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County of Sonoma
Santa Rosa, CA, United States (on-site)
27 days ago
County of Sonoma
Santa Rosa, CA, United States
27 days ago
Job Type
Job Duration
1-2 Years
$56.10 - $68.20
Senior Manager
Min Experience
2-3 Years
Min Education
Associates Degree
Required Travel
Salary - Type
Hourly Wage
Job Function
Administrative Support Functions
Entry Level


Do you have experience conducting law enforcement background investigations? 

Join the County of Sonoma Probation Department as a Background Investigator. 

Starting salary up to $68.20/hour*

As a Probation Division Director I - Extra-Help in the Backgrounds Unit, you will conduct thorough and complete law enforcement background investigations in accordance with POST requirements, and in accordance with department policies, applicable laws, and procedural requirements.


Responsibilities will include:

  • Reviewing applications/personal history statements (and other required materials to determine suitability as both peace officer applicants and nonsworn candidates) for completeness and directing applicants to provide additional information if needed
  • Conducting investigative interviews by contacting applicants, applicant personal references, and applicant employment references and developing and pursuing lines of inquiry
  • Gathering, verifying, and analyzing personal, professional, credit/financial, and educational documents; contacting other law enforcement agencies, government agencies, and professional organizations to obtain and verify information
  • Researching, obtaining, and reviewing data from various databases and information systems to verify information and/or check for inconsistencies related to applicant information
  • Preparing letters, reports, and written summary of findings; analyzing investigation results and drawing logical and objective conclusions, conferring with hiring managers, and making assessments regarding suitability for employment
  • Responding to requests for information, assisting outside agencies to provide background information regarding previous applicant background investigations, answering applicant questions, referring requests or questions to managers, as appropriate
  • Attending training sessions, seminars and conferences 
  • Training and advising staff, as needed

Extra-help employees relieve or augment permanent staff. Intermittent, extra-help employees are not in the classified civil service and do not have property rights to permanently allocated positions. In addition, they do not receive most regular employee benefits such as long-term disability insurance coverage; accrual of vacation; participation in the County retirement program; or eligibility to take promotional examinations. Intermittent, extra-help employees are limited in their employment to a maximum of 1,380 hours within any twelve-month consecutive period. Extra-help employees who meet the eligibility requirements may qualify for a County contribution toward medical coverage.

 *Salary is negotiable within the established range. This recruitment is open continuously and may close at any time without notice. Applications received after the recruitment closes will not be accepted. For more information, including minimum qualifications, & to apply, visit or call 707-565-2331. The County of Sonoma is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We value diversity and are committed to having a workforce that is representative of the communities we serve. Apply Now

Job ID: 73641361

As the region’s largest employer, the County of Sonoma offers you a level of career diversity that is as expansive as the county itself. From nursing to engineering, information technology to land management and everything in-between, we’ve got over 800 different opportunities waiting for you. But even more than just opportunity, we give you flexibility. Follow your dreams of working at the top. Or follow your interests and work where you want. Either way, you can have it all here.

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