Public Defender Investigator II/III - Bilingual (English/Spanish)

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Public Defender Investigator II/III - Bilingual (English/Spanish)

Monterey County Human Resources Salinas, California, United States

Job Description:

Public Defender Investigator II/III - Bilingual (English/Spanish)


Position Description

Priority Screen Date: Monday, June 3, 2024
Exam # 24/34D40/05SA

Public Defender Investigator II ($6,740 - $ 9,200 Monthly)

Public Defender Investigator III ($7,373 - $10,064 Monthly)

All application materials must be received by the priority screening date for a guaranteed review. Applications received after this date will be considered on an as needed basis until the position is filled.

The Public Defender's Office provides legal representation to indigent persons charged with crimes in Monterey County, ranging from the simplest misdemeanor to complex capital cases. The guiding principle of the office is that each client is entitled to the best outcome legally attainable. Our attorney’s, investigators and support staff take great pride in providing a consistently high level of service. The Public Defender's Office seeks qualified applicants to apply for the position of Public Defender Investigator II/III.

Public Defender Investigator II performs skilled investigative work involving sensitive and/or difficult cases referred to the Public Defender’s Office where criminal action is involved or suspected; performs related work as required.

Public Defender Investigator III performs highly specialized investigatory duties for the most complex, sensitive, and /or difficult criminal cases that have significant legal implications and/or high degree of publicity; may function as lead worker; acts for the Supervising Investigator in his/her absence; and performs related work as required.

The Eligible List established by this recruitment process may be used County-wide to fill current and future vacancies on a regular full-time, part-time, or temporary basis.

This classification is part of a flexible series. Incumbents appointed at the lower level of the career series may be promoted up to the higher level of the career series subject to their meeting the employment standards for the higher class and a recommendation for their promotion by the appointing authority.

This position is contingent upon Board of Supervisors approval and will be budgeted effective July, 1 2024.

Examples of Duties

Public Defender Investigator II
Public Defender Investigator III
In addition to the level II duties, the level III also includes:
To view the complete job description, please visit the County of Monterey website:
Public Defender Investigator II
Public Defender Investigator III

THE SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATEWill have a proven track record demonstrating the following knowledge, skills and abilities:

Public Defender Investigator II
Working Knowledge of:

Public Defender Investigator III
Thorough Knowledge of:
The level II Working Knowledge must be Thorough Knowledge for the level III, in addition to:
Public Defender Investigator II
Skill and Ability to:
Public Defender Investigator III
Skill and Ability to:
In addition to the level II Skill and Abilities, the level III also includes:

Examples of Experience/Education/Training

Any combination of training, education and/or experience which provides the knowledge, skills and abilities and required conditions of employment is qualifying. An example of a way these requirements might be acquired is:

Public Defender Investigator II

Public Defender Investigator III

Additional Information

The required conditions of employment include, but are not limited to the following:Desired conditions of employment:BENEFITS:
The County of Monterey offers an excellent benefits package. Please visit our website to view the J-Unit Benefit Summary Sheet . This information is not legally binding, nor does it serve as a contract. The benefits listed in the Monterey County Personnel Policies and Practices Resolution or Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) prevail over this listing.

As a condition of employment, prospective employees may be required to submit to a background review which may include a review of information concerning present and/or prior employment, driving record, and record of any criminal convictions. Employment is contingent upon acceptable documentation verifying identity and authorization for employment in the U.S.; a list of acceptable documents is available on the USCIS Form I-9. If you are hired into this classification in a temporary position, your rate of pay will be hourly, and you will not be eligible for the benefits listed in the summary.

Application and Selection Procedures

Apply On-Line at ,

by Priority Screening Date, Monday, June 3, 2024, 11:59 PM(PST)


Hard copy applications may be obtained from and submitted during normal business hours,

Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM by contacting:

County of Monterey

Attn: Stephanie Ahumada, Associate Personnel Analyst

168 W. Alisal Street, 3rd Floor

Salinas, CA 93901

Phone: (831) 755-5238 Fax: (831) 757-5792

The selection process is tentative, and applicants will be notified if changes are made. To assess applicants' possession of required qualifications, the examination process may include an oral examination, pre-examination exercises, performance examination, and/or written examination. The competitive examination process includes submittal of required application materials. A complete application package will include:

Applicants who fail to provide all required materials by the final filing deadline will not be considered. Resumes, cover letters, letters of interest, and other correspondence will not be accepted as a substitute for required application materials. All required application materials will be competitively evaluated. Those applicants that are determined to be the most appropriately qualified will be invited to participate further in the selection process.

Monterey County is a drug-free workplace and an equal opportunity employer. The County seeks candidates who can make contributions in an environment of cultural and ethnic diversity. Monterey County is committed to providing access, equal opportunity, and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, its services, programs, and activities. To request reasonable accommodation, contact Stephanie Ahumada, Human Resources Analyst, at (831) 755-5238, or

Closing Date/Time: Continuous


$6,739.20 - $10,063.73 Monthly
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