Title: Forensic Scientist 5 – Materials Analysis

Description: The Washington State Patrol (WSP) Crime Laboratory Division (CLD) provides forensic science services and training for Washington’s criminal justice agencies. The CLD is committed to providing the highest quality forensic services which ultimately enhances public safety and security for the citizens of Washington.

A Forensic Scientist 5 directly impacts the mission of the CLD by performing independent, timely and accurate analyses of routine and complex casework, writing opinion reports, testifying to conclusions in courts of law, providing training to criminal justice agencies, and supervising employees. The FS5 also ensures that all applicable quality assurance measures are employed in all aspects of the discipline on an individual, section and laboratory level.

In addition to the duties of the Forensic Scientist 3, the supervising forensic scientist is responsible for the compliance to technical and quality manuals, quality assurance, court testimony monitoring, audits, and proficiency testing of the supervised unit.

Qualifications

Required:

A Bachelor’s degree in forensic science, natural science, or closely related field
Plus
A minimum of 20 semester hours or 30 quarter hours of chemistry, and 5 semester hours or 8 quarter hours of physics coursework
AND
Five years of technical experience in a forensic science laboratory which includes at least two years as a Forensic Scientist 3 in the WSP, or five years of forensic analysis experience including testifying in courts of law as an expert witness.
Supplemental Information

The act of submitting application materials electronically is considered affirmation that the information is complete and truthful. The agency will verify this information and any untruthful or misleading answers will be cause for rejection of potential employment.

QUESTIONS:
If you have questions regarding this announcement, please contact

Tracy Moore at (360) 688-6813 or tracy.moore@wsp.wa.gov or Melodie Wulfekuhle at (360) 628-6650 or melodie.wulfekuhle@wsp.wa.gov.

HOW TO APPLY:
Please complete the on-line application process at www.careers.wa.gov. Please include a resume and letter of interest explaining how you meet the qualifications for this position as outlined in the job posting. Provide clear, detailed information about your education and job-related experience.

SELECTION PROCESS:
The hiring authority reserves the right and may exercise the option to make a hiring decision at any time. Candidate evaluation will be ongoing. It will be to the applicant’s advantage to submit application materials as soon as possible.

The candidate evaluation and selection process will include a preliminary screening of application materials for qualifications, clarity and completeness. The applicants who meet or exceed the required qualifications and possess the most competitive background in directly related experience, knowledge, and training may be invited for interviews and testing by one or more panels.

POLYGRAPH & BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION:
Prior to a hire, a polygraph examination and background check including criminal record history will be conducted. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant’s suitability and competence to perform in the position.

Applicants are required to sign release of information forms and will not have access to any investigative materials, files, or results. The Washington State Patrol has strict guidelines relating, but not limited to, personal and employment characteristics, arrests, convictions, and illegal drug usage, etc.

During the polygraph examination, candidates are required to sign an assessment sheet and participate in an oral interview process to verify responses to the Personal Background Evaluation, the Personal History and Background Questionnaire, and a Pre-Employment Interview. Untruthful or misleading answers or omissions will be treated as a falsification which will be cause for rejection of potential employment.

TRANSCRIPTS:
Education verification is part of the selection process. If selected as a top candidate, all position required or applicant specified education must be verified. If High School diploma or equivalent is required but the applicant indicates a degree has been earned, the accredited degree will be accepted in place of the High School diploma or equivalent. Please do not send these transcripts at the time of application. If you are selected as a top candidate you will be contacted by the Human Resource Division and asked to provide transcripts at the appropriate time.

DRIVER’S LICENSE:
Upon hire, must possess a Washington State driver’s license and maintain such licensure during employment with the WSP. The applicant must possess a current, non-probationary, and non-restricted valid driver’s license. History of restrictions on license or driving record due to vehicle operation or control will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

OTHER INFORMATION:
Persons with a disability, who need assistance in the application or assessment process, or those needing this announcement in an alternative format, may call (360) 704-2317. Applicants that are deaf or hard of hearing may call through the Washington Relay Service 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6384.

The Washington State Patrol actively supports Diversity, Equity, Inclusion in the workplace, and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Closing Date for position: 03/01/2021

Location of Position:, WA

Additional Information: PDF Description of Opportunity

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