Employment Opportunity

Forensic Scientist 5 - Materials Analysis and/or Firearms and Tool Marks

Washington State Patrol, Vancouver, Washington

Salary: $6,691.00 - $8,782.00 Monthly

Final Filing Date: Continuous

Duties and Requirements Click to read more


  • As a Forensic Scientist 5 (FS5), this position will directly impact the mission of the CLD by performing independent, timely and accurate analyses of routine and complex casework, writing opinion reports, testifying to conclusions in courts of law, providing training to criminal justice agencies, and supervising employees. The FS5 also ensures that all applicable quality assurance measures are employed in all aspects of the discipline on an individual, section and laboratory level.
  • In addition to the duties of the Forensic Scientist 3, the supervising forensic scientist is responsible for the compliance to technical and quality manuals, quality assurance, court testimony monitoring, audits, and proficiency testing of the supervised unit.
  • The Forensic Scientist 5 will be expected to currently be, or at some time in the past, proficient in at least one of the following areas of analysis:
    • Firearms and tool marks
    • Seized drug
    • Trace materials analysis
    • Ignitable Liquids and Explosives


  • A Bachelor's degree in forensic science, natural science, or closely related field A minimum of 20 semester hours or 30 quarter hours of chemistry, and 5 semester hours or 8 quarter hours of physics coursework.
  • AND
  • Five years of technical experience in a forensic science laboratory which includes at least two years as a Forensic Scientist 3 in the WSP, or five years of forensic analysis experience including testifying in courts of law as an expert witness.

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Posted: March 16, 2021

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