Employment Opportunity

Forensic Scientist 3 (In-Training)

Washington State Patrol, Federal Way, Washington

Salary: $56,676.00 - $102,540.00 Annually

Final Filing Date: March 3, 2024


These positions have been designated as “in-training”; as such WSP will consider filling the positions at the Forensic Scientist 3, Forensic Scientist 2, or Forensic Scientist 1 level. The salary range will depend upon at which level the position is filled at and the qualifications of the successful candidate.

  • Forensic Scientist 1: In-training - Approx. 12 months - $4,723 to $6,349
  • Forensic Scientist 2: In-training - Approx. 18 months - $5,214 to $7,016
  • Forensic Scientist 3: In-training - Approx. 6 months - $6,349 to $8,545

The Washington State Toxicology Laboratory Division, established in 1963, performs drug and alcohol testing for coroners, medical examiners, law enforcement agencies, prosecuting attorneys, and the State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) in all 39 Washington counties. The Division receives approximately 16,000 cases per year of which approximately 65 percent are law enforcement DUI cases and 35 percent coroner/medical examiner cases. The Division is overseen by the Division Commander and has a staff of 45 personnel consisting of State Toxicologist, Management, Forensic Scientist Supervisors, Forensic Scientists, Quality Assurance, Property and Evidence Custodians, and Administrative staff. Forensic Scientists perform analysis of samples submitted to the laboratory and provide court testimony as experts on alcohol, drugs, and their effects.

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  • Conducts case analyses on evidence submitted to the toxicology lab, using approved methods, under the direction from supervisors or management staff.
  • Knowledge on the operation and maintenance of the laboratory instrumentation.
  • Provides court testimony.
  • Performs analytical testing for volatiles, drugs and other toxins on biological samples.
  • Reports scientific findings supported by data using a laboratory information management system.
  • Provides expert opinions and explains the role that drugs and alcohol.
  • Instrument maintenance and, batch review, and proficiency testing.
  • Performs testing to develop and validate methods using guidelines established by the QA department.
  • Evaluates data.
  • Provide training to customers.
  • Assist with evidence or administrative related duties.
  • Performs laboratory safety duties.
  • Assists in the lab cleanliness.

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


Required Qualifications:
  • Must possess a valid, unrestricted Washington State Driver's License or able to obtain one within 30 days of employment.
  • Must be willing and able to work on cases involving traumatic events.
  • Bachelor’s degree in a natural science, forensic science or closely related field. (Examples of related fields include but are not limited to: pharmacology, medical technology, analytical chemistry, biochemistry, clinical chemistry, nuclear chemistry, genetics, cellular or molecular biology or toxicology.)
  • Chemistry coursework required. 20 semester or 30 quarter hours. Including a minimum of 5 quarter hours of quantitative chemistry laboratory or equivalent (with a passing grade)
Conditions of Employment:
  • Successful completion of a pre-employment polygraph examination and background investigation.
  • Must be willing to travel statewide, and other states, for court testimony.

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Posted: February 8, 2024

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