Employment Opportunity

Forensic Specialist

Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation-Crime Laboratory, Cheyenne, Wyoming

Salary: $3,454.00 - $4,318.00 Monthly

Final Filing Date: Open until filled

Perform forensic examinations (physical and/or chemical) of evidence for the purpose of identifying controlled substances submitted for analytical testing in connection with requests from the law enforcement or legal community.

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  • Under direct supervision, analyze evidence and prepare written reports of analysis activities.
  • Perform forensic chemical examinations on evidence for the purpose of providing precise and detailed reports of findings for the law enforcement and legal communities.
  • Write detailed reports of examinations performed which are available to law enforcement personnel in support of ongoing criminal investigations and the legal community.
  • Perform review of reports generated by other unit personnel and conduct quality administrative reviews of forensic scientists' casework and reports; maintain written reports on analysis to accurately represent those analysis in a court of law.
  • Prepare regeants and equipment for testing and operate associated instrumentation, such as Gas Chromatograph/Mass Spectrometer for the detection and/or identification of controlled substances.
  • Provide expert forensic advice and testimony to judges, prosecutors, and defense attorneys; provide impartial and unbiased expert testimony in legal proceedings and court regarding issues related to laboratory analysis; engage in pretrial preparation and in the preparation of exploratory questions for witnesses.
  • Respond to crime scenes in order to provide critical, technical assistance to federal and state agencies; identify evidence of probative value, as well as document, collect, and preserve evidence at crime scenes.
  • Ensure that a variety of critical tasks are completed, such as reliability testing and calibration of equipment.
  • Maintain quality control records to insure testing accuracy and reliability, maintaining critical forensic references libraries, and maintaining literature libraries.
  • Undergo periodic testing to demonstrate proficiency in numerous sub disciplines; participate in continued chemistry unit and crime scene processing training (both on and off site); participate in chemistry unit and general laboratory meetings to provide suggestion for improvement and maintenance of the program.


  • Preference will be given to candidates with a degree in forensic chemistry or forensic toxicology, plus 0-2 years of professional work experience in a forensic laboratory setting.
  • Knowledge of the general theory and application of chemistry, as it relates to the modern laboratory techniques, practices and procedures used in a forensic laboratory
  • Knowledge of criminal law in order to be able to communicate effectively with judges, law enforcement personnel and attorneys
  • Knowledge of the laboratory's safety procedures, with particular emphasis on the procedures associated with the handling of hazardous materials and evidence preservation, and how those procedures specifically relate to the chemistry unit
  • Knowledge of forensic laboratory technique analysis and applications
  • Knowledge of laboratory policies and procedures, as well as laboratory goals and objectives
  • Knowledge of testing, research, investigative techniques, and forensic principles that impact the significance of examination findings
  • Skill in the use of computers and various programs and databases
  • Skill in verbal and written communication
  • Skill in the use of tools and equipment associated with the position
  • Skill in performing simple tasks without direct supervision
  • Skill in forensic chemistry techniques
  • Ability to communicate scientific thoughts in a concise and understandable manner to audiences from a variety of backgrounds
  • Ability to operate laboratory equipment and other related chemicals and equipment
  • Ability to record and maintain detailed records
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality in all aspects of work
  • Ability to maintain good rapport with criminal justice personnel and fellow employees
  • Education:
    • Bachelor's Degree (typically in Science)
  • Experience:
    • 0-2 years of progressive work experience in (Forensic Crime) with acquired knowledge at the level of a Forensic Evidence Technician
  • Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:
    • Valid Driver's License
  • Education & Experience Substitution:
    • 3-5 years of progressive work experience in (Forensic Crime) with acquired knowledge at the level of a Forensic Evidence Technician
  • Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:
    • Valid Driver's License

  • Ability to travel statewide in all weather conditions.
  • Ability to work overtime as required.
  • Ability to be on-call 24/7 for crime scene/clandestine laboratory assistance
  • Ability to work crime scenes which could involve climbing, crawling, squatting, laying, etc.
  • FLSA: Non-Exempt
  • Successful applicants are required to pass an extensive background investigation.

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Posted: August 29, 2017

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