Employment Opportunity

Property & Evidence Custodian

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Montesano or Vancouver, Washington

Salary: $2,792.00 - $3,627.00 Monthly

Final Filing Date: March 26, 2017

We are recruiting to fill one permanent full-time Property and Evidence Custodian position located in our Fish & Wildlife Law Enforcement Program. This position will work out of either the Region 6 Office (Montesano, Grays Harbor County, WA) or the Region 5 Office(Vancouver, Clark County, WA).

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In WDFW Regions 5 and 6 receives into custody evidence, items seized for forfeiture (fish, shellfish, wildlife, firearms, vessels, vehicles, controlled substances, currency, etc.) and property for safekeeping. Ensures evidence handling meets Program Regulations, Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs (WASPC) accreditation standards and law enforcement best practices. Provides expert testimony in courts of law certifying to the chain of custody and evidence handling procedures. Responds as directed to search warrant premises to secure evidence. Responsible for property/evidence pick up at temporary facilities, and the organization and security of two permanent facilities.

Principal activities include:
  • Receiving, securing, preserving, recording, transporting, disposing, and storing property and physical evidence for use in criminal prosecutions.
  • Utilizing computer systems to maintain records, logs, and files related to criminal evidence, laboratory analysis and seized items for forfeiture.
  • Properly dispose of property/evidence items no longer needed.
  • Perform annual property/evidence reconciliation with Officers.

Interested applicants please note: Finalists in the selection process will be required to successfully complete a law enforcement background check including a polygraph.


Required Qualifications:
  • High School Diploma
  • Related experience in a law enforcement agency or experience handling evidence or sensitive materials.
  • Knowledge of property and evidence handling procedures, rules and regulations
  • Ability to work independently and plan, organize and coordinate on an operational level within the assigned regions.
  • Working knowledge of computer applications including Microsoft Excel and Word
  • Focused and flexible, able to be highly productive despite interruptions and multiple projects.
  • Good driving record
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Three years of experience as a Property/Evidence Custodian for any law enforcement agency or as a Fish & Wildlife Officer.
  • Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission Property & Evidence Officer Course
  • Working knowledge of WDFW Enforcement Regulations
  • Experience working with law enforcement personnel and issues
Well qualified applicants will also demonstrate the following competencies:
  • Managing Workloads: Effectively organizes and prioritizes multiple assignments to produce work products that are accurate, thorough, and on time.
  • Recordkeeping: Consistently and accurately documents information or updates records so that they reflect the most current information and form a complete and understandable account of changes, decisions, activity and work performed.
  • Use of Technology: Using computers, including hardware such as keyboards and software such as records management programs to produce timely and accurate work products that fully satisfy the demands of the position. Will need to learn and use a variety of program, agency and state government software applications specifically related to criminal evidence intake, chain of custody entries, evidence disposition, and evidence destruction.
  • Verbal Communications: Effectively expresses ideas and information through the spoken word using language that is appropriate to the complexity of the topic and the knowledge and understanding of the audience.
  • Reading, Comprehending and Retaining Information: Accurately reads, interprets, and retains information from written material, including technical reports, rules, regulations, manuals, instructions, charts, graphs and tables. Effectively applies the information in communicating with others, carrying out work activities, making decisions and solving problems.
Working Conditions
  • Typical hours are 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Travel is required within WDFW Regions 5 and 6.
  • The employee must safely handle drugs, guns, and valuable assets under strict protocols to ensure proper evidence handling and safety of self and officers.
  • The position requires the ability to lift and transport 50 lbs with reasonable assistance and the abilities to detect chemical smells, visually detect unsafe packaging and hear alarms to avoid dangers and take appropriate action to avoid hazardous exposures.
  • Statewide travel to include overnight stays up to a week may be required.
  • The employee must be able to maintain a valid Washington State driver's license.

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How to apply: Apply online

Posted: March 20, 2017

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