Employment Opportunity

Forensic Scientist I

Saint Paul Police Department, Saint Paul, Minnesota

Salary: $52,416.00 - $73,902.40 Annually

Final Filing Date: November 27, 2019

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  • Trains for competency in assigned forensic science area and learns related policies and procedures. Prepares for certification testing within the assigned forensic science discipline.
  • Collects, analyzes, documents, and preserves evidence from crime scenes after completion of the Forensic Services Unit training program, and/or competency testing.
  • Examines evidence within the assigned forensic science area. Documents the examination in accordance with unit policies and procedures. Prepares scientific reports.
  • Collects fingerprint exemplars from the deceased.
  • Utilizes Photoshop, Automated Fingerprint Identification Systems, lasers, cameras, analytical balances, and various chemical and physical processes to gather, document and interpret data.
  • Learns to perform data analysis of evidence; determine principles, facts and reasons indicative to cases; and evaluate examination results based on scientific data. Performs peer review of casework in areas of proficiency.
  • Prepares court testimony and testifies in court to effectively relay information and accurately communicate opinions and facts of evidentiary findings.
  • Performs and evaluates research as assigned, and in accordance with laboratory policies and procedures. Assists with the review of unit policies, procedures, and analytical methods.
  • Utilizes, maintains, cleans, and inspects laboratory equipment; maintains databases, enters and retrieves data, and creates spreadsheets. Uses word processing and desktop software to evaluate, document, and analyze evidence.
  • Advises various law enforcement staff regarding crime scene and latent print evidence when proficient. Works with medical personnel as needed.
  • Occasionally works in hazardous and/or unpredictable work conditions. May be exposed to chemical and biological hazards inside the laboratory and at crime scenes. Collects evidence in a variety of environmental conditions such as high winds, rain, snow, sun, and varied temperatures. Additional exposures may be to noise, dust, dirt, vibrations, fumes, and gases.
  • Attends specialized training to obtain knowledge and remain current with scientific advancements in forensic science. Provides educational reviews and tutorials to law enforcement personnel, subordinates, colleagues and medical personnel in the collection, handling, and examination of evidence.


  • A Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry, Biology, Biochemistry, or a related field to include 30 semester credits of science courses. No substitution for education.
  • Successful completion of the Saint Paul Forensic Laboratory Training Program within nine months of hire date.
  • Must possess and maintain a valid Minnesota Class D Driver's License, or equivalent out-of-state driver's license.

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Posted: November 8, 2019

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