Job Specifications


Class Code:




Date Originated:

7/13; 6/14 

Dates Revised:







Under direction, assist the Forensic Services Director in overseeing the technical aspects of the Laboratory’s programs, with the specific objective of ensuring that those programs maintain compliance with accreditation requirements and statutorily imposed quality assurance standards; plan and direct the activities of forensic services unit(s); act as liaison with other county criminal justice agencies as administrator of the local CAL-ID/AFIS (California Identification Automated Fingerprint Identification Systems and Automated Fingerprint Identification System) or CODIS (Combined Offender DNA Information System).




This class  supervises staff in one or more forensic services unit(s); performs the most varied and complex forensic analysis, which requires significant technical expertise; researches and develops new methods, lead oversight, technical guidance and training of laboratory staff on a regular and recurring basis.


The Forensic Services Supervisor is distinguished from the Forensic Laboratory Director class in that the latter plans and directs the overall operations of the forensic laboratory. This class is distinguished from the Criminalist series in that these lower lever classifications conducts forensic laboratory analyses of physical evidence and investigating crime scenes.     









Thorough knowledge of:



Working knowledge of:



Some knowledge of:



Ability to:



Desired Qualifications:

·        Active certification through the International Association for Identification (IAI) as a crime scene investigator, crime scene analyst, crime scene reconstructionist or senior crime scene analyst is highly desirable

·        Active certification through the professional association or accrediting agency associated with at least one (1) forensic discipline


Education and Experience


Any combination of training and experience that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:


Graduation from an accredited college or university  with a Bachelor’s degree in chemical, physical, biological or forensic science, criminalistics, physical anthropology, computer science,  or in a closely related field AND four years of progressively responsible experience as a forensic scientist in a public jurisdiction or private forensic firm OR Possession of a Master’s degree from an accredited university in chemical, physical, biological or forensic science, and three years of  increasingly responsible experience as a forensic scientist in a public jurisdiction or private forensic firm.


Additional requirements for  Biology/DNA assignment:

A Bachelor’s (or its equivalent) or an advanced degree in relation to biology, chemistry, or forensic science and successful completion of course work (graduate or undergraduate level) covering the following subject areas: biochemistry, genetics, molecular biology; and course work and/or training in statistics and/or population genetics as it applies to forensic DNA analysis.  A Master’s degree is highly desirable with graduate course work covering biochemistry, genetics, molecular biology, statistics or population genetics.


Special Requirements/Conditions:


Bargaining Unit:  11

EEOC Job Category: 02

Occupational Grouping: 62

Worker's Comp Code: 0285