Criminalist II

San Diego Police, San Diego, CA, US


Criminalist II positions perform complex chemical, biological and physical analyses on narcotics, firearms, organic material and other evidence involved in police investigations; conduct crime scene reconstructions; prepare evidence for presentation in court; testify as an expert witness; and perform other duties as assigned.

Positions are likely in Forensic Biology/DNA section


CITIZENSHIP: You must be a United States citizen or have the current legal right to work in the United States.

EDUCATION: A Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college/university in Criminalistics, Forensic Science, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Biology, Microbiology, Digital Forensics, Computer Forensics, Computer Science, or a closely related physical or biological science.

COURSE WORK: Completion of the following college-level course work:

  • 8 semester/12 quarter college-level units in general chemistry.
  • 3 semester/4 quarter college-level units in organic chemistry or biochemistry.

NOTES: Foreign degrees are acceptable if they have been evaluated and deemed to be equivalent to degrees from accredited institutions in the United States. A Master's Degree in Criminalistics or Forensic Science may be substituted for a maximum of one year of the required experience. However, a Master's Degree in Criminalistics or Forensic Science without a qualifying Bachelor's Degree is NOT qualifying.

EXPERIENCE: Two years of full-time professional Criminalistics experience in ONE or more of the following areas:

  • Blood Alcohol Analysis
  • Computer Forensics
  • Crime Scene Reconstruction
  • Digital Forensics
  • Firearms Identification
  • Forensic Biology
  • Narcotic Analysis
  • Toxicological Analysis
  • Trace Evidence Analysis


$96,283.20 - $116,334.40 Annually

City employees may be eligible to participate in a benefit program including holidays, vacations, savings and retirement plans, health programs, and other benefits.

Eligible City employees initially hired or assuming office on or after July 10, 2021, with the exception of Police Recruits participating in the City’s Police Academy, will participate in the City’s Defined Benefit Plan administered by the San Diego City Employees’ Retirement System (SDCERS).

How to apply

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  3. Create an account (if necessary)
  4. Fill out the application