Employment Opportunity

Forensic Scientist Supervisor - Firearms

Washington State Patrol, Tacoma and Spokane, Washington

Salary: $6,691.00 - $8,782.00 Monthly

Final Filing Date: Continuous. The first review of applications will be December 16, 2021.

A Firearms Forensic Scientist Supervisor (FS5) directly impacts the mission of the CLD by performing independent, timely and accurate analyses of routine and complex firearms casework, writing opinion reports, testifying to conclusions in courts of law, providing training to criminal justice agencies, and supervising employees. The FS5 also ensures that all applicable quality assurance measures are employed in all aspects of the firearms discipline on an individual, section and laboratory level.

In addition to the duties of the Forensic Scientist 3, the supervising forensic scientist is responsible for the compliance to technical and quality manuals, quality assurance, court testimony monitoring, audits, and proficiency testing of the supervised unit.

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Duties Include:
  • Supervising Forensic Scientists – Including the overall daily administration, operation and coordination of activities within the firearms section of the laboratory. This may include assigning and directing work, overseeing training plans, resolving conflicts, and preparing reports for management review.
  • Analysis of physical evidence – Documenting and protecting evidence in accordance with lab procedures, record and organize observations and data, report findings.
  • Participate in Quality Assurance Practices – Follow mandated criteria, provide training, and participate in internal audit program.
  • Testify as an expert witness in a court of law


Required Qualifications
  • Forensic work experience which includes at least two years as a Forensic Scientist 3 in the WSP, or five years of forensic firearms analysis experience including testifying as an expert witness in courts of law.
  • AND
  • Bachelor’s degree in natural science, forensic science, or closely related field, including 20 semester hours or 30 quarter hours of chemistry coursework, and 5 semester hours or 8 quarter hours of physics coursework.
  • NOTE: Equivalent education/experience at or above the minimum required a Forensic Scientist 5 may substitute for the coursework requirement, on a case by case basis.
Special Requirements
  • Successful completion of a pre-employment polygraph examination and background investigation
  • Must have a valid Washington State driver’s license
  • Must provide an oral DNA sample to be used in the CODIS Elimination Profile Index

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Posted: November 30, 2021

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