Criminalist Job Description Sample
Introduction Achieving Justice and Protecting the Community It is the mission of the District Attorney's Office to seek and do justice by assisting law enforcement and other public agencies in the investigation of crimes, prosecuting only those crimes which can be proved beyond a reasonable doubt, ensuring a fair trial for those accused of crime as well as for victims and witnesses of crimes, advocating to the public and to the Board of Supervisors necessary improvements to the criminal justice system, and educating the public by providing prompt and accurate information regarding the activities of the office and the administration of criminal justice.
to learn more about the district attorney's office, please visit: The Position Criminalists work in the District Attorney's Forensic Laboratory conducting analysis of physical evidence,and serve as expert witnesses in court on the subjects of forensic analysis.
Currently the Forensic Laboratory is seeking applicants to perform testing in forensic human-performance toxicology; including identification and quantitative methods for alcohol and drugs in blood, as well as instrumental skills in GC/MS, LC/MSMS and other related toxicological instrumentation.
In addition, skills in research and validation of toxicology methods are also desirable.
Distinguishing characteristics between the Entry, Journey and Senior levels are based on assignment and years of experience.
The independence of work, complexity and scope of responsibilities is defined as stated below: At entry level, Criminalists have little or no previous forensic casework experience.They receive on-the-job training in one or more of the core forensic disciplines, learning to apply the required body of knowledge.They perform fundamental, routine forensic scientific casework of moderate difficulty and within established parameters that are designed to develop broader and more in-depth knowledge and skill.This is the training and developmental level.
At the journey level, Criminalists independently perform technically complex and difficult forensic scientific casework in one or more forensic disciplines; and assist in training laboratory staff and law enforcement officers.
At the senior level, Criminalists perform the most technically complex, difficult, or highly sensitive scientific casework in one or more forensic disciplines;research and develop new methods and/or lead oversight and training of laboratory staff on a regular and recurring basis.
The eligible list established from this recruitment will be used to fill full-time and part-time regular, limited-term or extra-help positions as vacancies occur or the need arises.
POSITION REQUIREMENTS Education:
Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a major in chemistry, forensic chemistry/science, biochemistry, toxicology, criminalistics, or a closely related physical or natural science field that included 20 semester/30 quarter units of general chemistry, organic chemistry (two courses), quantitative techniques, and laboratory sections; AND Entry-level Experience: No experience; or Journey-level Experience: Two years of full-time directly related experience in a class comparable to Solano County's Criminalist; or Senior-level Experience:
Four years of full-time directly related journey-level experience in a class comparable to Solano County's Criminalist in one of the following areas: firearms and tool mark comparisons; forensic biology/DNA, trace and impression evidence examinations, drug analysis, and/or forensic alcohol or toxicology.
Note: Master's degree or higher in one of the scientific fields noted above is desirable and may be substituted for one year of the required experience.
Employees conducting forensic alcohol analyses must be eligible to conduct such work as specified by the State of California at the time of appointment California Driver's License, Class C To view the job description for this position, please visit: BENEFITS Solano County offers a cafeteria-style medical package with health benefits, offered through CalPERS.
The County contribution for family coverage for the 2018 calendar year is $1,520.73 per month.
The County offers a cash back provision for those who choose employee-only or who waive medical insurance coverage.
The County may offer a supplemental contribution for employees enrolled in Employee plus Two or More coverage.
Dental and vision insurances for the employee and eligible dependents are paid 100% by the County.
Solano County participates in CalPERS retirement and contributes to Social Security.
The County observes 12 fixed, paid holidays per year.
Vacation is accrued at approximately 10 days per year for the first 3 years.
Sick leave accrues at approximately 12 days per year.
Employees are eligible to receive an additional 2.5% longevity pay, per level, after the completion of continuous service at 10, 20, 25, 30 and 35 years.
To review complete benefits information, please visit:
Extra-help employees who work less than 29 hours per week do not typically receive or accrue benefits of regular employees during their period of employment.
All extra-help employees accrue .034 hours of Paid Time Off for every full hour worked.
To view the benefits for an extra-help position, please visit:
Selection Process 7/17/18 - Deadline to submit application and required documents.
TBD- Tentative date for oral board examination for the most qualified applicants.
Based on the information provided in the application documents, the qualified applicants may be invited for further examination and will either be pre-scheduled by the Department of Human Resources or be invited to self-schedule.
All applicants meeting the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement through any subsequent phase of the examination . Depending upon the number of applications received, the selection process may consist of an initial application screening, a mandatory information meeting, a supplemental questionnaire assessment, a written and/or practical exam, an oral board exam, or any combination listed.
Responses to supplemental questions may be used as screening and testing mechanisms and will be used to assess an applicant's ability to advance in the process; as such, responses to supplemental questions should be treated as test examination responses.
Information contained herein does not constitute either an expressed or implied contract.
A minimum score of 70% is required to continue in the selection process, unless otherwise announced.
All potential new hires and employees considered for promotion to management, confidential positions or unrepresented positions will be subject to a background and reference check after contingent job offer is accepted.
These provisions are subject to change.
RETIREES - Solano County invites all qualified candidates to apply for positions; however pursuant to Government Code Section 21221(h) and 21224, hiring restrictions may apply to California Public Sector Pension Plan Retirees.
How to Apply Please visit the County of Solano website, to apply.
Applications must be submitted through the JobAps system.
Paper copies of applications are not accepted.
All additional application materials as requested in the job announcement (degree/transcripts, certificates, DD-214 if applicable, ADA Accommodation Request) must be submitted with the Document Cover Sheet, available on the employment website: df or at the Department of Human Resources' office, and are due by the final filing date.
Previously submitted application materials (e.g., copies of diploma and/or transcripts, etc.) for prior recruitments will not be applied for this recruitment but must be re-submitted for this recruitment . Any further questions can be directed to the Department of Human Resources at or at 675 Texas Street, Suite 1800 Fairfield 94533.
The office is open Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Document Submittal Requirements A Bachelor's Degree is required for this position . Allapplicants must submit a copy of their college diploma (verifying the degree, date earned and area of specialization). Applicants qualifying with a major in "a closely related physical or natural science field" must alsosubmit official or unofficial transcripts (verifying the student, institution, courses and units completed). Candidates who fail to submit their diploma/transcripts by the final filing date will be disqualified from the recruitment.
How to Submit Your Documents In addition to uploading attachments when applying online, candidates may submit documents in-person or by mail at Solano County Department of Human Resources 675 Texas Street, Suite 1800, Fairfield CA 94533, by fax to , or by email to When submitting documents in-person, by mail or by fax, include the recruitment title (Criminalist Journey/Senior) and the recruitment number (17-413360-01). If submitting documents by email include the recruitment title and recruitment number in the subject field.
Supplemental Questionnaire This Supplemental Questionnaire will be used to determine applicants' qualifications for this position and assess an applicant's ability to advance in the recruitment process; therefore, applicants are encouraged to answer all questions thoroughly and completely.
Omitted information will not be considered or assumed.
Applicants who have no experience in a specific area are recommended to state "no experience in this area" instead of leaving the space blank.
Please note that the experience in your answers must be reflected in your employment history.
Please describe your experience in a forensic science laboratory.
Please include methods of testing as well as scientific instrumentation and equipment utilized.
Please describe your direct or indirect experience with laboratory accreditation and/or forensic certification.
Please describe your experience working in any or all of the following areas: (In your answer please include information regarding specific testing methods utilized, as well as scientific instrumentation and data analysis methods used, and any experience with method validation) Forensic alcohol or toxicology Firearms and tool mark comparison Forensic biology/DNA Trace and impression evidence examination Drug Analysis Other 4.
Please describe your experience providing expert court testimony and include any specialty testimony experience.
Veterans Preference Points To be eligible, applicant must have served at least 181 consecutive days of active duty in the Armed Forces of the United States and have received either an honorable discharge or a general discharge under honorable conditions.
A COPY OF THE DD 214, SHOWING DISCHARGE TYPE (GENERALLY COPY 4), MUST BE RECEIVED IN THE HUMAN RESOURCES DEPARTMENT BY THE FINAL FILING DATE . Applicants who have a service connected disability must also submit a recent award letter from the VA stating they are receiving disability benefits for service connected reasons.
Veteran applicants for initial County employment with an honorable or general under conditions discharge shall receive five (5) points added to their combined score.
Disabled veterans rated at not less than 30% disability shall have ten (10) points added to their combined score.
Veteran's preference points will only be added to passing scores in competitive open examinations.
Americans With Disabilities Act It is the policy of Solano County that all employment decisions and personnel policies will be applied equally to all County employees and applicants and be based upon the needs of County service, job related merit, and ability to perform the job.
APPLICANTS WITH DISABILITIES: Qualified individuals with a disability, who are able to perform the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodation, and need an accommodation during any phase of the recruitment/testing/examination process (as detailed in the "Selection Process"), must complete the following Request for Testing Accommodation by Applicants with Disabilities Form: . This form must be received in the Human Resources Department by the final filing date of the recruitment.
Applicants will be contacted to discuss the specifics of the request.
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The County is also home to Travis Air Force Base.
Solano County is centrally located and serves as a gateway to all that Northern California has to offer.
The Napa Valley is less than 20 miles away, two world-class public universities (UC Berkeley and UC Davis) are 20 miles away, and both San Francisco and Sacramento are less than 40 minutes away.
Day trips can also be made to South Lake Tahoe and Monterey.
With its strategic location, affordable housing, natural resources, responsible land use planning, and attractive quality of life, Solano County is a great place to live, learn, work and play.
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Any provision contained in this bulletin may be modified or revoked without notice.
SOLANO COUNTY IS AN EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER Closing Date/Time: 7/17/2018 5:00:00 PM
Criminalist Iii-Dna Technical Leader*
The Job Benefits Supplemental Questions
FUTURE SALARY INCREASE
3.0% Effective July 21, 2018
The Sheriff's Department is accepting applications for Criminalist III-DNA Technical Leader to perform the more complex Criminalist III duties of DNA analysis and review of DNA casework, in addition to accountability for DNA laboratory quality assurance requirements; responsibility includes methods and procedures, technical problem solving, and technical oversight of the DNA laboratory, in accordance with the FBI DNA Quality Assurance Standards for Forensic DNA Testing Laboratories, Combined DNA Index System (CODIS), and the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors - Laboratory Accreditation Board (ASCLD-LAB) requirements. This recruitment may close without notice when a sufficient number of qualified applications have been received. Apply TODAY for optimal consideration!
Applications are reviewed and processed on a weekly basis.
For a more comprehensive description of duties of this classification, view the Criminalist III job description.
- Official title: Criminalist III
Administrative Services Unit Benefits
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
- Applicants must not have been convicted of a felony. Prior to appointment, candidates will be fingerprinted and must pass a background investigation and a medical examination, which includes a drug test.
- Incumbents may be required to work, or to be on call for work, on weekends, holidays, evenings, and nights. On-call employees must be able to report for duty within one hour after being paged.
- Incumbents conducting investigations in the field must be able to climb up and down embankments and hike over rough terrain.
- Travel throughout the county is required; employees may be required to make provision for transportation. At the time of hire, a valid California driver license and proof of automobile liability insurance must be produced for the individual providing the transportation.
- Must successfully complete FBI Auditor Training within one year of appointment, or be terminated.
- Some positions in this classification may be assigned to a schedule less than full-time (80 hours) per two-week pay period.
EDUCATION: A Master's Degree in a biology, chemistry, or forensic science-related area, with successful completion of 12 semester units of (combination of graduate-level and undergraduate-level) coursework in biochemistry, genetics, and molecular biology, and either statistics or population genetics (or an equivalency-waiver letter from ASCLD-LAB/FBI), as required per accreditation standards for the DNA laboratory.
EXPERIENCE: Three (3) years of experience as a qualified analyst in forensic (human) DNA laboratory casework, as required per accreditation standards for the DNA laboratory. (At time of application, must be capable of being qualified as a technical leader per the FBI DNA Quality Assurance Standards regarding education and experience requirements.)
A legible copy of your college transcripts are required to be submitted with the application or received within 48 hours of the application deadline posted on the announcement. (Unofficial transcripts are acceptable.) Scan and attach to the application or e-mail to Employment@hr.sbcounty.gov or FAX to (909)383-2394, Attn:Sheriff's jobs-Crim III-DNA.
The ideal candidate will possess five (5) years performing casework analysis using PCR-STR techniques in a certified forensic DNA laboratory, meeting the requirements of a DNA Technical Leader as outlined in the FBI DNA Quality Assurance Standards.
Selection Process:There will be a competitive evaluation of qualifications based upon a review of the application materials. It is to your advantage to be explicit and complete in your responses in all areas.
Only the most highly qualified applicants will be invited to continue in the selection process
Please click HERE for important Applicant Information and the County Employment Process.
$65,584 to $95,901; $85,900 to $125,593; $90,159 to $131,773
Annual salary is at the start of the pay range. The current salary range is subject to change. Please confirm the starting salary with the hiring department before accepting a job offer.
Candidates from the eligible list are normally appointed to vacancies in the lower pay grade positions. However, candidates with at least 18 months of full-time paid professional experience as a Criminalist (Forensic Chemist) may be considered for appointment to the second pay grade.
A Criminalist searches for, collects and preserves physical evidence in the investigation of crime and suspected criminals; examines evidence by means of physical and chemical analyses; prepares reports of findings; and gives expert testimony in court. At the highest pay grade, performs analyses of physical and chemical evidence of a nonroutine nature requiring advanced technology; and may serve as a lead worker by providing training and supervision to criminalists working in a specialized field.
A Criminalist is subject to call at any hour and may work under unpleasant and adverse conditions, including high places, dangerous locations, and in proximity to dead bodies and biological and chemical hazards, in order to investigate crime scenes. REQUIREMENT(S)/MINIMUM QUALIFICATION(S)
Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a major in a physical or natural science and successful completion of 8 semester or 12 quarter units in general chemistry.
1.In addition to the regular City application, all applicants must complete the Criminalist Training and Experience Questionnaire at the time of filing. The Criminalist Training and Experience Questionnaire is located within the Supplemental Questions Section of the City application. Applicants who fail to complete the Training and Experience Questionnaire will not be considered further in this examination, and their application will not be processed.
2.A valid California driver's license is required prior to appointment. Applicants will be disqualified and not eligible for hire if their record within the last 36 months reflects three or more moving violations and/or at-fault accidents, or a conviction of a major moving violation (such as DUI).
3.Applicants must list their:
(a) School name and location, type of degree earned and major in the Education Section of the City application; and
(b) Completed courses in chemistry as stated in the requirement, the course titles with the number of semester or quarter units, school attended and completion dates in the Supplemental Questions Section of the City application.
4.Please note that qualifying education must be from a college or university accredited by a City of Los Angeles recognized agency. A list of approved accrediting agencies can be found at http://per.lacity.org/Accredited%20Institutions%2008-21-08.pdf.
5.Candidates completing the examination process will be contacted by the Personnel Department to provide required proof of qualifying degree and coursework.
WHERE TO APPLY & APPLICATION DEADLINE
WHERE TO APPLY
City job applications and the Criminalist Supplemental Training and Experience Questionnaire WILL ONLY BE ACCEPTED ON-LINE. When you are viewing the on-line job bulletin of your choice, simply scroll to the top of the page and select the "Apply" icon. On-line job bulletins are available at https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/lacity for Open Competitive Examinations.
You must complete both the application and the Criminalist Supplemental Training and Experience Questionnaire (T&E) during the initial session. We recommend that you preview the T&E at http://per.lacity.org/exams/2234Sup.pdf prior to completing your on-line application to ensure you provide yourself with sufficient time to complete both the on-line application and the T&E.
There is an issue with using Google Chrome as your browser when submitting supplemental information. For additional information, see the link at http://per.lacity.org/exams/chromeissue.pdf.
Applicants are urged to apply early to ensure you have time to resolve any technical issues you may encounter.
Filing may be closed without prior notice after a sufficient number of applications and Supplemental Training and Experience Questionnaires have been received. For administrative purposes, filing may close periodically and reopen the following day.
All qualified applicants will be scheduled for testing based on when their applications were filed. The written test for Criminalist will be held on the second Saturday of every other month until further notice. Candidates whose City applications are received and approved by Thursday two weeks prior to the scheduled written test date will be scheduled to take the test on the 2nd Saturday of the following month.
After meeting minimum qualifications, candidates will be scheduled for the following:
Examination Weights: Multiple Choice Written Test . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Qualifying(Pass/Fail)
Essay. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Advisory
Training and Experience Questionnaire. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100%
In the qualifying written test, which will consist of multiple-choice questions, candidates may be examined for: Analytical Ability as it pertains to understanding written material, interpreting graphs and charts, and reading street maps; and Job Knowledge, including knowledge of: scientific methods of analysis, including principles and problem identification; scientific definitions and terminology; statistics and measurement techniques; appropriate handling of physical evidence at a crime scene; sciences: organic and inorganic chemistry, including physical properties of chemical substances; biology, including biochemistry and physiology; human anatomy; molecular biology; genetics; physics; and other necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities. .
You may bring an automatic hand-held calculator to the test site for use during the written test. There will be no power source provided at the test site, so your calculator must have its own power source.
At the time of the qualifying written test, candidates will be required to complete an advisory essay by preparing a written response on a general subject related to the duties of a Criminalist aligned with the following competencies: Follow Written Directions, Written Communication, Interpersonal Skills, Flexibility, Job Knowledge, which may include knowledge of: various types of physical evidence and laboratory methods used to conduct analyses, theory of operation of test instruments commonly used in crime laboratories, and other necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities . This written response will not be separately scored, but its content and quality will be considered in the evaluation of the candidate's overall qualifications. Candidates who do not respond to the essay question will be disqualified from the examination.
Candidates' Criminalist Supplemental Training and Experience Questionnaire and advisory essay will be evaluated only if the candidates achieve a passing score on the qualifying written test. The Supplemental Training and Experience Questionnaires, advisory essays, and City employment applications of these candidates will be submitted to an expert review panel for evaluation.
The expert review panel will assign a numeric score to each candidate based on an evaluation of each candidate's overall qualifications, as described on the candidate's City application, Training and Experience Questionnaire, and advisory essay. In the Training and Experience Questionnaire, the following competencies may be evaluated: Follow Written Directions, Written Communication, and Job Knowledge, including knowledge of: various types of physical evidence and laboratory methods used to conduct analyses, theory of operation of test instruments commonly used in crime laboratories, chemistry, biology, physics, microscopy, and other necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities.
The qualifying written test and advisory essay will consist of a single half-day session. Candidates will be notified later, by email, of the date, time, and location of the written test in Los Angeles.
Additional information can be obtained by going to http://per.lacity.org/index.cfm?content=jobanalyses and clicking on Competencies under Criminalist.
As a covered entity under the Fair Employment and Housing Act and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City of Los Angeles does not discriminate on the basis of disability and upon request, will provide reasonable accommodations to ensure equal access to its programs, services, and activities. To request a disability accommodation, please complete the Disability Accommodation Form within 14 calendar days of the submittal of the City application. The Disability Accommodation Form can be obtained at http://per.lacity.org/exams/verify_disability.pdf.
Applications are accepted subject to review to ensure that minimum qualifications are met. Candidates may be disqualified at any time if it is determined that they do not possess the minimum qualifications stated on this bulletin.
This examination is based on a content validation study, and as provided by Civil Service Commission Rule 4.20, the written test will not be subject to candidate inspection.
A final average score of 70% is required to be placed on the eligible list.
You may take this examination once a year (365 calendar days). Your name may be removed from the eligible list after six months.
Candidates must submit a new application and Criminalist Supplemental Training and Experience Questionnaire each time they wish to re-compete in the examination process.
Your rank on the employment list may change as scores of candidates from other administrations of the examination are merged onto one list.
If you receive and accept an offer of employment to a regular position with the City of Los Angeles, your employee benefit coverage (including health and dental coverage as well as life insurance) will commence approximately six weeks after your original regular appointment. Not all positions in the City receive benefit coverage; you should inquire regarding the availability of employee benefits prior to accepting a position.
THIS EXAMINATION IS TO BE GIVEN
ONLY ON AN OPEN COMPETITIVE BASIS
The City of Los Angeles does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, creed, color, ancestry, medical condition (cancer), and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome.
Criminalist I (Firearms Analysis Unit) (Temporary Position)
THIS IS A TEMPORARY APPOINTMENT.
Brief Job Description (essential functions of the job):
This position will be assigned to the Firearms Analysis Unit. Under the direction of the unit director and senior examiners, analyze items of evidence.
Process crime scenes and vehicles with supervision.
Perform quality procedures and maintain quality control records in order to ensure testing accuracy and reliability.
Maintain chemical and safety logs.
Prepare samples and evidentiary items for storage and/or further analysis, preserve specimens, may observe and assist Criminalists II-IV in complex tasks.
Receive and prepare reagents, solutions, chemicals, and other materials used in the examination and analysis of various types of evidence.
Maintain chain of custody and ensure the integrity and viability of materials for testing. Package, mark, and receive evidence, maintaining continuity and integrity of physical evidence.
Maintain laboratory safety and cleanliness standards assuring worker safety.
Photograph evidence to document and record subject matter.
Maintain and utilize laboratory and forensic databases.
Monitor stock levels of reagents, chemicals, and consumables ensuring sufficient supplies/materials to perform required testing/services.
Write and maintain records and daily logs.
Maintain safety showers and eyewashes.
May participate in continuing education, conferences, training, and other seminars relative to the forensic sciences.
Write reports under direction of Criminalist II-IV, if appropriate to assignment.
Performs related work as required.
Minimum Entrance Qualifications
Minimum four (4) year bachelor degree in a natural science, forensic science, or closely related field. Entry level apprentice/trainee. No professional experience required. Preference will be given to applicants with one year laboratory experience or six month applicable laboratory experience and a graduate degree that includes relevant laboratory coursework. Ability to exercise good judgement and focus on detail as required by the job.
Basic Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Knowledge of routine laboratory safety rules, regulations and procedures. Ability to receive and prepare reagents and solutions. Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing. Ability to follow Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). Ability to communicate with investigators, ADAs, and the courts. Knowledge of crime scenes and vehicle processing. Familiar with equipment and instrumentation with assigned/relevant disciple. Report writing.
Full Performance Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Knowledge of laws, rules, regulations, policies, procedures, quality assurance, laboratory paperwork, terminology and core operations of the Forensic Unit. Must be familiar with courtroom procedures, and may present expert testimony on results of analysis, tests, and examination in federal, state, and local courts. Can process a crime scene, vehicles or complex case (i.e. homicide) independently. General working knowledge of all disciplines within the Forensic Group. Ability to interpret test results. Familiar with laboratory sections/disciplines. Knowledge of working lab including QA/QC, competency and proficiency testing, standards, and controls. Knowledge of evidence collection, packaging, documentation, processing, and preservation techniques and procedures. Knowledge of chain of custody and rules of evidence. Able to obtain License to Carry Firearms and ability to handle firearms in a safe manner. General working knowledge of different disciplines in the Forensic Group. Must have the ability to write comprehensive technical reports; interpret and produce and opinion on complex test results.
CRIMINAL RECORD CHECK REQUIRED
PRE-EMPLOYMENT DRUG TEST AND PHYSICAL REQUIRED
BOSTON RESIDENCY REQUIRED
Union/Salary Plan/Grade: Forensic Group of the BPD Detectives/CRM -I
Hours Per Week: 35
This is a temporary appointment that will last for four years due to a military leave.
Positions within this job family perform and/or manage forensic analysis of evidence from criminal cases and/or convicted offender DNA samples.
The Criminalist job family has five levels which are distinguished by type and complexity of work and the degree of responsibility assigned.
At this level employees are assigned administrative responsibilities involving the direction of a major section of the laboratory system and as a statewide administrative coordinator of certain forensic disciplines, projects, and programs; and/or may perform the duties of laboratory system Quality Assurance/Quality Control Manager over all disciplines at all laboratory locations. They will manage section activities, develop and implement goals and objectives, manage and coordinate forensic programs or disciplines and direct complex forensic science projects which have an impact on the laboratory system and/or the field of forensic science. They will participate in the strategic planning for the Criminalistics Division and will be involved in setting the goals and objectives for the laboratory.
Education and Experience required is a minimum of a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in chemistry, biology, forensic science, criminalistics, toxicology, a closely related natural science, criminology, law enforcement, or criminal justice plus six (6) years of experience as a forensic laboratory criminalist including two (2) years of supervisory experience as a forensic laboratory criminalist . Depending upon selective qualifications, experience may be in controlled substances, trace evidence, forensic biology, serology, forensic DNA, toxicology, questioned documents, digital evidence, firearms/toolmarks, latent prints, or digital evidence. Experience must have been full time and the primary job responsibility to be qualifying.
NOTE: Selective qualifications for a specific degree and/or specific course may be applied for each forensic discipline.
Applicants must possess, or be eligible for a valid Oklahoma driver's license. They must be able to meet the requirements for peace officer certification if required by the agency.
They must possess the physical and mental stamina to perform the work and accept the inherent physical, psychological, chemical, and biological hazards. They need accurate vision with or without corrective lens, and need to accurately distinguish between colors. They must be able to successfully complete any necessary training and certification required by the agency, be able to be called back to work at irregular times, be willing and able to work overtime when required, and be willing and able to travel frequently and be in travel status for extended periods of time.
They must be willing to transfer where and when needed and to accept assignments anywhere in the state; pass a thorough character and background investigation; successfully pass a polygraph examination, drug screen and, if required by the agency, a psychological evaluation. Subsequent to an offer of employment, applicants may be required by the Oklahoma Law Enforcement Retirement System to satisfy psychological testing, medical examination and/or physical agility testing standards or requirements. Educational and/or experience selective qualifications may apply for specific disciplines, levels, or positions.
Some positions may require certification by the International Association of Computer Investigative Specialist (IACIS) as a Certified Forensic Computer Examiner.
THE FEDERAL OMNIBUS CONSOLIDATED APPROPRIATIONS ACT OF 1997 CONTAINED AN AMENDMENT OF THE FEDERAL GUN CONTROL ACT OF 1968. THIS AMENDMENT ADDRESSES MISDEMEANOR CRIMES OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE. COMMISSIONED APPLICANTS MUST BE ABLE TO SATISFY THE LIMITATIONS CONTAINED IN THE FEDERAL LAW.
Please read instructions carefully and include all required documents when you submit your application.
No additional information will be accepted after the application has been submitted.
Supervising Criminalist - T11180-201804
Supervising Criminalist positions coordinate and supervise the physical and chemical analysis and evaluation of evidence in a crime laboratory; train, rate and evaluate the work performance of subordinates; evaluate new technical procedures; review analytical reports; prepare budget estimates and justifications; schedule, prioritize and assign work projects; function as a liaison with prosecuting agencies and other units of the Police Department; may testify in court; prepare reports and correspondence; and perform other duties as assigned.
You must meet the following requirements on the date you apply, unless otherwise indicated.
EDUCATION: A Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college/university in Criminalistics, Forensic Science, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Biology, Microbiology, Digital Forensics, Computer Forensics, Computer Science or a closely related physical or biological science.
- Foreign degrees are acceptable if they have been evaluated and deemed to be equivalent to degrees from accredited institutions in the United States.
- A Master's Degree in Criminalistics or Forensic Science may be substituted for the one year of required experience. However, a Master's Degree in Criminalistics or Forensic Science without a qualifying Bachelor's Degree is NOT qualifying.
EXPERIENCE: Three years of full-time professional Criminalistics experience in ONE or more of the following areas:
Crime scene reconstruction
Blood alcohol analysis
Trace evidence analysis
Experience performing comparative analysis of handwriting or latent prints ONLY is NOT considered qualifying.
City of San Diego employees using Out-of-Class Assignment (OCA) experience to qualify must submit written documentation signed by their appointing authority or payroll specialist, detailing the work performed, dates, and total number of qualifying OCA hours. OCA experience without the required documentation will NOT be considered.
LICENSE: A valid California Class C Driver License is required at time of hire.
- Supervisory/managerial experience and/or skills.
REQUIRED DOCUMENTS (MUST SUBMIT WITH APPLICATION):
Proof of degree/transcripts, if utilized to meet the minimum requirements.
For City of San Diego employees, proof of Out-of-Class Assignment (OCA), if utilized to meet the minimum requirements.
Required documents should be attached electronically to your application. If you are unable to attach at the time of application submittal, you must submit them as soon as possible via fax: (619) 533-3337; or to the Employment Information Center: City of San Diego Personnel Department, 1200 Third Avenue - Suite 300, San Diego, CA 92101. Include your name and the title of the position for which you are applying. SCREENING PROCESS
Please ensure all information is complete and accurate as the responses you provide on the supplemental questions will be reviewed using an automated evaluation system. If you are successful in this initial screening process, your application will be reviewed for applicable education, experience, and/or training to ensure all minimum requirements have been met. Successful candidates will be placed on a list which will be used to fill position vacancies during the next six months (180 days). For each vacancy, only those candidates with the most appropriate qualifications will be contacted by the hiring department for an interview.
PRE-EMPLOYMENT REQUIREMENTS: Employment offers are conditional pending the results of all screening processes that are applicable to this job, which may include but are not limited to the following: Confirmation of citizenship/legal right to work in the United States; completion of a pre-employment medical review/exam (which may include drug/alcohol testing); reference checks; and a fingerprint check. The fingerprints will be submitted to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the California Department of Justice for a conviction record report. Certain positions may require additional screening processes which may include a polygraph examination and/or background investigation. All of these processes must be successfully completed before employment begins. A positive test for alcohol, illegal drugs, including marijuana, or inadequately explained prescription drugs, misrepresentation, falsification, or omission of pertinent facts in any step of the screening/selection process may be cause for disqualification and/or termination of employment. Nothing in this job posting constitutes an expressed or implied contract for employment with the City of San Diego. Applicants must notify the Personnel Department of any changes in their name, address (home, email), or phone number or they may miss employment opportunities.
Rev. 1 - April 20, 2018 (Closing Date Extended)
REBULLETIN INFORMATION: THIS ANNOUNCEMENT IS A REBULLETIN TO REOPEN THE FILING PERIOD.
PERSONS WHO HAVE APPLIED WITHIN THE LAST 12 MONTHS NEED NOT REAPPLY, BUT MAY SUBMIT ADDITIONAL INFORMATION IF THEY WISH. THE INFORMATION MUST CONTAIN THE CORRECT EXAM NUMBER AND NAME.
FILING DATES: 01/12/2018 at 8:00 AM (PST)
THE FILING PERIOD MAY BE SUSPENDED AT ANY TIME WITHOUT PRIOR NOTICE. THE EXAMINATION MAY REOPEN AS THE NEEDS OF THE SERVICE REQUIRE.
TYPE OF RECRUITMENT
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Restricted to permanent employees of the above Department who have successfully completed their initial probationary period.
Plans and conducts investigations for the Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner to determine the jurisdiction, circumstances, manner, and cause of death.
Positions allocable to this class work under the administrative and technical supervision of a Supervising Coroner's Investigator I and provide technical direction to the Coroner Investigator Trainee. Incumbents must independently exercise judgment in interpreting and applying departmentally approved procedures for conducting investigations at the scene of a wide variety of deaths to determine the jurisdiction, circumstances, manner, and cause of death.
Incumbents must have a working knowledge of anatomy, legal terminology, departmental operational policies and procedures, and investigative techniques, including the collection of gunshot residue and other evidence and the recognition and differentiation of various modes of death and the ability to impart this knowledge to others in providing guidance to persons in the classification of Coroner Investigator Trainee. Positions in this class require the ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, and with sensitivity to obtain information concerning the circumstances of a death from the decedent's family and friends, witnesses, and informants. Incumbents must write comprehensive reports of investigation findings for use by autopsy physicians and in court/deposition proceedings, and enter those findings into computerized data banks.
This class requires frequent lifting and moving of heavy equipment and decedents and occasionally demands extraordinary physical activity while working. Essential Job Functions
Plans and conducts the investigation of the circumstances of death at the scene to determine the jurisdiction of the Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner. Conducts investigations into deaths which occur at hospitals and also deaths where the decedent has been released to a private mortuary.
Examines the body of the decedent and the surroundings at the death scene and performs the required tests for air and body temperature, livor mortis, and degree of rigor mortis. In the presence of witnesses, takes custody of any money, valuables or miscellaneous documents or papers; lists and records personal property on appropriate receipts; describes and documents clothing of decedents. Recognizes, collects and preserves physical evidence, including gunshot residue, sexual assault evidence, appliances, ligatures, garrotes, drugs, narcotics and paraphernalia, and trace evidence.
Coordinates evidence collection and handling with Departmental criminalist and criminalist from other agencies. Uses field photographic equipment as necessary. Interviews witnesses, friends, and relatives to obtain information about the decedent and circumstances of death.
Conducts follow-up investigations as required. Certifies deaths at mortuaries and field locations. Receives initial notification of deaths.
Notifies and coordinates with officers of other criminal justice agencies when necessary. Prepares and serves Subpoena Duces Tecum, coordinates private pay autopsies and prepares documents and coordinates exhumations as assigned. Obtains medical/dental records and specimens.
May write and process search warrants for the purpose of evidence collection. Writes reports of investigations which includes all pertinent data and exhibits illustrative of the circumstances of death. May be required to work as acting Supervising Coroner's Investigator I to a group or shift of investigators during the temporary or prolonged absence of a Supervising Coroner's Investigator I.
May be required to act as Training Officer in providing guidance and direction to new investigative personnel or investigator trainees. Testifies in court or under deposition regarding the findings of an investigation of the circumstances of death. May be required to drive personal vehicle when performing County business.
May be required to drive a County vehicle to locations throughout the County to transport bodies from death scenes to the Coroner's facility.
May be required to travel by aircraft, boat, or other vehicles, or travel in heavy equipment to conduct investigations and remove decedents and to perform duties in areas of difficult accessibility, under limited visibility and mobility, during adverse weather conditions or disaster conditions. The incumbent may be required to conduct activity using specialized, technical safety gear under physically challenging and demanding circumstances.
Successfully completed the one year Coroner Investigator Trainee program at the Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner, Los Angeles County as evidenced by a completed signed Probationary Report.
Successfully completed the required California Commission Peace Officers Standards and Training (P.O.S.T) Training including P.C. 832 and Coroner's Death Investigation.
A valid California Class C Driver License or the ability to utilize an alternative method of transportation when needed to carry out job-related functions.
4 - Arduous. Involves frequent heavy lifting over 25 pounds, often combined with bending, twisting, or working on irregular surfaces; and occasionally requires extraordinary physical activity.
Special Requirement Information
VERIFICATION OF EXPERIENCE DOCUMENTS/LETTER WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED FOR THIS EXAMINATION. APPLICANTS MUST MEET THE SELECTION REQUIREMENTS AT THE TIME OF FILING. NO WITHHOLD IS ALLOWED FOR THIS EXAMINATION.
Successful applicants for this position will be required to obtain a copy of his/her driving from the California State Department of Motor Vehicles before being appointed. A copy of the driving record must be presented at the time of appointment.
License must not be suspended, restricted or revoked. AN APPLICANT WHOSE DRIVING RECORD SHOWS FOUR OR MORE MOVING VIOLATIONS WITHIN THE LAST TWO YEARS WILL NOT BE APPOINTED.
This examination will consist of two parts:
PART I A Rating from Record evaluating the scope of training and experience based on application weighted 50%.
PART II An Appraisal of Promotability (AP) evaluating knowledge and skills in the field. Problem Solving Skills, Oral and Written Communication Skills, Work Habits and Productivity Skills weighted 50%. Candidates must meet the selection requirements and achieve a passing score of 70% or higher on each weighted part of the examination in order to be placed on the eligible register.
Prior to appointment a candidate must successfully complete a fingerprint check.
The resulting eligible register will be used to fill vacancies in the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner, located at 1104 N. Mission Road, Los Angeles, CA 90033.
The names of candidates will be placed on the eligible register for a period of twelve (12) months from the date of promulgation.
APPLICATION AND FILING INFORMATION
All applicants are required to submit an online County of Los Angeles employment application. All information, including the selection requirements (i.e., education and driver license) is subject to verification and your application may be rejected at any time during the selection process. The acceptance of your application depends on whether you have clearly shown that you meet the selection requirements.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR FILING
To apply for this examination, click on the "Apply" tab located on the top right corner of the screen. Your application must be submitted electronically by 5:00 pm (PST), on the last day of filing. You can also track the status of your application using this web site.
- In order to receive credit for any certification, a legible copy of required certificates must be uploaded as attachments during application submission or within fifteen (15) calendar days from application submission. If you are unable to upload the required documents, you must either email email@example.com or fax to (323) 441-9942. Please include exam number and exam title.
SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER
Please include your Social Security Number for record control purposes. Federal law requires that all employed persons have a Social Security Number.
COMPUTER AND INTERNET ACCESS AT PUBLIC LIBRARIES
For candidates who may not have regular access to a computer or the internet, applications may be completed on computers at public libraries throughout Los Angeles County.
NO SHARING OF USER ID AND PASSWORD
All applicants must file their application online using their own user ID and password. Using a family member's or friend's user ID and password may erase a candidate's original application record.
Available Shift: Any
California Relay Services Phone: (800) 735-2922
ADA Coordinator Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Teletype Phone: (800) 899-4099
Alternate Teletype Phone: (800) 897-0077
Department Contact Name: Christian Martinez
Department Contact Phone: (323) 343-0710
Department Contact Email: CMartinez@coroner.lacounty.gov
Academic Support Assistant II
CSU Job Listing Details
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Job ID: 170228
ACADEMIC SUPPORT ASSISTANT II
May 9, 2018
Open until filled
Link to Apply Online:
Campus Employment Homepage:
Bulletin #170228; 5/9/18
ACADEMIC SUPPORT ASSISTANT II
Administrative Support Assistant II #170228
Criminal Justice and Criminalistics
Salary Range: $2,600-$4,328/Monthly
Work Schedule: Full-time, Monday – Thursday, 9:00 am – 6:00 pm; Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm; non-exempt position; temporary appointment expires on or before one year from the date of hire; may be extended; may become permanent.
Essential Functions: Under the general supervision of the Administrative Support Coordinator, the incumbent serves as the main receptionist for the School of Criminal Justice and Criminalistics.
The incumbent works with students, faculty, and staff on a daily basis and with other offices as needed. The incumbent will: provide clerical/administrative services in support of day-to-day management functions: assist students with general registration by completing forms and meeting degree requirement deadlines; distribute incoming mail; deliver on-campus mail; update and verify information related to enrollment; process key requests and quarterly textbook requests; answer, screen, and refer all calls to appropriate personnel; maintain all student related files; maintain office inventory; and act as primary contact for equipment repairs.
Required Qualifications & Experience: Equivalent to two years of full-time general office experience which included providing work direction or acting as a lead to lower level staff.
Must be computer literate and possess: good organizational skills; excellent written and oral communication skills; and an understanding of standard office procedures. Ability to: plan, organize, and prioritize work; operate standard office equipment; respond to routine inquiries and explain standard policies and procedures; perform basic arithmetic calculations; multi-task and complete assignments in a timely fashion; and work under pressure and handle a heavy workload. Demonstrated interest and/or ability to work in a multicultural/multiethnic environment.
A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who may apply for the position.
Closing Date: Review of applications will begin on May 23, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled; however, the position may close when an adequate number of qualified applications are received.
A COMPLETED ON-LINE CAL STATE LA EMPLOYMENT APPLICATION IS REQUIRED. RESUMES WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED IN LIEU OF A COMPLETED APPLICATION.
The person holding this position is considered a "mandated reporter" under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 revised July 21, 2017 as a condition of employment.
Forensic Death Investigator I (Medical Examiner)
Summary Benefits Supplemental Questions
Performs basic-level professional investigative duties on a day-to-day basis to achieve goals of the department, which may include activities such as conducting investigations into all sudden, unexpected, and unattended deaths or investigating reported death-related crimes committed within the jurisdiction of the Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Office.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Gathers information and data and performs professional-level analysis, which may involve any or all of the following activities: receives initial notice of death from public or government agencies, initiates investigations, determines medical examiner's jurisdiction, notifies and exchanges information with other public agencies when necessary, and receives and logs in all incoming bodies to the morgue.
May direct work of clerical and support staff. May train and assist newly assigned investigators or staff. May recommend actions or participate in implementation of departmental programs, policies, procedures, or other professional activities.
Troubleshoots and resolves problems and issues that may include responding day or night to death scene locations for on-scene investigation; driving a County vehicle to locations throughout Tarrant County when performing County business; traveling by any means necessary to conduct investigations and perform duties in areas of difficult accessibility, limited visibility and mobility, or adverse conditions; assuming control of and responsibility at crime scenes or other locations by coordinating and directing duties with patrol officers and crime scene officers; establishing identity of a deceased person; performing thorough investigations into the circumstances of a death; examining the body of the decedent and scene surroundings; assessing for signs of death and environmental variables; taking custody of money, valuables, and other property; listing and receipting personal property and evidence; arranging for removal of bodies to the morgue; being responsible for recognizing and preserving physical evidence, drugs, medical devices, related paraphernalia, and trace evidence and coordinating handling and collection of same with departmental criminalists or officers of other agencies; and using field photography, measuring, and other scene investigation tools as required.
Communicates with appropriate staff or citizens in performance of duties that may include such actions as notifying next-of-kin in deaths; establishing rapport through interviews with or assisting citizens or parties of interest; interviewing witnesses, friends, relatives, and suspects to obtain information about the decedent and circumstances of death and related matters; contacting representatives from other law enforcement and criminal justice entities for follow-up investigations; providing information to various agencies, obtaining information from governmental and private agencies, physicians, nurses, and other persons as needed, and relating that information to the death investigation; and obtaining medical history on deceased from family, physicians, and hospitals.
Documents, maintains, and updates required records, files, and statistics as such pertains to departmental and work group operations; studies evidence and submits as needed for professional examination; enters data into computerized records management system as required; prepares investigation and case reports of circumstances, pertinent data, and evidence for filing with the medical examiner's office and other appropriate agencies including law enforcement, district attorney, hospitals, etc.; enters information related to the location of incident and death for completion of relevant portions of the death certificate in compliance with regulations of the state registrar of vital statistics; records case and departmental activities information in logs and ledgers; prepares and produces periodic management, investigative, or special reports. Files completed cases with the Medical Examiner's and District Attorney's Offices.
Ensures compliance with any or all applicable laws, statutes, regulations, and policies and may update staff or work group on applicable changes. Provides information regarding state laws and codes as well as departmental policy and procedures in response to inquiries from members of the medical profession, law enforcement, governmental agencies, funeral homes, and the general public.
Testifies in court or under deposition regarding the findings of an investigation of the circumstances of death; prepares reports leading to search/seizure or arrest warrants, subpoenas, or other civil process documents; executes subpoena service; and acts as inquest court bailiff.
Performs all other related duties as assigned.
Associate's degree or equivalent plus three (3) years of police, coroner/medical examiner, or other forensic death investigation experience. Field-based investigative experience must have included duties such as interviewing witnesses and participants, following leads, searching for physical or documentary evidence, using evidence to substantiate findings and conclusions, examining records to detect relevant information, reconstructing events, preparing reports of investigative findings, and providing courtroom/deposition testimony. Must have training from an approved source such as a police academy or related death investigation course. Valid an current driver's license. Must have computer skills. Must have a basic knowledge of medical and legal terminology, investigative procedures and techniques, and have the ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing with a wide variety of individuals in order to investigate the circumstances, manner, and cause of death, establish a decedent's true identity, and write acceptable and accurate reports of investigative findings. Must have the ability to work a minimum of forty hours per week to include some weekends, holidays, and nights. Must have the physical ability to respond quickly to emergency locations and to work extended shifts as necessary.
Physical Demands and Work Environment & Other
While performing the duties of this position, the incumbent is regularly required to bend, be exposed to burns, carry, climb, climb ladders, climb stairs, crawl, enter confined spaces, be exposed to electrical hazards, grasp/squeeze, use hand tools, use hazardous machinery, hear, tolerate hot and cold inside temperatures, keyboard, kneel, lift below the waist, lift between waist and shoulder, lift overhead, tolerate noise, tolerate hot and cold outside temperatures, pull, push, be exposed to radiation, reach, reach overhead, perform repetitive tasks, negotiate rough or uneven surfaces, see color, see far and near, sit, negotiate slippery surfaces, be exposed to solvents, squat, stand, stoop, talk, twist, use his/her hands, drive a vehicle, be exposed to vibration, walk, walk on an incline, use wide hand spread, work at heights, work alone and with others, and work overtime. There is exposure to inclement weather, violence from client families and bystanders, rough terrain, decomposed bodies, debris from burned structures, and body fluids associated with scene investigations. Scenes present unpredictable circumstances that occur in random fashion at any time of the day or night. Must be able to respond to emergency situations that may include the use of physical force to defend oneself or others.
ISP Forensic Scientist 1
Controlled Substance, Breath Alcohol and Blood AlcoholISP Forensic Scientist 1Idaho State Police
Open for Recruitment: June 11, 2018 - July 11, 2018
Announcement # 07432084627
Salary Range: $22.97-$23.35 -Plus Competitive Benefits!
This announcement is being used to underfill a Forensic Scientist 2 (FS2) position. The Forensic Scientist 1 (FS1) is an entry-level position, which will work under the direct supervision of a more experienced Forensic Scientist. The incumbent will be certified as an FS2 upon successful completion of a specified training program, two (2) years experience in the FS1 position or demonstration of meeting the minimum qualifications and qualifying work experience of an FS2 position, and a six-month probationary period of 1,040 hours. Pay will be adjusted accordingly at the time the incumbent is certified as a FS2.
Note: Preference will be given to experienced forensic scientists who meet the minimum qualifications and qualifying work experience* of the controlled substance chemist, breath alcohol, or blood alcohol Forensic Scientist 2.
- Qualifying work experience for a Forensic Scientist 2 includes a minimum of two (2) years working independently planning, managing, and prioritizing forensic caseloads; 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; and testifying as an expert regarding forensic examinations, as applicable.
The successful candidate must meet ISP's Drug Policy (see below) and will be required to complete a criminal history background investigation and polygraph, which includes drug screening. Employment is dependent upon satisfactory results of the investigation and polygraph.
All Idaho State Police Forensic Laboratories are accredited by A2LA and to the ISO 17025:2005 Standard. State Police Forensic Laboratories serve local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies; county and state prosecutors; and public defenders.
Learn more about a career of a lifetime with the Idaho State Police at https://www.isp.idaho.gov/ and how the State of Idaho can be your forever home at https://visitidaho.org/.
Conduct complex examinations for evidence and develop analytical findings
Perform examinations and breath alcohol instrument calibrations following defined analytical methods and other quality standards
Maintain established standards of laboratory cleanliness, safety, and efficiency
May provide assistance at complex crime scenes and/or clandestine laboratories
Train police officers in processing and collection of evidence and controlled substance, blood, or breath alcohol procedures
Interpret findings for prosecutors and defense attorneys, prepare attorneys for presentation of findings
Provide expert opinion and witness testimony regarding scientific finding
A baccalaureate degree in physical science, natural science, forensic science, or a closely related field and all required science courses for the assigned work discipline.
Minimum required course work for chemist or alcohol position is successful completion of 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. Applicants will list the applicable course work and SU (semester units) or QU (quarter units) with each course. If the title for the required courses is different from the names listed above, applicants must include in their response the university course description, syllabus, or a letter from the professor demonstrating the core course component.
Note: ISPFS analyst and management applicant's baccalaureate, masters or doctoral degree must be in a physical or biological science from an accredited U.S. or Canadian institution. Degrees for Biology/DNA applicants must be in biology or chemistry related science. 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. Applicants with education obtained at a foreign institution must, at their expense, have credentials evaluated by Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc., Milwaukee, WI; International Education Research Foundation, Inc., Los Angeles, CA; or world Education Services, Inc., New York, NY. Reports must be sent directly to ISP Human Resources.
Note: The successful candidate will be required to obtain certification by the American Board of Criminalistics, Forensic Toxicology Certification Board, or American Board of Forensic Toxicology within three (3) years of being selected for or promoted to a Forensic Scientist 2 position.
If you have qualifications in any of these areas, include the information in your resume as it may increase your score.
Qualifying work experience as an independent forensic chemist, toxicologist, volatiles or breath alcohol instrument calibration expert supported by appropriate training
Diplomat or Fellow with the American Board of Criminalistics
FTCB or ABFT Certification
Member of related forensic science professional organization(s)
Graduate degree or advanced training relating to science or forensic science
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
Lab Safety Officer - $.30/hour
Deputy Quality Manager - $.30/hour
Resume and transcript review of your education and experience. It is essential that the information you provide emphasize education, experience and positions held that are directly related to the requirements noted in this announcement. We encourage you to provide a narrative summary of how you meet each of the Minimum Qualification areas followed by your resume. Providing more thorough, detailed information may help increase your score.
To preview the exam, click on the "Preview Exam" link below (you will not be able to take the exam from this screen). If you wish to take the exam, click on any Apply Online button and follow the instructions provided.
You must also submit your college transcripts to the Idaho State Police for verification. Applications without the supporting transcripts will not be accepted. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable at this time. If you are selected for a conditional offer of employment, official transcripts will be required.
Transcripts must be received by ISP on or before the closing date listed on this announcement for the application to be considered.
You may fax transcripts to (208) 884-7087, attention Human Resources OR you may email them to jobs@isp.Idaho.gov
How to Apply:
Click on any Apply Online button and follow the instructions provided to complete the Application Checklist and Exam for this position. When updating your online application information, you must select Idaho State Police under "Agencies," full-time employment under "Job Type/Shift," and Meridian under "Cities."
Notification of your test results will be available online when the review process is completed. You can access this by logging into your applicant account at: https://labor.idaho.gov/DHR/ATS/StateJobs/Apply/Login.asp. You then select the "Exams Summary" tab, click on either "Current Exams" or "All Exams" and the score will be displayed.
Idaho State Police Drug Policy
Idaho State Police does not consider for employment, nor accept as a volunteer, any person who has:
- Used or possessed within the 5 year period immediately preceding application for ISP employment: LSD, PCP, heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine, or designer drugs (e.g. ecstasy, synthetic cathinones, their chemical derivatives and synthetic equivalents, etc.); if use was prior to 5 years preceding application for employment, the following factors will be considered:
(1) the frequency of the behavior;
(2) the quantity of drugs involved; and
(3) the type of drug;
Used or possessed within the 3 year period immediately preceding application of ISP employment: marijuana, inhalants (huffing), anabolic steroids, hallucinogens (psilocybin mushrooms), or synthetic cannabinoids (e.g. spice, K2, etc.);
On any occasion illegally manufactured or delivered a controlled substance; Used any illegal drug while employed in any law enforcement or prosecutorial agency;
Been found guilty by a court or jury of driving under the influence of intoxicants within the 5 year period preceding application for ISP employment;
Abused prescription drugs (case by case analysis).
Other involvement with illegal drugs may be a disqualifier. The Colonel of the Idaho State Police has the authority to make all final hiring decisions.
Visible tattoos on the head, neck, or hands are prohibited and must either be removed or covered by an acceptable means that does not deter from the professional image. However, tattoos simulating a wedding ring or tattoos simulating cosmetics or makeup are permissible.
At the discretion of the appointing authority, compensatory time off may be provided in lieu of overtime cash compensation.
Hiring is done without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age or disability. In addition, preference may be given to veterans who qualify under state and federal laws and regulations. If you need special accommodations to satisfy testing requirements, please contact the Division of Human Resources.
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