Santa Clara County, California Sheriff's Office

Latent Fingerprint Examiner II (Experienced Examiner, not certified)

Closing Date

Continuous. If the Final Filing Date states "Continuous", the application filing period may close any time after ten business days from the issue date of this job announcement if sufficient qualified applications have been received. Postmarks are not acceptable, therefore it is important to submit your application as soon as possible.


$39.35 - $47.61 Hourly
$3,148.00 - $3,808.88 Biweekly
$6,820.67 - $8,252.57 Monthly
$81,848.00 - $99,030.88 Annually


Under general direction to perform skilled technical level work in latent fingerprint examination for criminal identification and evidence classification.

A successful candidate would be expected to obtain and retain certification as a Certified Latent Print Examiner. Possession of a Bachelor's Degree is highly desirable. For more information, contact Tim Fayle at (408) 808-4744.

Typical Tasks

Employment Standards

Sufficient education, training and experience which demonstrate the ability to perform the above tasks and possession of the knowledge and abilities listed.

Training and Experience Note: The knowledge and abilities required to perform this function are acquired through training and experience equivalent to the possession of an Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college in Forensic Science, Criminalistics, Natural Sciences, Physics, Biology, Chemistry or a closely related field;


Two (2) years of experience as a Latent Fingerprint Examiner I or equivalent experience performing latent fingerprint work.

Possession of a valid California Driver's License upon appointment and the ability to qualify for and maintain a County Driver's Permit.

Special Requirements

Ability to work varying shifts (i.e., Day, Swing and Graveyard), including weekends and holidays.

Knowledge of:

  • Development and lifting of latent fingerprints;
  • Henry System of fingerprint classification;
  • Working knowledge of other fingerprint systems;
  • Principles and practices of photography as applied to preserving and preparing photographic evidence related to latent print evidence;
  • Laws of evidence, criminal procedure and courtroom procedure;
  • Various chemical, laser, and physical processes and related safety requirements.

Ability to:

  • Classify fingerprints;
  • Make identifications involving complex or complicated patterns, latent prints and distorted, partial, single or multiple prints;
  • Develop and lift latent prints from objects of evidence;
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with representatives of law enforcement agencies and those contacted in the course of work;
  • Write reports and correspondence;
  • Testify in a court of law.

Veterans Preference Information

Any veteran who has submitted a copy of their DD214 form, and received a discharge of other than dishonorable, from the armed forces showing service in any branch of the United States military will be given a preferential credit of five percent (ten percent for those identified as disabled veterans), after attaining a passing examination score for a numerically scored examination, as applicable by Memorandum of Understanding.

The Examination Process

The examination process may include one or more of the following: application review, application appraisal, preliminary competitive rating, performance test, written test, and/or oral interview examination.

This recruitment may require completion of Supplemental Questions in order to evaluate your education, training and experience relative to the required knowledge and abilities for the position you are applying for.

Your responses to the questions may also be reviewed and scored in a Competitive Rating evaluation process based on pre-determined rating criteria. Your answers should be as complete as possible, as no additional information will be accepted from applicants once the Competitive Rating evaluation has begun.

*New Hires shall be subject to a pre-employment criminal background check.

To Apply

An Equal Opportunity Employer