• Los Angeles, California
  • Jun 28, 2019
Full Time Criminology and Forensics
  • Salary: $8,129.36 - $10,099.00 Monthly

Job Description


12/4/2018at8:00 AM (PST)

This examination will remain open until the needs of the service
are met and is subject to closure without prior notice.


Departmental Promotional Opportunity
(Restricted to permanent employees of theMedical Examiner - Coroner departmentwho have successfully completed their initial probationary period and meet the qualifying requirements)

The County of Los Angeles offers an excellent benefits package which includes a Cafeteria Benefit Plan, Contributory Defined Benefit Retirement Plan, vacation and sick leave benefits, and 12 paid Holidays.

Performs a wide range of the more complex physical and chemical analyses required in scientific criminal investigations.

Positions allocable to this class typically report to a Supervising Criminalist and independently perform physical and chemical analyses of evidentiary substances encountered in the course of criminal investigations or conduct chemical analyses to determine the nature and quantity of toxic substances in body tissues and fluids of deceased persons for forensic or criminalistics purposes. Technical supervision is available on the most complex problems; functional supervision regarding field investigations may be exercised by investigative law enforcement personnel assigned to a particular case. Incumbents in these positions must exercise considerable knowledge of the departmental and laboratory policies and procedures. Incumbents may be required to respond to crime scenes at any time during their assigned shift, as well as during off duty hours, and are required to testify in court regarding their analyses.

Essential Job Functions
  • Performs physical and chemical analyses of evidentiary material of specimens such as blood, narcotics, drugs, hairs and fibers, metals, tool marks, and body tissues and fluids; utilizes microscopic techniques, comparison macrophotography, chromatography, spectrography, and physical analytical and comparison techniques.
  • Prepares written findings and displays for court presentation; testifies concerning findings as established by laboratory analyses and interprets findings as a qualified expert witness.
  • Responds to crime scenes and examines, collects, interprets, and preserves physical evidence for analysis and evaluation under the functional supervision of the investigative officer assigned to the case.
  • Conducts research, as assigned, into new methods and procedures of scientific criminal investigation or other special assignments as directed by the supervisor.
  • Contacts other scientific investigatory agencies to coordinate findings or to seek alternative methods of analysis involving specific case studies.
  • Modifies existing testing procedures, following section head approval, to meet special needs of a particular scientific investigation.
  • Assists in training less experienced criminalist personnel in the methods of analysis employed in the laboratory and in the methods of collecting and preserving evidence.


Option I: Two year's of experience as a Criminalist* with the County of Los Angeles.

Option II: A Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college with specialization in criminalistics, chemistry, biochemistry, or a closely related scientific field, including at least eight semester hours of general chemistry and three semester hours of quantitative analysis; and two years' professional experience in a forensic science laboratory, analyzing physical evidence, serological or narcotic specimens, breath alcohol, or toxicological test samples.

A Master's Degree from an accredited college or university with specialization in criminalistics, chemistry, biochemistry or a closely related scientific field may be substituted for one year of professional experience in a forensic science laboratory.

A valid California Class C Driver License is required to perform job-related essential functions.

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.


* To qualify under Option I , applicants MUST haveheld theofficial payroll title.

Additional Information

This examination will consist oftwo(2) parts:

Part I:An evaluation of Training and Experience (T&E) based upon application information and supplemental questionnaire, weighted 50%.

Applicants must meet the Minimum Requirements and achieve a passing score of 70% on Part I in order to advance to Part II.

Part II:An Appraisal of Promotability (AP), weighted 50%, measuring Professional/Technical Expertise, Analytical Skills and Decision Making, Written Expression, Reading Comprehension, Interpersonal Skills, Oral Communication Skills, Project Management, and Personal Effectiveness.

Applicants must achieve a score of 70% or higher on each weighted part of the examination in order to be placed on the eligible register.

Final results will be sent by U.S. mail.

The names of candidates receiving a passing grade in the examination will be placed on the eligible register for a period of twelve (12) months from the date the list is created.

Applications will be processed on an as received basis and promulgated to the eligible register accordingly.


The resulting eligible register will be used to fill vacancies in the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner located at 1104 North Mission Road, Los Angeles, CA 90033.

Applications must be filed online only. We must receive your application by 5:00 p.m., PST, on the last day of filing. Applications submitted by U.S. mail, fax, or in person will not be accepted.

Apply online by clicking on the "Apply" green button at the top right of this posting. You can also track the status of your application using this web site.

In order to receive credit for degree and semester hours, you must attach a legible copy of official transcripts at the time of filing or within fifteen (15) calendar days from application submission. If you are unable to attach the required documents, you must either email them to or fax to (213) 380-3681 . Please include exam number and exam title.

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 PUBLIC 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's or friend's user ID and password may erase a candidate's original application record.

The County of Los Angeles is a Fair Chance employer. Except for a very limited number of positions, you will not be asked to provide information about a conviction history unless you receive a contingent offer of employment . The County will make an individualized assessment of whether your conviction history has a direct or adverse relationship with the specific duties of the job, and consider potential mitigating factors, including, but not limited to, evidence and extent of rehabilitation, recency of the offense(s), and age at the time of the offense(s). If asked to provide information about a conviction history, any convictions or court records which are exempted by a valid court order do not have to be disclosed .

Available Shift: Any
California Relay Services Phone: (800) 735-2922
ADA Coordinator Email:
Teletype Phone: (800) 899-4099
Alternate Teletype Phone: (800) 897-0077

Department Contact Name: Olga Arteaga
Department Contact Phone: (213) 351-2936
Department Contact Email:

Closing Date/Time: