Department of Justice


$4,154.00 - $8,249.00

Final Filing Date: 1/20/2018

Job Description and Duties

The Special Agent will conduct criminal, civil and special investigations under the direction of a Special Agent Supervisor (SAS) in the Division of Law Enforcement. Duties may include, but are not limited to: conducting overt and covert criminal investigations; preparing written investigative reports; gathering evidence, including photographic and digital evidence; disarming, apprehending, and ensuring the prosecution of persons who are prohibited from owning a firearm; using and maintaining investigative and protective equipment; coordinating investigations with other law enforcement agencies; testifying in court and grand jury proceedings; filing complaints for prosecution with local district attorneys; making arrests as a result of investigations; conducting training for peace officers and other Special Agents; assuming the duties of a SAS when delegated, and performing other duties as required.

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Additional Documents

Position Details

Job Control Details
Job Code #: JC-88546
Position #(s):
$4,154.00 - $5,462.00 A
$4,955.00 - $6,850.00 B
$5,965.00 - $8,249.00 C
# of Positions: Multiple
Work Location: San Diego County
Job Type: Permanent, Full Time
Work Shift: Day

Department Information

Positions are located in the Division of Law Enforcement and may be assigned to the Bureau of Investigation, Bureau of Firearms or Bureau of Gambling Control.

Please disregard the Training and Development Assignment language below, as the Department of Justice will not be considering this type of appointment for this position.

Please disregard the SROA/Surplus language below, as the Department of Justice requires applicants to submit their SROA/Surplus Letter if that is the basis of their eligibility.

For more information about the Department please visit the Attorney General’s website at

Special Requirements

  • The position(s) require(s) a Drug Screening be passed prior to being hired.
  • The position(s) require(s) a Background Investigation be cleared prior to being hired.
  • The position(s) require(s) Medical Clearance prior to being hired.
  • The position(s) require(s) Psychological Evaluation clearance prior to being hired.
Clearly indicate the Job Control Code (JC-88546) and the classification title of this position in the “Examination or Job Title(s) For Which You Are Applying” section located on the first page of your State Application.

Do not staple your application or supporting documents.

Do not include blank application pages, application instructions, or a copy of the Job Control.

Failure to follow these instructions, or the omission of any required application documents, may result in your application not being considered.

Application Instructions

Completed applications and all required documents must be received or postmarked by the Final Filing Date in order to be considered. Dates printed on Mobile Bar Codes, such as the Quick Response (QR) Codes available at the USPS, are not considered Postmark dates for the purpose of determining timely filing of an application.

Final Filing Date: 1/20/2018

Who May Apply

Individuals who are currently in the classification, eligible for lateral transfer, eligible for reinstatement, eligible for a Training and Development assignment, have SROA and/or Surplus eligibility, or have list eligibility (or are in the process of obtaining list eligibility). SROA and Surplus candidates may attach “surplus letters” to their applications.

Applications will be screened and only the most qualified applicants will be selected for an interview.

How To Apply

Complete Application Packages (including your Examination/Employment Application (STD 678) and applicable or required documents) must be submitted to apply for this Job Posting. Application Packages may be submitted electronically through your CalCareer Account at When submitting your application in hard copy, a completed copy of the Application Package listing must be included. If you choose to not apply electronically, a hard copy application package may be submitted through an alternative method listed below:

Address for Mailing Application Packages

You may submit your application and any applicable or required documents to:

Department of Justice
Attn: Mai Lia Chang
Department of Justice/DLE-OC
1300 I Street, Suite1140
Sacramento, CA 95814

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

You may drop off your application and any applicable or required documents at:

Mai Lia Chang
Department of Justice/DLE-OC
1300 I Street, Suite1140
Sacramento, CA 95814
08:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Required Application Documents

Please submit the following items with your application. Applicants who do not submit the required items timely may not be considered for this job:

  • State Examination/Employment Application STD Form 678 (when not applying electronically), or the Electronic State Employment Application through your Applicant Account at All Experience and Education relating to the Minimum Qualifications listed on the Classification Specification should be included to demonstrate how you meet the Minimum Qualifications for the position.
  • Resume is required and must be included.
Applicants requiring reasonable accommodations for the hiring interview process must request the necessary accommodations if scheduled for a hiring interview. The request should be made at the time of contact to schedule the interview. Questions regarding reasonable accommodations may be directed to the EEO contact listed on this job posting.

Desirable Qualifications

In addition to evaluating each candidate's relative ability, as demonstrated by quality and breadth of experience, the following factors will provide the basis for competitively evaluating each candidate:
Excellent written and oral communication skills; strong analytical skills; good research skills; effective time-management and organizational skills. Investigative experience with willingness to conduct high-volume, short-term field investigations and complex, long-term investigations. Must be able to effectively communicate and demonstrate good judgment when interacting with the public and professional staff; work well under pressure and meet deadlines; possess integrity and the ability to maintain confidentiality of sensitive information. Strong proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook, and good attendance. Ability to work both independently and as a team member; carry out prescribed tasks with minimal supervision; be a self-starter, flexible, and have a positive attitude. Experience working in multi-jurisdictional enforcement efforts; covert and specialized surveillance; collection and analysis of evidence, and establishing close working relationships with all levels of law enforcement and prosecutorial agencies. Flexibility and willingness to work long and unusual hours in high-crime areas of the state, and the ability to respond quickly and efficiently to requests for assistance with high-profile and/or violent crime events.

Contact Information

The Hiring Unit Contact is available to answer questions regarding the position or application process.

Hiring Unit Contact:
Mai Lia Chang
(916) 210-7433

Please direct requests for Reasonable Accommodations to the interview scheduler at the time the interview is being scheduled. You may direct any additional questions regarding Reasonable Accommodations or Equal Employment Opportunity for this position(s) to the Department's EEO Office.

EEO Contact:
EEO Officer
(916) 210-7580
California Relay Service: 1-800-735-2929 (TTY), 1-800-735-2922 (Voice) TTY is a Telecommunications Device for the Deaf, and is reachable only from phones equipped with a TTY Device.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The State of California is an equal opportunity employer to all, regardless of age, ancestry, color, disability (mental and physical), exercising the right to family care and medical leave, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, military or veteran status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religious creed, sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), and sexual orientation.

It is an objective of the State of California to achieve a drug-free work place. Any applicant for state employment will be expected to behave in accordance with this objective because the use of illegal drugs is inconsistent with the law of the State, the rules governing Civil Service, and the special trust placed in public servants.

Application Methods:
Electronic (Using your CalCareer Account)
By Mail