Public Assistance Investigator I-23572708

US Government, Dept of Child Support

Are you looking for a career in investigations? 

If so, the Department of Child Support Services is recruiting candidates with winning attitudes to become a part of their workforce.

Apply for Public Assistance Investigator I today!

Future Salary Increases
July 2024 – 5.43% increase to base pay (2.75% Across-the-Board + 2.68% % Market Increase) 

Public Assistance Investigators perform increasingly responsible investigative duties related to suspected fraudulent application submission for and receipt of public assistance.  They are sworn peace officers as defined as Penal Code Section 830.35 (a), with law enforcement duties.  All vacancies are located within the Department of Child Support Services.


Communicates Effectively, Knowledge Worker, Customer Focused, Values and Respects Others, Drives to Excel, Teamwork and Collaboration, Continuous Learning, Demonstrates Ethical Behavior, Supportive of Change

  • Be comfortable to conduct interviews and assessments in person not in an office setting.
  • Demonstrates strong attention to detail.
  • Balances empathy with policy enforcement.
  • Possession of a valid Regular or Specialized Basic P.O.S.T. certificate at the time of application; OR,
  • Successful completion of a California Basic P.O.S.T. Waiver Exam, with documentation from P.O.S.T.; OR
  • Successful Completion of a Regular Basic or Specialized Investigators’ Basic Course Academy and possession of a valid Certificate of Completion; AND

1. One (1) year of investigative experience at the level of Public Assistance Investigator Trainee with the County of San Diego, or as a welfare fraud investigator in a California County; OR,
2. One (1) year of full time experience conducting criminal investigations for a law enforcement agency as a peace officer under penal code sections 830.1 and/or 830.35 (a).

Click here for the complete job description,

 The timeline for this recruitment is outlined below.  

  • Background Pre-screening Process begin within 10 days of the posting close date.
  • Interviews will be scheduled upon successful the conclusion of background prescreening. 
  • Offers are extended once background is complete due to the nature of the role.  Note: Current County employees will not be excluded from additional background screening. The background process may be lengthy. We find that candidates can help expedite some parts of the data gathering process.
  • Anticipated Start Date: Start date will be based upon successful completion of medical screening or other mutually agreed upon date. 

If you are not selected for this interview process, you may have the opportunity to compete for future vacancies. 

The most highly qualified candidates, based on the evaluation results, will be referred for an interview.  Be sure to include your experience in meeting the minimum requirements in both the Work Experience section and the Supplemental Questionnaire section of the Application.  Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of the application Work History and/or supplemental questionnaire.

As part of the County of San Diego’s pre-employment process, prospective candidates will undergo a background check (including fingerprinting) and a pre-employment medical screening prior to beginning County employment. Additional types of background investigations may be conducted based on the job-related activities of the position. Current employees may be exempt from this process.

Must have a reputation for honesty and trustworthiness. Prior to appointment, candidates will be subject to a thorough background investigation which may include a psychological, truth verification or other examination or test. This may require candidates to appear in personCandidates successful in the evaluation process will be required to complete the following: a comprehensive background investigation, a psychological examination, and a complete medical examination. Felony convictions will be disqualifying. Misdemeanor convictions may be disqualifying depending on type, number, severity, and recency.


Qualified applicants will be placed on a twelve (12) month employment list based on scores received during the evaluation of information contained in their employment and supplemental applications. Please ensure that all information is complete and accurate, as the responses you provide on the supplemental application questionnaire will be reviewed using an automated evaluation system. If you are successful in the initial screening process, your application will be reviewed individually to confirm that the information you provided is accurate and qualifying.

Note: Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable a qualified individual with a disability to perform the essential functions of a job, on a case-by-case basis.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to grow with the County, Apply Now! 

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