Forensic Scientist II Firearms/Toolmarks/Ballistics

Niagara County Sheriff's Office Forensic Lab, Lockport, NY, US

Responsibilities

  • 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

Qualifications

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;

OR

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;

OR

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.

Compensation

$39.22 - $45.47/hour

This is a CSEA Union position.

Go to: 

https://www.niagaracounty.com/departments/g-l/human_resources/index.php#outer-392

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How to apply

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The Residency Requirement is WAIVED for this position.

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