Employment Opportunity

Forensic Analyst

Missoula County Sheriff, Missoula, Montana

Salary: $18.91 per hour

Final Filing Date: January 21, 2020

Forensic Analyst - Performs work in support of criminal investigations including, but not limited to, collecting, identifying, classifying and analyzing physical and digital evidence for the Missoula County Sheriff's Office.

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  • Collects evidence by accessing and downloading digital data from phones, computer hard drives, cameras, recorders and other electronic devices.
  • Uses current technology such as Zetex, Cellebrite, and tower dumps, to recover information from electronic devices.
  • Preserves digital evidence.
  • Reviews reports from the public reporting portal.
  • Completes reports based on the information gained from the portal.
  • Gathers statistical data such as crime trends and location trends.
  • Uses trend data to determine placement of surveillance equipment.
  • Maintains, installs, and downloads technological surveillance devices such as: pole cameras, body cameras, hidden surveillance cameras, covert trackers, etc.
  • Reviews and analyzes video recordings and photos for evidence relevant to the case.
  • Processes crime scenes and coroner scenes for physical evidence including collection, cataloging, documenting, analyzing and preserving evidence and other property related to crimes and death investigations.
  • Preserves the chain of custody.
  • Testifies in court as to the collection of evidence and the chain of custody of evidence.
  • Prepares reports, affidavits and other related legal documents related to evidence and the collection and chain of custody of evidence.
  • Logs and documents physical property and digital items received.
  • Provides for disposition of items when no longer needed as evidence through court orders, registered letters, phone calls and newspaper advertisements according to state law.
  • Transports items to and from the State Crime Lab and funeral homes.
  • Maintains supplies and cleans and stocks crime scene kits.
Physical/Environmental Demands
  • The work is primarily performed in an office setting at the Sheriff's Department offices and in the field.
  • Work performed on the scene of crimes may require special safety measures and exposure to potentially dangerous substances.
  • Employee works independently with minimum supervision.
  • Requires lifting up to 25 pounds regularly and up to 40 pounds occasionally.
  • Requires the ability to use ladders and stools and the ability to reach above shoulder height to store and retrieve property and or evidence.
  • Requires regular driving of a vehicle into the field for transport and collection of evidence.


Minimum Qualifications
  • Requires a bachelor’s degree. Degrees best suited for this position are criminal justice, criminology, forensic science, information technology, and computer forensics.
  • Requires three years of forensic experience.
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.
Special Requirements
  • Requires passing an extensive criminal history and background investigation.
  • Requires a valid driver's license.

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Posted: January 4, 2020

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