PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)
In the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, Division of Scientific Services, this class is accountable for acting as a working lead of a section consisting of specialized activities and conducting a variety of highly, advanced technical and complex tests in the analysis of physical evidence.
DEOXYRIBONUCLEIC ACID (DNA) SECTION: Incumbents are responsible for acting as a working lead and performing the most complex analysis of forensic biology evidence such as nuclear and mitochondrial deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA).
FORENSIC IDENTIFICATION SECTION: Incumbents are responsible for acting as a working lead and performing the most complex analysis of evidence such as latent fingerprints, electronic/digital imaging, firearms, ballistics, toolmarks, questioned documents, imprints and investigating electronic related criminal activity.
TOXICOLOGY SECTION: Incumbents are responsible for acting as a working lead and performing the most complex analysis of forensic biology evidence such as trace, physical, chemical samples, autopsy specimens, body fluids, hairs, fibers and identification of suspected poisonous substances.
Receives general direction from a Forensic Science Examiner 3 or employee of higher grade.
Leads Forensic Science Examiner 1's and other staff as assigned.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
Plans unit workflow and determines priorities; schedules, assigns, oversees and reviews work; establishes and maintains unit procedures; provides staff training and assistance; conducts or assists in conducting performance evaluations; acts as liaison with operating units, agencies outside officials regarding unit policies and procedures; insures that evidence is being processed in correct sequence; oversees implementation of quality assurance/control programs in an area of expertise; formulates, designs and oversees research projects; acts as a technical resource expert for laboratory when highly complex and technical forensic analysis is required; reconstructs or assists in reconstruction of complex crime scenes; maintains instrumentation and equipment and safeguards laboratory physical evidence; prepares comprehensive complex reports; testifies in court as an expert witness; trains laboratory staff and law enforcement personnel on newly developed procedures and techniques; develops and implements new technical procedures utilizing new or current instrumentation or technology; oversees validation testing for all new procedures implemented; may make recommendations on policies or standards; may prepare reports and correspondence; performs related duties as required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY
Considerable knowledge of current laboratory facilities, methods, equipment, instrumentation and material; considerable knowledge of modern methods of criminal investigations and identification; considerable knowledge of applicable techniques and procedures for analyzing evidentiary materials; considerable knowledge of physical laboratory instrumentation, documents, firearms, fingerprints and crime reconstruction techniques; interpersonal skills; oral and written communication skills; ability to independently conduct technical, analytical, consultative and research activities; ability to utilize computer software; ability to act as an expert witness in a court of law on complex and sensitive cases; ability to reconstruct crime scenes; some supervisory ability.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE
Seven (7) years of experience in forensic analysis of evidentiary material.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SPECIAL EXPERIENCE
One (1) year of the General Experience must have been at the full working level independently performing complex forensic analysis of evidentiary material. For state employees this is interpreted at the level of Forensic Science Examiner 1.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED
1. College training in forensic science, applied genomics, biochemistry, chemistry, genetics, molecular and cell biology or closely related field may be substituted for the General Experience required on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equalling one half (1/2) year of experience to a maximum of four (4) years for a Bachelor's degree.
2. A Master's degree in forensic science, applied genomics, biochemistry, chemistry, genetics, molecular and cell biology or closely related field may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience.
3. A Ph.D in forensic science, applied genomics, biochemistry, chemistry, genetics, molecular and cell biology or closely related field may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience.
1. Incumbents in this class may be required to work flexible hours.
2. Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.
In addition to the checking of references and facts in the application, a thorough background investigation of each candidate may be conducted before persons are certified for permanent appointment.
Incumbents may be exposed to communicable diseases and hazardous substances.
JOB CLASS DESIGNATION
(11)-HEALTH PROF (P-1)
This replaces the existing specification for the class of Forensic Science Examiner 2 in Salary Group FP 25 approved effective October 21, 2011. (Revised to modify Purpose of Class and Substitutions Allowed sections)