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Forensic Specialist

Wyoming Attorney General's Office, Division of Criminal Investigation, Cheyenne, Wyoming

Salary: $21.40 - $27.58 Hourly

Final Filing Date: Open Until Filled

This family of positions includes those responsible for handling the physical evidence of a crime in a laboratory setting for agencies of the State of Wyoming. Under general supervision, these positions are responsible for performing specific forensic examinations supporting ongoing criminal investigations, creating written reports outlining those examinations, and presenting the results in court as necessary. Conduct field crime scene work to gather and analyze evidence.

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Duties:

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: The listed functions are illustrative only and are not intended to describe every function which may be performed at the job level.
  • Performs examinations on evidence leading to forensic conclusions for use in legal proceedings in all types of cases.
  • Prepares written reports of forensic analysis and conclusions for use in legal proceedings.
  • Examination, identification, and comparison of evidence and/or investigation of various types of crimes.
  • Conducts routine examination and/or investigation under direct supervision.
  • Demonstrates effective use of case management to meet the case and/or court deadlines.
  • May provide expert forensic guidance and advice to judges, prosecutors, and defense attorneys to prepare exploratory questions for witnesses.
  • Provides testimony in legal proceedings.
  • May participate in quality control and quality assurance checks on chemicals, standards, and quality affecting materials used in the respective unit.
  • Perform technical and/or administrative review on reports generated by other Unit personnel. May perform technical review and confirmation of identifications and associations on reports in multiple sub-disciplines.
  • May testify as an expert witness.
  • Conduct field crime scene work to gather and analyze evidence.

Requirements:

PREFERENCES/**AGENCY REQUIREMENTS:
  • Preference to candidates with a degree in Chemistry or Toxicology plus 0-2 years of progressive work experience in a forensic laboratory.
  • Preference for candidates completing competency testing in the scope of practice as required by the laboratory's accreditation standards.
KNOWLEDGE:
  • Knowledge of the general theory and application of chemistry and/or biological Science.
  • Knowledge of forensic laboratory analysis techniques and applications.
  • Knowledge of methods, procedures, equipment, and materials used in a controlled substance or biological analysis and their limitations.
  • Knowledge of operating laboratory instrumentation.
  • Knowledge of criminal law.
  • Knowledge of the theory and application of forensic sciences, statistics, and evidence preservation processes relates to modern forensic laboratory techniques, practices, and procedures.
  • Knowledge of research or investigative techniques and controls, which limit or expand the significance of the findings.
  • Knowledge of the impact of work and testing performed in compliance with accreditation and state/federal regulations.
  • Knowledge of laboratory safety procedures, with emphasis on those procedures associated with the handling of biohazardous materials.
  • Skill in laboratory techniques.
  • Skill in explaining scientific procedures and results to a layperson in understandable terms.
  • Skill in recording and maintaining detailed records.
  • Skill in maintaining confidentiality in all aspects of work.
  • Skill in maintaining a good rapport with criminal justice personnel and fellow employees.
  • Skill in working with others to achieve common goals.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Education: Bachelor's Degree (typically in Science)
  • Experience: 0-2 years of progressive work experience in (Forensic Crime) with acquired knowledge at the level of a Forensic Evidence Technician
  • OR
  • Education & Experience Substitution: 3-5 years of progressive work experience in (Forensic Crime) with acquired knowledge at the level of a Forensic Evidence Technician
PHYSICAL WORKING CONDITIONS:
  • Subject to being on-call 24/7 for the response to field crime scenes.

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Posted: October 16, 2021


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