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he County of San Mateo’s Sheriff’s Office Forensic Laboratory, which is accredited by the ANSI National Accreditation Board in both Testing and Calibration, is seeking to fill a Criminalist I/II position within its Forensic Biology and DNA Section.


Education and Experience:
Criminalist I ($40.54-$50.66/hr): Graduation from an accredited college or university with a major in criminalistics, chemistry or a related physical science.
Criminalist II ($50.49-$63.11/hr):  Three years of experience in the practice of criminalistics, which has included experience in collecting, analyzing and evaluating physiological fluids, controlled substances and other physical evidence gathered from crime scenes.

Knowledge of:                                                                       

  • Current forensic methods and techniques used in the analysis and evalua­tion of physical evidence likely to be used in a court case.
  • Principles of organic and inorganic chemistry, biochemistry and physiology.
  • Common types of controlled substances, as defined by the Uniform Control­led Substances Act of the Health and Safety Code.
  • Various types of equipment found in a forensic laboratory.
  • Courtroom procedures and testimony.
  • Recent developments, literature and sources of information relative to criminalistics and toxicology.
  • Principles of photography.

Final Filing Date: January 30, 2020
Applicant Screening:  Week of February 3, 2020
Panel Interviews: February 24 and/or February 25, 2020

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