Employment Opportunity

Forensic Scientist 5 Firearms/Materials Analysis

Washington State Patrol, Vancouver, Washington

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

Final Filing Date: Open until filled

This recruitment may be used to fill multiple vacancies.

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  • As a Forensic Scientist 5 (FS5), this position will directly impact the mission of the CLD by performing independent, timely and accurate analyses of routine and complex 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 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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  • Five years of technical experience in a forensic laboratory performing analysis of physical evidence, which includes testifying as an expert witness in courts of law.
  • The Forensic Scientist 5 will be expected to currently be, or at some time in the past proficient, in at least one of the following areas of analysis:
    • Firearms and tool marks
    • Seized drug
    • Trace materials analysis
    • Ignitable Liquids and/or Explosives
    • Footwear and Tire Pattern Interpretation
    • Impressions Analysis
  • Bachelor’s degree in natural science, forensic science, or closely related field, including 20 semester hours or 30 quarter hours of chemistry coursework. Forensic work experience which includes at least two years as a Forensic Scientist 3 in the WSP, or five years of forensic analysis experience including testifying as an expert witness in courts of law.
  • Must provide an oral DNA sample to be used in the CODIS Elimination Profile Index.
  • Must have a valid Washington State driver's license.
  • Five years of technical experience in a forensic science laboratory which includes two years performing analyses of physical evidence and testifying as an expert witness in courts of law.
  • 5 semester hours or 8 quarter hours of physics coursework.
  • Experience with basic computer systems, word processing, data management, and image processing and storage.
  • Knowledge of basic chemistry concepts to include: handling and storage of hazardous chemicals and preparation of chemical reagents.
  • Knowledge of analytical instrument software and data interpretation.
  • Knowledge of the science of controlled substance, trace evidence, crime scene, latent fingerprints, questioned documents, firearms and toolmarks, and DNA.
  • Knowledge of proper evidence handling procedures.
  • Knowledge of laboratory safety rules, regulations, and procedures.
  • Effectively identifies, collects, organizes, and documents data and information such that it is easily peer-reviewed.
  • Formulates sound conclusions from data without exceeding the boundaries of the data.
  • Forms opinions and prepares clear, concise written reports based on test results, observations, and knowledge in the subject area.
  • Reviews, edits, proofreads own work and the work of others.
  • Effectively coordinates events, activities, services, and schedules with necessary and available resources to ensure smooth and efficient operation of work unit.
  • Effectively expresses ideas and information verbally using scientific terminology that is appropriate to both the complexity of the topic, and the knowledge and understanding of the audience.
  • Ability to solve problems by adapting scientific approach and methods in complex cases where routine analysis fails to provide sufficient data to draw conclusions, while remaining within the boundaries of accepted forensic practice outlined in the technical procedure manual, CLD Operations Manual, and CLD Quality Manual.
  • Ability to work cooperatively in a team setting, and to effectively interact with other individuals both internal and external to the laboratory. Ability to act professionally, and treat others with courtesy and respect. Ability to give and accept constructive criticism, and receive direction from supervisors, trainers, and management.
  • Ability to coach, teach, and mentor forensic scientists.
  • Ability to testify in court about results obtained in routine and complex casework.
  • Ability to follow proper evidence handling procedures. Ability to follow technical procedures.
  • Ability to work in a laboratory environment around hazardous chemicals, drugs, bio-hazardous materials, and other potentially hazardous materials.
  • Ability to focus and complete assigned tasks with attention to fine details.
  • Ability to travel in order to testify in court or attend meetings and training.
  • Demonstrates productive work ethic, evidenced by reliable attendance, efficient use of time, staying focused, taking initiative, and critically evaluating work processes. Demonstrates personal accountability and credibility through all work practices. Reliable attendance is evidenced by arriving at work for the assigned shift, and remaining productive for the duration of the assigned shift, less approved breaks.
  • Leads by example, demonstrates honesty and fairness, and models positive professional behavior with a focus on personal ethics and good moral character.
  • Accepts personal responsibility for the quality and timeliness of the work of the supervised unit.
  • Responds to sensitive personnel issues in the workplace. Responds to difficult, stressful, or sensitive interpersonal situations in ways which reduce or minimize potential conflict and maintain good working relationships among internal personnel and customer agencies.
  • Follows the chain of command, and written and verbal instructions. Accepts appropriate direction. Keeps subordinates and manager informed by sharing information.
  • Demonstrates personal integrity and honesty in all interactions with co-workers, supervisors, management, and CLD customers.
  • Demonstrates self-motivation in assigned duties and in personal career development. Continually upgrades knowledge and skills.
  • Establishes, maintains, and enforces a safe work environment as mandated by applicable federal, state, agency, and CLD regulations.
  • Familiarity with ISO 17025 and Supplemental certification requirements.
  • Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the theory and working knowledge of analytical instrumentation and techniques as they relate to firearm and tool analysis. This includes, but is not limited to the following: stereoscopes and/or microscopes, weighing Balance, IBIS/NIBIN system, and other Measuring Equipment (Calipers, Tripper-pull apparatus, Chronograph).
  • Understanding of the theory and operation of analytical instruments, to include but not limited to maintenance and QC procedures: polarized light and comparison microscopes, FTIR spectroscopy, Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometry and all other instruments as qualified

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Posted: April 25, 2022

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