District Attorney Investigator

US Government, District Attorney



This recruitment is being held to establish an open eligible list to fill current and future vacancies in the Orange County District Attorney’s Office. This recruitment may also be used to fill positions in similar and/or lower classifications throughout the County of Orange. 

This recruitment is open to the public and will remain open on a continuous basis until the needs of the department are met. Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply immediately as this recruitment may close at any time.


The Office of the Orange County District Attorney – Public Administrator, (OCDA-PA) represents the People of the State of California in criminal and civil proceedings in the Superior Court of California and appellate courts of the state. The mission of the OCDA is to enhance public safety and welfare and to protect and respect crime victims and to create security in the community through the vigorous enforcement of criminal and civil laws in a just, honest, efficient and ethical manner. 

The Orange County District Attorney’s Office –Bureau of Investigation supports the prosecutorial and law enforcement endeavors of the District Attorney. It provides a wide range of policing services tasked with suppressing crime and ensuring all criminal cases filed in Orange County are thoroughly investigated.
The Office of the District Attorney is seeking results-oriented investigators to collaborate with attorneys in the vigorous enforcement of criminal and civil laws. A District Attorney Investigator performs challenging investigative work resulting in the apprehension and prosecution of persons suspected of committing felony and serious misdemeanor crimes. The department is seeking individuals who are:
  • Self-motivated
  • Effective communicators
  • Team players able to successfully partner with District Attorney legal staff as well as local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies
  • Detailed understanding of the Criminal Justice System including courtroom testimony.
  • Thorough knowledge of rules of evidence, courtroom procedure, investigation techniques, methods, and procedures, and the role of a District Attorney Investigator.
  • Ability to apply forward thinking and creative thought with high ethical standards.
  • Exceptional judgment and common sense.
  • Excellent interpersonal and collaborative skills.
  • Approachability, flexibility, and organizational skills.
  • Demonstrated enthusiasm, innovation and/or creativity in a law-enforcement investigator assignment.
  • Superior interviewing, interrogation, and listening skills.
  • Superior report writing skills.
  • Experience in writing search warrants.
  • Extensive experience in dealing with victims and witnesses of crime.
  • Demonstrated past performance working with Deputy District Attorney collaborating in an investigation and prosecution. 
Special Qualifications 
  • Possess a valid state of California P.O.S.T. certificate (basic, intermediate, advanced, supervisory or management).
  • Graduated from a state of California P.O.S.T. certified peace officer regular basic course academy
  • Modular format (reserve) training will not be considered
All applicants who have filed an application must scan, upload, and attach their California P.O.S.T. certificate(s) (Basic, Intermediate, Advanced, Supervisory, or Management) to the application. Failure to immediately attach your certificates will result in an incomplete application, which may not be accepted.
Please click here for the minimum qualifications for the District Attorney Investigator.
The County of Orange is committed to providing a means for applicants who may have a disability to identify areas in which they may request a reasonable accommodation. Click here to read a description of the physical and mental abilities which are customarily required to perform the essential job functions of this position. Applicants are encouraged to contact the recruiter listed in the announcement for any questions or to request an accommodation during the testing/selection process.
  • In addition to the monthly starting pay of $9,751.73, candidates receive P.O.S.T. pay commensurate with the level of P.O.S.T. certificate the candidate possesses.
  • Additional compensation up to 70 cents ($0.70) per hour may be available for candidates selected to work in positions requiring bilingual skills.
  • Educational incentive pay of ($115.38) biweekly is available to employees who hold a Bachelor’s Degree or higher from a college or university accredited by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, International Association of Universities, or National Association of Credential Evaluation Services. 
Current employed members of accepted reciprocal systems who were in those retirement systems prior to January 1, 2013, and who have not retired from those systems, may be eligible for previous OCERS formula of 3% at age 55 for safety members.
  • Membership in the Orange County Employees Retirement System (OCERS). For more information, please call (714) 558-6200 or visit www.ocers.org
The County offers a competitive benefits package which includes a choice of several health plans, annual leave (includes paid vacation) and paid holidays. Additionally, the County provides a retirement plan, which has reciprocity with the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS). Participation in a deferred compensation plan is available. The County also offers up to $10,000 annual Educational and Professional Reimbursement.
  • For detailed information on benefits click here.
  • For detailed information on OCERS retirement click here.
For specific information regarding Medical and Dental benefits for Association of Orange County Deputy Sheriffs’ (AOCDS) members, please call (714) 285-9900.

In addition to the County’s standard suite of benefits such as: a choice of several health plans, dental and vision insurance, paid vacation, paid holidays, we also offer:
  • Highly competitive salary
  • Option of participating in the 457b Deferred Compensation Plan. For more information, please visit www.countyoforangedcplan.com
  • Annual Leave (paid-time off accrual)
The Office of the District Attorney Human Resources screens all applications to identify the qualified candidates. After screening, qualified candidates will be referred to the next step and notified of all further procedures applicable to their status in the competition. After all the test procedures have been completed, the District Attorney’s Human Resources will establish an eligible list of qualified candidates.

The recruitment procedure will consist of the following steps. Each step will require a few weeks to complete.
Written Exercise | (Weighted 100%)
Candidates will be completing a written exercise. A panel of subject matter experts will evaluate the written exercise on writing skills, clarity and preciseness of writing, content, grammar, sentence structure, and format. This assessment will be done as a blind rating. Only the most qualified candidates will be referred to the next step. All candidates will be notified via email of their status in the process.
Structured Oral Interview Assessment | (Weighted 100%) 
Candidates will be interviewed and rated by a panel of job knowledge experts. Each candidate’s rating will be based on responses to a series of structured questions designed to elicit the candidate’s qualifications for the job. Only the most qualified candidates will be referred to the next step. All candidates will be notified via email of their status in the process. 
Eligible List
Once the assessment has been completed, District Attorney Human Resources will establish an eligible list of candidates. Only the most successful candidates will be placed on the eligible list. Candidates placed on the eligible list may be referred to a selection interview to be considered for present and future vacancies.
Based on the Department’s needs, the recruitment procedure listed above may be modified. All candidates will be notified of any changes in the recruitment procedure.
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