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Forensic Scientist I – Trace Evidence

Performs (entry-level) training on laboratory tests, analyses, classifications, comparisons and identifications of all types of physical evidence from crime scenes with emphasis and specific recognized expertise in an option or specialty area identified above.  Training involves interpreting analytical and instrumental results, and preparing written opinion reports. Trains on testimony as an expert witness in court as to results of analyses.  Works under close supervision, with minimal latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.

Forensic Scientist II – Trace Evidence

Performs routine (journey-level) forensic science work. Work involves conducting laboratory tests, conducting analyses, and identifying all types of physical evidence from crime scenes with emphasis and specific recognized expertise in an option or specialty area identified above.  Work involves interpreting analytical and instrumental results; establishing and maintaining records; preparing technical reports; and testifying as an expert witness in court. Works under moderate supervision, with limited latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.

Forensic Scientist III – Trace Evidence

Performs moderately complex (journey-level) forensic science work. Work involves conducting laboratory analyses on database samples or physical evidence from crime scenes with emphasis and specific recognized expertise in an option or specialty area identified above. Work involves interpreting analytical and instrumental results; establishing and maintaining records; preparing technical reports; and testifying as an expert witness in court. Works under general supervision, with limited latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.

GENERAL QUALIFICATIONS and REQUIREMENTS
Education – Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree in a chemical, physical, biological science, chemical engineering or forensic science* from an accredited university including the successful completion of sixteen (16) semester hours of chemistry.

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