Employment Opportunity

Forensic Specialist

Wyoming Attorney General Division of Criminal Investigation, Cheyenne, Wyoming

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

Final Filing Date: Open until filled

This position is responsible for performing complex forensic examinations (physical and/or chemical analysis) on biological evidence leading to forensic conclusions of importance in connection with requests from the law enforcement or legal community.

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  • Working under general supervision, is responsible for performing complex forensic examinations
  • Performs forensic serological and DNA examinations on evidence leading to forensic conclusions of importance for use in legal proceedings in all types of cases, including the most complex and/or cold cases, in support of law enforcement agency's criminal investigations
  • Independently selects, prepares, and employs the appropriate methods of processing to analyze different types of complex biological evidence
  • Responds to and investigates crime scenes. Independently determines the evidence that shall be gathered and analyzed
  • Prepares written reports of forensic analysis and conclusions for use in legal proceedings and conducts quality reviews of other scientists' casework and reports
  • Independently manages caseload and communicates with customers to meet established requests for investigative analysis and court dates
  • Prepares and presents questions for case-specific testimony and provides expert guidance and advice to judges, prosecutors, and defense attorneys
  • Provides testimony in legal proceedings, which is evaluated by judges, prosecutors and defense attorneys.


  • Preference may be given to candidates with an advanced degree in a Natural Science discipline or closely related field, plus 0-2 years of progressive work experience in a forensic laboratory. Successful completion of competency testing in scope of practice as required by the laboratory's accreditation standards.
  • Knowledge of the general theory and application of biology, biochemistry, genetics, molecular biology and mathematics as they relate to the modern laboratory techniques, practices and procedures used in a forensic laboratory
  • Knowledge of forensic laboratory technique analysis and applications
  • Knowledge of methods, procedures, equipment and materials used in forensic DNA analysis and their applications and limitations
  • Knowledge of research or investigative techniques and controls which limit or expand the significance of the findings
  • Knowledge of the impact of work and testing performed in compliance with accreditation and state/federal regulations
  • Knowledge of laboratory safety procedures, with emphasis on those procedures associated with the handling of biohazardous materials
  • Knowledge of division policies and procedures and division goals and objectives
  • Knowledge of criminal law
  • Skill in interpersonal relations
  • Skill in forensic DNA and biological laboratory techniques
  • Skill in explaining scientific procedures and results to a lay person in understandable terms
  • Skill in operating laboratory equipment including scales, autoclave, pipettes, thermometers, computer PC/printer/scanner, hotplate, stir plate, heat block, micro centrifuge, pH meter and other related chemicals and equipment
  • Skill in recording and maintaining detailed records
  • Skill maintaining confidentiality in all aspects of work
  • Skill in maintaining good rapport with criminal justice personnel and fellow employees
  • Skill in working with others; skill in performing tasks without supervision
  • Skill in working with others to achieve common goals


  • Bachelor's Degree (typically in Science)
  • 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.
  • Subject to being on-call 24/7 for response to field crime scenes.

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Posted: September 28, 2017

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