Employment Opportunity

Forensic Scientist 1 (Latent Print)

West Virginia State Police, South Charleston, West Virginia

Salary: $55,050.00 Annually

Final Filing Date: Open until filled

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 FS1 will begin testing evidence, issue forensic reports at the conclusion of testing and offer expert testimony when needed. Performs related work as required.

Duties and Requirements Click to read more


Examples of Work:
  • Develops an understanding of discipline and lab-related protocols and procedures.
  • Learns methodology in performing critical analysis of evidence in criminal cases.
  • Accepts and receives evidence.
  • Maintains the chain of custody on submitted 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.
  • Submits all records as required by Division rules, regulations or other directives.
  • Responsible for the general appearance, maintenance and security of any assigned office or laboratory
  • Responsible for the proper use, maintenance, necessary replacement and security of all personal and individual issue equipment.
  • Responsible for the proper use, care and maintenance of all Division owned or maintained, assigned or utilized transportation equipment.
  • Responsible for the proper documentation, routing and dissemination of all messages and information as received.

 Earn a Degree in Crime Scene Investigation, Forensic Science, Computer Forensics or Forensic Psychology


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Knowledge of laboratory equipment, technology, techniques and practices.
  • Knowledge of the procedures and interpretations utilized in performing the analysis of evidence.
  • Ability to effectively interpret test findings and prepare scientific reports.
  • Ability to maintain accurate records.
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing (including expert testimony).
  • Ability to perform duties with minimal supervision.
Minimum Qualifications
  • Education: 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.
  • Ability to complete a successful background check and polygraph examination.
  • Possession of a valid driver’s license.

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Posted: May 17, 2023

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