Bureau of Investigation

District Attorney Public Assistance Investigator Jobs

PAI badge The San Diego County District Attorney's Office is continuously seeking experienced and qualified investigators to fill the position of Public Assistance Investigator and District Attorney Investigator. San Diego County is located in beautiful Southern California and is home to magnificent beaches and family attractions. The San Diego Zoo, Sea World and excellent educational institutions are within minutes of the Pacific Ocean. The District Attorney's Office serves over three million citizens spread over 4,200 square miles.

Job Summary

Public Assistance Investigators (PAIs) are sworn peace officers, as defined in Penal Code Section 830.35. Although they are trained in the use of firearms, Public Assistance Investigators in San Diego County are not armed. PAIs conduct investigations pertaining to administrative and criminal violations as they relate to public assistance/welfare fraud. The programs investigated include, but are not limited to Calworks, CalFresh, In-Home Supportive Services, Child Care, subsidized housing, etc. The Public Assistance Fraud Unit is part of the Economic Crimes Division within the Bureau of Investigation, which is responsible for both proactive and reactive law enforcement duties. Assignments include: Early Fraud Unit, which is responsible for fraud prevention and detection; and Investigations Unit, which investigates cases of known or suspected violations of the law related to the fraudulent receipt of Public Assistance funds. Job locations include our main office in Kearny Mesa and multiple satellite offices throughout the county.


Based on qualifications, Public Assistance Investigators can be hired within two entry-level classes: Public Assistance Investigator Trainee and Public Assistance Investigator I.

Qualified applicants for Public Assistance Investigator Trainee must possess:

  1. One (l) year of experience performing field investigations in law enforcement, revenue and recovery, tax collection, or in a public prosecution agency, or other related field. Qualifying experience must include conducting interviews to collect and verify information; compiling and analyzing findings and data; interpreting and applying rules and regulations; and preparing reports for prosecution of cases; OR,
  2. One (l) year of experience in a public social services agency determining initial and continuing eligibility for public assistance; OR,
  3. Completion of the California P.O.S.T. certified basic law enforcement training academy; OR,
  4. Completion of the California P.O.S.T. Specialized Investigators' Basic Course; OR
  5. Two (2) years of experience as a Paralegal in a public prosecution agency.

Qualified applicants for Public Assistance Investigator I must possess:

  1. One (1) year of investigative experience at the level of Public Assistance Investigator Trainee with the County of San Diego, or as a welfare fraud investigator in a California County; OR,
  2. One (1) year of full time experience conducting criminal investigations for a law enforcement agency; AND
  3. Completion of the California P.O.S.T. certified basic law enforcement training academy or the California P.O.S.T. Specialized Investigators' Basic Course.

Subsequent to employment, those hired will be required to meet the P.O.S.T. provisions through equivalency testing and/or completing any P.O.S.T. training necessary (see California Penal Code Sections 830.35 and 13511). Qualified applicants must have a valid California class C driver's license, which must be maintained throughout employment. Employees in this class may be required to use their own vehicle.

Salary and Benefits

  • PAI Trainee annual salary range: $42,910.40- $52,728.00
  • PAI I through PAI II annual salary range: $48,193.60-$63,793.60
  • Health, Dental, and Vision Insurances
  • County paid basic life insurance and AD&D insurance
  • County Tier C Retirement; for more information see the Memorandum of Agreement (62 MB, 115 pages)
  • Employee option for supplemental life and AD&D insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Use of a County vehicle; emergency equipment; bilingual pay; potential for overtime

Application Information

This job recruitment is currently closed but for additional information or to be notified when job recruitment opens, please e-mail Public Assistance Investigator Jennifer Razo.