|Forensic Science II (Crime Scene)
Career Service Regular (1 year probation)
Salary Range: $76,082 - $97,340 Annually
Shift, weekend, and holiday work is required
Please Note: This is an Interdisciplinary Position that involves work in two different occupations which may be filled under the Forensic Scientist, 401 Series or the Crime Scene Analyst, 301 Series, depending on the qualifications of the person selected.
This position is located in the Department of Forensic Sciences (DFS). The mission of DFS is to provide high quality, timely, accurate, and reliable forensic science services using best practices and best available technology, focusing on unbiased science and transparency, to enhance public safety and health.
The position is responsible for recognizing and recovering evidence in criminal investigations at the scene(s) of crime(s) by analyzing, photographing, collecting, preserving, and presenting physical evidence. Crime scenes include person crimes, such as homicides, sexual assaults, and robberies, as well as property crimes and traffic accidents, etc.
This position is a part of the collective bargainning unit.
Investigates crime scenes in various locations in the city; assists with sealing the crime scene to protect and preserve important and critical evidence(s), and ensures that all persons who enters/visits the crime scene do not tamper with any evidence to avoid “evidence tampering” which might become an issue in court proceedings
Collects fingerprints/palm prints, tire and shoe prints, tool mark impressions, firearms, wound imprints of the deceased person(s), hair, clothing, fibers, and biological evidence to facilitate positive identification and/or elimination; and analyzes and records crime scenes showing correlation between evidence and the scene, and performs various chemical and photographic processes in the field or laboratory. Attends autopsies to photograph injuries and fingerprint the deceased for identification purposes.
Photographs evidence at the crime scene that specifically correlates with collected data using digital cameras and other evidence deemed appropriate for the case.
Processes evidence in the laboratory using special powders, chemical solutions, forensic light sources, and various cameras, lenses, and filters in order to develop and preserve evidence. Analyzes the current methods, procedures, and workflows and recommends ways to improve operations, decrease turnaround time and streamline work processes. Examines/reviews the current systems or methods in performing analysis and researches and recommends ways to further improve the effectiveness and efficiencies. Works cooperatively and jointly with other scientists/staff members, and/or the public to provide seamless and excellent customer services.
Observes and follows the established and/or standard evidence control procedures to maintain the proper chain-of-custody on evidence, collected evidence, proper packaging, storage, and integrity; and insures evidence is locked securely in a duly designated location before and after analysis.
Advises on scene response in each case, including those involving deaths, especially when homicide is suspected. Identifies and evaluates risks including but not limited to hazardous materials in the field and the laboratory. Conducts a wide variety of complex and difficult analyses; determines and decides the appropriate tests, methods, and procedures to use; and performs qualitative and quantitative analyses by using specific techniques, including but not limited to physical testing, visual analysis, identification and classification, comparisons, etc.
Utilizes computer software to analyze test results in order to perform calculations and keeps up-to-date on current studies, best practices, pamphlets, journals, and books for use in devising new or nontraditional methods in testing and evaluations; develops charts, graphs, tables as aids to conduct tests, evaluates laboratory test results in the area of concern; and prepares technical reports on findings and project results.
Testifies in court as an expert witness in connection with the evidence processed, developed, and preserved. Prepares detailed reports and supplements; and accepts documents and bar codes evidence associated with each crime scene case. May provide technical guidance to lower level staff in crime scene related topics. Updates and keeps informed of the current literature and precedence relevant to the forensic scientific fields and shares the same information to the immediate supervisor for proper disposition.
Performs other related duties as assigned.
None – However, incumbent must be able to successfully complete the DFS Crime Scene Sciences Competency Testing. Certification from the International Association for Identification is preferred.
Education and Experience
Forensic Scientist, CS-401-12:
Basic Requirement: Degree in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position.
Combination of education and experience: Courses equivalent to a major, as shown in Degree requirement above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
In addition to the basic education and experience above, the individual must also have one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the grade 11 level. Specialized experience is experience which is directly related to the position which has equipped the individual with the knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position to include such work as: investigating and analyzing crime scenes; protecting and preserving important and critical evidence; or performing similar crime scene work.
Crime Scene Analyst, CS-301-12:
No Basic Degree Requirement
The individual must have one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the grade 11 level. Specialized experience is experience which is directly related to the position which has equipped the individual with the knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position to include such work as: investigating and analyzing crime scenes; protecting and preserving important and critical evidence; or performing similar crime scene work.
This position’s duty station will be housed within the Consolidated Forensic Laboratory (CFL) which is a protection-sensitive facility. As such, incumbents of this position are designated as safety-sensitive and shall be subject to criminal background checks, background investigations, and pre-employment drug and alcohol testing, and other requirements as applicable. Due to the handling of primary evidence, the applicant will be required to submit a buccal swab for the purposes of the DNA Quality Control database for the DFS.
The nature of the DFS mission necessarily involves the potential risks associated with biological or chemical hazards, including morgue functions. Although contact with these functions is intended to be minimal, the risks are nevertheless possible; training to recognize, address, and mitigate these risks is required as is dealing with potentially personally difficult topics, such as crime, death, and disease.