UNITED STATES PROBATION
Southern District of California
Announcement # 21-14
Position: Urinalysis Technician
Date Opened: June 25, 2021
Closing Date: Open until filled, applications preferred by July 16, 2021,
One position will be filled from this announcement. One female will be selected
as they are required to observe collection of urine samples from offenders of
the same gender which is a bona fide occupational qualification (BFOQ).
Location San Diego Main Office, 101 W. Broadway, Suite 700, San Diego, CA 92101
Classification Level & Salary Range
Court Personnel System – CL 22
$31,557 – $36,172 Starting Salary, with full government benefits
$36,502 – $51,334 Potential Salary
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Representative duties include but are not limited to:
- Observes collection of urine samples from offenders of the same gender in accordance with
established procedures for substance abuse testing protocol.
- Documents the sample collection chain of custody to protect the integrity of the urinalysis collection
process. Ensures samples are securely packaged and sent for analysis in a timely manner.
Maintains and enters all data collection and testing results in national database. Prepares reports,
- Assists with the maintenance of the district’s urinalysis program, including stocking supplies and
forms and maintaining testing equipment, testing logs and schedules for all collection sites.
- Maintains the operations of the daily code-a-phone recording for the urinalysis line to facilitate
random specimen collection program.
- Travels to branch offices to execute the duties of this position.
- Testifies in court as to chain of custody of urine samples if required.
- Performs clerical duties as assigned.
To qualify for the position of Urinalysis Technician, a candidate must be a high school graduate (or
equivalent) and proficient in office technology applications such as Microsoft Office Suite. Bilingual in
Spanish and English is preferred. For placement at salary levels above Step 1, at least one year of
general experience is required. Ability to interact and communicate orally and in writing with a variety of
people is required. Experience in a law enforcement or corrections environment is preferred.
SPECIAL WORKING CONDITIONS
A candidate must be able to stand for prolonged periods. This position requires working a variable
schedule with non-traditional hours.
Progressively responsible clerical, office, or other work that indicates the possession of, or the ability to
acquire, the particular knowledge and skills needed to perform the duties of the position.
Education above the high school level may be substituted for required general experience on the basis of
one academic year (30 semester or 45 quarter hours) equals one year of general experience.
A successful candidate must be professional, responsible, organized and detail-oriented. Must also
possess tact, good judgment, initiative, and the ability to work with a wide variety of people with diverse
NOTICE TO APPLICANT
- Applicants must be United States Citizens.
- A background investigation including fingerprinting and criminal history and credit checks will be
conducted as a condition of employment.
- All application information is subject to verification.
- Court employees are required to adhere to the Code of Conduct for Federal Judicial Employees.
- The court is not authorized to reimburse travel expenses for interviews or relocation.
- This position is subject to mandatory electronic funds transfer for payroll direct deposit.
APPLY BY SUBMITTING
1. A resume
2. Cover letter
3. Application for Federal Judicial Employment (AO 78)
- Link to Application Form AO78: http://www.uscourts.gov/forms/AO078.pdf
Email (single PDF document) to: email@example.com
Subject: Human Resources Announcement # 21-14
Incomplete application packets may not be considered.
U.S. Probation reserves the right to modify the conditions of this job announcement, or to withdraw the
announcement, without prior written or other notice. Only qualified applicants will be considered for this
U.S. Probation employees serve under “Excepted Appointments.” They are considered “at will” employees
with the exception of U.S. Probation Officers who are “for cause.” The U.S. Probation Office is a part of the
Judicial Branch of the United States government. Although comparable to the Executive Branch (civil
service) in salary, leave accrual, health benefits, life insurance benefits, and retirement benefits, generally
court employees are not subject to the many statutory and regulatory provisions that govern civil service
All information provided by applicants is subject to verification and background investigation. Applicants are
advised that false statements or omission of information on any application materials may be grounds for
non-selection, withdrawal of an offer of employment, or dismissal after being employed.
For detailed benefit information, please visit: http://www.uscourts.gov/careers/benefits
UNITED STATES PROBATION IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER