Project Forensic Scientist 3 - Spokane - Crime Scene Response

WSP CSRT, Cheney, WA, US

Responsibilities

  • Scientifically analyzes evidence in routine, and in increasingly non-routine and complex casework in an area(s) in which they have been validated proficiently and in accordance with established productivity standards.
  • Documents and protects evidence in accordance with current laboratory procedures, ensuring that the chain of custody is maintained.
  • Records and organizes observations and data to create a record that explains their analytical work and the conclusions reached in the laboratory report in a legible manner and that allows for technical and administrative review. Interprets and reaches scientific conclusions, supported by their data and observations.
  • Reports scientific findings in the form of a written forensic laboratory report based on the interpretation of observations and analytical test results.
  • Completes analyses of high quality, performed using forensically accepted scientific methods, and in accordance with the current CLD Quality Operations manual and applicable technical procedures.
  • Provide technical review and administrative review of casework.
  • Abides by accreditation criteria.
  • Respond to requests for assistance at crime scenes.
  • Be able to stay focused over a prolonged period of time.
  • Work effectively in a team environment.
  • Follow the mandated criteria established by the national accreditation board for forensics (ANAB).
  • Participate in the proficiency testing program by successfully completing all assigned proficiencies and competencies.
  • Provide training as needed.
  • Assure that all assigned instruments have undergone the appropriate performance checks and maintenance.
  • Participate in assessment preparation and the internal audit program.
  • Receives continuing education as it relates to their discipline, including functional area meetings, conferences, seminars, and associated training.
  • Participates in training events where forensic topics are presented to customer agencies.
  • Learns and applies laws, policies, and procedures, as specified in the RCW, the WAC and federal regulations as they relate to scientific examination of evidence.
  • Performs administrative tasks as mandated by the Washington State Patrol (WSP), the Crime Laboratory Division and the individual laboratories.
  • Organize the personal workspace to minimize the likelihood of an accident or other unsafe incidents.
  • Observe and report potential hazards or breaches of security plans while in the workplace or in the field.
  • Follow all relevant policies and procedures.
  • Attend safety training on a regular basis if working in an inherently hazardous environment.
  • Receive training in additional capacity if deemed necessary and in compliance with established training procedures and competency testing.
  • Testify in a court of law presenting findings to a jury in a manner that is designed to be readily understood.
  • Maintaining competency in casework analyses. (Note: Issues with competency can lead to Quality Variances, Job Performance Improvement Plans and Internal Investigation Reports. These issues are disclosable under Brady and could impact your ability to testify which is an essential function of the job. This could impact your employment.)
  • Respond to discovery requests, providing all appropriate material in a timely manner.
  • Participate in interviews in regard to analysis if requested.

Qualifications

  • A valid, unrestricted Washington State Driver's License
  • Provide an oral DNA sample to be used in the CODIS Elimination Profile Index
  • Successful completion of a pre-employment polygraph examination and background investigation
  • Forensic Scientist 1: No technical experience in a forensic laboratory is required.
  • Forensic Scientist 2: One year of technical experience in a forensic laboratory performing analysis of physical evidence.
  • Forensic Scientist 3: Three years of technical experience in a forensic laboratory performing analysis of physical evidence, which includes testifying as an expert witness in courts of law.
  • A baccalaureate or an advanced degree in a chemical, physical, or biological science or forensic science from an accredited institution.

Compensation

Forensic Scientist 1 Salary Range: $4,541- $5,960

Forensic Scientist 2 Salary Range: $5,013 - $6,575

Forensic Scientist 3 Salary Range: $6,105 - $8,013

How to apply

Apply through www.careers.wa.gov

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