Employment Opportunity

Forensic Analyst

Washington County Sheriff's Office, Hillsboro, Oregon

Salary: $37.20 - $45.26 Hourly

Final Filing Date: August 11, 2019

Washington County's Sheriff's Office is seeking to fill two (2) Forensic Analyst vacancies in their Forensics Unit. The Forensic Analyst utilizes a variety of technical and scientific skills to identify and analyze physical and trace evidence collected at crime scenes as part of a criminal investigation.

Incumbents in this position, will function as both certified latent print examiners and certified crime scene analysts. Successful candidates will be expected to perform advanced journey-level work and use a significant level of independence, judgment, and expertise in the forensic analysis of physical and trace evidence that has been collected from crime scenes. Forensic Analysts also perform higher-level analysis of crime scene evidence, including cases involving violent crimes.

The ideal candidate will demonstrate strong analytical skills, a high degree of accuracy, as well as stellar communication skills and technical expertise related to developing and examining friction ridge detail and processing crime scenes. In this role, you will frequently utilize various forensic tools, equipment, and chemistry to include dye-stains, forensic light sources, photography, presumptive tests, Automated Fingerprint Identification Systems and Photoshop.

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  • Analyzes and compares latent print impressions.
  • Enters and searches unidentified finger and palm prints through various Automated Biometric Identification Systems.
  • Conducts laboratory processing of evidence for latent prints, blood, DNA and other trace evidence using various chemical and physical development techniques.
  • Examines crime scenes to locate and identify forensic evidence related to criminal investigations.
  • Collects physical and trace evidence at crime scenes using a variety of tools, chemicals, and substances.
  • Conducts specialized photography in the laboratory and in the field.
  • Packages, processes, stores, and transports physical evidence in a manner that preserves its integrity.
  • Maintains technical and functional control of crime scenes to preserve integrity of crime scene evidence.
  • Documents and records data on all seized evidence. Prepares reports of findings, investigative methods, and collection techniques.
  • Gives courtroom testimony as an expert witness on latent print examinations, evidence, evidence collection techniques, and procedures.
  • Keeps forensic skills, certifications, and methodologies current; trains in departmental standards of evidence collection and evidence processing.
  • Provides training and guidance to new Forensic Technicians; shares forensic expertise with staff; conducts training and information sharing with other agencies and outside groups such as schools and professional organizations.
Knowledge of:
  • Principles, processes, and methodologies used in forensic science including latent print processes, trace evidence chemical analysis, photography, evidence collection, processing, and analysis;
  • Criminal offenses, legal codes, and criminal justice systems; and
  • Laws of evidence, search, and seizure.
Skills to:
  • Use forensic laboratory equipment such as microscopes, DNA/biological evidence kits, and alternative light sources;
  • Use fingerprint equipment and database systems;
  • Review and analyze evidence to draw scientific-based conclusions;
  • Use photographic equipment and identify/collect trace crime scene samples; and
  • Use personal computers and typical office software.
Ability to:
  • Operate photographic equipment;
  • Prepare written reports and maintain records;
  • Communicate orally and in writing with individuals or groups to effectively convey information;
  • Effectively articulate analysis of evidence and provide scientific-based conclusions to various audiences;
  • Monitor and assess circumstances and determine the equipment needed to complete a specific task;
  • Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with individuals and groups who come from diverse backgrounds and represent members of the public, coworkers, and/or vendors;
  • Exercise appropriate judgment in new and unusual circumstances; and
  • Remain calm and rational in crime scene situations.


Education and Experience - A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:
  • Possession of a Master's of Science Degree in forensic science, biology, chemistry, physics, quantitative analysis, or related field;
  • OR
  • Possession of a Bachelor's of Science Degree in forensic science, biology, chemistry, physics, quantitative analysis, or related field; AND two (2) years of work experience in forensic science, biology, chemistry, physics, quantitative analysis, or related field.
    NOTE: If you have completed education in a foreign college or university and are using this education to meet the minimum qualifications, you must provide documentation that the foreign education is comparable to that received within the United States' accredited college or university system or your application will not be accepted.
Additional Licenses, Certificates, Physical Abilities and Specialty Requirements:
  • Possession of a Driver's license valid in the State of Oregon and an acceptable driving record per Washington County policy.
  • Must pass background investigation and be free of felony convictions; Criminal conviction or dishonorable or undesirable discharge may result in disqualification.
  • Must be able to work irregular hours and or respond to crimes scenes during off duty hours.

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Posted: July 23, 2019

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