Supervising Criminalist

City of San Diego

JOB INFORMATIONSupervising Criminalist positions coordinate and supervise the physical and chemical analysis and evaluation of evidence in a crime laboratory; train, rate and evaluate the work performance of subordinates; evaluate new technical procedures; review analytical reports; prepare budget estimates and justifications; schedule, prioritize and assign work projects; function as a liaison with prosecuting agencies and other units of the Police Department; may testify in court; prepare reports and correspondence; and perform other duties as assigned.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTSYou must meet the following requirements on the date you apply, unless otherwise indicated.

CITIZENSHIP:  You must be a United States citizen or have the current legal right to work in the United States.

EDUCATION:  A Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college/university in Criminalistics, Forensic Science, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Biology, Microbiology, Digital Forensics, Computer Forensics, Computer Science, or a closely related physical or biological science.


Foreign degrees are acceptable if they have been evaluated and deemed to be equivalent to degrees from accredited institutions in the United States.
A Master’s Degree in Criminalistics or Forensic Science may be substituted for a MAXIMUM of one year of the required experience. However, a Master’s Degree in Criminalistics or Forensic Science without a qualifying Bachelor’s Degree is NOT qualifying.

EXPERIENCE:  Four years of full-time professional Criminalistics experience in ONE or more of the following areas:Blood Alcohol Analysis
Computer Forensics
Crime Scene Reconstruction
Digital Forensics
Firearms Identification
Forensic Biology
Narcotic Analysis
Toxicological Analysis
Trace Evidence Analysis

NOTES:Experience performing comparative analysis of handwriting or latent prints ONLY is NOT considered qualifying.
City of San Diego employees using Out-of-Class Assignment (OCA) experience to qualify must submit written documentation signed by their appointing authority or payroll specialist, detailing the work performed, dates, and total number of qualifying OCA hours.  OCA experience without the required documentation will NOT be considered.

LICENSE:  A valid California Class C Driver License is required at time of hire.

HIGHLY DESIRABLE:Supervision/management training and/or classes, or experience.
Experience in preparing budget estimates.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS (MUST SUBMIT WITH APPLICATION):Proof of degree/transcripts, if utilized to meet the minimum requirements.
For City of San Diego employees, proof of Out-of-Class Assignment (OCA), if utilized to meet the minimum requirements.

Required documents should be attached electronically to your application.  If you are unable to attach at the time of application submittal, you must submit them as soon as possible via fax:  (619) 533-3337; or to the Employment Information Center:  City of San Diego Personnel Department, 1200 Third Avenue – Suite 300, San Diego, CA 92101.  Include your name and the title of the position for which you are applying.

SCREENING PROCESSPlease ensure all information is complete and accurate as the responses you provide on the supplemental questions will be reviewed using an automated evaluation system.  If you are successful in this initial screening process, your application will be reviewed for applicable education, experience, and/or training to ensure all minimum requirements have been met.  Successful candidates will be placed on a list which will be used to fill position vacancies during the next six months (180 days).  For each vacancy, only those candidates with the most appropriate qualifications will be contacted by the hiring department for an interview.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATIONPRE-EMPLOYMENT REQUIREMENTS:  Employment offers are conditional pending the results of all screening processes that are applicable to this job, which may include but are not limited to the following:  Confirmation of citizenship/legal right to work in the United States; completion of a pre-employment medical review/exam (which may include drug/alcohol testing); reference checks; and a fingerprint check.  The fingerprints will be submitted to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the California Department of Justice for a conviction record report.  Certain positions may require additional screening processes which may include a polygraph examination and/or background investigation.  All of these processes must be successfully completed before employment begins.  A positive test for alcohol, illegal drugs, including marijuana, or inadequately explained prescription drugs, misrepresentation, falsification, or omission of pertinent facts in any step of the screening/selection process may be cause for disqualification and/or termination of employment.  Nothing in this job posting constitutes an expressed or implied contract for employment with the City of San Diego.  Applicants must notify the Personnel Department of any changes in their name, address (home, email), or phone number or they may miss employment opportunities.

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