Employment Opportunity

Firearms and Toolmark Examiner

South Dakota Attorney General, Pierre, South Dakota

Salary: $51,786.72 - $70,912.97 per year

Duties and Requirements Click to read more


The Forensic Scientist evaluates, examines, and identifies physical evidence from and at crime scenes utilizing established and standardized procedures and techniques; serves as a technical authority in the analysis of firearms and tool-mark evidence from criminal investigations: will utilize chemical and microscopic techniques and instrumentation which may include forensic photography, lasers, x-ray cameras, and computer networking including NIBIN; document findings and prepare technical written reports of laboratory examinations and discuss results with law enforcement officers and attorneys; provides expert testimony in various courts throughout the state of South Dakota; keeps abreast of scientific advancements in forensic fields by reading technical journals and attending conferences, seminars, and training sessions; and shares general laboratory duties with other Forensic Scientists, such as laboratory accreditation, maintaining laboratory safety, on-call responsibilities and training.

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


The Ideal Candidate Will Have:
  • A Bachelor's and/or Master's degree from an accredited college or university with a major in Biology, Chemistry, Forensic Science or related field. Candidate must possess or have the ability to obtain a valid South Dakota driver's license. The selected candidate may be required to succesfully complete out of state training. Must pass a comprehensive background investigation.
Knowledge of:
  • Forensic Science;
  • evidence collection, packaging and preservation;
  • evidence examination and the types of tests commonly used in Latent Print Examinations;
  • laboratory safety.
Skill to:
  • utilize laboratory equipment and computers, including photography software and cameras.
Ability to:
  • pass a visual acuity test administered by the South Dakota Forensic Lab;
  • deal tactfully with others;
  • communication effectively both orally and in writing;
  • testify in court regarding test results and conclusions.

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Posted: June 4, 2024

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