Employment Opportunity

Forensic Scientist 2 - Forensic Firearm/Tool Mark Analyst

New Mexico Department of Public Safety, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Salary: $45,688 - $79,484 Annually

Final Filing Date: Open until filled

As a Forensic Scientist 2 - Forensic Firearm/Tool Mark Analyst, the incumbent is proficient in performing analysis of firearm/tool mark evidence as a case-working Forensic Firearm/Tool Mark Analyst. The incumbent will be proficient in performing independent analysis of bullets, cartridge cases, shot shells, firearms, tools, clothing and substances submitted for analysis and identification. The incumbent will be responsible for independently identifying and analyzing other firearm/ tool mark related evidence related to criminal investigations. Forensic Scientist workers work closely with other experts.

Duties and Requirements Click to read more


  • Producing formal reports that accurately identify and analyze firearm/tool mark evidence to determine its significance to the investigation;
  • Presenting the results, conclusions and expert opinion in the scientific analysis of the firearm/tool mark evidence;
  • Providing expert witness testimony regarding the analyst's findings in courts of law throughout the State of New Mexico;
  • Performing QA / QC to assure quality analysis, evidence integrity, and maintain accreditation standards; and,
  • Continue training to develop competency and proficiency in their area of specialization, specifically firearm/tool mark analysis for this position, as required.


Ideal Candidate
  • Will have a minimum of Four (4) years of experience working in a forensic laboratory performing scientific analysis of forensic evidence, including one (1) year independent casework analysis.
  • Will have a minimum of one (1) year forensic expert witness testimony experience.
Minimum Qualification
  • For Latent Print and Firearm Forensic Scientists, a degree in any discipline will be accepted, or an Associates degree plus two (2) years of additional laboratory experience or four (4) years of additional laboratory experience can substitute for a Bachelor's Degree. Four (4) years of experience working in a forensics laboratory performing scientific analysis of forensic evidence, including one (1) year independent case work analysis.
Employment Requirements
  • Must possess and maintain a valid New Mexico Driver's License. Defensive Driving certification. Statewide travel will be required. Employment is subject to a pre-employment background investigation and is conditional pending results. This position is designated as safety sensitive. Employment will be subject to pre-employment drug testing and random employment drug testing. Subject to a national fingerprint-based record checks within 30 days of assignment.
Working Conditions
  • Work is performed in a forensic laboratory setting; exposure to chemicals and biological fluids; statewide travel in car and/or small aircraft will be required when needed. Work under stressful situations with strict deadlines. Ability to lift and carry up to 30 lbs.; frequent walking, standing, sitting and bending; and exposure to noise from equipment and instruments utilized in the laboratory is required.

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Posted: April 19, 2019

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