Laboratory Technician

Yakima Valley Conference of Governments, YAKIMA, WA, US


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ABOUT THE FORENSICS FIREARM AND TOOL MARK EXAMINIER POSITION: The Yakima Valley COG is a small group of highly professional and dedicated staff committed to making a difference in the Yakima Valley Region.

The Yakima Local Crime Lab (LCL) is looking for a highly motivated, Laboratory Technician who will strive to be a nationwide leader of the National Integrated Ballistics Network (NIBIN) program and support participating local law enforcement agencies.

This position provides integral support to the local law enforcement agencies by ensuring accurate, timely entry of ballistics data into NIBIN/IBIS. This data provides rapid investigational leads on gun crime violence to our customers (prosecutors, local law enforcement agencies (LEA), etc.). This position also participates (as a partner with Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and explosives) in the training of Washington state LEA personnel to enter ballistics data to support complete and timely investigation of shooting incidents.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES: The Laboratory Technician will perform the assigned job duties under limited supervision as follows:

  • Maintains proficiency of NIBIN system by Ultra Forensic Technology Inc (UFTI).
  • Enters quality images of test fired and evidence cartridge cases into NIBIN under protocols and guidelines established by FTI and peers.
  • Properly organizes, enters and reports NIBIN entries.
  • Reports scientific findings in the form of a written forensic laboratory report based on the interpretation of observations and correlation test results.
  • Assists user agencies with their participation in the NIBIN program including test firing of firearms, creating/monitoring workflow processes, and the training of operators and administrative staff.
  • Prepares clear and concise written reports based on test results, observations, knowledge.
  • Effectively convey ideas and information in writing, using language that is appropriate to both the complexity of the topic and the knowledge and understanding of the reader.
  • Works to establish consistency in the functional area on the workflow and reporting of NIBIN cases.
  • Documents and protects evidence in accordance with current laboratory procedures, ensuring that the chain of custody is maintained.
  • Follows the mandated criteria established by the national accreditation board for forensics.
  • Performs firearm safety checks.
  • Prepares to testify in court related to NIBIN cases.
  • Assists law enforcement user agencies to coordinate flow of IBIS evidence.
  • Ensures the NIBIN program maintains guidelines established by the MROS (Minimal Required Operating Standards) established by BATF Qualifications

This list of job responsibilities is not all inclusive.



  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in biology, chemistry, lab technology, micro or molecular biology.


  • Provide evidence of U.S. citizenship, be determined suitable for the position based on the results of a background investigation, polygraph examination, and a psychological examination.
  • Must be able to obtain a valid Washington State driver’s license within 30 days of employment and possess valid auto insurance
  • Ability to travel throughout the Yakima Valley, and state on a regular basis, at times during incumbent weather conditions.


  • Understand and practice the principles of laboratory safety.
  • Demonstrate basic computer skills necessary for word processing, data entry, data management/analysis and imaging.
  • Be comfortable around firearms and the handling of ballistic evidence and lead exposure, and biohazards.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the theory and working knowledge of analytical instrumentation and techniques as they relate to firearm and tool analysis. This includes, but is not limited to, the following: stereoscopes and/or microscopes, weighing Balance, IBIS/NIBIN system, and other Measuring Equipment (Calipers, Tripper-pull apparatus, Chronograph).
  • Experience with basic computer systems, word processing, data management, and image processing and storage.
  • Knowledge of basic chemistry concepts to include: handling and storage of hazardous chemicals and preparation of chemical reagents.
  • Knowledge of analytical instrument software and data interpretation.
  • Knowledge of the science of controlled substance, trace evidence, crime scene, latent fingerprints, questioned documents, firearms and tool marks, and DNA.
  • Knowledge of proper evidence handling procedures. o Familiarity with ISO 17025 and Supplemental certification requirements.
  • Ability to work cooperatively in a team setting, and to effectively interact with other individuals both internal and external to the laboratory. Ability to act professionally and treat others with courtesy and respect. Ability to give and accept constructive criticism, and receive direction from supervisors, trainers, and management.


  • Salary for this position begins at $ 71,721 – 78,844
  • Personal Leave based on longevity
  • Sick Leave
  • Longevity pay
  • Fourteen (14) paid holidays
  • Health benefits offered include medical, dental and vision for the employee and dependents as established by the Executive Director and Board on an annual basis
  • Long-term disability and $ 50,000 life insurance
  • Eligible to participate in Deferred Comp and in a Health Saving Account
  • Participation in Washington State Department of Retirement Systems PERS is required
  • Wellness Program
  • Continuing Education

This is an onsite position, currently located in Zillah WA

How to apply

HOW TO APPLY: Complete the application located at and email it with your resume, and cover letter to