Employment Opportunity

Forensic Scientist II, Crime Scene

Colorado Department of Public Safety, Bureau of Investigation, Arvada, Colorado

Salary: $6,010.00 - $8,939.00 Monthly

Final Filing Date: April 19, 2019

The announcement is only open to current Colorado state residents.

Duties and Requirements Click to read more


  • Responsible for the documentation, recognition, preservation, screening/analysis, and interpretation of crime scene evidence collected at crime scenes for federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.
  • Must possess International Association of Identification (IAI) certification as a crime scene analyst within one year of hire date.
  • Responsible for controlling the crime scene and providing leadership and advice to the requesting agency; may be the only CBI employee on-site. May need to assist with search warrant documentation.
  • Documents, analyzes, and provides expert opinions on bloodstain patterns, scene reconstruction, trajectory and other specialized techniques. Able to use FARO and drones for measurements and scene documentation.
  • Familiar with shotguns, rifles, handguns, knives, and power tools.
  • Attend and document autopsies.
  • Must be familiar with ISO/IEC 17025:2017 standards and ANAB Supplemental Requiremen
  • Maintain chain of custody and case file records in an electronic laboratory information management system (LIMS). CBI is a paperless system.
  • Must demonstrate competency by successfully passing the agency's training plan, competency test(s), and the established proficiency test(s).
  • Professional communication style: clear and concise communication, treats all people with respect.
  • Excellent time management skills, assists others as needed, maintains productivity.
  • Demonstrates the utmost professionalism while providing expert testimony in various municipal, county, district, military or federal courts across Colorado.
  • Maintain the highest level of integrity: CBI forensic scientists must be above reproach at all times in their personal life and professional life.
  • Enjoys continuous improvement and learning: Updates skill sets through active participation in professional groups, trainings, seminars and conferences. Readily keeps up-to-date technologically by reading forensic literature, journals, and websites.
  • Flexibility and willingly performing other duties as assigned. This may include but is not limited to: actively serving on the Technical Working Group for a specific discipline, assisting with validating new instrumentation and methodologies, assisting with writing technical procedures, procuring supplies, training coworkers, covering for a coworker during a scheduled leave or in an emergency situation in your laboratory or another CBI-FS facility, and assisting with special projects as needed.
  • Self-aware and open to feedback and improvement: Considers ideas presented by coworkers and supervisor, enjoys learning new ways to improve personally and professionally.
  • Strong work ethic: This position requires dedication, commitment, loyalty and an unwavering work ethic. The individual must be supportive of the CBI's and Forensic Services overall mission, goals and values.


  • EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in, chemistry, biochemistry, molecular biology, forensic science, or a closely-related field. A copy of your official or unofficial college or university transcripts must be provided at the time of application or your application will be disqualified.
  • AND
  • EXPERIENCE: A minimum of two years full-time forensic crime scene analysis experience at a law enforcement agency during which a substantial percentage of duties include independent crime scene analysis on major criminal cases (homicides and officer-involved shootings) and excluding trainings and/or internships. (Part-time experience will be prorated.) Crime scene casework experience should include bloodstain pattern analysis and trajectory analysis.
  • SUBSTITUTIONS: There is NO substitution for the two years of full-time crime scene analyst casework experience.
  • IAI Crime Scene Analyst certification
  • IAI Bloodstain Pattern certification
  • Casework experience in an accredited crime laboratory
  • Experience with the FARO scanner for crime scene documentation
  • FAA part 107 license for drone use
  • Applicant must be willing to be fingerprinted, successfully pass a polygraph and extensive background investigation, drug screen and psychological exam. If you have used marijuana in the last twelve months, or any illegal drugs in the past five years, or have been convicted of a felony or have a history of criminal activity, you will be disqualified and will not be hired for this position.
  • This position may perform analysis on an item of evidence that contains hazardous materials or has been exposed to hazardous materials. Toxic chemicals are utilized throughout the laboratory during analyses.
  • A valid driver's license required. This position may be required to assist in another laboratory throughout the state and may be required to provide expert courtroom testimony statewide.
  • This position may be required to move/lift awkward or heavy items of evidence.

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Posted: March 13, 2019

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