Employment Opportunity

Forensic Scientist 1 - Latent Prints Examiner

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

Salary: $42,719 - $74,331 Annually

Final Filing Date: Continuous Job Opening

Forensic Scientists serve as specialists in an area of expertise/scientific discipline and are responsible for identifying and analyzing physical evidence related to their specialization that is collected from criminal investigations, Forensic Scientists support the New Mexico law enforcement community in the investigation of crimes by receiving and maintaining physical evidence custody; preparing reports that document their findings; provide expert opinions in their scientific specialization to investigators; and provide expert witness testimony regarding their findings in a court of law.

The Forensic Scientist 1 Latent Fingerprint Examiner, will be provided on-the-job training related to performing analysis of latent print evidence; with the intended goal of providing enough training and tenure to perform independently as a case-working Latent Fingerprint Analyst. Upon successful completion of all training, and demonstrated and sustained competent performance, the candidate will be responsible for independently collecting, classifying, identifying and analyzing latent fingerprint evidence related to criminal investigations.


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The Latent Print Examiner is responsible for:
  • Producing formal reports that accurately identify and analyze physical evidence to determine their significance to the investigation;
  • Presenting the results, conclusions and expert opinion in the scientific analysis of the latent print evidence;
  • Providing expert witness testimony regarding their findings in courts of law throughout the State of New Mexico;
  • Performing Quality Assurance/Quality Control to assure quality analysis, evidence integrity, and maintain accreditation standards;
  • To continue training to develop competency and proficiency in their area of specialization, specifically latent print analysis for this position, as required.

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Ideal Candidate
  • The Ideal Candidate will have previous work experience in performing case work, processing, photographing, analyzing and comparing latent print impressions to known standards, utilizing the ACE-V methodology including utilizing various methods and techniques to determine the presence of a latent print impressions.
  • Also, the Ideal Candidate will have previous work experience in writing laboratory reports and providing in--court testimony (testifying in a court of law).
  • Additionally, the Ideal Candidate will have four (4) years of experience working in a forensic laboratory performing scientific analysis of forensic evidence, plus one (1) year independent case work analysis.
Minimum Qualification
  • For Latent Print and Firearm Forensic Scientists, a degree in any discipline will be accepted, or an Associates' degree plus two (2) years of additional laboratory experience or four (4) years of additional laboratory experience can substitute for a Bachelor's degree.
Employment Requirements
  • This position is designated as safety sensitive. Employment will be subject to post-employment drug testing and random employment drug testing and is conditional pending results.
  • Also, 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.

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Posted: October 19, 2021

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