Welfare Investigator II

  • Sutter County Health & Human Services Department
  • Yuba City, California
  • Nov 21, 2019
Full Time Criminology and Forensics
  • Salary: $27.40 - $33.52 Hourly

Job Description

Position Information

Conducts investigations relating to suspected fraudulent receipt of aid; obtains and presents facts and evidence to support administrative action or prosecution; negotiates for and secures repayment of funds fraudulently obtained; and performs related work as required.

Working under general supervision, Welfare Investigator II is the journey level in the Welfare Investigator series. Employees at this level are expected to be fully qualified and able to independently perform a wide range of fraud investigations.

Some Welfare Investigator II positions may have lead worker responsibilities in agencies with a small investigative function. The Welfare Investigator II differs from the Senior Welfare Investigator in that the latter is the advanced journey level with primary responsibility for functional oversight/evaluation of unit employees, in addition to performing the full range of fraud investigation duties.

Welfare Investigator differs from Eligibility Worker in that the latter is primarily responsible for determining and verifying initial or continuing eligibility for aid. Eligibility Workers refer cases to Welfare Investigators upon suspected violation of laws, rules, or regulations pertaining to public assistance.


Incumbents in the Welfare Investigator I/II classification receive supervision from Welfare Investigator Supervisors, or other higher-level supervisor or manager. A Welfare Investigator II may be assigned some lead worker responsibilities.

Minimum Qualifications

Pattern 1: One (1) year of full-time experience as a Welfare Investigator I;
Pattern 2: Two (2) years of full-time experience in investigative work which included locating, observing, and interviewing suspects and witnesses, writing detailed reports of case findings, and preparing and presenting evidence; AND successful completion of twelve (12) semester units of college level course work in criminal investigation techniques and legal aspects of evidence.

Note : Applicant who is close to completing this education requirement may be admitted to the exam process, but must meet these requirements at time of appointment.

Substitution: Six (6) months of investigative experience beyond the two years required above, which included interviewing people, writing detailed case reports, and preparing or presenting evidence or information in court, may substitute for six (6) semester units of the required education.

Welfare Investigators have Peace Officer status and must meet the following requirements under Government Code Sections 1029, 1030,1031: No felony convictions; citizen of the United States; 21 years of age; high school graduate or GED equivalence; be fingerprinted to permit search for criminal records; be of good moral character as determined by a background investigation; be free of any condition which might adversely affect exercise of Peace Officer powers.
Successful completion of a Specialized Investigative Basic Course (SIBC) approved by the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training within twelve months of appointment to the class
Possession of a valid basic peace officer certificate as awarded by the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training
Successful completion of the regular basic peace officer course as awarded by the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training within three years prior to appointment.
{Welfare Fraud Investigators appointed to their positions prior to 1/1/2001 and whose employment with the appointing county has been continuous are exempt from the above requirement for the purposes of promotional positions. If the individual leaves the appointing county to work in the same capacity in a different county, he/she must meet the requirements listed above as defined in California Penal Code Section 830.35}
Welfare Investigators cannot exercise the powers of a peace officer until successful completion of the above requirements.
Prior to appointment to peace officer status, a background check, psychological and physical examination is required.

While the above requirements outline the minimum qualifications, applicants may be further evaluated for qualifications beyond those listed. Those applicants that are determined to be most highly qualified will be invited to participate in the next step of the selection process.

Supplemental Information

  • A valid driver license is required at the time of appointment and employees may also be required to drive their own car, provide proof of car insurance, and a DMV clearance. Individuals who do not meet this requirement due to a disability will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
  • Final hiring decisions are based on the results of background checks, including fingerprinting and drug testing.
  • E-Verify:This position requires new hire employment verification to be processed through the E-Verify program administered by the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (DHSUSCIS)' in partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA).
  • The ability to speak, read, and write Spanish or Punjabi in addition to English would be an asset in this position, but is not required. Applicants for English/Spanish bilingual designated positions must take and pass the Merit System Services bilingual proficiency examination.
  • Government agencies accessing US government information, which include federal tax information must ensure that background investigation requirements for all agency employees and contractors that have access to federal tax information are consistent to the IRS background investigation requirements for access to federal tax information. A background check may be required if the position requires access to these types of records. Background requirements consist of three components which include, fingerprinting, citizenship verification and local law enforcement checks.Applicableagencies must conduct investigation during time of hire and ensure a reinvestigation is conducted 10 years from the date of the previous background investigation for each employee that has access to federal tax information.

If you would like to request Veteran's preference points as part of the application packet, please attach a copy of your DD-214 form to your application.

If supplemental questions are included as a part of this job bulletin, applicants may be rated based upon their responses to the supplemental questions. If rated, only those that are determined to be highly qualified will be invited to participate in the next step of the selection process.

Special testing arrangements may be made to accommodate applicants for disability, military, or religious reasons. If you require such arrangements, please contact California Department of Human Resources (CalHR), Merit System Services (MSS) at mssprogram@calhr.ca.gov or 916-323-2363 upon notification that your application has been approved. Documentation from medical, military, school, or church officials outlining the accommodation request must be received by our office a minimum of five business days prior to a scheduled examination.

Sutter County is in the heart of a rich agricultural area in Northern California with abundant wildlife and nature. The main city within the County limits is Yuba City, where most employment, business, development, shopping and entertainment venues are located. Residents enjoy a rural lifestyle, and ready access to services, including many online services available through the County. The Sacramento metropolitan area is near, which expands residents' access to services, entertainment, business, shopping and activities. Rivers, lakes, mountains, and year-round festivals and fairs provide a plethora of activities, including camping, hiking, boating, fishing and duck hunting. Sutter County has a long history through the early days of California, and as such is home to many historic landmarks, museums and historic districts. The Sutter Buttes, renowned as the smallest mountain range in the world can be found in Sutter County, as well, and guided hikes are available through the range.

Closing Date/Time: Continuous