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Job Posting: Special Agent Trainee

Department of Justice

Special Agent Trainee

$4,127.00 - $5,566.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: 9/24/2021

Job Description and Duties

Under the close direction of a Special Agent field training officer (FTO), the Special Agent Trainee assists in conducting criminal investigations involving the enforcement of various state and federal statutes. The Special Agent Trainee will be assigned to a field training officer for the duration of his/her probationary period to receive comprehensive, on-the-job training in the application of the principles and techniques of investigation and enforcement activities. The incumbent may be assigned to, and must be capable of providing assistance in initiating and conducting investigations in, any of the Department's enforcement or investigation programs.

Occasional overtime and travel may be required.

You will find additional information about the job in the Duty Statement.

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Position Details

Job Code #:
Position #(s):
Working Title:
Special Agent Trainee
$4,127.00 - $5,566.00

The above listed salary range does not reflect the anticipated 12% increase the Special Agent Trainee classification is expected to receive effective September 1, 2021, as it is subject to ratification.
# of Positions:
Work Location:
Riverside County
Job Type:
Permanent, Full Time
Work Week:
Monday - Friday

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 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.

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.
Candidates who do not meet the minimum qualifications will not be considered.

Candidates who meet the minimum qualifications must have list, reinstatement or lateral transfer eligibility.
  • List eligibility: Candidates who are not current state employees with lateral transfer eligibility and who do not have reinstatement rights to the Special Agent Trainee classification must obtain list eligibility prior to appointment. If you need to take the exam, please visit the Office of the Attorney General's Exam Page.
  • Reinstatement: Former California State Civil Service employees may have reinstatement rights to this classification.

  • Lateral transfer: Candidates who are currently employed by the State of California may be eligible to laterally transfer to the Special Agent Trainee classification. Transfer eligibility depends upon the applicant’s current classification.

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: 9/24/2021

Who May Apply

Individuals who are currently in the classification, eligible for lateral transfer, eligible for reinstatement, have list eligibility, are in the process of obtaining list eligibility, or have SROA and/or Surplus eligibility (please attach your letter, if available). SROA and Surplus candidates are given priority; therefore, individuals with other eligibility may be considered in the event no SROA or Surplus candidates apply. Individuals who are eligible for a Training and Development assignment may also be considered for this position(s).

Applications will be screened and only the most qualified applicants will be selected to move forward in the selection process.
Applicants must meet the Minimum Qualifications stated in the Classification Specification(s).

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
1300 I Street Ste 1140 DLE/OC
Sacramento, CA 95814

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

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

Department of Justice
Mai Lia Chang
1300 I Street Ste 1140 DLE/OC
Sacramento, CA 95814
08:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Required Application Package Documents

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

  • Current version of the 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.
  • Degree/Diploma
  • Statement of Qualifications - The Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) demonstrates your ability to present information clearly and concisely in writing. The SOQ must specifically address the question listed below, single spaced, and in 12-point font. Applications submitted without the SOQ will not be considered. A cover letter and resume will not take the place of the SOQ.
    • Write a one-page narrative describing how working as a Special Agent Trainee aligns with your long term career goals.
  • Other - This self-assessment will help applicants assess their readiness for a peace officer position. Do not submit your response. - SAT Self-Assessment
  • Other -

    Click on the following link to complete the California Department of Justice Recruitment Survey:

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. 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; be a self-starter,flexible, and have a positive attitude. 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.


Benefit information can be found on the CalHR website and the CalPERS website.

Contact Information

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

Hiring Unit Contact:
Josh Rosen
(916) 210-6250

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