Forensic Scientist II - Latent Prints
A Forensic Scientist II conducts complex level of work in chemical, biological, physical or comparative analysis of criminal evidence in the Forensic Lab of unknown substances and evidence involved in crimes. Employees perform laboratory tests or comparative analyses in one of the specialized forensic discipline: Firearms and toolmarking; Controlled Dangerous Substances; Toxicology, Serology, DNA, Trace Evidence or Latent Print Examination. Work of this class involves no supervisory duties or responsibilities.
Incumbents receive general supervision from a technical supervisor. Employees in this class work a rotating shift and are on-call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Work is performed in a laboratory where there is exposure to toxic fumes and chemicals, unknown dangerous substances and sharp laboratory instruments. Work requires minimal physical exertion.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - On or before the date of filing the application, each candidate must:
EDUCATION: Have a bachelor’s degree in chemistry, biology, forensic science, or a related physical or natural science from an accredited college or university.
EXPERIENCE: Have two years of experience in comparative analysis or scientific evaluation of evidence; examining and identifying latent fingerprints including experience in providing testimony in moot or criminal court.
NOTES (EQUIVALENCIES): Have a master’s degree in chemistry, biology, forensic science, criminal justice or a related physical or natural science from an accredited college or university and one year of experience in comparative analysis or scientific evaluation of evidence; examining and identifying latent fingerprints including experience in providing testimony in moot or criminal court.
KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
- Knowledge of the principles and techniques of forensic science.
- Knowledge of the application of computer technology to forensic science.
- Knowledge of the rules governing the admissibility of evidence in court.
- Knowledge of the techniques and equipment used in the various areas of forensic science.
- Knowledge of fingerprint classification technique.
- Knowledge of the techniques and equipment used in identifying latent fingerprints.
- Knowledge of rules governing the admissibility of latent print evident in court.
- Ability to perform complex analyses.
- Ability to apply computer software to laboratory specifications and needs.
- Ability to write complex technical laboratory reports.
- Ability to testify effectively in a court of law.
- Ability to prepare and present exhibits in the courtroom.
SALARY $70,509.00 - $112,814.00 Annually
How to apply
EXAMINATION PROCESS: Applicants must provide sufficient information on their application to show that they meet the qualifications for this recruitment. Successful applicants will be placed on the employment certified eligible list for at least six months.
The examination will consist of a rating of your education, training, and experience as presented on your application and as they relate to the requirements of the position. You may be required to complete supplemental questions to further examine specific Knowledge, Skills and Abilities of the position. Therefore, it is important that you provide complete and accurate information on your application.
NOTE: Those eligible candidates who are under final consideration for appointment to positions in this class will be required to authorize the release of criminal conviction information.