Employment Opportunity

Forensic Scientist Technician (Firearms)

Department of Forensic Sciences, Washington DC

Salary: $51,039.00 - $65,709.00 per year

Final Filing Date: December 20, 2017

Duties and Requirements Click to read more


  • This position is located in the Department of Forensic Sciences (DFS). The mission of the DFS is to provide high-quality, timely, accurate, and reliable forensic science services using best practices and best available technology, focusing on unbiased science and transparency, to enhance public safety and health.
  • The position is responsible for assisting with technical laboratory work, which includes aspects of casework, accreditation, quality assurance and control programs within the Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL).
  • As a technician, performs a variety of operations in a laboratory setting, e.g., basic testing and troubleshooting for casework, and accreditation; responds to requests from the various Forensic Science Laboratory Units to support quality assurance and quality control programs; prepares and maintains detailed records in accordance with laboratory, accreditation and statutory requirements; assists with audit preparation and administration; demonstrates continuous efforts to improve operations; and works cooperatively and jointly to provide seamless customer service.
  • Applies non-routine or specialized and challenging procedures as instructed, and takes corrective action; accepts and resolves referrals of abnormal or unusual specimens; establishes and monitors quality control procedures and coordinates the laboratory program with the overall quality control program of the laboratory.
  • Utilizes experience and/or training to assist with the day-to-day processes within the Forensic Science Laboratory; and receives comprehensive training in reagent preparation, laboratory decontamination, instrument setup and troubleshooting, equipment maintenance, temperature monitoring, materials and evidence handling and storage, documentation, and report writing.
  • Utilizes verbal and written instructions to perform various techniques that aids and assists the functions of the Forensic Science Laboratory; and to document and maintain detailed logs and records of materials, reagents, equipment, and instruments.
  • Works with supervisor or team leader and other personnel to ensure laboratory and accreditation standards are met.
  • Conducts a variety of assignments by determining what tests, procedures and methods to use; and may be required to conduct quantitative and qualitative procedures by using specific techniques, including but not limited to physical testing, visual analysis, identification and classification, comparisons, scanning electron, and other microscopes; etc.
  • May maintain, calibrate, and modify complex equipment used for a variety of test and evaluation procedures.
  • Participates in a structured training program that pertains to the quality control/quality assurance programs, proficiency testing and safety programs; and attends relevant seminars, lectures and other training and development activities.
  • Utilizes computer software to analyze results of quality and performance checks in order to perform quality control measures and keeps up-to-date on current studies, pamphlets, journals, and books for use in assisting in devising new methods and tests.
  • Projects a professional image while representing the FSL and DFS; and exemplifies Department values, both on and off duty.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.


  • Knowledge of and skill and ability gained through work experience or training in applying theories, principles, concepts, methodology and practices of analytical chemistry, physical science, or biology or related field to the work that is sufficient to perform mathematical and statistical analyses that relate to analytical laboratory work; and knowledge of and ability to apply D.C. and Federal laws, codes and regulations pertaining to forensic science; and the ability to follow training on how to apply ISO 17025 accreditation standards.
  • Knowledge of or experience in quality control procedures and accreditation standards; proper procedures and standard laboratory rules and safety precautions regarding chemicals, toxins and biohazards; and evidence collection and preservation procedures.
  • Knowledge of and hands-on experience or classroom training related to equipment and supplies used in a forensic laboratory including specialized scientific equipment, instrumentation and software; current developments, literature and other sources of information related to the assignment; and the ability to solve problems or respond to technical issues in regards to quality control measures.
  • Experience with or the ability to apply theoretical and analytical principles of natural and physical sciences, including organic, inorganic, biochemistry, physical chemistry, and other applicable fields; apply quality methods and techniques used in the forensic laboratory, including laboratory testing procedures.
  • Experience or ability to work extensively with chemicals and biohazards in a safe manner; and the ability to perform a variety of quality and performance checks and analyses; and ability to recognize anomalies, prepare hypotheses, and take appropriate action; prepare and maintain accurate records/data and prepare clear and concise summaries and memoranda.
  • Demonstrates the ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; maintain effective working relationships. Skill and ability to use a personal computer to apply software applications; and prepare, store, and retrieve data and knowledge of software affiliated with the laboratory.
  • Exercises discretion and sound judgment to determine proper courses of action and assesses and evaluates a variety of situations, problems, conditions or questions.
  • Ability to work safely without presenting a threat to self or others is essential.
  • Required to successfully complete competency testing prior to beginning technical work on any equipment or instrument in a specialty discipline or sub-discipline.
Licensures, Certifications and other requirements
  • This position's duty station will be housed within the Consolidated Forensic Laboratory (CFL) which is a protection-sensitive facility. As such, incumbents of this position shall be subject to criminal background checks, background investigations, and mandatory drug and alcohol testing, as applicable. This position’s duty station will be housed within the Consolidated Forensic Laboratory (CFL) which is a protection-sensitive facility. As such, incumbents of this position shall be subject to criminal background checks, background investigations, and mandatory drug and alcohol testing, as applicable. Due to the handling of primary evidence, the applicant will be required to submit a buccal swab for the purposes of the DNA Quality Control database for the DFS.
  • The nature of the DFS mission necessarily involves the potential risks associated with biological or chemical hazards, including morgue functions. Although contact with these functions is intended to be minimal, the risks are nevertheless possible; training to recognize, address, and mitigate these risks is required as is dealing with potentially personally difficult topics, such as crime, death, and disease.
Education and Work Experience
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in science; or a higher degree and/or industry certification favorably considered.
Work Environment
  • The work is performed in an office and laboratory. The office setting is when preparing documentation, and the laboratory setting is during the testing and analysis phase.
  • The incumbent may be exposed to hazardous materials, toxic substances, blood borne pathogens, and electric current and electrostatic discharge and is required to follow safe laboratory practices and wear protective clothing, including facial masks, safety glasses, gloves, ear protection, etc.

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Posted: December 7, 2017

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