Employment Opportunity

Forensic Scientist 1, 2, or 3 - Materials Analysis

Washington State Patrol, Marysville, Washington

Salary: $3,987.00 - $7,761.00 Monthly

Final Filing Date: Continuous (The first review of applications will be on June 3, 2021.)

This recruitment will be used to fill a vacancy at the Marysville Crime Laboratory.

This position has been designated as "in-training"; as such, WSP will consider filling this position at the Forensic Scientist 3, Forensic Scientist 2, or Forensic Scientist 1 level. The salary range will depend upon which level the position is filled at and the qualifications of the successful candidate.

  • Forensic Scientist 3 - Range 66: $5,913 - $7,761 per month
  • Forensic Scientist 2 - Range 56: $4,627 - $6,063 per month
  • Forensic Scientist 1 - Range 50: $3,987 - $5,229 per month

This position directly impacts 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, and providing training to criminal justice agencies.

This position perform independent analysis of evidence for criminal justice agencies, interpreting analytical results, and preparing written opinion reports and testifying as an expert witness in courts of law. The analyst in this position if a member of the Materials Analysis section with duties that may include the analysis of seized drug evidence and/or trace evidence (hair, paint/polymers, fibers, glass, explosives, fire debris, physical match, clothing damage assessment, botanicals, general unknowns, impressions, vehicle lamps, and soil).

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Primary Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
  • Perform laboratory analysis of physical evidence in complex Materials Analysis casework using accepted scientific methods.
  • Document and protect evidence according to current laboratory procedures. Write reports based on the interpretation of observations and analytical test results.
  • Participate in quality assurance processes.
  • Testify as an expert witness in a court of law


Required Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's degree in forensic science, natural science, or closely related field.
    • Examples of related fields, include but not limited to: analytical chemistry, clinical chemistry, nuclear chemistry, genetics, molecular biology, biochemistry, pharmacology, medical technology, or toxicology.
  • College Chemistry coursework (20 semester hours or 30 quarter hours) - AND - College Physics coursework (5 semester or 8 quarter hours).
    • All courses must have been successfully completed with passing grades.
    • Extensive relevant work experience may be considered as an alternative to required coursework.
  • Valid Washington State driver's license.
  • Must be willing to provide an oral DNA sample to be used in the CODIS Elimination Profile Index.
Additional Required Qualifications for the levels listed below:
  • Forensic Scientist 1: No technical experience in a forensic laboratory is required.
  • Forensic Scientist 2: One year of technical experience in a forensic laboratory performing analysis of physical evidence.
  • Forensic Scientist 3: Three years of technical experience in a forensic laboratory performing analysis of physical evidence, which includes testifying as an expert witness in courts of law.

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Posted: May 24, 2021

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