Employment Opportunity

Forensic Fire Debris Criminal Investigator I (Forensic Scientist I)

Colorado Department of Public Safety, Arvada, Colorado

Salary: $4,747.00 - $7,054.00 Monthly

Final Filing Date: May 5, 2017

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  • Responsible for the preservation, screening/analysis and interpretation of trace evidence (fire debris, gunshot residue, fibers, tape, paint and miscellaneous trace evidence) collected in criminal cases for federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.
  • Must be familiar with and gain proficiency in ISO/IEC 17025:2005, ASCLD/LAB-International Supplemental Requirements.
  • Must perform all technical and administrative aspects of the work at the highest level of quality, ensuring all aspects of ISO/IEC 17025:2005, ASCLD/LAB-International Supplementals requirements are met.
  • Technical aspects of this position include but are not limited to: proper evidence handling, ensuring chain of custody requirements are met, proper storage of evidence and complete, accurate and timely execution of all facets of casework.
  • Administrative aspects of this position include but are not limited to: proper evidence tracking, accurate, timely entry of vital case information into the Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS), proper utilization of all data information systems and timely, accurate and factual report writing detailing the findings of the analysis.
  • Must demonstrate competency by successfully passing the agency's training plan, competency test(s), and the established proficiency test(s).
  • Compliance with all applicable policies and procedures including but not limited to: the Quality Manual, Quality
  • Policies/Procedures, the Discipline Operations Manuals, the Facility Operations Manuals, the Evidence Operations Manual, the Safety Operations Manual, all CBI Directives, and all applicable CDPS policies/procedures.
  • Treats internal and external customers with dignity and respect, using consistent, appropriate language and behavior. Serves as a liaison with all law enforcement partners.
  • Manages time appropriately; assists others as needed; maintains productivity.
  • Written and verbal communication is timely, clear, concise and easily understood.
  • Demonstrates the utmost professionalism while providing expert testimony in court; as needed, serves in an advisory capacity during criminal and civil cases in various municipal, county, district, military or federal courts in Colorado.
  • Updates skill sets through active participation in professional groups, trainings, seminars and conferences. Readily keeps up-to-date technologically by reading forensic literature, journals and websites.
  • Willingly performs other duties as assigned. This may include but is not limited to: actively serving on the Technical Working Group for a specific discipline, assisting with validating instrumentation and methodologies, assisting with writing technical procedures, procuring supplies, supporting coworkers throughout the laboratory in a variety of duties, covering for a coworker during a scheduled leave or in an emergency situation in your laboratory or another CBI-FS facility, and supporting and assisting management as needed.
  • Regularly consults with and defers to Criminal Investigator II (Forensic Scientist II) personnel to ensure their understanding of the system or discipline specific policies/procedures and practices and to obtain assistance with challenging customer service scenarios as it relates to all aspects of the forensic scientist position.
  • This position requires dedication, commitment, loyalty and an unwavering work ethic. The individual must be supportive of the CBI's and Forensic Services overall mission, goals and values.


  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in, chemistry, biochemistry, molecular biology, forensic science or another natural science fields. A copy of your college or university transcripts must be provided at the time of application.


  • A minimum of one year full-time forensic analyst experience in which a substantial percentage of duties include independent fire debris analysis casework excluding trainings and/or internships.
Preferred Qualifications (not required)
  • Experience or training in other trace chemistry sub-disciplines, such as gunshot residue analysis, paint analysis, fiber analysis and tape analysis.
  • A master's or doctorate degree in chemistry, biochemistry, molecular biology, forensic science or another natural science field from an accredited college or university may be substituted for the bachelor's degree. A copy of your college or university transcripts must be provided at the time of application. There is NO substitution for the one year fire debris analysis experience.
Required competencies
  • Professional competence including knowledge of discipline, instrumentation and techniques; timely, accurate completion of job duties; working knowledge of ISO/IEC 17025:2005, ASCLD/LAB Legacy; compliance with workplace safety procedures; timely, appropriate communication skills; consistent, respectful interpersonal skills; effective customer service skills; responsible personal and professional conduct; adherence to laws, regulations, policies, rules and procedures; ability to adapt to changing conditions, effective decision making and problem solving skills.
Other requirements
  • Applicant must be willing to be fingerprinted, successfully pass a polygraph, drug screen, psychological exam, and an extensive background investigation to include criminal, financial, employment, and driving history. If you have used any illegal drugs in the past three years, or have been convicted of a felony or domestic violence, you will be disqualified and will not be hired for this position. Use of marijuana will be evaluated during the background investigation and may disqualify you from employment with the CBI.
  • This position has an Essential Services designation. Required to report without delay or interruption to provide essential or emergency services to ensure health, safety, and welfare.
  • Pre-employment physical is required. The Forensic Scientist I may required to move/lift awkward or heavy items of evidence.
  • Valid Colorado driver's license must be possessed or obtained prior to apportionment. This position may be required to assist in another laboratory throughout the state and may be required to provide expert courtroom testimony statewide.
  • This position may perform analysis on an item of evidence that contains hazardous materials or has been exposed to hazardous materials. Toxic chemicals are utilized throughout the laboratory during the analyses.

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Posted: March 7, 2016

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