Sr. Forensic Criminalist (DNA)

Niagara County Sheriff's Office Forensic Lab, Lockport, NY, US

Responsibilities

  • Handles and stores evidence in accordance with established administrative guidelines for handling analysis and destruction of evidence including maintenance of forensic samples, logging procedures, case labeling and tracking of samples from the submitting phase to the court proceedings
  • Performs complex laboratory analysis on physical evidence and devises analytical approaches to casework that may include problematic research and/or generating or modifying methods
  • Performs DNA analysis on evidence
  • Performs technical and administrative review of case files
  • Identifies and compares evidence by qualitative, quantitative, microscopic and any other scientific means available as necessary
  • Provides conclusions and opinions in the form of a written report based on the interpretation of observations and analytical test results
  • Monitors incoming calls from the District Attorney’s Office, Deputy Sheriff Criminal Investigators, and other law enforcement agencies
  • Independently assists law enforcement agencies in processing crime scenes through documenting and protecting evidence according to laboratory procedures ensuring that the chain of custody is maintained
  • Performs annual audits and review of the system
  • Assists in training other forensic scientists and provides instruction to law enforcement agencies on the collection and preservation of evidence
  • Supervises and trains subordinate Forensic Criminalists
  • Assists in complying with all health and safety procedures and protocols, which apply to forensic laboratories
  • Testifies in court regarding laboratory analyses and the significance of the results as required

Qualifications

A Master’s Degree or higher in a natural science, a forensic science, an engineering science, or criminalistics, including or supplemented by at least twelve (12) credit hours in chemistry and four (4) years of full-time paid experience in a New York State accredited forensic laboratory; OR Graduation from a regionally accredited college or university or one accredited by the New York State Board of Regents to grant degrees with a Bachelor’s Degree or higher in a natural science, a forensic science, an engineering science, or criminalistics, including or supplemented by at least twelve (12) credit hours in chemistry and five (5) years of full-time paid experience in a New York State accredited forensic laboratory.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Possession of a valid New York State driver’s license at time of appointment and throughout employment
  • Successful completion of a background check
  • Additional continuing education and training may be required as a condition of employment
  • Incumbents must pass a competency test prior to assuming casework responsibility and must pass a proficiency test annually, in accordance with accreditation requirements.

NOTE: Natural Sciences include Biology, Earth Science, Botany, Physics, Chemistry and Zoology.

Compensation

$42.43 - $49.46/hour

Visit https://www.niagaracounty.com/departments/g-l/human_resources/index.php#outer-392 for Human Resources.

This is a CSEA Union Position.

How to apply

  1. Go to https://niagara-portal.mycivilservice.com/
  2. Under JOB POSTINGS- NIAGARA COUNTY, scroll down to SENIOR FORENSIC CRIMINALIST #TBD
  3. Select APPLY
  4. Create an account and answer all questions

NOTE: You do NOT need to be a Niagara County Resident to apply.

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