Job Posting: Senior Criminalist (DNA Special Skills)

Department of Justice

Senior Criminalist (DNA Special Skills)

$6,892.00 - $9,226.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: 10/27/2020

Job Description and Duties

This is the full journey level of the Criminalist series. While DNA Special Skills Senior Criminalists may perform routine biology and DNA examinations, they are also assigned to work the higher-level, more complex scientific investigations. They may also assist and/or conduct scientific investigations and the examination of physical evidence at crime scenes and clandestine drug labs.

You will find additional information about the job in the Duty Statement.

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Position Details

Job Code #:
Position #(s):
Working Title:
Senior Criminalist (DNA Special Skills)
$6,892.00 - $9,226.00
$3,985.00 - $5,047.00 A
$5,213.00 - $6,959.00 B
$6,280.00 - $8,388.00 C
# of Positions:
Work Location:
Shasta County
Job Type:
Permanent, Full Time
Work Week:

Department Information

  • This position is located in the Division of Law Enforcement, Bureau of Forensic Services, Redding, CA. The Bureau of Forensic Services has seven DNA programs in California. Six programs are at regional laboratories, and the positions at these laboratories are assigned to DNA Casework Programs. Positions at the seventh laboratory, the Jan Bashinski DNA Laboratory in Richmond (Contra Costa County), may be assigned to the DNA Casework Program, the CAL-DNA Data Bank Program, the Missing Persons DNA Program, or the Method Development Unit.
  • Please disregard the SROA/Surplus language below, as the Department of Justice requires applicants to submit their SROA/Surplus Letter if that is the basis of their eligibility.
  •  For more information about the Department, please visit the Attorney General’s website at

Special Requirements

• A fingerprint check is required.
• Candidates are required to take and pass a Drug Screening Test prior to being hired.
• Candidates must pass a Background Investigation prior to being hired. The Background Investigation may include Criminal Background and a review of any governmental records.
• Candidates are required to submit to and pass a Medical Evaluation. They must receive medical clearance prior to being hired.

Candidates who have graduated from college with a major in one of the physical or biological sciences but do not have 3 semester hours of Quantitative Analysis will be admitted to the Criminalist examination, but they must provide proof of completion of the 3 semester hours of Quantitative Analysis before they are eligible for appointment.

Application Instructions

Completed applications and all required documents must be received or postmarked by the Final Filing Date in order to be considered. Dates printed on Mobile Bar Codes, such as the Quick Response (QR) Codes available at the USPS, are not considered Postmark dates for the purpose of determining timely filing of an application.

Final Filing Date: 10/27/2020

Who May Apply

Individuals who are currently in the classification, eligible for lateral transfer, eligible for reinstatement, have list eligibility, are in the process of obtaining list eligibility, or have SROA and/or Surplus eligibility (please attach your letter, if available). SROA and Surplus candidates are given priority; therefore, individuals with other eligibility may be considered in the event no SROA or Surplus candidates apply.

Applications will be screened and only the most qualified applicants will be selected to move forward in the selection process.
Applicants must meet the Minimum Qualifications stated in the Classification Specification(s).

How To Apply

Complete Application Packages (including your Examination/Employment Application (STD 678) and applicable or required documents) must be submitted to apply for this Job Posting. Application Packages may be submitted electronically through your CalCareer Account at When submitting your application in hard copy, a completed copy of the Application Package listing must be included. If you choose to not apply electronically, a hard copy application package may be submitted through an alternative method listed below:

Address for Mailing Application Packages

You may submit your application and any applicable or required documents to:

Department of Justice
Attn: Dina Yip
Department of Justice/DLE-BFS
1300 I Street, Suite 1150
Sacramento, CA 95814

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

You may drop off your application and any applicable or required documents at:

Dina Yip
Department of Justice/DLE-BFS
1300 I Street, Suite 1150
Sacramento, CA 95814
08:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Required Application Package Documents

The following items are required to be submitted with your application. Applicants who do not submit the required items timely may not be considered for this job:

  • Current version of the State Examination/Employment Application STD Form 678 (when not applying electronically), or the Electronic State Employment Application through your Applicant Account at All Experience and Education relating to the Minimum Qualifications listed on the Classification Specification should be included to demonstrate how you meet the Minimum Qualifications for the position.
  • Resume is required and must be included.
  • Other - You must submit a copy of your transcripts and a copy of your diploma/degree. Your transcripts must reflect the necessary course requirements as indicated in the Minimum Qualifications specifications. Official transcripts will be required upon appointment.
  • Other -

    Click on the following link to complete the California Department of Justice Recruitment Survey:

Applicants requiring reasonable accommodations for the hiring interview process must request the necessary accommodations if scheduled for a hiring interview. The request should be made at the time of contact to schedule the interview. Questions regarding reasonable accommodations may be directed to the EEO contact listed on this job posting.

Desirable Qualifications

In addition to evaluating each candidate's relative ability, as demonstrated by quality and breadth of experience, the following factors will provide the basis for competitively evaluating each candidate:
DOJ’s DNA programs comply with the FBI’s Quality Assurance Standards for Forensic DNA Testing Laboratories. In accordance with these standards, a DNA Special Skills Criminalist must have successfully completed the following college coursework, or the equivalent, in order to qualify as an analyst in a DNA program:
  • Biochemistry
  • Genetics
  • Molecular Biology
  • Statistics and/or Population Genetics

Candidates who have not completed the FBI QAS-required college coursework may apply for DNA Special Skills positions; however, only the most qualified candidates will be selected to move forward in the selection process.

Knowledge of: Scientific techniques and equipment used in the laboratory and at crime scenes; tests for the identity and comparison of blood and physiological fluids; tests for explosives and flammable materials; toxicological analyses; tests of hairs, fibers, glass, soil, paint, and similar materials, as well as the necessary equipment to conduct these tests; modern methods and techniques in investigations of major crimes; current trends in toxicology, general chemistry, and microchemistry; modern types of small arms and the techniques of conducting all types of firearms, bullet, and toolmark comparisons; methods used in the examination of documents in criminal cases; photographic and photomicrographic principles and practices as applied to criminalistics; chromatographic techniques; and modern office methods, supplies, and equipment.

Ability to: Make extensive use of scientific methods and techniques at crime scenes; make effective use of microscopes, spectrograph, infrared and ultraviolet spectrophotometer, and gas chromatograph; use micro methods for determining physical constants such as refractive index and density; recognize the need for and develop and evaluate new test methods and procedures; analyze situations accurately and take effective action; conduct applied research to develop and validate state-of-the-art evidence examination techniques; testify effectively in court; instruct law enforcement and forensic personnel in criminalistics; consistently exercise a high degree of initiative, confidentiality, independence, good judgment, and flexibility while performing a wide variety of duties; adjust to changing priorities; work well under pressure; work effectively with all levels of staff and other state and local agencies; and keep good records.


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Personal Leave Program:
  • Effective July 1, 2020, state employees are subject to temporary wage reductions in exchange for Personal Leave Program (PLP) accruals. The specific rate and hours earned were negotiated and agreed upon by each bargaining unit. More information regarding PLP can be found here -

Additional Application Filing Information:

  • Please note, if using the United States Postal Service for delivery, there is no guarantee that your application will be date stamped and will arrive by the final filing date. If your application does not have a postmark or date stamp and arrives after the final filing date, your application will not be accepted. Therefore, to ensure timely delivery of your application, it is recommended that you use either electronic delivery, parcel service, or certified mail. Using one of these options will provide proof of delivery prior to the final filing date.

Contact Information

The Human Resources Contact is available to answer questions regarding the position or application process.

Human Resources Contact:
Dina Yip
(916) 210-7462

Please direct requests for Reasonable Accommodations to the interview scheduler at the time the interview is being scheduled. You may direct any additional questions regarding Reasonable Accommodations or Equal Employment Opportunity for this position(s) to the Department's EEO Office.

EEO Contact:
EEO Officer
(916) 210-7580
California Relay Service: 1-800-735-2929 (TTY), 1-800-735-2922 (Voice) TTY is a Telecommunications Device for the Deaf, and is reachable only from phones equipped with a TTY Device.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The State of California is an equal opportunity employer to all, regardless of age, ancestry, color, disability (mental and physical), exercising the right to family care and medical leave, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, military or veteran status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religious creed, sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), and sexual orientation.

It is an objective of the State of California to achieve a drug-free work place. Any applicant for state employment will be expected to behave in accordance with this objective because the use of illegal drugs is inconsistent with the law of the State, the rules governing Civil Service, and the special trust placed in public servants.

Application Methods:
Electronic (Using your CalCareer Account)
By Mail