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Washoe County, Nevada Sheriff's Office
Washoe County Sheriff's Office Forensic Science Division, one of only two full-service forensic laboratories in Nevada, is currently seeking candidates for multiple openings in the Forensic Investigation Section (Crime Scene and Latent Print Comparison) of the Forensic Science Division.
Open until further notice
Anticipate interviewing as early as January/February 2017
$67,662 - $87,921
This is an Open Competitive / Countywide Promotional recruitment being conducted to fill future vacancies as they occur in any of the Criminalist areas of specialty. The list established from this recruitment may be used to fill future vacancies as they occur. See Conditions of Employment for information regarding eligibility requirements.
Under general supervision, performs a broad range of difficult and complex professional laboratory analysis of physical evidence in a general or specialized field of Criminalistics; interpret results of chemical and biological tests; and performs related work as required.
Criminalist Areas of Specialty
Breath Alcohol; Controlled Substance; DNA Casework; Firearms and Tool Marks; Toxicology; Crime Scenes and Latent Processing; Latent Print Comparison, and Impression (shoe/tire) Comparisons (for a description of each read the full job posting).
Experience and Training Requirements
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelors degree in a natural, physical, or forensic science or closely related field and two years of full time experience in applying scientific laboratory techniques in a laboratory setting and/or major crime scene investigation; or a masters degree in a natural, physical, or forensic science or closely related field and one year of full time experience in applying scientific laboratory techniques in a laboratory setting and/or major crime scene investigation.
Additional qualifications for specific areas are as follows:
- Breath Alcohol: Minimum requirement to obtain certification as a Forensic Analyst of Alcohol: (Reference: NAC 484C.020). A baccalaureate degree in a natural, physical or forensic science; with twenty-four semester hours in the study of chemistry at an accredited college or university; or eighteen semester hours in the study of chemistry at an accredited college or university and 1 year of full-time experience related to the forensic analysis of alcohol.
- Biology: Minimum educational requirements: (Reference: The Federal Quality Assurance Standards for Forensic DNA Testing Laboratories). A bachelor's (or its equivalent) or an advanced degree in a biology, chemistry, or forensic science, related area and successfully completed course work (graduate or undergraduate level) covering the following subject areas: biochemistry, genetics, molecular biology; and course work and/or training in statistics and/or population genetics as it applies to forensic DNA analysis.
Conditions of Employment
To be eligible, top candidates will be required to undergo an in-depth, thorough, extensive and detailed background investigation:
- Must pass a drug test
- Must pass a background investigation
- Must be willing to submit a set of fingerprints
- Must complete and submit a personal history statement
- Must pass a Computerized Voice Stress Analysis (CVSA) examination
- The Washoe County Supervisory Employees Association (WCEA) covers the Criminalist position. The provisions of the prospective collective bargaining unit therefore cover this position.
- A minimum of three years of laboratory experience, which may include formal instructions, experience as a court qualified expert, and successful completion of proficiency testing
- Experience and knowledge in an accreditation process.
- The ability to work within a team environment and to effectively communicate scientific findings with internal and external customers.
- Knowledge of laboratory procedures and the use and theory of laboratory instrumentation
Applicants who meet the requirements for the Criminalist II will be emailed a Supplemental Questionnaire Exam weighted 100%. The Supplemental Questionnaire will be scored and passing candidates will be placed on an eligibility list. Candidates will be contacted as vacancies occur to determine their area of specialty and interest in the position.
Failure to provide the required responses from the Supplemental Questionnaire, once provided, will result in disqualification from the selection process.
To view the full job posting and apply online, visit our website at https://jobs.washoecounty.us/joblisting/index.html
Questions? Contact Julie Paholke, the Recruiting Analyst, at (775) 328-2095 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Washoe County does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identify and expression,
age, disability or national origin in the activities and/or services which it provides. EOE.