DNA Criminalist II

San Bernardino, CA
San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department
Salary: $70,387.20-$96,928.00

The Job

The Sheriff’s Department is recruiting for experienced Criminalists who specialize in DNA analysis to perform laboratory examinations of physical evidence to establish facts of criminal investigations, and participate in crime scene investigations using forensic knowledge and techniques in gathering, preserving, and examining physical evidence.

Paid Time Off:  
Vacation Leave, Sick Leave, and 14 paid holidays annually
Medical Benefits:  Medical and Dental for employee and eligible dependents
Retirement: Generous County pension (www.sbcera.org), vested after five (5) years,  and reciprocity with CalPERS and other California ’37 Act counties

* Note: Salary and benefits are currently under review

For a summary of benefits, please click here.

*Official title: Criminalist II. For more detailed information about the position, view the Criminalist II job description.


  1. Applicants must not have been convicted of a felony.  Prior to appointment, candidates will be fingerprinted and must pass a background investigation and a medical examination, which includes a drug test.  
  2. Incumbents may be required to work, or to be on call for work, on weekends, holidays, evenings, and nights.  On-call employees must be able to report for duty within one hour after being notified.
  3. Incumbents conducting investigations in the field must be able to climb up and down embankments and hike over rough terrain.
  4. Travel throughout the county is required; employees may be required to make provision for transportation.  At the time of hire, a valid California driver license and proof of automobile liability insurance must be produced for the individual providing the transportation.

Selection Process:

There will be a competitive evaluation of qualifications based upon a review of the Application and Supplemental Questionnaires.  It is to your advantage to be explicit and complete in your responses in all areas.

The most highly qualified applicants may be invited to a selection interview.

Educational requirements:

A  bachelor's degree (or higher) in a natural or physical science, criminalistics, or a closely related field is required (per ASCLD/LAB accreditation standards).  Coursework must include the following:  at least eight (8) semester (12 quarter) units of general chemistry, AND nine (9) semester units which included coursework in genetics, biochemistry, and molecular biology, AND either coursework in population genetics or coursework or training in statistics.

ALL APPLICANTS:  A legible copy of your college transcripts must be scanned and attached to the application (unofficial transcripts are acceptable).

Note: If qualifying with training in statistics, a certificate or other verification of completion of the training must also be submitted for evaluation.

Qualifying degree and coursework must be completed at a college or university accredited by any accrediting association recognized by the United States Department of Education.  Degrees or coursework completed outside the U.S. must be accompanied by an evaluation report from a reputable credential evaluation service indicating equivalency to degrees or coursework as above.

Experience requirements:

  • Two (2) years of full-time paid experience in a law enforcement forensic laboratory with expertise in performing analysis, comparison and identification of typical forensic samples in the following: Firearms/Toolmarks, DNA/Serology, Trace Evidence, Toxicology, Solid Dose Drug Analysis, or Alcohol Analysis.


  • Experience in Forensic PCR/STR DNA analysis is particularly desirable.