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Forensic Specialist

Wyoming Attorney General's Office, Cheyenne, Wyoming

Salary: $3,709.09 - $4,779.75 Monthly

Final Filing Date: Open Until Filled

This family of positions includes those individuals responsible for handling the physical evidence of a crime in a laboratory setting for agencies of the State of Wyoming. Under general supervision, these positions are responsible for performing specific forensic examinations on chemical or toxicological evidence in support of ongoing criminal investigations, creating written reports outlining those examinations, and the presentation of the results in court as necessary. Conduct field crime scene work to gather and analyze evidence. These positions may have some input into setting a budget and are responsible for assuring project goals are achieved.

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Duties:

  • Performs chemical examinations on evidence leading to forensic conclusions for use in legal proceedings in all types of cases.
  • Prepares written reports of forensic analysis and conclusions for use in legal proceedings.
  • Examination, identification, and comparison of evidence and/or investigation of various types of crimes.
  • Conducts routine examination and/or investigation under direct supervision;
  • Demonstrates effective use of case management to meet case and/or court deadlines.
  • May provide expert forensic guidance and advice to judges, prosecutors, and defense attorneys in preparation of exploratory questions for witnesses.
  • Provides testimony in legal proceedings
  • May participate in quality control and quality assurance checks on chemicals, standards and quality affecting materials used in the respective unit.
  • Perform technical and/or administrative review on reports generated by other Unit personnel. May perform technical review and confirmation of identifications and associations on reports in multiple sub-disciplines
  • May testify as an expert witness.
  • Conduct field crime scene work to gather and analyze evidence.

Requirements:

PREFERENCES/AGENCY REQUIREMENTS:
  • Preference may be given to candidates with a degree in Chemistry or Toxicology, plus 0-2 years of progressive work experience in a forensic laboratory.
  • Preference may be given to candidates that have successful completion of competency testing in scope of practice as required by the laboratory's accreditation standards.
KNOWLEDGE:
  • Knowledge of the general theory and application of chemistry and/or toxicology
  • Knowledge of forensic laboratory analysis technique and applications
  • Knowledge of methods, procedures, equipment, and materials used in controlled substance or toxicological analysis and their limitations
  • Knowledge of operating GC/FID, GC/headspace, GC/MS, FTIR, LC/MS/MS and LC/DAD instrumentation
  • Knowledge of criminal law.
  • Knowledge of the theory and application of forensic sciences, statistics, and evidence preservation processes as they relate to modern forensic laboratory techniques, practices, and procedures.
  • Knowledge of research or investigative techniques and controls, which limit or expand the significance of the findings.
  • Knowledge of the impact of work and testing performed in compliance with accreditation and state/federal regulations.
  • Knowledge of laboratory safety procedures, with emphasis on those procedures associated with the handling of bio hazardous materials.
  • Skill in wet chemistry laboratory techniques
  • Skill in explaining scientific procedures and results to a lay person in understandable terms
  • Skill in recording and maintaining detailed records
  • Skill in maintaining confidentiality in all aspects of work
  • Skill in maintaining good rapport with criminal justice personnel and fellow employees
  • Skill in working with others to achieve common goals
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Education: Bachelor's Degree (typically in Science)
  • Experience: 0-2 years of progressive work experience in (Forensic Crime) with acquired knowledge at the level of a Forensic Evidence Technician
  • OR
  • Education & Experience Substitution: 3-5 years of progressive work experience in (Forensic Crime) with acquired knowledge at the level of a Forensic Evidence Technician
  • Certificates, Licenses, Registrations: None
PHYSICAL WORKING CONDITIONS:
  • Subject to being on-call 24/7 for response to field crime scenes.
NOTES:
  • FLSA: Non-exempt
  • All new hires or rehires starting in a non-exempt position on or after January 1, 2018 are required to be paid hourly.
  • A valid driver's license may be required.

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Posted: August 22, 2019


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