ISP Forensic Scientist 2 - Chemistry Discipline

Idaho State Police, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, ID, US


This announcement will be used to fill the current ISP Forensic Scientist 2 opening in the Pocatello Laboratory. If you are interested in being considered for this position, or any future positions in the Coeur d'Alene, Meridian, or Pocatello Laboratories that may open within the next six months, you must apply under this announcement.

The Idaho State Police (ISP) Forensic Scientist 2 (FS2) position is the second level in a series of increasingly technical forensic science positions, possessing expertise in one or more forensic science specialty areas. Incumbents are expected to meet requirements and successfully undergo routine proficiency testing and certification specific to their discipline. Incumbents routinely handle toxic/carcinogenic chemicals and biological hazards. Circumstances may require physical exertion and the ability to lift heavy objects. They must pass a rigorous physical examination in order to participate in clandestine laboratory investigations. This may include periodic biological and medical testing.

All Idaho State Police Forensic Laboratories are accredited to the ISO 17025 Standard. State police Forensic Laboratories serve state, local, and federal law enforcement agencies; state and county prosecutors; and public defenders.

Please see the online job posting for complete information.


Minimum Qualifications

Education: A Forensic Scientist 2 must hold a baccalaureate, masters, or doctoral degree in a physical or biological science from an accredited U.S. or Canadian institution.

Acceptable institutions are those accredited by or those which have pertinent educational programs accredited by commissions or agencies recognized by the U.S. Office of Education The education of each employee shall be verified prior to being hired by Forensic Services.

A copy of the college transcript (including specific required coursework) and proof of graduation for all personnel with education requirements listed must be provided to ISPFS. Successful completion of a course means a college or university defined passing grade.

Must have successfully completed a minimum of seventeen (17) semester (or 26 quarter) units of college level chemistry course work. Chemistry coursework must include laboratory and cover general chemistry, organic chemistry and quantitative/instrumental analysis (coursework hours as required/stipulated by the current ISPFS Quality Manual).

Experience: Two (2) years of qualifying work experience in performing forensic analysis of the controlled substance or fire debris casework. Qualifying work experience includes:

  • Working independently, planning, managing, and prioritizing caseloads or individual characteristic database samples (as applicable), successfully engaging in independent research, evaluation, and validation activities.
  • Performing and documenting a range of examinations regarding forensic evidence.
  • Providing training and consultation services to professional criminal justice and scientific audiences.
  • Testifying as an expert regarding the forensic examinations performed in the specified discipline.
  • Must have a minimum of two (2) years’ experience performing forensic analysis of controlled substance or fire debris casework.

Will be required to obtain specialty certification by the American Board of Criminalistics in Drug Analysis or Fire Debris and Explosives within three (3) years of being selected for or promoted to a Forensic Scientist 2 position.

Please see the online job posting for complete information.


$28.75 Hourly plus full benefits that can be viewed at

ISP has a salary plan called Project CHOICE (Creating Hope, Opportunity, and Incentive for Career Employment) designed to provide incentives for recruitment and retention.

The Project CHOICE plan distributes pay increases to employees for the attainment of certificates and other achievements relevant to their job class and the ISP mission. The purpose of Project CHOICE is to attract potential applicants to the ISP workforce, retain the workforce already in place, and reward employees who take on additional duties or tasks, and who work to better themselves in academic and professional settings.

Forensic scientists and lab management personnel earn CHOICE pay increases for a variety of discipline specific achievements related to skill acquisition.

A few of these are listed below:

  • Bachelor Degree - $1.25/hour
  • Master Degree - $1.75/hour
  • Doctorate - $2.25/hour (only the highest college degree attained is awarded)
  • Completion of Probation/Independent Casework- $1.00/hour
  • Proficiency Test in two Disciplines - $.30/hour
  • Clan Lab/Crime Scene - $.45/hour
  • Serve as an ISO 17025 or ISO 17020 Assessor - $.30/hour

Forensics Specialty Areas Certification: $.50/hour for up to 2 areas of expertise:

  • American Board of Criminalistics (ABC) Diplomate
  • ABC Fellow in a Specialty
  • International Association for Identification (IAI) Latent Fingerprint Analyst
  • Association of Firearm & Tool Mark Examiners (AFTE) Firearms Examiner or equivalent
  • American Board of Forensic Toxicology (ABFT) or equivalent
  • IAI Footwear Examiner

Lab Safety Officer - $.30/hour

Deputy Quality Manager - $.30/hour

CODIS Administrator - $.30/hour

Please see the online job posting for complete information.

How to apply

Apply online via the job link prior to the closing date.