Employment Opportunity

Forensic Evidence Technician

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

Salary: $24,980 - $43,465 Annually

Final Filing Date: Continuous Job Opening

Forensic Evidence Technicians provide support to the forensic laboratory bureau and forensic scientists who utilize scientific principles to support or negate theories surrounding physical evidence found at a crime scene. The Evidence Technician has a variety of critical responsibilities and administrative duties within the property and evidence functions, including maintaining the evidentiary chain of custody and integrity of evidence and property. This position will receive, record, account for, store, safeguard, collect, verify, release and disburse evidence to laboratory clients. A significant degree of initiative, independent judgment, discretion and confidentiality is paramount. All duties and tasks are expected to be performed in an attentive, effective, efficient and safe manner. The laboratory supports all New Mexico law enforcement, criminal justice and court systems by analyzing forensic evidence collected at crime scenes and presenting their findings in court based on the results of their examination.

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This position is responsible for the following:
  • Receive, record, account for, store, safeguard, collect, verify, release and disburse evidence to laboratory clients and staff.
  • Maintain the evidentiary chain of custody.
  • Maintain integrity of evidence and property.
  • Gather data, make use of evidence handling procedures, chain of custody protocols, and manage files and evidence storage rooms.
  • May be involved in situations requiring the use or implementation of courtroom protocol.
  • May employ knowledge regarding rules of evidence and hazardous materials.
  • May provide instruction in preservation and storage of physical evidence.
  • Duties may include coordinating schedules for Forensic Scientists that have been subpoenaed in criminal cases, and communicating with the attorneys and the scientist concerning the scheduling.
  • - Liaison duties may include communications concerning the status of the cases being worked and checking with involved agencies concerning the need for analyses.


Ideal Candidate
  • The Ideal Candidate will have a college degree in Forensic Science or related scientific major; have at least two (2) years experience in professional administrative work and computer operations; have professional knowledge of the criminal justice system; experience working in a forensic laboratory setting; and knowledge/experience with chain of custody protocols.
Minimum Qualification
  • High school diploma or Equivalency. For positions in the Forensic Laboratory, one (1) year experience in general clerical work and computer operations. For positions in the Law Enforcement Records Bureau, one (1) year experience in general clerical work and computer operations.
Substitution Table
  • No job description available
Employment Requirements
  • This position is designated as safety sensitive. Employment is subject to post-employment drug testing and random employment drug testing and is conditional pending results. In addition, this position is subject to a national fingerprint-based record check within 30 days of assignment. Continued employment is contingent upon remaining felony-free, per Section of the Criminal Justice Information Systems Security Policy.
  • In addition, the selected candidate must possess and maintain a valid driver's license, and a current Defensive Driving Certificate from the State of New Mexico; or pass and receive the Defensive Driving Course Certification, within six (6) months of date of hire.
  • Statewide travel in a car and/or a small aircraft will be required, when necessary.
Working Conditions
  • Work is performed in a forensic laboratory setting with exposure to chemicals and biological fluids stains, including exposure to noise from equipment and instruments utilized in the laboratory, including handling firearms. 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 light to heavy objects/equipment, up to at least 30 lbs. Statewide travel in a car and/or a small aircraft will be required, when necessary.

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Posted: April 21, 2021

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