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Open for Recruitment: January 14, 2020 to February 14, 2020 Rate of pay: $22.97 per hour. In addition, you may be provided a stipend of $5.75 per hour for you to obtain benefits as this position provides no benefits. 

Location: Pocatello, Idaho 

SPECIAL NOTIFICATION: This position is exempt from classified state service and the rules of the Division of Human Resources and the Idaho Personnel Commission. 

This recruitment is being used to fill a Forensic Scientist 1 (FS1) with Idaho State Police Forensic Services (ISPFS). The FS1 is an entry-level position that works under the direct supervision of a more experienced Forensic Scientist. The FS1 position could be converted to a Forensic Scientist 2 (FS2) position upon successful completion of a specified training program, approximately two (2) years in a FS1 position, and successful completion of a qualifying examination per ISP approval. 

This is a grant funded position through the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC grant funding is confirmed through August of 2020, but is anticipated to be extended up to three years. If a state funded position becomes allocated, candidates will need to apply and compete through the State of Idaho recruitment process. 

All Idaho State Police Forensic Laboratories are accredited by A2LA and to the ISO 17025 Standard. State Police Forensic Laboratories serve state, local, and federal law enforcement agencies; state and county prosecutors; and public defenders. 

Note: Preference will be given to experienced forensic scientists who meet the minimum qualifications and qualifying work experience* of the Toxicology Discipline Forensic Scientist 2. A candidate meeting at the higher level could be certified to a FS2 position upon completion of a qualifying examination and approved by ISP. 

*Qualifying work experience for a FS2 includes a minimum of two (2) years working independently planning, managing, and prioritizing caseloads; 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; and testifying as an expert regarding forensic examinations performed. 

The successful candidate must meet ISP’s Drug Policy, that can be viewed at https://isp.idaho.gov/hr/drug/ and will be required to complete a criminal history background investigation and polygraph, which includes drug screening. Employment is dependent upon satisfactory results of the investigation and polygraph. Please see the Idaho State Police Drug Policy at the end of this recruitment flyer. 

In addition, all employees must abide by ISP Grooming and Appearance Standards that can be viewed at https://isp.idaho.gov/hr/grooming-appearance/. 

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/. 

Responsibilities: 

• Employ methods of scientific analysis to make determinations regarding evidentiary samples submitted as evidence in criminal cases 

• Interpret scientific data and ensure validity, and develop and issue laboratory reports 

• Maintain established standards of laboratory cleanliness, safety, and efficiency 

• Work closely with advanced forensic scientists to acquire new skills and improve techniques 

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

• Testify as an expert witness regarding results 

Minimum Qualifications: 

• A baccalaureate degree in chemistry, biology, or a closely related field from a regionally accredited college or university. Coursework must include general chemistry, organic chemistry, and quantitative analysis. 

Desirable qualifications that will provide extra credit: The following are not requirements for this position, however if you possess any of these qualifications/experience please include this information in your detailed curriculum vitae (CV): 

o An advanced degree in chemistry, biology, or a closely related field from a 

regionally accredited college or university. Coursework must include general 

chemistry, organic chemistry, and quantitative analysis. 

o Experience working as a scientist in a professional laboratory environment, preferably a forensic laboratory, or experience performing independent study/research activities. o Work study or internship experience in a forensic laboratory. o Certification with the ABC, ABFT, AFTE or IAI. 

Minimum required course work for chemist position is successful completion of 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. Applicants will list the applicable course work and SU (semester units) or QU (quarter units) with each course. If the title for the required courses is different from the names listed above, applicants must include an attachment with the university course description, syllabus, or a letter from the professor demonstrating the core course component. 

Note: ISPFS analyst and management applicant’s baccalaureate, masters or doctoral degree must be in a physical or biological science from an accredited U.S. or Canadian institution. Degrees for Biology/DNA applicants must be in biology or chemistry related science. 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. 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., Los Angeles, CA; or world Education Services, Inc., New York, NY. Reports must be sent directly to ISP Human Resources. 

Note: The successful candidate will be required to obtain certification by the American Board of Forensic Toxicology within three (3) years of being selected for or promoted to a Forensic Scientist 2 position. 

How to Apply: Email your detailed CV and an unofficial copy of your transcripts by February 14, 2020 to jobs@isp.idaho.gov with the subject line of: FS1 Toxicology Discipline. CV’s received without accompanying transcripts will not be considered. If a candidate receives a conditional offer of employment, sealed transcripts will then be required. 

Hiring is done without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age or disability. For assistance with this recruitment, please contact an ISP Recruiter at jobs@isp.idaho.gov or 208-884-7018. ISP’s procedure states that visible tattoos on the head, neck, or hands are prohibited and must either be removed or covered by an acceptable means that does not deter from the professional image. 

Idaho State Police Drug Policy 

Idaho State Police does not consider for employment, nor accept as a volunteer, any person who has: 

· Used or possessed within the 5 year period immediately preceding application for ISP employment: LSD, PCP, heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine, or designer drugs (e.g. ecstasy, synthetic cathinones, their chemical derivatives and synthetic equivalents, etc.); if use was prior to 5 years preceding application for employment, the following factors will be considered: 

(1) the frequency of the behavior; (2) the quantity of drugs involved; and (3) the type of drug; 

· Used or possessed within the 3 year period immediately preceding application of ISP employment: marijuana, inhalants (huffing), anabolic steroids, hallucinogens (psilocybin mushrooms), or synthetic cannabinoids (e.g. spice, K2, etc.); 

· On any occasion illegally manufactured or delivered a controlled substance; Used any illegal drug while employed in any law enforcement or prosecutorial agency; 

· Been found guilty by a court or jury of driving under the influence of intoxicants within the 5 year period preceding application for ISP employment; 

· Abused prescription drugs (case by case analysis). 

Other involvement with illegal drugs may be a disqualifier. The Colonel of the Idaho State Police has the authority to make all final hiring decisions. 

Responsibilities:
• Employ methods of scientific analysis to make determinations regarding evidentiary samples submitted as evidence in criminal cases
• Interpret scientific data and ensure validity, and develop and issue laboratory reports
• Maintain established standards of laboratory cleanliness, safety, and efficiency
• Work closely with advanced forensic scientists to acquire new skills and improve techniques

Minimum Qualifications: • A baccalaureate degree in chemistry, biology, or a closely related field from a regionally accredited college or university. Coursework must include general chemistry, organic chemistry, and quantitative analysis.

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