DA Investigator II

  • County of Yolo
  • Woodland, California
  • Jan 01, 2022
Criminology and Forensics

Job Description


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The County of Yolo is recruiting to fill one, regular, full-time position in the class of District Attorney Investigator II at the Yolo County District Attorney's Office. The eligible list that is established as a result of this recruitment will also be used to fill future vacancies that may become available.

In addition to the salary posted in this job bulletin, employees receive additional compensation, up to a total of 10% of base, by stacking a maximum of two of the following incentives: 2.5% for possession of Intermediate POST 5.0% for possession of Advanced POST 2.5% for possession of a 2 year degree 5.0% for possession of a 4 year degree
Under general supervision, the incumbent performs a variety of complex, highly skilled investigative work, which may include assignments to the most difficult and sensitive investigations calling for unusual methods and techniques, and may include assignment as an investigative specialist; performs other related duties as required.

Distinguishing Characteristics
This is the journey level in the District Attorney Investigator Series. Incumbents perform skilled investigative work in the more serious criminal cases as well as sensitive cases involving public officials. Incumbents in this classification may be required to oversee and coordinate responsibilities in special investigations with other law enforcement agencies. Incumbents may be assigned to either Criminal, Family Support or Special Services positions.

This recruitment will be open on a continuous basis until the position is filled. Interested applicants should submit an online County of Yolo Employment Application , a completed Supplemental Questionnaire , a detailed resume , verification of education and California P.O.S.T. certification . Submitted applications will be reviewed on a regular basis, and the applications of qualified individuals will be forwarded to the department for additional consideration.

For important and detailed information regarding the application and selection process for this recruitment, please see the APPLICATION AND SELECTION PROCESS section of this job announcement below.

Essential Functions

  • Interviews complainants, suspects, relatives and others involved in assigned investigative cases; Obtains statements, documents and related factual evidence;
  • Examines court, police, public and governmental records needed for investigations;
  • Reviews information obtained to determine whether offenses have been committed or if further investigation is necessary in order to recommend or advise against issuance of complaints;
  • Keeps records and prepares reports relating to investigative work;
  • Makes field investigations and inspects crime scenes, gathers, analyzes and preserves evidence concerning crimes;
  • Collects, analyzes, and provides evidence concerning crimes;
  • Provides witness assistance; testifies in court; prepares and serves search warrants;
  • Makes arrests; assists local law enforcement agencies in special assignments; serves subpoenas; conducts surveillance and undercover investigations; assists in providing discovery to defense;
  • Initiates investigations based on observations and information received from other sources;
  • Obtains information from computer systems; reviews information obtained to determine whether to recommend civil action or filing of criminal complaints;
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.
  • Some positions may require the performance of different essential functions depending upon work location, assignment or shift .

Employment Standards

Education : Equivalent to completion of at least 60 college semester units,


Experience: Five (5) years of experience in law enforcement work of which two (2) years of experience is in investigative specific law enforcement work; or two (2) of experience as a District Attorney Investigator I in Yolo County, and

Peace Officer Status: At the time of appointment, incumbents must meet the Peace Officer Standards stipulated in Section 832 of the Penal Code and Section 1029-1031 of the Government Code and must possess a P.O. S.T. Basic Certificate pursuant to Penal Code Section 832.4.

Substitution: Additional years of experience may substitute for the required education on a ratio of one year for the equivalent of 30 semester units. Additional education may substitute for the required experience in law enforcement work on a year-for-year basis for a maximum of two (2) years.

Knowledge of: methods, principles and techniques of criminal investigations; methods, principles and techniques of civil and environmental investigations; methods and techniques of gathering, evaluation, screening and preserving evidence, including preparing exhibits for trial; provisions of the Penal Code of the State of California; provisions of the law relating to consumer fraud, environmental protection, workers compensation fraud and automobile insurance fraud; laws of arrest, search and seizure; rules of evidence and court procedures; laws and regulations associated with family support establishment and enforcement activities; techniques of interviewing; techniques of interrogation; structure and activities of the criminal justice system and related agencies; resources available in locating individuals; report writing and record keeping techniques.

Ability to: work under volatile conditions and with hostile persons; meet tight deadlines; organize and prioritize workload to manage cases efficiently; testify in court in a direct, clear and concise manner; establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work; drive a car; recall names, facts, faces, and incidents; observe and analyze situations accurately, think and act quickly in emergencies, and adopt an effective course of action; deal effectively with citizens and public officials under conditions requiring tact and judgement; assess the credibility of witnesses; obtain information through interrogations; obtain information through interviews; read and understand technical material in such disciplines as medicine, physical and social sciences; read and understand legal codes and cases; keep accurate notes and prepare clear, concise and comprehensive reports; make sound recommendations and decisions; gather, assemble, analyze and evaluate facts and evidence and draw logical and valid conclusions; operate photographic, recording and graphic equipment; operate computers and use word processing, spreadsheets and databases; use the internet.

Working Conditions: Willingness to work irregular hours and overtime in various geographic locations.

License: Positions in this classification require incumbents to possess and maintain a valid California driver's license, Class C or higher, to carry out job related duties. Individuals who do not meet this requirement due to a physical or mental disability may request a reasonable accommodation.

Application & Selection Process

Application Process
It is highly recommended that you print this job bulletin for future reference.

Your application should highlight all relevant education, training, and experience, and clearly indicate how you meet the minimum qualifications for the position as of the final filing date. Application information must be current, concise, and related to the requirements in this job announcement. A resume should be included with your application; however, it will not substitute for the information requested on the application. In addition to a completed application and resume, applicants are required to submit a completed supplemental questionnaire, verification of education, and verification of California P.O.S.T certification for this position. Incomplete applications will be disqualified.

Additional documents may be submitted to the Yolo County Human Resources Office in any one or more of the following ways:
* As an attachment to the online application
* By e-mail to jobs@yolocounty.org
* By fax to (530) 666-8049
* By hand-delivery to 625 Court Street, Room 101, Woodland, CA 95695. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Selection Procedure
The following is a tentative schedule of events that will occur as part of the selection process. The selection process steps may change with or without notice.
* Screen for Minimum Qualifications
* Screening for Best Qualified
* Department Selection Interviews
* Finalist Interviews
* Background Investigation
• Conditional Job Offer, pending:
* Medical Examination
* Proof of Vaccination or Exemption

Screening for Best Qualified
The supplemental questions are designed to elicit specific information regarding a candidate's experience, education, and training. Responses should be consistent with the information on your application and are subject to verification. If a job included responsibilities applicable to several questions, separate the different functions of the job to answer all the questions completely. Resumes or referral to the application or other questionnaire responses will not be accepted in lieu of completing each question. If you have no experience, write "no experience" for the appropriate question. Based upon responses to the supplemental questionnaire, the applicant's education, training, and experience will be evaluated to determine those applicants that are best qualified.

Verification of Education
Acceptable forms of educational documentation are official or unofficial transcripts that list the student's name, institution name, field of study and date the degree was awarded.

For recent graduates who have not received proof of their degree yet, a letter from the registrar's office stating that all requirements for graduation have been met and listing the field of study will be sufficient proof of graduation.

Please do not send originals; copies of the required documents are acceptable. Any submitted documents will not be returned.

All foreign transcripts or diplomas must be in English. If the institution does not provide these documents in English, the applicant will need to provide a translation which has been done by a professional agency. The County of Yolo will accept education as equivalent to U.S. accreditation from Institutions that are listed as members of the International Association of Universities. You may check for your school by visiting the IAU web site (http://www.iau-aiu.net/content/institutions).
Applicants who possess a degree or completed coursework that is not from an accredited college or university, must submit one of the following:

1. A written statement from a U.S. accredited university or college that states that the applicant is qualified for entrance to a program of graduate studies for which a degree in a related field is required.

2. An evaluation of the applicant's degree and coursework equivalency by a private organization that provides foreign credential evaluation services. The evaluation must include a comparison of comparable U.S. courses for content, credit and grade.

Note: Foreign language documents must include a precise word-for-word English translation of all foreign language documents. It is the responsibility of each applicant to prove to the satisfaction of the County that the applicant meets the specific requirements listed on the job announcement for each specific examination. The following is a list of private organizations that provide foreign credential evaluation services. Fees range from $50 to $400 per document; processing times vary from 5-20 business days. For further information, please contact the organization(s). The County of Yolo does not endorse these business entities; this list has been developed for informational purposes only.

601 University Ave., Suite 127
Sacramento, CA 95825
(916) 921-0790

P.O. Box 151739
San Diego, CA 92175
(619) 265-5810

P.O. Box 18358 Anaheim, CA 92817
(714) 237-9272

409 North Pacific Coast Highway, # 393
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
(310) 828-5709

P.O. Box 3665
Culver City, CA 90231-3665
(310) 258-9451

Verification of Certification
Acceptable forms of certification and/or formal training documentation are certificates that list the applicant's name, institution name, course title and date the certificate was awarded. If applicable, the verifying documentation should include a certification/license number as well as an expiration date.

Contact Information
For questions about the position or about employment with the County, please contact Human Resources by e-mail at jobs@yolocounty.org or by phone at (530) 666-8055.

Equal Employment Opportunity
It is the policy of the County of Yolo to provide equal employment opportunity for all qualified persons, regardless of sex, sexual orientation, race, color, ancestry, religious creed, national origin, physical disability (Including HIV and AIDS), mental disability, medical condition (cancer or genetic characteristics/information), age (40 or over), marital status, pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions, or any other classification protected by federal, state or local laws or ordinance. The County will comply with all of its obligations under State and Federal laws regarding the provision of reasonable accommodations to applicants. Reasonable testing arrangements may be made to accommodate applicants with disabilities or who are unable to attend a scheduled test due to religious reasons in accordance with the Fair Employment and Housing Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Please call the County of Yolo Human Resources Office at (530) 666-8055 at least five (5) business days prior to the scheduled test date to request accommodation. Documentation from a medical doctor, rehabilitation counselor, or other qualified professional will be required.

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