Employment Opportunity

Forensic Scientist 1 (Firearms Section)

West Virginia State Police, South Charleston, West Virginia

Salary: $45,050.00 Annually

Final Filing Date: Continuous

This is an entry level position which also serves as a probationary period. The FS 1 includes successful training to completion in the assigned discipline of forensic science (or designated subcategories). The FS 1 works under the direction of a trained analyst until authorized by the Laboratory Director or designee to work independently. Upon authorization, the FS 1 will begin testing evidence, issue forensic reports at the conclusion of testing and offer expert testimony when needed. Performs related work as required. This is a full-time position with state benefits.

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Job Duties
  • Learns methodology in performing critical analysis of evidence in criminal cases.
  • Accepts and receives evidence.
  • Conducts basic examinations of suspected evidence such as controlled substances, biological materials, latent fingerprints, firearms and tool markings, toxicology samples, ignitable liquids, gunshot residues, glass fractures and other trace evidence.
  • Documents the examination results.
  • Responsible for the proper use, maintenance, necessary replacement and security of all personal and individual issue equipment.

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  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university with a major in chemistry, biology, biochemistry, molecular biology, forensic sciences, natural sciences, or related field.
  • Discipline specific educational requirements as specified.
  • Based on laboratory need, the trainee applicant may be required to attend the ATF’s National Firearms Examiner Academy in Maryland as part of the required two-year firearm/toolmark examiner training program.
Special Requirements:
  • Ability to complete a successful background check and polygraph examination.
  • Possession of valid driver’s license.

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Posted: March 14, 2022

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