invites applications for the position of:

SALARY: $29.36 - $35.69 Hourly
$61,068.18 - $74,229.17 Annually
DEPARTMENT: Police Department
OPENING DATE: 04/13/23
CLOSING DATE: 05/04/23 05:30 PM
THE POSITION: The Ventura Police Department is looking for an Evidence Technician (Forensic Specialist) to join the team!

The Evidence Technician (Forensic Specialist) is a member of the Ventura Police Department Crime Scene Unit. This unit is comprised of two Evidence Technicians that play an integral part with subsequent investigation processes, providing potential leads to the case investigator using scientific applications. The all-civilian unit performs the full range of complex and technical crime scene investigations, evidence collection, documentation and preservation, forensic photography, latent print examinations, providing expert testimony and other related work as required.

This position requires work on weekends, evenings, and holidays due to the requirement of responding to major incidents as needed during non-scheduled work hours.


This Evidence Technician (Forensic Specialist) operates on a 4/10 work schedule, Monday hrough Friday, and will be subject to call out on weekends, evenings, holidays on a rotating, oncall schedule.  ncumbents will be working the laboratory, general office settings, and in the field dealing with all types of weather conditions. The Evidence Technician duties include climbing, bending, lifting, pushing, and/or pulling objects weighing up to 50lbs., exposure to blood-borne, air-borne pathogens, bodily fluids, various hazardous chemicals used to develop latent print impressions, occasionally crawling in small, confined spaces, possible prolonged use of computers, and tolerating adverse conditions such as fingerprinting and photographing deceased persons.

Evidence Technician duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Identifies, collects, and preserves physical evidence from crime scenes, including blood samples, sexual assault kits, clothing, and weapons; ensures all evidence is documented appropriately; takes photographs and video of crime scenes, including homicide and traffic accidents; lifts fingerprints using a variety of methods; makes castings of tire, tool and shoe impressions; prepares reports on crime scenes including observations, actions taken and conclusions.
  • Examines physical evidence in a police laboratory using accepted techniques and methods; compares, classifies, and indexes fingerprints and forwards fingerprints to proper agencies for identification; organizes police  aboratory equipment and maintains an inventory of supplies; orders supplies as needed.
  • Testifies in court to the nature, meaning and methods of collection of physical evidence.
  • Coordinates examination of specific evidence items by appropriate expert; coordinates physical evidence follow-up from the District Attorney's Office; prepares court exhibits and photographic displays; drafts crime scene diagrams for use in court proceedings.
  • Operates a variety of photography, video, and identification equipment in the field and in the lab; trains Police Department personnel in the use of identification equipment, photography, and the collection and processing of physical evidence.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


The ideal candidate for this position is organized, detail-oriented and able to work as a team player and possess:

  • The ability to conduct, document, and manage complex crime scene investigations, including detailed report writing skills.
  • Experience or knowledge in recognition, search techniques, collection, and documentation of latent prints from physical evidence.
  • Experience or knowledge in the operation of digital imaging systems used for documentation and analysis purposes.
  • Ability to train staff members, especially pertaining to the related fields of Crime Scene investigations and Latent print examinations.
  • Knowledge or experience in entering and comparing latent print impressions in the local and federal Automated Fingerprint Identification Systems (AFIS).
  • Ability to respond diplomatically and tactfully to people of diverse backgrounds in adverse situations.


For additional information on the duties and responsibilities of the position, refer to the job descriptions located on the City’s Career Page at www.cityofventura.ca.gov/jobs or by clicking here EVIDENCE TECHNICIAN.

As a condition of employment, selected candidate is required to undergo and successfully complete an extensive Police Department background investigation, including Live Scan fingerprinting. (A felony or misdemeanor conviction may disqualify the candidate from City employment.)


This recruitment will follow the below timeline.

  • Thursday, May 4, 2023, at 5:30 p.m. – Application Deadline. Applications must be submitted by this date to be considered for the position
  • May 8, 2023 - Candidates will be notified by email of their status by this date.
  • Week of May 15, 2023 - Oral Panel Interview are tentatively scheduled for this date. Qualifying candidates will be notified by email if they are invited to the panel interview process.
  • Department Selection Interviews will be scheduled promptly after the oral panel interviews have been completed. Qualifying candidates will be notified by email if they are invited to the panel interview process.
  • June 20, 2023 – Candidates will be notified of the outcome of the interview by this date.

The timeline dates are subject to change. Candidates will be notified as necessary.


The City offers a total compensation package that includes both a generous salary and other benefits!

  • SALARY: $29.36 - $35.69 Hourly DOQ ($61,068.18 - $74,229.17 Annually DOQ)
  • BENEFITS: Refer to the benefits tab on the job posting for specific information on City benefits.


To be considered for this exciting opportunity, please complete an online City Job Application and supplemental questionnaire by the filing deadline, Thursday, May 4, 2023, at 5:30 p.m. Applications are reviewed on a continuous basis. Open until filled.

If you have questions about the recruitment process, please contact Human Resources at recruitment@cityofventura.ca.gov.



A combination of education, training and experience equivalent to completion of high school with two years of experience or technical training in related areas including fingerprint classification, crime scene photography, and identification duties are required.

License: Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid California driver license.

Certificate: An International Association for Identification (IAI) certification as a crime scene investigator (CCSI) and/or a Certified Latent Print Examiner (CLPE) are desired.



Submit an online City job application and supplemental questionnaire by the filing deadline or first review date at www.cityofventura.ca.gov/jobs. It is important that your City job application show all the relevant education, training, and experience you possess. Resumes, CVs and cover letters may be attached to your application but will not be accepted in lieu of a completed job application or supplemental questionnaire. Submitting an incomplete application or supplemental questionnaire, may disqualify you from further consideration in the recruitment process.


Applications and supplemental questions will be accepted until Thursday, May 4, 2023, at 5:30 p.m. Candidates are encouraged to apply promptly. Applications are reviewed on a continuous basis. Open until filled.


All applications and supplemental questionnaires submitted will be screened in relation to the criteria outlined in this job announcement. Candidates will be reviewed and only those candidates determined to be most qualified on the basis of experience, training and education, as submitted, will be invited to participate further in the selection process. Candidates will be notified about their status after the filing deadline.


A select number of candidates will be invited to a qualifying panel interview process that is tentatively scheduled for Week of May 15, 2023 . Select candidates will be notified of specifics after the filing deadline. Please note, given the current COVID-19 situation, initial panel interviews may be conducted via video teleconference. Selected applicants will be notified of specifics at the appropriate time.

The department selection interviews will be scheduled promptly after the completion of the panel interview process. Candidates selected to move forward will be notified.

The Eligibility List established for this classification may be used to fill other regular and temporary vacancies at the discretion of the City.

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), if you need an accommodation in a selection process, please notify the Human Resources Department in writing by the final filing date of the position you are interested in. The Human Resources address is: 501 Poli Street, Room 210, Ventura, CA 93001, (805) 654-7853, e-mail: recruitment@cityofventura.ca.gov.


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