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ISP Forensic Scientist 2 and Forensic Scientist 1 - Chemistry

Posting Begin Date: 2024/04/02
Posting End Date: 2024/05/19
Category: Forensics
Sub Category: Law Enforcement
Work Type: Full Time
Location: Jerome, ID, United States
Minimum Salary: 25.20
Maximum Salary: 50.05
Pay Rate Type: Hourly

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Idaho State Police - Jerome, Idaho

This announcement will be used to fill a full-time state funded position in controlled substance analysis. These will either be Idaho State Police (ISP) Forensic Scientist 2 (FS2) or ISP Forensic Scientist 1 (FS1) positions as an underfill in the newly announced Idaho State Police Forensic Services (ISPFS) forensic science laboratory in Jerome Idaho. The selected candidate for this position will be required to complete training in the Coeur d’Alene laboratory. This training period will be at minimum 6 months up to a maximum of 2 years before transferring to the permanent duty location in the Jerome laboratory. No housing or per diem allowance will be provided for the training period required for these positions. It is not anticipated that moving expenses will be provided when the positions transfer from Coeur d’Alene to Jerome. If you are interested in being considered for the position in Jerome, you must apply under this announcement.

The ISP FS2 position is the second level in a series of increasingly technical forensic science positions, possessing expertise in one or more forensic science specialty areas. Incumbents are expected to meet requirements and successfully undergo routine proficiency testing and certification specific to their discipline. Pay range for the FS2 is $29.03 to $50.05 per hour.

The ISP 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 ISP FS2 upon successful completion of a specified training program and 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 may be adjusted accordingly at the time the incumbent is certified as a FS2. Pay range for the FS1 is $25.20 to $39.38 per hour.

Candidate will be required to obtain specialty certification by the American Board of Criminalistics in Drug Analysis or Fire Debris and Explosives within three (3) years of being selected for or promoted to a Forensic Scientist 2 position.

Incumbents routinely handle toxic/carcinogenic chemicals and biological hazards. Circumstances may require physical exertion and the ability to lift heavy objects. 

All Idaho State Police Forensic Laboratories are accredited to the ISO 17025 Standard. State police Forensic Laboratories serve state, local, and federal law enforcement agencies; state and county prosecutors; and public defenders.

You must attach a copy of your official transcripts to this online application by the closing date. Applications without the supporting transcripts will not be accepted.

PLEASE NOTE: The successful applicant will be required to complete a background investigation and polygraph examination, which includes drug screening. Please review the ISP Drug Policy and ISP Grooming and Appearance Standards.

The candidate selected for hire will be required to submit a DNA sample after starting work. The DNA profile generated from the sample will be entered into the Idaho State Police Forensic Services staff DNA elimination database. This DNA database is used to identify any instances of contamination of evidence by staff members.

Learn more about a career of a lifetime with the Idaho State Police at http://www.isp.idaho.gov / and how the State of Idaho can be your forever home at http://www.visitidaho.org /.

Example of Duties Forensic Scientist 2

Scientific Analyses

All duties of the Forensic Scientist 1

Conduct complex examinations of evidence and/or individual characteristic database samples

May optionally respond to crime scenes, and autopsies to provide assistance, knowledge and expertise; this may include assistance with recognizing, documenting, and collecting evidence/samples. If approved for crime scene response must complete the specialized training program associated with approval to respond.

Training

Complete any required training on new techniques or instrumentation

Train Forensic Scientists 1 in the utilization of analytical techniques and methods of scientific analyses utilized in the specific discipline

Train police officers in collection and packaging of evidence

Provide background information training for police officers, attorneys, and general public

Communication/courtroom testimony

All duties of the Forensic Scientist 1

Interpret findings for prosecutors and defense attorneys

Prepare attorneys for presentation of expert's findings

Testify as an expert witness in trials and other criminal hearings

Qualified to offer opinions and answer hypothetical questions

Train police officers in collection and packaging of evidence; provide background information training for police officers, attorneys, medical personnel and general public as assigned

Administrative Duties

Respond to supervisors, technical leaders and headquarters staff for review and planning of programs, policies, manuals, and quality audits

Provide statistical information

Create goals, objectives, and employee development plan

Chemistry (controlled substance/fire evidence)

Performs screening and confirmation of drug samples and/or fire evidence utilizing chemical, microscopic and instrumental analyses

Performs instrumental analysis and interpretation for controlled substances

Authors reports on controlled substance and/or fire debris analyses

Performs technical review of controlled substance and/or fire debris reports

Testifies in court about controlled substance and/or fire debris analysis

 

Minimum Qualifications ISP Forensic Scientist 2:

Education:

A Forensic Scientist 2 must hold a baccalaureate, masters, or doctoral degree in a physical or biological science from an accredited U.S. or Canadian institution.

  • 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
  • The education of each employee shall be verified prior to being hired by Forensic Services
  • A copy of the college transcript (including specific required coursework) and proof of graduation for all personnel with education requirements listed must be provided to ISPFS. Successful completion of a course means a college or university defined passing grade.
  • Must have successfully completed 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 (coursework hours as required/stipulated by the current ISPFS Quality Manual)

Experience:

  • Two (2) years of qualifying work experience in the specified discipline. Qualifying work experience includes:
    • Working independently, planning, managing, and prioritizing caseloads or individual characteristic database samples (as applicable), 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
    • Testifying as an expert regarding the forensic examinations performed in the specified discipline
    • Must have a minimum of two (2) years ' experience performing forensic analysis of controlled substance or fire debris casework
    • Will be required to obtain specialty certification by the American Board of Criminalistics in Drug Analysis or Fire Debris and Explosives within three (3) years of being selected for or promoted to a Forensic Scientist 2 position.
Desirable Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Science or an advanced degree in Chemistry.
  • Experience performing independent study/research activities
  • Membership in a professional forensic science organization
  • Certification with the ABC, AFTE, ABFT, or IAI
  • Training or experience in fire analysis

Example of Duties ISP Forensic Scientist 1:

Scientific Analyses

Employ various methods of scientific analysis to make determinations regarding samples submitted as evidence in criminal cases or for individual characteristic database entry

Assume responsibility for and maintain the integrity of evidence

Interpret scientific data and ensure validity

Author and issue laboratory reports

Perform technical review and/or technical verification or others work

Maintain established standards of laboratory cleanliness, safety, and efficiency

Perform routine maintenance of laboratory instruments and equipment

Maintain specific levels of proficiency and certification in assigned discipline(s)

Demonstrate proficiency through routine proficiency testing

May optionally respond to crime scenes, and autopsies to provide assistance, knowledge and expertise, this may include assistance with recognizing , documenting , and collecting evidence/samples for analysis. If approved for crime scene or clandestine laboratory response must complete the specialized training program associated with approval to respond

Training

Work closely with advanced forensic scientists to complete the discipline specific specialized training program

Acquire new skills and improve techniques, perform scientific analysis per the current laboratory protocol, gain greater knowledge of scientific instrumentation

Communication/courtroom testimony

Provide detailed explanations/testimony regarding the methods of analysis performed and communicate and support the results of analysis

Demonstrate concepts and teach cutting-edge technology in courtroom settings

Educate officers, attorneys, and investigators

Instruct in the proper techniques and procedures used to collect, maintain, and submit evidence

Administrative duties

Respond to supervisors, technical leaders and headquarters staff for review and planning of programs, policies, manuals, and quality audits

Provide statistical information

Create goals, objectives, and employee development plan

Chemistry (controlled substance/fire evidence)

Performs screening and confirmation of drug samples and /or fire evidence utilizing chemical , microscopic and instrumental analyses.

Performs instrumental analysis and interpretation for controlled substances

Authors reports on controlled substance and/or fire debris analyses

Performs technical review of controlled substance and /or fire debris reports

Testifies in court about controlled substance and/or fire debris analysis

Minimum Qualifications ISP Forensic Scientist 1:

A Forensic Scientist 1 must hold a baccalaureate, masters, or doctoral degree in a physical or biological science from an accredited U.S. or Canadian institution.

  • 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.
  • The education of each employee shall be verified prior to being hired by Forensic Services
  • A copy of the college transcript (including specific required coursework) and proof of graduation for all personnel with education requirements listed must be provided to ISPFS. Successful completion of a course means a college or university defined passing grade
  • Must have successfully completed 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 (coursework hours as required /stipulated by the current ISPFS Quality Manual)

 Desirable Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Science or an advanced degree in Chemistry
  • Experience working as a scientist in a professional laboratory environment
  • Experience performing independent study /research activities
  • Work study or internship experience in a forensic laboratory
  • Certification with the ABC, ABFT, AFTE or IAI
  • Training or experience in fire analysis

Supplemental Information

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., Culver City, CA; or World Education Services , Inc., New York, NY. Reports must be sent directly to ISP Human Resources by the evaluating organization and received by the closing date posted on this job announcement.

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
  • 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
    • American Board of Criminalistics (ABC) Diplomate
    • ABC Fellow in a Specialty
    • International Association for Identification (IAI) Latent Fingerprint Analyst
    • Association of Firearm & Tool Mark Examiners (AFTE) Firearms Examiner or equivalent
    • American Board of Forensic Toxicology (ABFT) or equivalent
    • IAI Footwear Examiner
  • Lab Safety Officer - $.30/hour
  • Deputy Quality Manager - $.30 /hour
  • CODIS Administrator - $.30 /hour

Benefits:

The State of Idaho offers a robust total compensation package, including medical, vision, and dental insurance; PERSI retirement benefits; paid sick, vacation, and parental leave; and 11 paid holidays per year. For additional information related to benefits and/or State programs, please visit https://dhr.idaho.gov/StateEmployees/Benefits.html.*

EEO/ADA/Veteran:

The State of Idaho is committed to providing equal employment opportunities and prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals based on their status as protected veterans or individuals with disabilities and prohibit discrimination against all individuals based on their race, color, religion, political affiliation or belief, sex, national origin, genetics, or any other status protected under applicable federal, state, or local laws.

The State of Idaho is committed to access and reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities, auxiliary aids and services are available upon request. If you require an accommodation at any step in our recruitment process, you are encouraged to contact (208) 334-2263 (TTY/TTD: 711), or email [email protected].

Preference may be given to veterans who qualify under state and federal laws and regulations.

*Benefits may not be applicable for temporary or seasonal positions.

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