Scientific Instrument Technician - Hiring Bonus Available!

Oregon State Police, Clackamas, OR, US


As a Scientific Instrument Technician, you will:

  • Evaluate, certify, and maintain breath alcohol testing instrumentation.
  • Testify in court regarding your activities and responsibilities evaluating, maintaining, repairing, and certifying breath alcohol testing instrumentation.
  • Perform diagnostic, fabrication, calibration, and maintenance functions and duties for a variety of complex laboratory and scientific instrument systems maintained by the Forensic Services Division.
  • Assist analysts in conducting research into new analytical technologies and issues relating to the field of toxicology and breath/blood alcohol analysis.
  • Analyses require deliberate, methodical, analytical scientific procedures to satisfy the needs of the courts and overall Criminal Justice System.
  • Provide logistical and technical support to Division scientific staff relating to the use and understanding of instrumentation and program activities in accordance with the policies of the Department of State Police, Forensic Services Division, accreditation procedures and laws of the State of Oregon.

To learn more about the Forensic Services Division, click here.


Minimum Qualifications (these must be addressed in your resume for full consideration): One and one half years of experience including scientific instrument or equipment modification, adaptation, fabrication and design work; AND an Associate's degree in Electronics or similar field; OR One and one half years of experience including scientific instrument or equipment modification, adaptation, fabrication and design work; AND coursework that included 45 quarter hours or 30 semester hours in Electrical Engineering AND six months of experience fabricating and repairing scientific instruments and equipment in an instrument shop; OR Three years of experience including scientific instrument or equipment modification, adaptation, fabrication and design work. Note: If you are selected to move forward in the selection process, you must provide official transcripts from all institutions of higher education that were used in the award of your degree. Preferred Skills (these must be addressed in your cover letter for full consideration): A Scientific Instrument Technician (SIT) working for the Oregon State Police Forensic Services Division should have the following preferred skills: Ability to trouble-shoot and solve instrument malfunctions and determine corrective actions. Communicates effectively, both orally and in writing, is organized, and has a high attention to detail. Is comfortable traveling varied distances under optimal and sub-optional conditions and is willing to work flexible hours. Works well individually as well as part of a team. Is comfortable speaking in public and can describe complicated or sophisticated techniques and/or protocols in simpler terms. Possesses an intermediate skill level using Windows operating systems and Microsoft application software (Access, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Word). Special Qualifications: Must possess and maintain a valid Driver’s License. Must be able to provide credible sworn testimony in a criminal or civil proceeding arising from the performance of duties. This includes cogently, accurately, and appropriately qualifying and explaining any results, conclusions, and opinions so their significance is understood. As a condition of employment and / or to routinely work in any of the Forensic Services Division’s laboratories in any capacity, all individuals are required to provide appropriate samples for inclusion into the Confidential Staff DNA Identification Index. Must pass a urine analysis drug screen.


Salary Range: $3,433.00 - $5,233.00 The salary listed is the non-PERS (Public Employee Retirement System) qualifying salary range. If the successful candidate is PERS qualifying, the salary range will reflect an additional 6.95%. Please review the Classification and Compensation page for more details. Hiring Bonus: This position is offering a one-time hiring bonus of $3,357.00 to the successful candidate. To be eligible for this one-time hiring bonus, the successful candidate must be new to state service or promoted into this position. The amount of the bonus payment and the dates paid will be stated in the offer letter and bonus payment(s) will be made no later than September 27, 2022.

How to apply

Apply in Workday by the deadline listed above, failure to submit your application by 11:59PM of the above listed date will result in automatic disqualification of your application. You must submit a resume demonstrating your experience as it relates to the minimum qualifications for the position. In addition to a resume, you must submit a cover letter – no more than two pages in length – addressing how you meet each preferred skill for this position. Failure to attach a resume addressing the minimum qualifications and a cover letter addressing the preferred skills will result in disqualification of your application. Please submit these documents in either MS Word or PDF format. Documents submitted in formats other than MS Word or PDF will not be reviewed and will result in disqualification of your application. Please only attach documents that are requested in this posting. Any additional documents that are submitted at this stage, will not be reviewed. After applying be sure that you answer the questionnaires related to citizenship and Veteran’s Preference points. In order to receive Veteran’s Preference points, this is a required questionnaire.