- Performs Firearms/Toolmarks/Ballistics analysis on evidence
- Performs complex laboratory analysis on physical evidence and devises analytical approaches to casework that may include problematic research and/or generating or modifying methods
- Performs technical and administrative review of case files
- Identifies and compares evidence by qualitative, quantitative, microscopic and any other scientific means available as necessary
- Provides conclusions and opinions in the form of a written report based on the interpretation of observations and analytical test results
- Monitors incoming calls from the District Attorney’s Office, Deputy Sheriff Criminal Investigators, and other law enforcement agencies
- Independently assists law enforcement agencies in processing crime scenes through documenting and protecting evidence according to laboratory procedures ensuring that the chain of custody is maintained
- Performs annual audits and review of the system
- Assists in training other forensic scientists and provides instruction to law enforcement agencies on the collection and preservation of evidence
- Supervises and trains subordinate Forensic Scientists
- Assists in complying with all health and safety procedures and protocols, which apply to forensic laboratories
- Testifies in court regarding laboratory analyses and the significance of the results as required
Graduation from a New York State or regionally accredited college or university with a Master’s Degree, which must have included at least twelve (12) credit hours in one of the natural sciences, forensic sciences or engineering sciences, with one (1) year of full-time or its part-time equivalent experience in a forensic laboratory which must have included the examination of firearms;
Graduation from a New York State or regionally accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree, which must have included at least twelve (12) credit hours in one of the natural sciences, forensic sciences or engineering sciences, with two (2) years of full-time or its part-time equivalent experience in a forensic laboratory which must have included the examination of firearms;
An equivalent combination of training and experience that is defined by the limits of (1) and (2) above.
SPECIAL REQUIREMENT: Applicants will be required to undergo a state and national criminal history background investigation which will include a fingerprint check to determine suitability for appointment. Failure to meet the standards for the background investigation may result in disqualification.
NOTE: Incumbents must pass a competency test prior to assuming casework responsibility, and must pass a proficiency test annually, in accordance with accreditation requirements. Additional continuing education and training may be required as condition of employment.
Niagara County Sheriff’s Office has a one-time residency waiver pending to fill this position if the most qualified candidate resides outside of Niagara County. Residents outside Niagara County are welcome to apply.
$39.22 - $45.47/hour
This is a CSEA Union position.
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