Employment Opportunity

Forensic Scientist I-III Firearms and Toolmark Examiner

Office of the Attorney General, Pierre, South Dakota

Salary: $47,746 - $68,702 annually, depending on qualifications

Final Filing Date: January 24, 2020

Duties and Requirements Click to read more


  • Evaluates, examines, and identifies physical evidence from and at crime scenes utilizing established and standardized procedures and techniques
  • Serves as a technical authority in the analysis of firearms and tool-mark evidence from criminal investigations
  • Will utilize chemical and microscopic techniques and instrumentation which may include forensic photography, lasers, x-ray cameras, and computer networking including NIBIN
  • Document findings and prepare technical written reports of laboratory examinations and discuss results with law enforcement officers and attorneys
  • Provides expert testimony in various courts throughout the state of South Dakota
  • Keeps abreast of scientific advancements in forensic fields by reading technical journals and attending conferences, seminars, and training sessions
  • Shares general laboratory duties with other Forensic Scientists, such as laboratory accreditation, maintaining laboratory safety, on-call responsibilities and training.
  • Travel is required for this position.
  • Incumbent may be required to gather evidence from crime scenes throughout South Dakota.


Licenses and Certifications:
  • Successful candidate must possess or have the ability to obtain a valid driver's license for the state of SD.
  • This position requires a bachelor's degree in physics, science, or a related field.
  • The selected candidate will be required to successfully complete the ATF Firearms Examiner Academy. This is an academically rigorous training course that will require the attendee to train out of state for approximately 19 weeks.
The Ideal Candidate Will Have:
  • The ideal candidate will have (1) year of training as a firearms/toolmarks examiner and at least three (3) years of experience conducting firearms and toolmarks examinations.
  • Candidates who do not possess this level of training and experience are still encouraged to apply.
  • Forensic Scientist level will be determined by the education and experience of the selected candidate.
Knowledge of:
  • criminalistics and forensic science;
  • evidence collection, packaging, and preservation;
  • laboratory safety.
Skill to:
  • utilize laboratory equipment and computers, including microscopes an cameras.
Ability to:
  • pass a visual acuity test administered by the Sout Dakota Forensic Lab;
  • deal tactfully with others;
  • communicate effectively;
  • testify in court regarding test results and conclusions.

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How to apply: Apply online

Posted: January 7, 2020

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