Forensic Scientist 1 (Forensic Scientist Entry Underfill Option) – Field Investigation and Latent Print Disciplines — REQ-113311

Oregon State Police, Springfield, OR, US

Responsibilities

You will be performing technical and scientific functions as they relate to the Criminal Justice System and in accordance with the policies of the Department of State Police, Forensic Services Division, accreditation procedures, and laws of the State of Oregon.

The forensic scientist in this position will:

  • Apply objective, scientific, and critical thinking skills to independently plan and problem solve challenges related to the analysis of physical evidence in the disciplines of Field Investigations and Latent Prints.
  • Respond to crime scenes in the field and participate in the response rotation as outlined in the Oregon State Police Officers Association contract.
  • Perform accurate and timely analysis of evidence according to Division policies and procedures.
  • Prepare and maintain accurate records, laboratory notes, and analytical reports to conform to accreditation standards, Division policies and procedures, and court proceedings.
  • Manage assigned caseload while maintaining timely communications with law enforcement partners, District Attorneys’ offices, defense counsel, and Forensic Services Division employees.
  • Prepare necessary reagents, standards, and controls to ensure quality results and act as a resource to support Forensic Services Division analysts.
  • Receive and provide training related to assigned duties and perform other duties as needed or requested by the Laboratory Director or other supervisors of the Oregon State Police.
  • Complete at least one proficiency test per year for each forensic discipline performed.
  • Assume added responsibilities as authorized.

Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications for Forensic Scientist 1 ($6,678.00 - $9,053.00) (these must be addressed in your resume for full consideration):

  • Five years’ experience as a Forensic Scientist in an accredited Forensic Laboratory
  • A Bachelor’s degree in a natural science such as Biology, Chemistry, Microbiology, Biochemistry, Physics, Forensic Science, Pharmacology, Bacteriology, or a closely related field.

Please note: A Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, Psychology, Sociology, or other similar degree does not meet this qualification.

For applicants that are not yet at the full performance level, we are offering an underfill opportunity as follows:

Minimum Qualifications for Forensic Scientist Entry ($5,668.00 - $7,015.00) (these must be addressed in your resume for full consideration):

  • A Bachelor’s degree in a natural science such as Biology, Chemistry, Microbiology, Biochemistry, Physics, Forensic Science, Pharmacology, Bacteriology, or a closely related field.

Please note: A Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, Psychology, Sociology, or other similar degree does not meet this qualification.

Note: If you are selected to move forward in the selection process, you must provide official transcripts from all institutions of higher education that were used in the award of your degree.

Preferred Skills (these must be addressed in your cover letter for full consideration):

  • Demonstrated ability to self-direct work, perform as part of a team, and perform well under intense mental and physical conditions.
  • Demonstrated experience with laboratory procedures.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal and teamwork skills showing excellent collaboration with the public, outside agencies and peers.
  • Demonstrated ability to objectively and critically analyze information, sometimes in time-sensitive situations, then make a reasoned judgment.
  • Demonstrated ability to work well in changing, high pressure environments and handling multiple priorities.
  • Demonstrated verbal and written communication skills providing technical information in a clear, effective, and professional manner.

Special Qualifications:

  • Must possess and maintain a valid Driver’s License.
  • Must be able to provide credible sworn testimony in a criminal or civil proceeding arising from the performance of duties. This includes cogently, accurately, and appropriately qualifying and explaining any results, conclusions, and opinions so their significance is understood.
  • As a condition of employment and / or to routinely work in any of the Forensic Services Division’s laboratories in any capacity, all individuals are required to provide appropriate samples for inclusion into the Confidential Staff DNA Identification Index.
  • Must pass a urine analysis drug screen.

Compensation

Forensic Scientist 1 ($6,678.00 - $9,053.00)
Forensic Scientist Entry ($5,668.00 - $7,015.00)

The salary listed is the non-PERS (Public Employee Retirement System) qualifying salary range. If the successful candidate is PERS qualifying, the salary range will reflect an additional 6.95%.

  • Work/life balance.
  • Paid vacation, sick leave, 11 holidays and up to 24 hours of personal business leave a year.
  • Medical, vision, dental, and life insurance as well as additional optional benefits.
  • Retirement programs through the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) and optional deferred compensation programs through the Oregon Savings Growth Plan.
  • Abundant advancement opportunities within the agency and throughout State of Oregon government that carries your seniority and benefits with you.
  • Opportunities to expand your technical and professional skills.
  • Meaningful work with others who are passionate about public service.
  • Make a difference in the lives of Oregonians.

How to apply

  • Please visit the State of Oregon Job Opportunities - Workday Webpage to submit your application for this position, including your current resume and cover letter.
  • Apply in Workday by the deadline listed above, failure to submit your application by 11:59PM of the above listed date will result in automatic disqualification of your application.
  • You must submit a resume demonstrating your experience as it relates to the minimum qualifications for the position.
  • In addition to a resume, you must submit a cover letter addressing how you meet each preferred skill for this position – (no more than two pages in length).
  • Failure to attach a resume addressing the minimum qualifications and a cover letter addressing the preferred skills will result in disqualification of your application.
  • Please submit these documents in either MS Word or PDF format.
  • Documents submitted in formats other than MS Word or PDF will not be reviewed and will result in disqualification of your application.
  • Please only attach documents that are requested in this posting. Any additional documents that are submitted at this stage, will not be reviewed.
  • After applying be sure that you answer the questionnaires related to citizenship and Veterans’ Preference points. In order to receive Veterans’ Preference points, this is a required questionnaire.

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