Support Positions

Job Descriptions
The following job descriptions have been culled from various public safety offices in California to give you an idea of what is required for various jobs.

Fish and Wildlife Technician
This is a recruiting and developmental class in which employees, under supervision, perform a variety of tasks in fish and wildlife conservation work at fixed or temporary installations in the natural habitat and fish hatcheries; work in a major phase of the operation of a fish hatchery; or act as lead of a small crew engaged in fish and wildlife habitat improvement work, fish planting, counting, or egg collection activities; and do other related work. Positions exist statewide.

You must possess a valid driver license of the appropriate class (Class C) issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles. (Applicants who do not possess the license will be admitted to the examination but must secure the license prior to appointment.)


EITHER I: Six months of experience in the natural resources field such as parks, forestry, or fish and wildlife.

Note: Experience can include work at the private, city, county, and State level. Experience shall include but not be limited to: working with fish and/or wildlife at a hatchery, habitat or wildlife area; maintenance of forests parks, wildlife areas, hatcheries, etc.

Completion of one year of college with at least six semester units in the biological sciences may be substituted for the required experience. Applicants must submit transcripts with their application if substituting college for the required experience. (Unofficial transcripts from an educational institution are acceptable.)

Note: Acceptable classes include but are not limited to: Biology, Botany, Zoology, Ecology, Microbiology, Animal Biology, etc.

OR II: One year of experience in the mechanical or construction trades.

Criminal Legal Secretary I
To perform a full range of secretarial services to attorneys in various aspects of legal service functions; and to perform related work as required.

The Criminal Legal Secretary series are legal secretaries assigned to legal departments such as the District Attorney, Public Defender, Alternate Public Defender and Department of Child Support Services. Positions in these classes compose and prepare legal documents of a complex and sensitive nature involving litigation matters in criminal and civil law.

Examples of qualifying education/experience:
  1. One (1) year of full-time work experience performing legal secretarial duties involving direct secretarial services to attorneys; OR,
  2. Two (2) years of recent full-time legal clerical experience preparing and processing legal documents; OR,
  3. The completion of a legal secretarial curriculum at a community college or a recognized accredited business school.

Investigative Technician
Under direction performs highly technical, non-sworn investigative support for attorneys and investigators, collects and preserves evidence; serves subpoenas, summons, warrants and other legal documents; prepares trial exhibits by recreating crimes scenes, designing and producing charts, maps, photographs, videos, etc.

Education and Experience:
Graduation from high school or equivalent; and four years of full-time experience providing legal secretarial support in a law enforcement or criminal law agency; or two years of sworn or non-sworn experience in investigative support functions within a private or public law enforcement or criminal law agency. Or, in addition to the required POST certification, a combination of related education, training and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

Licenses and Certifications:
California Driver's License
POST Field Evidence Technician certification

Sheriff Evidence Technician
  • Receives evidence delivered by field officers; identifies by type, quantity and case number; records and stores items into main storage facility.
  • Responds to major crime scenes to assist in identifying items to be used in investigations; performs crime scene photography, including stills and video taping; processes fingerprints and tire/shoe prints; collects/packages items appropriately; transports items to main storage facility; assists with removing deceased from major crime scenes; provides photographic record of autopsies; performs gunshot residue evidence tests.
  • Maintains records and files related to evidence and chain of custody; responds to outside agency requests and/or processes disposition of items in accordance with all state and local laws; maintains files containing fingerprint cards for the jail facility.
  • Transports evidence to and from Department of Justice; sends evidence via various distribution channels, such as UPS, certified mail or in person; prepares appropriate paperwork and completes packaging requirements for submission.
Education and Experience:
High school diploma or GED, completion of Field Evidence School prior to the end of probation; and,
One to two years of experience in a high public contact work environment preferably in a law enforcement agency; or,
Any combination of education, training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

Licenses and Certifications:
Valid Drivers License - Class C or better.

Evidence and Property Custodian I
Duties: Positions allocable to this class are responsible for ensuring that personal property held by the Sheriff's Department are protected from loss or damage and that the disposition of all personal property is maintained appropriately.
  • - Receives, issues receipts for and inventories personal property items held at the Custody facility.
  • - Lists, files and records the location of all personal property held at the Custody facility.
  • - Maintains all personal property records including found property, reports, property control cards, and property release forms.
  • - Releases personal property to inmate client, relative, authorized representative, or federal or state prisons, after appropriate verification of inmate release or transfer.
  • - Arranges for the transfer or disposal of unclaimed items.
  • - Responds to inquiries regarding the disposition of inmate property; and reviews, investigates and reports on claims of missing inmate property.
  • - Completes data entry tasks into a computer tracking system indicating receipt, inventory, disposition and/or release information relative to inmate personal property.
  • - Ensures that property is prepared for transfer to Central Property and Evidence within the time period allotted and that all Property Control Cards are completed.
  • - Transport items to a warehouse or to headquarters.
Requirements: Six months paid experience involving store keeping, stock, property or warehouse inventory and inventory maintenance.

Assistant Weapons Coordinator
To assist in the operation and maintenance of a law enforcement pistol range, to assist in the coordination of the Weapons Training Program, to repair departmental firearms, and to perform related work.

This class is unique in that incumbents report directly to sworn personnel. Positions found in the Sheriff's Department report directly to a Sheriff's Sergeant or Lieutenant while those found in the Office of the District Attorney report Directly to a District Attorney Investigator. Incumbents must possess a comprehensive knowledge of the use and repair of all types of firearms used in the department, as well as appropriate shooting techniques and instruction methods.

Education, training, and/or experience that demonstrate possession of the knowledge, skills and abilities listed above. An example of qualifying education/experience is:

A high school diploma or its equivalency; AND, at least two (2) years of experience using and repairing firearms in a law enforcement or criminal justice capacity.

Note: Completion of certified firearm repair program such as those conducted by: Smith & Wesson, Glock, Remington or Colt is highly desirable.

Animal License Checker I
The Animal License Checker series describes levels of positions involved in the enforcement of dog licensing and vaccination provisions of State and County regulations by locating unlicensed and unvaccinated dogs and issuing citations; perform related duties as required.

The equivalent of six months of full-time experience in caring for and handling of animals, clerical or maintenance/housekeeping work in public and/or private sector.

Possession of a valid California Motor Vehicle Operator's license.

Sheriff's Cook I
Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  1. Supervise and train inmates in the preparation and serving of meals; ensure that food is served at the proper temperature and at a palatable and equitable manner; monitor the serving of special diets.
  2. Coordinate the serving of meals in numerous locations within the facility, including dining rooms, the infirmary, detention center pods and special security areas.
  3. Make recommendations for menu substitutions; determine quantities of food to prepare.
  4. Ensure the constant control of all kitchen tools, equipment and utensils.
  5. Maintain security and discipline in and oversees the general cleanliness of the food preparation and service areas; supervises inmates in dishwashing and other clean up tasks.
Minimum Requirements:

Option A: One (1) year of recent experience (within the last five (5) years) as a banquet cook, cafeteria cook, military cook or other similar institutional cook performing large quantity cooking, preparing single recipes in batches to serve 300 persons or more at a time.
Option B: Two (2) years of recent experience (within the last five (5) years) as a banquet cook, cafeteria cook, military cook or other similar institutional cook performing large quantity cooking, preparing single recipes in batches to serve 100 persons or more at a time.
Option C: Three (3) years recent (within the last five (5) years) paid experience, performing as a lead cook in a restaurant, hospital, school, convalescent home, fast food or similar environment.
Option D: A community college Certificate in Food Service Management, Institutional Cooking or a closely related field.

Sheriff's Custody Assistant
Under general supervision, obtains information required for admission of prisoners into detention center and enters same into computer system; secures prisoners' personal property and money; performs a variety of clerical support functions of average complexity.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Availability: Must be available for all shifts.
  • Keyboarding: 35 wpm.
  • Experience: One year (full-time equivalent) of office clerical experience, with duties that include public contact, computer usage, phones and filing. (NOTE: Retail sales and food service experience does not qualify.)

Corrections Support: Chaplain
Chaplains administer, supervise, and perform work involved in a program of spiritual welfare and religious guidance for inmates in a correctional setting.

Qualifications: GS-12: must have successfully completed an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university and a Master of Divinity degree or the equivalent (20 graduate hours of theology, 20 graduate hours of sacred writings, 20 graduate hours of church history or comparative religions, and 20 graduate hours of ministry courses) from an American Theological School (ATS) accredited residential seminary or school of theology; ordination or membership in an ecclesiastically recognized religious institute of vowed men or women; at least 2 years of autonomous experience as a religious/spiritual leader in a parish or specialized ministry setting; current ecclesiastical endorsement by the recognized endorsing body of the faith tradition; willingness to provide and coordinate programs for inmates of all faiths; and the necessary credentials and the ability to provide worship services in his/her faith tradition.

Corrections Support: Employee Services Assistant
Employee Services Assistants do limited technical work requiring a practical knowledge of personnel management such as assisting with matters involving employee performance ratings and answering questions regarding personnel policies and employment verification. They enter, verify, and correct automated personnel and payroll data, and train and assist timekeepers.

Qualifications: Applicants can qualify with four years of education above high school or can qualify with one year of specialized experience which equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. This experience is typically in or related to the position being filled.

Corrections Support: Recreation Specialist
Recreation Specialists plan, organize, and administer recreational programs and activities for inmates in correctional institutions.

Qualifications: GS-5: must have a full 4-year course in an accredited college or university with major study in one or more of the appropriate fields of recreation; or 3 years of experience in which candidates have demonstrated a knowledge of the goals, principles, methods, and techniques of recreation (6 months of which must be in the specialized area applied for); or a combination of education and experience in managing youth or community recreation, recreation for the institutionalized or for older adults, or outdoor recreation. GS-7: must meet the requirements of a GS-5, plus 1 year of specialized full-time experience. GS-9: must meet the requirements of a GS-5, plus 2 years of specialized experience.

Corrections Support: Fabric Worker
Includes jobs involved in making, modifying, altering, and repairing fabric equipment, clothing, and other articles such as awnings, tents, containments, gun covers, sleeping bags, mattresses, parachutes, belts, carrying cases, flags, bed linens, protective clothing, work clothes, dress clothes, suit coats, and uniforms. Fabrics include wool, cotton, linen, canvas, nylon, polyester, rayon, acetate, acrylic, olefin, saran, metallic fabrics, fabrics made of rubber yarn or plastic filaments, leather, felt, fiberglass, vinyl, asbestos, and other similar materials. Fabric work involves taking measurements; making patterns and layouts; marking, cutting, fitting, and sewing or cementing parts together; using hand or power tools and equipment; and knowledge of fabric and construction methods.

Qualifications: Applicants must be able to demonstrate experience in the following: ability to supervise; aptitude for work with prisoners; knowledge of fabric and clothing work; shop and trade practices; ability to interpret instructions, specifications; measurement and layout; ability to use and maintain tools and equipment.

Dental Assistant: Correctional Facility
Under the direction of a Dentist, in a State Correctional facility in the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, to assist him/her in the dental and related work of a dental office; to maintain order and supervise the conduct of inmates or youthful offenders; to protect and maintain the safety of person and property; and to do other related work.

Requirements: One year of experience as a dental assistant. (Training in a school for dental assistants may be substituted for the required experience on the basis of three months of training being equal to six months of experience.)

Locksmith I: Correctional Facility
A Locksmith I (Correctional Facility) installs, repairs and maintains cylinder and bit key locks; makes or cuts keys or cylinder and bit locks, cabinet locks and padlocks; opens locks; changes lock combinations; repairs or replaces tumblers, springs and other parts; keeps records on location of keys for each lock; maintains security of duplicate keys; occasionally, as required, performs related installation and repair of door closers, door checks, door knobs, casement operators, and door strikes; maintains order and supervises the conduct of persons committed to the Department; maintains security of working areas and work materials; inspects premises and searches inmates for contraband, such as weapons or illegal drugs; and does other related work.

Experience: Two years of experience as a locksmith. (Completion of an approved vocational training program in locksmithing may be substituted for up to one year of the required experience on a month-for-month basis; or experience in a recognized apprenticeship program involving 2,000 hours per year may be substituted on a month-for-month basis for the entire two-year experience requirement.)

Qualifying experience may be combined on a proportionate basis if the requirements stated above include more than one pattern and are distinguished as "Either" I "or" II, "or" III, etc. For example, candidates who possess qualifying experience amounting to 50% of the required time of Pattern II, may be admitted to an examination as meeting 100% of the overall experience requirement.

Crime Prevention Specialist

To perform a variety of clerical and technical duties related to promoting and supporting programs and activities related to crime prevention and other community-based programs; provide traffic regulation enforcement.

This is a journey-level classification within the Crime Prevention Specialist series and lead supervision is provided by the Senior Crime Prevention Specialist. This position is differentiated from the higher class in the level of responsibility assigned to the latter, which involves overseeing and areas of program responsibility.

Supervision Received and Exercised:

Receives technical and functional supervision from the Senior Crime Prevention Specialist.

Essential Duties: Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  1. Assist in developing, maintaining and supporting the Neighborhood Alert Groups, serving as the liaison between the groups, police and City personnel and others to promote problem solving efforts for the community.
  2. Assist with coordinating special community events, community programs, tours of the Police Department and demonstrations and presentations of other units within the department.
  3. Coordinate and participate in the design, preparation, and distribution of community brochures, flyers and newsletters.
  4. Make presentations to various community and neighborhood groups, schools, organizations on safety and informational topics related to crime prevention.
  5. Recruit, screen, and train volunteers in staffing various community events and resource offices.
  6. Conduct security surveys for commercial and residential customers and provide appropriate recommendations for security-related enhancements.
  7. Maintain supplies and materials for the Crime Prevention Unit.
  8. Provide support in researching information on high profiled wanted suspects with outstanding warrants or missing persons for the apprehension or location of these individuals.
  9. Research various problems and concerns from citizens and businesses; review and evaluate complaints and prepare accurate statistical and narrative reports.
  10. Process fingerprint cards for potential block captain applicants and ID cards and forward to appropriate agencies.
  11. Drive prisoner vans and motor home to various events as needed.
  12. Direct traffic, issue citations, and mark/tow abandoned vehicles to enforce traffic regulations.
  13. Respond to public and interpret laws to citizens.
  14. Perform clerical duties such as answering the phone, typing, and word processing.
  15. Perform other related duties and responsibilities as required.
Job Related and Essential Qualifications:

Knowledge of:
  • - Principles and practices of basic crime prevention techniques.
  • - Principles of assessing the needs of the local community and community organizations.
  • - Basic functions of the Police Department.
  • - Basic crime analysis.
  • - Records management and general office skills.
Ability to:
  • - Develop and/or assist in developing crime prevention programs to fit the citizens of the community.
  • - Interpret laws.
  • - Problem-solve to develop strategies in response to community needs.
  • - Develop and maintain a positive working relationship with community leaders, co-workers, organizations, businesses, citizens, and City departments.
  • - Compile statistical data and assist in preparation of written reports.
  • - Coordinate a variety of programs and activities related to crime prevention.
  • - Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; speak effectively in large and small group settings.
Experience and Education:

Any combination equivalent to experience and education that could likely provide the required knowledge and abilities would be qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:
    Experience: Two years of considerable work experience in community-based or crime prevention programs with a high degree of public contact. A Bachelor's Degree from an accredited university or college with coursework in crime prevention is highly desirable.

    Education: Equivalent to the completion of twelfth grade.

    License or Certificate: Valid California Class "C" driver's license is desirable.
Special Requirements:

Essential duties require the following physical abilities and work environment: Ability to sit, stand, walk, kneel, lift up to thirty pounds and operate a computer. Work environment includes: working outdoors, in public meetings and standard office environment.

Source: City of Hawyard, California