Employment Opportunity


Criminalist, Forensic Biology

Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office, Littleton, Colorado

Salary: $62,348.00 - $96,876.00 Annually

Final Filing Date: February 18, 2019

This position will be based out of the Unified Metropolitan Forensic Crime Laboratory (UMFCL) currently under construction in North Douglas County.

Under limited administrative direction, this position performs technical criminalistics work for the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office and associated agencies in the Unified Metropolitan Forensic Crime Laboratory (UMFCL). The work involves performing various tests and analyses on evidence in order to develop facts pertinent to criminal investigations including the analysis of biological material from submitted evidence items; generating written technical reports of all examinations or analyses performed, court preparation and giving expert testimony in court proceedings.

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Duties:

The following duty statements are illustrative of the essential functions of the job within the UMFCL and do not include other non-essential or marginal duties that may be required:
  • Responsible for the recognition, identification, documentation, and scientific collection of all physical evidence pertinent to the investigation of a criminal act when examining items of evidence within the laboratory.
  • Performs latent print comparisons of recorded prints as well as evidentiary latent prints, identifies fingerprints, and utilizes Automated Fingerprint Identification Systems.
  • (AFIS/ IAFIS).
  • Interprets the scientific data gathered and prepares meaningful reports in a manner to be presented to a judge and jury in a court of law.
  • Prepares detailed reports and documentation for investigative use and court proceedings.
  • Documents, handles, packages, and receipts evidence to maintain chain of custody in accordance with established forensic practices under state and federal laws.
  • Appears in court as an expert witness as required.
  • May be assigned to train new employees and or act as a trainer to coworkers in specific specialty areas.
  • Operates computers and standard office equipment including commonly used computer software programs required by the position.
The following duty statements are illustrative of the essential functions of the job with respect to Crime Scene Analyses for the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office:
  • Responsible for the recognition, identification, documentation, and scientific collection of all physical evidence pertinent to the investigation of a criminal act.
  • Examines crime scenes to discover, preserve, collect, photograph, video, and identify physical evidence.
  • Interprets the scientific data gathered and prepares meaningful reports in a manner to be presented to a judge and jury in a court of law.
  • Prepares sketches and diagrams to include dimensions of scene and to establish location of evidence and relationships of all relevant data.
  • Prepares detailed reports and documentation for investigative use and court proceedings.
  • Documents, handles, packages, and receipts evidence to maintain chain of custody in accordance with established forensic practices under state and federal laws.
  • Directs law enforcement personnel at crime scenes to ensure continuity and preservation of evidence.
  • Appears in court as an expert witness as required.
  • Instructs other agency members in Criminalistics, crime scene processing and training seminars, to include outside law enforcement agencies under mutual aid requests.
  • Makes presumptive field tests of suspected illegal drugs to determine type.
  • May be assigned to train new employees and or act as a trainer to coworkers in specific specialty areas.
  • Operates computers and standard office equipment including commonly used computer software programs required by the position.
  • Is available and willing to work such overtime per day or per week as the Sheriff's Office determines is necessary or desirable to meet its needs.
  • Is available and willing to work such weekends and holidays as the Sheriff's Office determines are necessary or desirable to meet its needs.
  • Performs duties both in the office and in the field.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Requirements:

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
  • Extensive knowledge of modern forensic laboratory equipment and procedures.
  • Extensive knowledge of the work flow of a forensic crime lab.
  • Considerable knowledge of criminal law, criminal court proceedings and rules of evidence.
  • Must meet the education requirements of the Quality Assurance Standards for Forensic DNA Testing Laboratories.
  • Knowledge of DNA QAS documents and ISO 17025:2017 standards.
  • Knowledge and use of the CODIS database systems.
  • Knowledge of forensic DNA statistical calculations.
  • Knowledge of computers and commonly used computer software programs.
  • Ability to operate computers and commonly used computer software programs, as well as any other standard office equipment as required by position.
  • Ability to give professional expert testimony in courts of law.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with superiors, coworkers and other law enforcement/judicial personnel.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in verbal and written English, to include public speaking.
  • Ability to apply sound reasoning and decision-making.
  • Ability to interact in a professional manner with all staff.
  • Ability to get along well with others.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
  • EDUCATION: Bachelor's Degree in biology, chemistry, forensic science or a closely related field.
  • EXPERIENCE: Two (2) years of experience in performing laboratory duties associated with the processing of biological and DNA evidence in a law enforcement agency
  • OR
  • Any equivalent combination of education and experience that satisfies the requirements of the job as approved by the Sheriff's Office.
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:
  • EDUCATION: Master's Degree in biology, chemistry, forensic science, or a closely related field.
  • EXPERIENCE: Three to five years of experience performing DNA analysis in a law enforcement agency.
NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:
  • Must obtain CPR and First Aid certification within the initial probationary period.
  • Must possess a valid Colorado Driver's License.
  • This position is subject to call for assignments that require working nights, weekends and holidays as deemed necessary by the Sheriff's Office and/or the management of the UMFCL.
  • Must successfully complete the initial probationary period and training.

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Posted: February 1, 2019


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