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Sheriff’s Supervising Forensic Scientist (Controlled Substances/Forensic Alcohol) Department Promo

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County of Ventura, CA

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Ventura, California

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Sun, 06 Dec 2020 23:59:59 GMT

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Job Details Full-time | Part-time | Contract4 hours ago Qualifications – Laboratory techniques – Driver’s License – Payroll – Supervising experience – Bachelor’s degree – Master’s degree Full Job Description Description Under general direction, supervises the Controlled Substances/Forensic Alcohol section of the Forensic Science Bureau including the professional and technical staff; performs more difficult and complex physical and chemical analysis; presents findings in criminal court; conducts technical review of cases prior to release of results; coordinates training of personnel, conducts personnel evaluations and handles low-level disciplinary actions. The ideal candidate will have comprehensive experience in Controlled Substances/Forensic Alcohol and supervision. PAYROLL TITLE: Supervising Forensic Scientist EDUCATIONAL INCENTIVE: Possible educational incentive of 5.0% per month of base pay based on completion of a Master’s Degree that is not required for the classification. BILINGUAL INCENTIVE: Incumbents may also be eligible for bilingual incentive depending upon operational need and certification of skill. AGENCY / DEPARTMENT: Sheriff / Forensic Sciences Bureau Supervising Forensic Scientist is represented by Service Employees’ International Union (SEIU) and is eligible for overtime compensation. The eligible list established from this recruitment may be used to fill present and future regular, temporary, fixed-term, intermittent, and extra-help vacancies for this position only within the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office. There is one (1) anticipated vacancy. OPENING DATE: November 4, 2020 CLOSING DATE: Wednesday, November 18, 2020 Examples Of Duties Duties may include but are not limited to the following: Supervises the daily operations of Controlled Substances/Forensic Alcohol; Assigns case work; monitors the work activities; reviews case notes and reports; Ensures work is performed according to ASCLD accreditation standards; Provides training to subordinates; conducts evaluations and prepares performance appraisals; counsels employees on work performance issues; recommends disciplinary action when required; Provides input to forensic science lab managers regarding anticipated expenditures on supplies and equipment needed by the section; ensures that personnel have sufficient equipment, supplies, and commodities to complete assignments; Acts as liaison with the courts, attorneys, law enforcement agencies, and the public; Performs the more difficult and complex laboratory analysis of Controlled Substances/Forensic Alcohol; obtains information and potential evidence from law enforcement personnel; Obtains information and potential evidence from law enforcement personnel; Prepares written case reports on work performed describing the evidence and results of observation and findings; Prepares evidence for presentation in court proceedings; maintains files and receipts to prevent chain of custody contamination and preserve the integrity of examinations performed; testifies in court regarding examination results; Conducts research, studies and develops new techniques, methods, and equipment for solution of complex problems; and Performs other related duties as required. Typical Qualifications These are entrance requirements to the examination process and assure neither continuance in the process nor placement on an eligible list. COUNTY/AGENCY/DEPARTMENTAL SERVICE: Currently working as a Regular employee in the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office with the County of Ventura. NOTE: A Regular employee is an employee who was appointed from an eligible list and holds an allocated full- or part-time position in the County budget. Anyone who is Extra Help, Intermittent, or who participates in a training program or works as an independent contractor is not considered a Regular employee. EDUCATION, TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Physics, Forensic Science or closely related field of study which has included at least eight (8) semester units (twelve (12) quarters) of general chemistry and three (3) semester units (four (4) quarters) of quantitative analysis AND five (5) years progressively responsible experience in the forensic field of Controlled Substances/Forensic Alcohol Analysis. DESIRED EXPERIENCE: Supervision NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENT: Must possess or obtain and maintain a valid CA driver’s license at time of appointment. TRANSCRIPTS: Verification of course work is required. Transcripts or grade reports from an accredited college or university which reflect passing grades in the required subject areas must be submitted either with your application or no later than 5:00 PM on Monday, November 23, 2020. You may attach a copy to your online application, or you may mail or deliver a copy to Sheriff’s Human Resources Bureau, 800 South Victoria Ave., Ventura, CA 93009-3700, Attn: Gerald Chambers. Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Comprehensive knowledge of: basic scientific methods and procedures; laboratory techniques used for scientific examination of physical evidence; collecting and preserving physical evidence; scientific research methods and procedures in the forensic science field. Comprehensive ability to: analyze, compare, and/or identify materials and interpret their significance in a court of law; compare, analyze, and/or identify physical evidence; prepare chemical reagents used in scientific analysis and quality control; communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, in court proceedings and for other legal purposes; construct court exhibits and demonstration charts; research and present new analytical techniques; maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, law enforcement personnel, and others involved in the legal system. Working ability to: supervise and train professional and technical staff. Thoroughly skilled in: operation and maintenance of laboratory equipment, safety equipment, and analytical instruments. Supplemental Information: Work is performed in a forensic science laboratory. Duties may require incumbents to work after normal working hours and work in hazardous conditions. Recruitment Process FINAL FILING DATE: Applications must be received by County of Ventura Human Resources in Ventura, California, no later than 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 18, 2020. To on-line, please refer to our web site at If you prefer to fill out a paper application form, please call for application materials and submit them to County of Ventura Human Resources, 800 South Victoria Avenue, L-1970, Ventura, CA 93009. Applicants must provide sufficient information under the Education/Work Experience portion of the application and supplemental questionnaire in order to determine eligibility. A resume may be attached to supplement your responses in the above-referenced sections; however, it may not be submitted in lieu of the application. SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONNAIRE – qualifying: All applicants are required to complete and submit the questionnaire for this exam AT THE TIME OF FILING. The supplemental questionnaire may be used throughout the exam process to assist in determining each applicant’s qualifications and acceptability for the position. Failure to complete and submit the questionnaire may result in the application being removed from consideration. APPLICATION EVALUATION – 100%: All applications will be reviewed to determine whether or not the stated requirements are met. Candidates meeting the stated requirements will be placed on the eligible list with a score of 70%. Candidates successfully completing the examination process may be placed on an eligible list for a period of one (1) year. For further information regarding this recruitment, please contact Gerald Chambers by email to or phone . Show full job description Apply Now