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Forensic Scientist III (Firearms/Toolmarks/Ballistics)

Nassau County Office of the Medical Examiner, Division of Forensic Services, Westbury, New York

Salary: $50,261- $113,240 per year

Final Filing Date: Open until filled

This is the third level of the Forensic Scientist (Firearms/Toolmarks/Ballistics) series. The work involves responsibility for processing items of physical evidence for the purpose of firearms, ammunition, and tool mark identification and analysis using various physical and chemical methods. This position differs from Forensic Scientist II (Firearms/Toolmarks/Ballistics) by virtue of the incumbents' ability to handle complex examinations and cases, and the increased independent nature of the work. All work performed by incumbents in this class is performed under direct supervision from higher level employees in this series. General supervision is received from the Director of Laboratories; performs related work as required.

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Duties:

  • Performs complex examinations on clothing, bedding and other surfaces for the presence of gunshot residues or powder patterns.
  • Performs complex examinations and comparisons of firearms, bullets, shells, casings and other related weapons, and determines and records physical parameters using measuring projections, micrometers and other equipment.
  • Performs complex tool mark examinations.
  • Disassembles, reassembles, makes safe and tests firearms to determine their operability, safety and accuracy.
  • Performs data entry of firearms related data and images of fired evidence ammunition components into a computerized digital imaging system and is responsible for the management of database records.
  • Performs complex chemical restoration of obliterated serial numbers and other markings on weapons.
  • Meets with attorneys, investigators and other related personnel regarding approaches to analysis and results in pretrial conferences.
  • Assists in conducting research, method development, and validation of new technical procedures.
  • Participates in internal and external proficiency testing programs.
  • May review case files, reports and findings of Forensic Scientists I or II (Firearms/Toolmarks/Ballistics) for accuracy and completeness.
  • May perform photography using digital and conventional photographic equipment, and assist in the interpretation of computerized digital image correlation.
  • May train or oversee training for subordinate laboratory personnel.
  • May administer internal proficiency testing, evaluate results and recommend training to improve the quality of laboratory staff.
  • May investigate technical problems and propose remedial action.
  • May maintain and update quality manual.
Performance Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
  • Thorough knowledge of modern laboratory methods, procedures and equipment related to forensic firearms examination.
  • Thorough knowledge of the design, construction and operation of firearms and the various types of ammunition.
  • Thorough knowledge of the safe operation of firearms.
  • Thorough knowledge of microscopy, especially comparative techniques.
  • Thorough knowledge of penal law as it applies to weapons evidence.
  • Thorough knowledge of the use and operation of a computerized digital imaging and inventory system used in the laboratory.
  • Skill in the use of laboratory equipment related to firearms analysis.
  • Skill in the application of laboratory and scientific research practices and techniques to firearms analysis.
  • Ability to apply scientific procedures, methodology, and formulas to assigned work.
  • Ability to analyze and evaluate information and observations, and to arrive at and construct logical and sound conclusions.
  • Ability to explain laboratory analysis techniques, procedures and theories in a clear and concise manner so that non-scientists may understand the significance of the results obtained using these procedures.
  • Ability to operate a computer in the performance of duties, including accurately entering firearms related data and use of computerized digital imaging system.
  • Ability to manage data base records and maintain accurate records.
  • Ability to operate and perform routine maintenance on complex laboratory equipment.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to prepare and deliver legal testimony accurately and be cross-examined and remain composed in court.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective professional relationships.
  • Good judgment.

Requirements:

Minimum Qualifications
  1. Graduation from a New York State or regionally accredited college or university with a Master's Degree, which must have included at least twelve (12) credit hours in one of the natural sciences, forensic sciences or engineering sciences, with three (3) years of full-time or its part-time equivalent experience in a forensic laboratory which must have included the examination of firearms;
  2. OR
  3. Graduation from a New York State or regionally accredited college or university with a Bachelor's Degree, which must have included at least twelve (12) credit hours in one of the natural sciences, forensic sciences or engineering sciences, with four (4) years of full-time or its part-time equivalent experience in a forensic laboratory which must have included the examination of firearms;
  4. OR
  5. An equivalent combination of training and experience that is defined by the limits of (1) and (2) above.
  • For candidates that meet the specified qualifications for the FS III position, a New York State Section 211 waiver may be sought.
NOTE:
  • Incumbents must pass a competency test prior to assuming casework responsibility, and must pass a proficiency test annually, in accordance with accreditation requirements. Additional continuing education and training may be required as condition of employment.

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How to apply: Submit resume or CV to: crimelab_info@nassaucountyny.gov
Indicate the title for which you are applying in the subject line.

Posted: January 14, 2020

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