Employment Opportunity


Forensic Scientist — Firearm/Tool Mark

Albuquerque Police Department, NM

Salary: Depends on Qualifications

Final Filing Date: Open until filled

Duties and Requirements Click to read more

Duties:

  • Identify, examine, analyze, evaluate and interpret evidence in the investigation of crimes;
  • use forensic science in the analysis of evidence in order to reach scientific conclusions in the area of Firearm / Tool Marks;
  • effectively communicate results and findings, verbally and in writing, to the appropriate parties.

Requirements:

  • Forensic Scientist Firearm and Tool Mark SCT – Trainee: Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in forensic science, chemistry, biology, a physical science or closely related field. Refer to the Crime Laboratory Director’s chart of standards for specific criteria required for Forensic Scientist - Firearm and Tool Mark SCT.
  • Forensic Scientist Firearm and Tool Mark SC1: Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in forensic science, chemistry, biology, a physical science or closely related field, plus one (1) year forensic experience in the field of Firearm and Tool Mark examination. Refer to the Crime Laboratory Director’s chart of standards for specific criteria required for Forensic Scientist - Firearm and Tool Mark SC1.
  • Forensic Scientist Firearm and Tool Mark SC2: Master's degree from an accredited college or university in forensic science, chemistry, biology, a physical science or closely related field, plus three (3) years forensic experience in the field of Firearm and Tool Mark examination; or Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in forensic science, chemistry, biology, a physical science or closely related field, plus four (4) years forensic experience and forensic certification, in the field of Firearm and Tool Mark examination; or Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in forensic science, chemistry, biology, a physical science or closely related field, plus five (5) years forensic experience in the field of Firearm and Tool Mark examination. Refer to the Crime Laboratory Director’s chart of standards for specific criteria required for Forensic Scientist - Firearm and Tool Mark SC2.
  • Forensic Scientist Firearm and Tool Mark SC3: Master's degree from an accredited college or university in forensic science, chemistry, biology, a physical science or closely related field, plus eight (8) years forensic experience and forensic certification, in the field of Firearm and Tool Mark examination; or Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in forensic science, chemistry, biology, a physical science or closely related field, plus ten (10) years forensic experience and forensic certification, in the field of Firearm and Tool Mark examination. Refer to the Crime Laboratory Director’s chart of standards for specific criteria required for Forensic Scientist - Firearm and Tool Mark SC3.
  • Possession of a New Mexico Driver’s License (Class D) or the ability to obtain by date of hire
  • Possession of a City Operator’s Permit (COP) within 6 months from date of hire

Preferred Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Fundamental examinations conducted by Firearms and Tool Marks
  • Fundamental theories and techniques of firearm and tool mark examinations and related duties
  • Fundamental stereo and comparison microscopes, assorted accessories and equipment used in the Laboratory
  • Fundamental assorted firearms, firearms safety, and their function
  • Fundamental assorted ammunition brands and their components
  • Operations, services, procedures and activities of a forensic laboratory
  • Fundamental methods and techniques of forensic evidence collection and evaluation
  • Fundamental operation of forensic instruments, equipment and tools
  • Operation of basic power and hand tools
  • Occupational hazards and standard safety practices
  • Pertinent Federal, State and local codes, laws and regulations
  • Computers and various programs and data bases
  • Association of Firearm and Tool Mark Examiners (AFTE)
  • American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS)
  • Maintain appropriate visual discrimination and perception needed for making observations
  • Define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions
  • Recognize anomalies, formulate hypotheses and take appropriate action
  • Perform forensic evidence collection, identification and analysis
  • Operate a variety of forensic laboratory equipment and instruments in a safe and effective manner
  • Prepare complex technical written and verbal reports
  • Follow verbal and written instructions
  • Establish and maintain effective professional working relationships
  • Identify similarities and differences between shades, colors, shapes, sounds, forms, textures or physical appearance associated with job related objects, materials and tasks
  • Interpret a variety of technical instructions
  • Communicate clearly and concisely
  • Perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodation

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How to apply: Apply online.

Posted: August 3, 2015



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