Criminalist I & II


(Series Specification)


Class Code:  BM1, BM2

Analyst: CC, CB

Date Originated: 7/14

Date Revised: 10/14, 9/18




Under general supervision, performs duties involved in crime scene investigations and identification of evidence by performing chemical, physical and microscopic analysis in the laboratory and in the field; interprets the results of findings; prepares materials for presentation in criminal court; appears in court as expert witness. May specialize in at least one discipline based on agency needs: Latent Prints, Digital Evidence, Toxicology, Firearms & Toolmarks or Forensic Anthropology; and performs other work as required.




Positions in this series are non-sworn civilian positions within the Sheriffls and District Attorneyls Office. These classes are distinguished from the sworn officer classes in that persons in these classes do not carry firearms, do not hold peace officer status & responsibilities, and do not undergo peace officer training.


Criminalist I: is the entry level for the criminalist series. Incumbents initially work under supervision, and as experience is gained, they perform a broader range of duties. Incumbents perform routine forensic scientific casework, and receive a substantial amount of on-the-job training, working closely with senior staff member(s).


Criminalist II: is the journey level in the criminalist series. Incumbents independently perform professional forensic services with limited supervision, which includes a variety of skilled and semiskilled forensic work.  This class differs from the Criminalist I in that it is responsible for performing technically complex and difficult forensic scientific casework in at least one forensic discipline; also included is providing training, case review, and technical advice to the Criminalist I.










Criminalist I:


Some knowledge of:


Criminalist II:


Working knowledge of:


Some knowledge of:




Criminalist I:


Criminalist II:


Education and Experience/Training:

Any combination of education and experience which would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying, unless otherwise specified. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Criminalist I:


Criminalist II:




Desired Qualifications:


Special Requirements/Conditions: 



Bargaining Unit:  41

EEOC Job Category:  02

Occupational Group:  62

Workers Comp Code:  0285