Employment Opportunity

Laboratory Technician 2 (In-Training)

Washington State Patrol, Seattle, Washington

Salary: $45,852.00 - $61,632.00 Annually

Final Filing Date: June 11, 2023

This position is located in Seattle, WA and will receive a 5% King County Pay in addition to the salary.

This is an In-Training Position that is approximately 16 weeks. The training program consists of general laboratory duties and analytical procedures for quality control purposes. Training may occur in phases at the discretion of the supervisor. The trainee may be approved to perform specific job functions prior to completion of the entire training plan.

This is a project position with an approximate end date of October 1, 2023, however funding is expected to continue annually thereafter.

Duties and Requirements Click to read more


  • A Laboratory Technician 2 (LT2) provides maintenance, administrative and quality assurance support to the DNA and other sections of the crime laboratory. The position is under the supervision of a DNA section supervisor and also takes direction from qualified analysts. The position will help reduce casework backlogs by providing forensic scientists more time to concentrate on evidence analysis, data interpretation, formulating conclusions and report writing. Public safety for the citizens of Washington will be enhanced as the position directly impacts the mission of the Crime Laboratory Division by providing critical, underlying support to various aspects of forensic analysis performed by the laboratory.
  • The (LT2) is assigned work by a Forensic Scientist 5.
  • They work with forensic scientists and administrative staff on a daily basis to complete quality control of reagents, instrument maintenance, ordering of supplies, cleaning of the laboratory and other assigned duties.
  • They will communicate verbally and in written format with customers (primarily members of law enforcement) and vendors.
  • Other interactions will occur with the DNA Technical Leader and Laboratory Manager.
Our new teammate will be able to:
  • Prepare reagents and assist in maintaining chemical inventories.
  • Perform and document quality control checks of critical reagents and supplies.
  • Perform and appropriately document DNA extraction, quantitation, amplification, CE detection, and data analysis of non-probative reference materials for quality assurance purposes.
  • Perform and appropriately document instrument and equipment maintenance, performance checks, sensitivity monitoring, and calibration schedules.
  • Ordering of supplies and monitoring of inventory.

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


Required Qualifications:
  • Must have a High School Diploma or GED equivalent.
  • Must possess a valid, unrestricted Washington State Driver's License.
  • Minimum 2 year community college degree in biology, chemistry, lab technology, micro or molecular biology.
  • Have a working knowledge of basic laboratory tools such as pipettes and balances.
  • Understand and practice the principles of laboratory safety.
  • Demonstrates basic computer skills necessary for word processing, data entry, data management/analysis and imaging.
  • Willing to travel throughout the state for meetings, training and providing assistance as required.
Special Requirements:
  • Provide an oral DNA sample to be used in the CODIS Elimination Profile Index.

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Posted: May 20, 2023

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