Forensic Specialist I/II – Sheriff’s Department

US Government, Sheriff's Office

FORENSIC SPECIALIST – Sheriff’s Department

When you work for the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, you aren’t just another employee, you are family. Our family is growing and we want YOU to join! We are looking for people who like to stay busy, can multi task and have excellent communication skills while still being able to understand and maintain confidentiality standards.  

What You’ll Do:
  • Examine crime scenes for evidence; record, analyze, and preserve crime scene evidence; document crime scenes using various methods   
  • Prepare written reports and record of duties performed during cases
  • Interprets the meaning of evidence, calculates trajectories, prepares crime scene diagrams, records measurements, and interprets blood spatters
  • Perform digital forensic evidence extractions and analyses on cell phones, tablets, and other media devices
  • Operate and maintain equipment for lab, and field use
  • Appear in court as an expert in fingerprint testimony, photography, digital examinations, and to document the chain of custody and correct storage of evidence; books and processes evidence for later court presentation
A typical schedule for these positions is Monday – Friday, 8 hours days.
Where You’ll Do It:

This position is located at the Humboldt County Courthouse and employees will regularly use a county vehicle to travel to perform work.

Supplemental Information:
PLEASE NOTE: The successful candidate for this position will be required to undergo a detailed background investigation.

DEFINITION 

Under general supervision, performs a variety of complex technical tasks related to the collection, processing, and preservation of crime scene evidence; and performs related duties as assigned. 

SUPERVISION RECEIVED AND EXERCISED 

Receives general supervision from assigned supervisory or management personnel. Exercises no direct supervision over staff. 

CLASS CHARACTERISTICS 

Forensic Specialist I: This is the entry-level classification in the Forensic Specialist series. Initially under close supervision, incumbents learn and perform routine crime scene evidence collection and preservation duties. As experience is gained, assignments become more varied, complex, and difficult; close supervision and frequent review of work lessen as an incumbent demonstrates skill to perform the work independently. Positions at this level usually perform most of the duties required of the positions at the Forensic Specialist II level but are not expected to function at the same skill level and usually exercise less independent discretion and judgment in matters related to work procedures and methods. 

Forensic Specialist II: This is the journey-level classification in the Forensic Specialist series. Positions at this level are fully competent to perform the full range of crime scene evidence collection and preservation duties, working independently and exercising judgment and initiative. Positions at this level receive only occasional instruction or assistance as new or unusual situations arise and are fully aware of the operating procedures and policies of the work unit. Positions in the Forensic Specialist class series are flexibly staffed, and positions at the II level are typically filled by advancement from the I level after gaining the knowledge, skill, and experience which meet the qualifications for, and after demonstrating the ability to perform the work of, the higher-level classification.

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