Forensic Scientist 1 (Forensic Scientist Entry Underfill Option) - Crime Scene & Biology Processing

State of Oregon
Bend, Oregon, US
Jul 30, 2021
Jul 31, 2021
Biology, Forensics
Employment Type
Full time
Salary Type
Initial Posting Date: 06/23/2021 Application Deadline: 07/28/2021 Agency: Oregon State Department of Police Salary Range: $6,319 - $8,567 Position Type: Employee Position Title: Forensic Scientist 1 (Forensic Scientist Entry Underfill Option) - Crime Scene & Biology Processing - OSP21-0106 (e) Job Description: Do you have a background in forensics or a specialized natural science degree? Do you thrive working independently and have excellent analytical and problem-solving skills? If so, consider joining the Forensics team here at OSP! The Oregon State Police Forensics Laboratory in Bend, Oregon is hiring for one (1) Full-Time, Permanent, Forensic Scientist position. For questions about this position or to request a copy of the position description, please contact and reference Recruitment OSP21-0106 (e) FS Bend. About the Division The purpose of the Forensic Services Division (FSD) is to serve the people of Oregon with the highest standards of science, ethics and professionalism in recovering, preserving, and analyzing physical evidence. The FSD provides unbiased scientific and technical services to all branches of the Criminal Justice System. The Bend Forensic Laboratory is part of the Forensic Services Division and is one of five laboratories throughout the state. The Bend Laboratory has a complement of 10 employees. The laboratory is primarily responsible to provide services to Deschutes, Jefferson, Crook, Klamath, Lake, Harney and Wheeler counties. What will you do? You will be performing technical and scientific functions as they relate to the Criminal Justice System and in accordance with the policies of the Department of State Police, Forensic Services Division, accreditation procedures, and laws of the State of Oregon. This position requires your objective scientific thinking by being capable of independent planning and problem solving related to the analysis of evidence. Your duties will include performing independent casework in the crime scene and biology processing disciplines which meets the quality standards of the Division. In this position, you will also be responsible for responding to crime scenes in the field and participating in the response rotation as outlined in the OSPOA contract. You will be preparing and maintaining accurate records, laboratory notes, and analytical reports to conform to accreditation standards, Division policies and procedures, and court required procedures. In addition, the person in this position must be able to provide accurate court testimony and qualify results, conclusions, and opinions appropriately so their significance is understood. Minimum Qualifications for the Forensic Scientist 1: ($6,319 - $8,567) (these must be addressed in your resume for full consideration): * Five years experience as a Forensic Scientist in an accredited Forensic Laboratory AND * A Bachelor's degree in a natural science such as biology, chemistry, microbiology, biochemistry, physics, forensic science, pharmacology, bacteriology or a closely related field. (If you are selected to move forward in the selection process, you must provide official transcripts from all institutions of higher education that were used in the award of your degree) Minimum Qualifications for Forensic Scientist Entry (Underfill Option $5,364 - $6,638) (these must be addressed in your resume for full consideration): * Bachelor's degree in a natural science such as biology, chemistry, microbiology, biochemistry, physics, forensic science, pharmacology, bacteriology, or a closely related field. (If you are selected to move forward in the selection process, you must provide official transcripts from all institutions of higher education that were used in the award of your degree) Preferred Skills (these must be addressed in your cover letter for full consideration): * Ability to excel as a team member in stressful environments and demonstrate high levels of emotional intelligence. * Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing. * Ability to analyze information objectively and make reasoned, unbiased decisions. * Ability to communicate scientific information in a clear, effective and professional manner. * Ability to think creatively, critically and logically to find successful solutions. * Ability to self-initiate tasks, effectively manage time and triage competing demands with minimal supervision. Special Qualifications: * Must possess a valid Oregon Driver License. * Must be able to provide sworn credible testimony in a criminal or civil proceeding arising from the performance of duties. * As a condition of employment and/or to routinely work in any of the Forensic Services Division's laboratories in any capacity, all individuals are required to provide appropriate samples for inclusion into the confidential Staff DNA Identification Index. How to Apply: * You must submit a resume demonstrating your experience as it relates to the minimum qualifications for the position. * You must submit a cover letter addressing how you meet each of the preferred skills for this position. * Failure to attach a resume addressing the minimum qualifications or a cover letter addressing the preferred skills will result in disqualification of your application. * Only attach documents that are requested in this posting. Any additional documents that are submitted at this stage will not be reviewed. * Submit documents in either MS Word or PDF format. Documents submitted in formats other than MS Word or PDF will not be reviewed and will result in disqualification of your application. The selection process consists of a review of your materials and an evaluation of your experience, education, preferred skills, and training. * Please note that your submission will also be evaluated for grammar, spelling, and punctuation. This recruitment announcement will be used to establish a list of qualified candidates to fill the current vacancy and may be used to fill future vacancies as they occur. About the Agency: The Oregon State Police (OSP) is a multi-disciplined organization charged with protecting the people, wildlife, and natural resources in Oregon. We enforce the traffic laws on the state's roadways, investigate and solve crimes, conduct post-mortem examinations and forensic analysis, and provide background checks and law enforcement data. We regulate gaming, the handling of hazardous materials and fire codes, and educate the public on fire safety and enforce fish, wildlife, and natural resource laws. Each member of the agency is committed to working to build and sustain an equitable and inclusive work environment where cultural diversity is celebrated and valued. We believe diversity benefits and enriches the development of all of our employees in our agency. Learn more about OSP here. Additional Information & Benefits: Our top priorities during this public health crisis are employee health and the ability to meet our essential responsibilities. We are taking safety precautions while continuing our business operations in order to keep employees safe and prevent the spread of COVID-19. Prior to being offered a position, finalists must pass a fingerprint-based security/criminal record background check and some higher-level positions may include a thorough background investigation. Conviction of a crime will not automatically preclude appointment. Adverse background data may be grounds for immediate disqualification. All applicants for, and employees in this classification/position, shall be subject to testing for the use of prohibited drugs. This position is covered by an OSPOA Collective Bargaining Agreement. The State of Oregon offers full medical, vision, and dental benefits with paid sick leave, vacation, personal leave, and multiple paid holidays a year. The Executive Branch seeks to establish and maintain its status as a 'market employer' whose employees earn, on average, between 95% and 105% of the compensation earned by similarly situated employees in comparable markets. With a great work-life balance, competitive pay, and affordable benefits, OSP is a place where individuals come to foster a long well-rounded career. Pay Equity: As an employer, the State of Oregon complies with HB 2005 Pay Equity. We do not discriminate on the basis of protected class in the payment of wages, and we do not screen applicants on the basis of current or past compensation. We determine salary from applicable professional experience and education. Please visit here for more information. Veterans: Under Oregon Law, qualifying Veteran's may apply for Veteran's Preference. Please note - if you are a veteran, you will be asked to upload your documents later in the application process. This task to claim preference will be sent after the application has been submitted, through Workday. For privacy reasons, please do not attach your DD214/DD215/civil service preference letter to your application or combine it with any other required document attachments. Review our Veteran's Preference page for details about eligibility: Work Authorization: The Oregon Department of State Police does not offer visa sponsorship. Within three days of hire, all applicants will be required to complete the US Department of Homeland Security's Form I-9, confirming authorization to work in the United States. If you are the successful candidate you must present your I-9 acceptable documents (See page 3) for employment verification. If you require an alternate format in order to complete the employment process, you may contact Human Resources by email at The Oregon State Police is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer committed to workforce diversity and inclusion.