Employment Opportunity

Forensic Scientist, Crime Scene & Drug Chemistry

Oregon State Police, Pendleton, Oregon

Salary: $6,319 - $8,567 per month

Final Filing Date: August 1, 2021

The Oregon State Police Forensic Laboratory in Pendleton, Oregon is hiring for one (1) Full-Time, Permanent Forensic Scientist position.

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You will be performing technical and scientific functions as they relate to the Criminal Justice System and in accordance with the policies of the Department of State Police, Forensic Services Division, accreditation procedures, and laws of the State of Oregon. This position requires your objective scientific thinking by being capable of independent planning and problem solving related to the analysis of evidence.
  • Your duties will include performing independent casework in the crime scene and drug chemistry (controlled substance) disciplines which meets the quality standards of the Division.
  • In this position, you will also be responsible for responding to crime scenes in the field and participating in the response rotation as outlined in the OSPOA contract.
  • You will be preparing and maintaining accurate records, laboratory notes, and analytical reports to conform to accreditation standards, Division policies and procedures, and court required procedures.
  • In addition, the person in this position must be able to provide accurate court testimony and qualify results, conclusions, and opinions appropriately so their significance is understood.


Minimum Qualifications for the Forensic Scientist 1: ($6,319 - $8,567) (these must be addressed in your resume for full consideration):
  • Five years experience as a Forensic Scientist in an accredited Forensic Laboratory
  • AND
  • a Bachelor's degree in a natural science such as biology, chemistry, microbiology, biochemistry, physics, forensic science, pharmacology, bacteriology or a closely related field.
Minimum Qualifications for Forensic Scientist Entry Underfill Option: ($5,364 - $6,638) (these must be addressed in your resume for full consideration):
  • Bachelor's degree in a natural science such as biology, chemistry, microbiology, biochemistry, physics, forensic science, pharmacology, bacteriology, or a closely related field.
Preferred Skills (these must be addressed in your cover letter for full consideration):
  • Ability to excel as a team member in stressful environments and demonstrate high levels of emotional intelligence.
  • Ability to communicate both general and scientific information verbally AND in writing, with a diverse audience to provide information in a clear, effective, and professional manner.
  • Ability to analyze information objectively and make reasoned, unbiased decisions, sometimes in time-sensitive situations.
  • Demonstrated experience performing laboratory procedures AND utilizing analytical instrumentation (e.g., chromatographs and/or mass spectrometers).
  • Ability to think creatively, critically and logically.
  • Ability to self-initiate tasks, effectively manage time and triage competing demands with minimal supervision.
Special Qualifications:
  • Must possess a valid Oregon Driver License.
  • Must be able to provide sworn credible testimony in a criminal or civil proceeding arising from the performance of duties.
  • As a condition of employment and/or to routinely work in any of the Forensic Services Division’s laboratories in any capacity, all individuals are required to provide appropriate samples for inclusion into the confidential Staff DNA Identification Index.

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Posted: July 17, 2021

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