Department of Social Services


$4,544.00 - $7,316.00

Final Filing Date: Until Filled

Job Description and Duties

These positions cover Orange, San Diego and Imperial counties.


This is a Peace Officer classification [PC 830.3(h)] subject to Peace Officers Standards and Training [POST] requirements.  The Investigator will be required to complete POST Basic training within the first year of appointment, if not completed prior to employment.


Under the direction of the Supervising Special Investigator I, the Investigator, will independently conduct the most sensitive, complex, and diverse investigations, which may include sexual and physical abuse, questionable/wrongful death, unlicensed facility operations, registered sex offenders presence in community care facilities and unlicensed facility operations involving injunctions, employment backgrounds, and internal affairs.  Duties include conducting interviews of subjects, witnesses and victims. The Investigator must be organized and able to utilize law enforcement databases and obtain large numbers of police, court and medical reports.  The Investigator will prepare complex investigative report findings obtained during the investigation.  They will work closely with CDSS attorneys on cases going to hearing and may act in a lead capacity for their unit.  The Investigator must perform a full range of peace officers duties and responsibilities and have a valid driver's license to work a large area that can involve travel to many areas of the state.

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Additional Documents

Position Details

Job Control Details
Job Code #: JC-89501
Position #(s):
$4,544.00 - $7,316.00
# of Positions: 3
Work Location: San Diego County
Job Type: Permanent, Full Time

Department Information

Are you interested in making a difference in the lives of fellow Californians while achieving your career goals?  Do you set high standards for yourself and enjoy a collaborative and challenging work environment?  The Department of Social Services serves, aids and protects needy and vulnerable children and adults in ways that strengthen and preserve families, encourage personal responsibility and foster independence.  We are looking for compassionate self-starters interested in contributing to our high performance teams.  We work in modern facilities with many amenities and utilize the latest technology.   This Department is dedicated to employee training and development.

Successful applicants will have passed an examination for this classification, or be an existing State Employee with transfer eligibility and will have followed the instructions under the Special Requirements and Required Application Documents section.  Electronic applications are encouraged and hardcopy applications will be accepted. Hardcopy applications must include the Job Control and Position numbers in the “Explanation” section and be signed and dated.

Special Requirements

  • 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.

All interested applicants are required to include the position number and job control number on the STD 678 Examination/Employment Application in the Job Title section.


.               If successful in the hiring interview, the candidate must clear the POST reading and writing assessment before undergoing a thorough background investigation.

.               The position(s) requires a valid California Driver's License (CDL). You must answer the questions addressing your CDL on your application. Ensure you provide your CDL number, class, expiration date, and any endorsements and restrictions you have on your CDL.

.               The position(s) requires incumbents pass a Background Investigation prior to being hired.

.               The position(s) requires incumbents pass a Medical Evaluation. You will be required to submit to a Medical Evaluation and receive clearance prior to being hired.

.               The position(s) requires incumbents pass a Psychological Evaluation.  You will be required to submit to a Psychological evaluation and receive clearance prior to being hired.


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: Until Filled

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 Social Services
Attn: Department of Social Services
P. O. Box 944243 - MS 8-15-59
Sacramento, CA 94244-2430

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

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

Department of Social Services/Cert Unit
P. O. Box 944243 - MS 8-15-59
Sacramento, CA 94244-2430
744 P Street, 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 optional. It may be included, but is not required.
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.


Please see the California Department of Human Resources website: for further information on benefits.

Contact Information

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

Hiring Unit Contact:
Daniel Massey
782-4970 ext:

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 Office
(916) 657-2326
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