browser when submitting supplemental information. For additional information, see the link at http://per.lacity.org/exams/chromeissue.pdf.
Applicants are urged to apply early to ensure you have time to resolve any technical issues you may encounter.
Filing may be closed without prior notice after a sufficient number of applications and Supplemental Training and Experience Questionnaires have been received. For administrative purposes, filing may close periodically and reopen the following day.
All qualified applicants will be scheduled for testing based on when their applications were filed. The written test for Criminalist will be held on the second Saturday of every other month until further notice. Candidates whose City applications are received and approved by Thursday two weeks prior to the scheduled written test date will be scheduled to take the test on the 2nd Saturday of the following month.
After meeting minimum qualifications, candidates will be scheduled for the following:
Examination Weights: Multiple Choice Written Test . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Qualifying(Pass/Fail)
Essay. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Advisory
Training and Experience Questionnaire. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100%
In the qualifying written test, which will consist of multiple-choice questions, candidates may be examined for: Analytical Ability as it pertains to understanding written material, interpreting graphs and charts, and reading street maps; and Job Knowledge, including knowledge of: scientific methods of analysis, including principles and problem identification; scientific definitions and terminology; statistics and measurement techniques; appropriate handling of physical evidence at a crime scene; sciences: organic and inorganic chemistry, including physical properties of chemical substances; biology, including biochemistry and physiology; human anatomy; molecular biology; genetics; physics; and other necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities. .
You may bring an automatic hand-held calculator to the test site for use during the written test. There will be no power source provided at the test site, so your calculator must have its own power source.
At the time of the qualifying written test, candidates will be required to complete an advisory essay by preparing a written response on a general subject related to the duties of a Criminalist aligned with the following competencies: Follow Written Directions, Written Communication, Interpersonal Skills, Flexibility, Job Knowledge, which may include knowledge of: various types of physical evidence and laboratory methods used to conduct analyses, theory of operation of test instruments commonly used in crime laboratories, and other necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities . This written response will not be separately scored, but its content and quality will be considered in the evaluation of the candidate's overall qualifications. Candidates who do not respond to the essay question will be disqualified from the examination.
Candidates' Criminalist Supplemental Training and Experience Questionnaire and advisory essay will be evaluated only if the candidates achieve a passing score on the qualifying written test. The Supplemental Training and Experience Questionnaires, advisory essays, and City employment applications of these candidates will be submitted to an expert review panel for evaluation.
The expert review panel will assign a numeric score to each candidate based on an evaluation of each candidate's overall qualifications, as described on the candidate's City application, Training and Experience Questionnaire, and advisory essay. In the Training and Experience Questionnaire, the following competencies may be evaluated: Follow Written Directions, Written Communication, and Job Knowledge, including knowledge of: various types of physical evidence and laboratory methods used to conduct analyses, theory of operation of test instruments commonly used in crime laboratories, chemistry, biology, physics, microscopy, and other necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities.
The qualifying written test and advisory essay will consist of a single half-day session. Candidates will be notified later, by email, of the date, time, and location of the written test in Los Angeles.
Additional information can be obtained by going to http://per.lacity.org/index.cfm?content=jobanalyses and clicking on Competencies under Criminalist.
As a covered entity under the Fair Employment and Housing Act and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City of Los Angeles does not discriminate on the basis of disability and upon request, will provide reasonable accommodations to ensure equal access to its programs, services, and activities. To request a disability accommodation, please complete the Disability Accommodation Form within 14 calendar days of the submittal of the City application. The Disability Accommodation Form can be obtained at http://per.lacity.org/exams/verify_disability.pdf.
Applications are accepted subject to review to ensure that minimum qualifications are met. Candidates may be disqualified at any time if it is determined that they do not possess the minimum qualifications stated on this bulletin.
This examination is based on a content validation study, and as provided by Civil Service Commission Rule 4.20, the written test will not be subject to candidate inspection.
A final average score of 70% is required to be placed on the eligible list.
You may take this examination once a year (365 calendar days). Your name may be removed from the eligible list after six months.
Candidates must submit a new application and Criminalist Supplemental Training and Experience Questionnaire each time they wish to re-compete in the examination process.
Your rank on the employment list may change as scores of candidates from other administrations of the examination are merged onto one list.
If you receive and accept an offer of employment to a regular position with the City of Los Angeles, your employee benefit coverage (including health and dental coverage as well as life insurance) will commence approximately six weeks after your original regular appointment. Not all positions in the City receive benefit coverage; you should inquire regarding the availability of employee benefits prior to accepting a position.
THIS EXAMINATION IS TO BE GIVEN
ONLY ON AN OPEN COMPETITIVE BASIS
The City of Los Angeles does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, creed, color, ancestry, medical condition (cancer), and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome.
Criminalistics Affiliate/Part-Time Instructor
Establishment of a pool of Affiliate/Part-Time instructors of Criminalistics for the Dept. of Chemistry. PT CHE.CRI Qualified Applicants will be placed in the departmental pool and will be considered for part-time departmental needs beginning Spring 2016.
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PAE is currently seeking a DNA Examiner based in Fort Gillem, GA
May be required to travel OCONUS (as needed)
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Examine evidence in consultation with firearms and latent print analysts (as needed) to ensure proposed collection approach will not negatively impact collection of other forensic data from the evidence.
Collect potential DNA samples from evidence using approved procedures designed to minimize the possibility of sample contamination. All samples shall be properly packaged, marked and stored in preparation for extraction.
Generate STR DNA profiles from evidence and reference samples.
Analyze and interpret data from analysis which typically consists of complex mixtures and low level samples.
Use photographic equipment to capture still images of each evidence item and relevant key portions of the evidence item, or other exhibits, to support further analysis, conclusions, and documentation.
Annotate the case file documentation, detailing the processing techniques and the examination results.
Perform administrative and/or technical reviews of reports and worksheets.
Ensure proper chain of custody is maintained.
Perform instrument maintenance.
A minimum of a Bachelor's degree coupled with 4+ years' experience working in a forensic laboratory performing DNA analysis on criminal evidence. Experience must include the following:
Identification of blood and bloodstains, body fluids, and stains of body fluids, hair and other items requiring DNA or related analysis.
Performance of visual and microscopic examination of hairs.
Generation of STR DNA profiles.
Comparison of evidence from victims, scenes, or instruments of incidents to evidence from suspects.
Must be able to successfully pass a skills assessment.
Able to obtain and maintain a DoD Secret security clearance required.
Physical ability and commitment to deploy globally as a team member.
Professional certification such as American Board of Criminalistics (ABC) is desired
An active DoD Secret Clearance is desired
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