Employment Opportunity

Forensic Scientist III - Firearms and Toolmarks Examiner

South Dakota Attorney General, Division of Criminal Investigation, Pierre, South Dakota

Salary: Depends on qualifications

Final Filing Date: April 7, 2017

Duties and Requirements Click to read more


The Forensic Scientist III evaluates, examines, and identifies physical evidence from and at crime scenes utilizing established and standardized procedures and techniques; serves as a technical authority in the analysis of firearms and tool-mark evidence from criminal investigations: will utilize chemical and microscopic techniques and instrumentation which may include forensic photography, lasers, x-ray cameras, and computer networking including NIBIN; document findings and prepare technical written reports of laboratory examinations and discuss results with law enforcement officers and attorneys; provides expert testimony in various courts throughout the State of South Dakota; keeps abreast of scientific advancements in forensic fields by reading technical journals and attending conferences, seminars, and training sessions; and shares general laboratory duties with other Forensic Scientists, such as laboratory accreditation, maintaining laboratory safety, on-call responsibilities and training.

Examiner will be required to travel to and gather evidence from crime scenes throughout the State of South Dakota.


Licenses and Certifications:
  • The position requires a Bachelor's degree, or foreign equivalent, in criminalistics, science, or related field.
  • The qualified applicant will be required to maintain certification in Crime Scene through the IAI or equivalent body, as determined by the Lab Director.
The Ideal Candidate Will Have:
  • The qualified applicant must have one (1) year of training as Firearm and Toolmark Examiner and must have at least three (3) years of experience conducting Firearm and Toolmark examinations.

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How to apply: Information to apply

Applications (consisting of a letter of interest and resume) must be submitted online at or mailed via hard copy, email, or fax to:
    Jon Bierne, Lab Director
    Division of Criminal Investigation
    1302 E. Highway 14 Suit #6,
    Pierre, SD 57501
    E-Mail: | Phone: 605-773-3673 Fax: 605-773-5658

Posted: March 14, 2017

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