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Forensic Scientist 1 - Latent Print Examiner

New Mexico Department of Public Safety, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Salary: $42,088 - $73,233 Annually

Final Filing Date: Continuous

Forensic Scientists serve as specialists in an area of expertise/scientific discipline and are responsible for identifying and analyzing physical evidence related to their specialization that is collected from criminal investigations. Forensic Scientists in the Department of Public Safety support the New Mexico law enforcement community in the investigation of crimes by receiving and maintaining physical evidence custody; preparing reports that document their findings; provide expert opinions In their scientific specialization to Investigators; and provide expert witness testimony regarding their findings in a court of law.


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  • The Forensic Scientist 1 Latent Fingerprint Examiner, will be provided on-the-job training related to performing analysis of latent print evidence; with the intended goal of providing enough training and tenure to perform independently as a case-working Latent Fingerprint Analyst.
  • Upon successful completion of all training, and demonstrated and sustained competent performance, the candidate will be responsible for independently collecting, classifying, identifying and analyzing latent fingerprint evidence related to criminal investigations.


Ideal Candidate
  • The Ideal Candidate will have previous work experience in performing case work, processing, photographing, analyzing and comparing latent print impressions to known standards, utilizing the ACE-V methodology including utilizing various methods and techniques to determine the presence of a latent print impressions.
  • Also, the Ideal Candidate will have previous work experience in writing laboratory reports and providing in-court testimony (testifying in a court of law).
  • Additionally, the Ideal Candidate will have experience working in a forensic laboratory performing scientific analysis of forensic evidence, including independent case work analysis.
Minimum Qualification
  • For Latent Print and Firearm Forensic Scientists, a degree in any discipline will be accepted, or an Associates' degree plus two (2) years of additional laboratory experience or four (4) years of additional laboratory experience can substitute for a Bachelor's degree.
Working Conditions
  • Work is performed in a forensic laboratory setting with exposure to chemicals, biological fluids including exposure to noise from equipment and instruments utilized in the laboratory.
  • Work is performed under stressful situations with strict deadlines.
  • Frequent walking, standing, sitting and bending is required, and have the ability to lift and carry up to 30 lbs.

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Posted: October 27, 2020

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