Employment Opportunity


Forensic Scientist I, II, or III - Latent Print

Mesa Police Department, Mesa, Arizona

Salary:

  • Forensic Scientist I $55,233.36 - $80,327.52 annually
  • Forensic Scientist II $63,925.68 - $92,994.72 annually
  • Forensic Scientist III $77,728.56 - $113,022.00 annually

Final Filing Date: May 12, 2022

This recruitment will be used to fill a current Forensic Scientist I, II, or III level vacancy in the Latent Print Unit.

A Forensic Scientist in the Latent Print Unit performs forensic examinations of physical evidence submitted to the Forensic Services related to friction ridge comparative analysis. Duties include: taking exemplars for criminal and non-criminal matters, including deceased persons; making accurate conclusions regarding friction ridge comparative analysis; and operating the Arizona Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AZAFIS) and Next Generation Identification (NGI). Authorized personnel may perform shoe and tire comparisons. This class is responsible for performing related duties as required.

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Duties:

  • A Forensic Scientist I at Pay Grade 49 ($55,233.36 - $80,327.52 annually) is responsible for applying the physical sciences to the investigation of crimes by learning to perform laboratory examinations of physical evidence submitted to the Police Department Forensic Services. This is a professional entry-level class in the Forensic Scientist series. Incumbents in this class receive training in higher skill level duties and perform examinations under close supervision. An employee in this class reads relevant materials and attends training sessions in all aspects of forensic laboratory practices. Routine work is performed independently, but assignments that are more complex may be performed under direct supervision depending on the level of difficulty. As training progresses, incumbents are expected to exercise independence and good judgment. A Forensic Scientist I may progress by noncompetitive promotion to the classification of Forensic Scientist II after successful completion of all requirements stipulated in the criteria-based promotion plan, which include four years of forensic laboratory experience.
  • A Forensic Scientist II at Pay Grade 52 ($63,925.68 - $92,994.72 annually) performs specialized forensic evaluations and/or complex forensic examinations of physical evidence submitted to the Police Department Forensic Services. A Forensic Scientist II is recognized as an expert in at least one area of forensic science, which may include blood alcohol analysis, controlled substance identification, latent print comparison, toxicology, serology/DNA, arson, firearms/toolmark examination, or trace evidence analyses. This class is considered a journey-level position in the Police Department Forensic Services Forensic Scientist series. A Forensic Scientist II may conduct field investigations at crime scenes to search for, collect, and preserve evidence for laboratory analysis; and reconstruct situations and physical evidence of a crime in the demonstration of proof of the connection of persons, instruments, or materials with the crime. Employees in this class may receive further training in order to progress by non-competitive promotion to the classification of Forensic Scientist III upon successful completion of requirements stipulated in the criteria-based promotion plan and the requirements of the class.
  • A Forensic Scientist III at Pay Grade 56 ($77,728.56 - $113,022.00 annually) performs highly specialized forensic evaluations and/or examinations in connection with the identification and comparison of physical evidence submitted to the Police Department Forensic Services. This position is the highest level in the Forensic Scientist series and may be responsible for the technical work direction and training of subordinate Forensic Scientists in all operations and in evidence processing. An employee in this class provides guidance, training, and technical assistance to less experienced personnel. Incumbents in this class have progressed by non-competitive promotion through successful completion of all stipulated requirements in the criteria-based promotion plan or meet the education and experience requirements prior to being hired by the City of Mesa Police Department. An employee in this class may conduct field investigations at crime scenes to search for, collect, and preserve evidence for laboratory analysis; and reconstruct situations and physical evidence of a crime in the demonstration of proof of the connection of persons, instruments, or materials with the crime.


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Requirements:

Forensic Scientist I:
  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's or advanced degree in Biology/Biochemistry, Chemistry, Forensic Science, or a closely related natural science. Job related experience may substitute for the degree requirements on a year-for-year basis. In addition, the following disciplines have specific minimum educational requirements (Latent Print Unit Assignment): Twenty-four (24) credit hours of college coursework in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math) completed successfully.
Forensic Scientist II:
  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's or advanced degree in Biology/Biochemistry, Chemistry, Forensic Science, or closely related natural science. Job related experience may substitute for the degree requirements on a year-for-year basis. At least four years' experience in a crime laboratory as a Forensic Scientist or equivalent; and acceptance as an expert witness in court in at least one forensic discipline. In addition, the following disciplines have specific minimum educational requirements (Latent Print Unit Assignment): Twenty-four (24) credit hours of college coursework in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math) completed successfully.
Forensic Scientist III:
  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's or advanced degree in Biology/Biochemistry, Chemistry, Forensic Science, or closely related natural science. Job related experience may substitute for the degree requirements on a year-for-year basis. At least seven years’ experience as a Forensic Scientist or equivalent in a recognized laboratory actively engaged in the forensic sciences; experience testifying in court as an expert witness; and state-of-the-art expertise in a specialized area of forensic science. In addition, the following disciplines have specific minimum educational requirements: 24 credit hours of college coursework in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math) completed successfully.
Special Requirements (Forensic Scientist I, II, and III).
  • Because of the confidential, sensitive nature of information handled, successful completion of a background investigation and polygraph is required. Must possess a valid Arizona Driver's License by hire date.
Substance Abuse Testing (Forensic Scientist I, II, and III).
  • Due to the safety and/or security sensitive nature of this classification, individuals shall be subject to pre-employment or pre-placement alcohol, drug and/or controlled substance testing as outlined in City policy and procedures.
Preferred/Desirable Qualifications (Forensic Scientist I, II, and III).
  • Experience as a Criminalist/Forensic Scientist in an internationally accredited laboratory actively engaged in the forensic sciences.

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How to apply: Apply online

Posted: April 27, 2022


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