County of Alameda

Photographic and Printing Services Technician (#8521)

Bargaining Unit: SEIU 1021 - Clerical (010)
$28.26-$33.66 Hourly / $2,119.50-$2,524.50 BiWeekly /
$4,592.25-$5,469.75 Monthly / $55,107.00-$65,637.00 Yearly

Under general supervision to provide photographic, printing, high speed copying and color copying services for the agency and to perform related duties as required.


This position is located in the Sheriff’s Office - Photographic and Printing Services Unit. The Technician is responsible for working with documents, digital images, and photographic film in order to produce high quality print media such as photographs, posters, court exhibits, banners, magazines, and forms. Incumbents in this class may perform photography support duties at crime scenes or other department functions. This class is distinguished from that of Photographer in that the latter has primary responsibility for performing technical photography, photo lab processing and providing technical photographic assistance to other staff members.

NOTE: The following are the duties performed by employees in this classification. However, employees may perform other related duties at an equivalent level. Each individual in the classification does not necessarily perform all duties listed.

1. Operate computerized mini-lab photographic processing systems to develop exposed film; process digital images; check for, and make corrections in image contrast, composition, color balance, and general quality utilizing commercial software products; print photographs from developed film and digital media. Perform quality control duties on and maintain photographic processing equipment.

2. Assist in the graphical art design of posters, flyers, banners, magazines, and other print or electronic media utilizing commercial software applications.

3. Operate digital press equipment used for printing department forms, flyers, magazines, and other print media. Perform quality control duties on, and maintain digital press equipment.

4. Perform a variety of administrative functions including ordering supplies, inventory control, tracking photographic and printing requests, preparing monthly and annual statistics, and preparing billing statements.

5. Assist in crime scene photography and other department photography duties such as documenting Academy graduations, department promotions, other department exercises, and the preparation of photographic portraits.

6. Prepare photographic evidence for presentation in court. As required, testify on the authenticity of photographic materials presented.

7. Experienced Technicians may assist with the training of newer Technicians in the use of Photographic and Printing Services equipment and operational processes.


The equivalent of six months full-time, paid experience in the processing of digital documents or images for the purposes of graphic art design, photographic printing, document printing, or the generation of other print media.

Special Requirements:

1. A thorough background investigation will be conducted of all prospective Technicians to ensure they are suitable for work in a law enforcement environment.
2. Technicians are generally assigned to work day shifts however, evening, weekend, or holiday shifts may be required as necessary.
3. Vision must be free from color blindness in either eye.


All candidates must possess a valid California Motor Vehicle Operator’s license.

NOTE: The Civil Service Commission may modify the above Minimum Qualifications in the announcement of an examination.

NOTE: The level and scope of the following knowledge and abilities are related to duties listed under the “Examples of Duties” section of this specification.

Knowledge of:

• Use of digital press reprographics production unit.
• Use and operation of photographic equipment including digital imaging and associated post-processing software.
• Photographic laboratory techniques and procedures.
• Theory, principles and techniques of photography.
• Graphic arts design software.
• Standard office practices and procedures.

Ability to:

• Follow oral and written directions.
• Operate standard office equipment, including a computer and copy machine.
• Learn the operation of new photography and printing equipment.
• Efficiently work on multiple tasks simultaneously.
• Photograph in a wide variety of circumstances and conditions.
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers and representatives of other agencies.
• Compose clear, comprehensive correspondence.
• Prioritize work to meet deadlines.

MJW:kb 1/78
BG: 5/78
Old doc: 0797h
New doc: 8521.doc
CSC Date: 5/15/78
SA:pf Revised 9/9/04
CSC Date: 10/27/2004
DS:po Revised/Retitle 10/27/08
old title: Photographic Laboratory Tech
CSC Date: 12/3/2008


Alameda County offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package that affords wide-ranging health care options to meet the different needs of a diverse workforce and their families. We also sponsor many different employee discount, fitness and health screening programs focused on overall well being.  These benefits include but are not limited to*:

For your Health & Well-Being

  • Medical – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Dental – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Vision or Vision Reimbursement
  • Share the Savings
  • Basic Life Insurance 
  • Supplemental Life Insurance (with optional dependent coverage for eligible employees) 
  • County Allowance Credit
  • Flexible Spending Accounts - Health FSA, Dependent Care and Adoption Assistance
  • Short-Term Disability Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Voluntary Benefits - Accident Insurance, Critical Illness, Hospital Indemnity and Legal Services
  • Employee Assistance Program

For your Financial Future

  • Retirement Plan - (Defined Benefit Pension Plan)
  • Deferred Compensation Plan (457 Plan or Roth Plan)

For your Work/Life Balance

  • 12 paid holidays
  • Floating Holidays
  • Vacation and sick leave accrual
  • Vacation purchase program
  • Catastrophic Sick Leave
  • Group Auto/Home Insurance
  • Pet Insurance
  • Commuter Benefits Program
  • Guaranteed Ride Home
  • Employee Wellness Program (e.g. At Work Fitness, Incentive Based Programs, Gym Membership Discounts)
  • Employee Discount Program (e.g. theme parks, cell phone, etc.)
  • Child Care Resources
  • 1st United Services Credit Union 

*Eligibility is determined by Alameda County and offerings may vary by collective bargaining agreement.  This provides a brief summary of the benefits offered and can be subject to change.


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