District Attorney Investigator

  • Orange County, CA
  • Orange County, California
  • Jan 01, 2022
Variable Shift Criminology and Forensics Legal Services
  • Salary: $50.33 - $68.04 Hourly USD

Job Description



This recruitment is open to the public and is being held to establish a Department Eligible List to fill current and/or future vacancies within the District Attorney's Office.

This recruitment will begin accepting applications on Friday, October 15, 2021, and will be advertised for a minimum of five (5) business days. Thereafter, the recruitment will remain open on a continuous basis until the needs of the hiring department have been met. All applicants are encouraged to apply immediately as this bulletin can close at any time.

The Office of the Orange County District Attorney (OCDA) represents the People of the State of California in criminal and civil proceedings in the Superior Court of California and appellate courts of the state. The mission of the OCDA is to enhance public safety and welfare and to protect and respect crime victims and to create security in the community through the vigorous enforcement of criminal and civil laws in a just, honest, efficient and ethical manner.

The Office of the District Attorney is seeking results-oriented investigators to collaborate with attorneys in the vigorous enforcement of criminal and civil laws. A District Attorney Investigator performs challenging investigative work resulting in the apprehension and prosecution of persons suspected of committing felony and serious misdemeanor crimes. The department is seeking individuals who are:
  • Self-motivated
  • Effective communicators
  • Team players able to successfully partner with District Attorney legal staff as well as local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies
All applicants who have filed an application, must scan, upload, and attach their California P.O.S.T. certificate (Basic, Intermediate, Advanced, Supervisory, or Management) to the application.
[Failure to immediately attach your certificates may result in an incomplete application which may not be accepted].

Current employed members of accepted reciprocal systems who were in those retirement systems prior to January 1, 2013 and who have not retired from those systems, may be eligible for previous OCERS formula of 3% at age 55 for safety members.
  • Membership in the Orange County Employees Retirement System (OCERS). For more information, please call (714) 558-6200 or visit www.ocers.org

  • Detailed understanding of the Criminal Justice System including courtroom testimony.
  • Thorough knowledge of rules of evidence, courtroom procedure, investigation techniques, methods, and procedures, and the role of a District Attorney Investigator.
  • Ability to apply forward thinking and creative thought with high ethical standards.
  • Exceptional judgment and common sense.
  • Excellent interpersonal and collaborative skills.
  • Approachability, flexibility, and organizational skills.
  • Demonstrated enthusiasm, innovation and/or creativity in a law-enforcement investigator assignment.
  • Superior interviewing, interrogation, and listening skills.
  • Superior report writing skills.
  • Experience in writing search warrants.
  • Extensive experience in dealing with victims and witnesses of crime.
  • Demonstrated past performance working with Deputy District Attorney collaborating in an investigation and prosecution.

Please click here for the minimum qualifications for the District Attorney Investigator.

The County of Orange is committed to providing a means for applicants who may have a disability to identify areas in which they may request a reasonable accommodation. The following is a description of the physical and mental abilities which are customarily required to perform the essential job functions of this position. Applicants are encouraged to contact the recruiter listed in the announcement for any questions or to request an accommodation during the testing/selection process.

Physical and Mental Characteristics:
Ability to perform active law enforcement role, body strength sufficient to effect arrest and control of suspects; independent body mobility to effectuate arrest, drive a vehicle, perform various law enforcement related searches, access a standard office; vision sufficient to read typed and handwritten documents, to read computer screen and to drive a vehicle; manual dexterity to accomplish handgun qualification, to operate police vehicles and radios, operate a computer keyboard to complete reports and do informational queries; stamina to enter, drive and exit a vehicle several times in one day, in all forms of weather conditions, ability to speak and hear well enough to converse in person and on the phone.

Mental stamina for complex problem solving and dealing with stressful situations; ability to recall and recreate detailed conversation or events, interpret and apply oral/written instructions; remain alert and coherent to take action or to decide alternative courses of action under routine, highly stressful, or environmentally difficult conditions.

Environmental Conditions:
Will be required to work office and field investigative assignments, use personal vehicle for travel (with mileage reimbursement), conduct field investigations, interview hostile or uncooperative individuals, conduct fixed and moving surveillance, travel outside of Orange County.

Special Qualifications
  • Possess a valid state of California P.O.S.T. certificate (basic, intermediate, advanced, supervisory or management).
  • Graduated from a state of California P.O.S.T. certified peace officer regular basic course academy
  • Modular format (reserve) training will not be considered
In addition to the County's standard suite of benefits such as: a choice of several health plans, dental and vision insurance, paid vacation, paid holidays, we also offer:
  • Highly competitive salary
  • Option of participating in the 457b Deferred Compensation Plan. For more information, please visit www.countyoforangedcplan.com
  • Annual Leave (paid-time off accrual)

For specific information regarding Medical and Dental benefits for Association of Orange County Deputy Sheriffs' (AOCDS) members, please call (714) 285-9900.

In addition to the monthly starting pay of $8,723.87, candidates receive P.O.S.T. pay commensurate with the level of P.O.S.T. certificate the candidate possesses.

Additional compensation up to 70 cents ($0.70) per hour may be available for candidates selected to work in positions requiring the following bilingual skills:
  • Spanish/English: Ability to speak, read, write, and understand fluent Spanish and English.
  • Vietnamese/English: Ability to speak, write, and understand fluent Vietnamese and English.

The County offers a competitive benefits package which includes a choice of several health plans, annual leave (includes paid vacation) and paid holidays. Additionally, the County provides a retirement plan, which has reciprocity with the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS). Participation in a deferred compensation plan is available. The County also offers up to $10,000 annual Educational and Professional Reimbursement.

For detailed information on benefits click here.

For detailed information on OCERS retirement click here.

The Office of the District Attorney Human Resources screens all applications to identify the qualified candidates. After screening, qualified candidates will be referred to the next step and notified of all further procedures applicable to their status in the competition. After all the test procedures have been completed, the District Attorney's Human Resources will establish an eligible list of qualified candidates.

The recruitment procedure will consist of the following steps. Each step will require a few weeks to complete.

Application Appraisal Panel: (Refer/Non-Refer) Application materials will be rated by a panel of job knowledge experts for those qualifications most needed to perform the duties of the job. The more qualified candidates will be referred to the next step. This is a competitive process; therefore, be thorough in your responses.

Structured Oral Interview Assessment & Written Exercise: (Weighed 100%) Candidates will be interviewed and rated by a panel of job knowledge experts. Each candidate's rating will be based on responses to a series of structured questions designed to elicit the candidate's qualifications for the job.

Eligible List
Once the assessment has been completed, District Attorney Human Resources will establish an eligible list of candidates. Only the most successful candidates will be placed on the eligible list. Candidates placed on the eligible list may be referred to a selection interview to be considered for present and future vacancies.

Based on the Department's needs, the recruitment procedure listed above may be modified. All candidates will be notified of any changes in the recruitment procedure.

Please see below for important information regarding COVID-19 related requirements.

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, and laws, regulations, and policies regarding COVID-19 are subject to change. The County of Orange is required to comply with all applicable State or County Public Health Orders, some of which require vaccination or testing as follows:

  • Workers, who provide services in certain Medical or High-Risk Settings, will be required to provide proof of full vaccination from COVID-19 or to wear a mask and undergo weekly COVID-19 testing .
  • Workers, who provide services in certain Health Care Facilities or in a correctional facility or detention center where health care is provided, will be required to provide proof that they are fully vaccinated and boosted . (Workers may be exempt from this requirement based on religious beliefs or a qualifying medical reason; however, if exempted, they will be required to wear a mask and undergo weekly COVID-19 testing.)
The position for which you are applying may be required to adhere to any applicable State or County Public Health Orders. You will receive notification of any requirement as it applies to a position.

All candidates considered for a position with the Office of the District Attorney will be required to successfully pass a thorough background investigation, including Live Scan fingerprinting and medical and psychological testing, to the satisfaction of the Office of the District Attorney.

Email is the primary form of notification during the recruitment process. Please ensure your correct email address is included in our application and use only one email account.

NOTE: User accounts are established for one person only and should not be shared with another person. Multiple applications with multiple users may jeopardize your status in the recruitment process for any positions for which you apply.

Candidates will be notified regarding their status as the recruitment proceeds via email through the GovernmentJobs.com site. Please check your email folders, including spam/junk folders, and/or accept emails ending with "governmentjobs.com" and "ocgov.com." If your email address should change, please update your profile at www.governmentjobs.com .

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS: Click here for additional Frequently Asked Questions. For specific information pertaining to this recruitment, contact Alissa Quintero at Alissa.Quintero@da.ocgov.com or (714) 347-8805.


Orange County, as an equal employment opportunity employer, encourages applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.

Closing Date/Time: Continuous

Job Address

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