Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Connecticut Careers Trainee (Health Care Professional) (40 Hour)

Firearms/Tool Marks Unit

Recruitment #210217-1991FP-001


Do you have a passion for Forensic Science? If so, we have an exciting opportunity for you!

We are seeking a Connecticut Careers Trainee to work in our Firearms/Tool Marks Unit.

The State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection (DESPP) is recruiting to fill a Connecticut Careers Trainee (CCT) position with the target job class of Forensic Science Examiner 1, located in the Firearms/Tool Marks Unit within the Division of Scientific Services (DSS).

This is a full time position with a first shift, 40 hour, Monday through Friday schedule. Located in Meriden, CT.

How You Will #MakeAnImpact

The Firearms/Tool Marks Unit receives evidence consisting of various types and calibers of firearms, firearm components, ammunition and ammunition components. The ammunition-type evidence is examined for microscopic markings to identify the possible make and model of the firearms that the ammunition evidence may have been used in. Due to the increase in gun related crimes and federal requirements placed by the ATF on the use of NIBIN, DSS is responsible for entering all evidence into its Firearms Database within 48 hours after submission and review of data must be completed the next day.

Your Role

The ideal candidate for this position must demonstrate strong attention to detail, able to meet tight deadlines and have strong computer skills as the evidence in cases are increasingly more technology based. Due to accreditation requirements concerning proper submission of evidence, strict adherence in following evidence packaging guidelines is necessary in order to protect evidence from being lost or contaminated. The CCT also provides explanations and interpretations of results; testifies in court as an expert witness and may assist in training laboratory staff and law enforcement personnel.

Please take a moment to view the video below to see the impact a Forensic Science Examiner has on making a difference in people's lives and helping to make Connecticut a safer place to live:


Additional Considerations

A competitive benefits package is offered which includes healthcare coverage, wellness programs and paid time off.

As a trainee position, appointment to positions in this class will be for a period not to exceed a maximum of three years unless there is change in the employing agency or designated target class.

For more information, please reference the job classification

Selection Plan

This position is non-competitive and open to agency employees only.

Please apply with a Master Application and include an up-to-date resume.

Applicants selected for an interview will be asked to provide the following at the time of the interview:

  • Two (2) most recent performance evaluations;
  • Cover letter;
  • Completed CT-HR-13 (found on the DAS website)

Candidates who have been selected for employment with the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection are subject to a detailed background investigation, including a fingerprint supported state and federal criminal history check along with reference checks. Selection for employment is contingent upon satisfactory completion of the background investigation.

Also considered in this selection process: Any pending or disciplinary history within the past two (2) years and review of attendance records. Failure to provide the required documents listed above or submit your application accurately and on time, will eliminate you from the recruitment process.

This posting will fill the immediate vacancy listed above but may be used to fill future positions for this job class. We encourage you to apply to any jobs for which you qualify for and are of interest to you.

Should you have any questions regarding this recruitment, please contact: Samantha Wasef, Samantha.Wasef@CT.Gov, 860.937.6357.


In a state agency this class is accountable for mastering the skills necessary to satisfactorily complete the training program for a professional position.


In a department or institution receives training in introductory governmental work for development of skills and knowledge in field of public administration in order to qualify for advancement into agency professional positions; performs a variety of increasingly difficult duties as skills are acquired during course of training period; performs related duties as required.


Oral and written communication skills; ability to acquire knowledge and skills required for the target classification; ability to understand, evaluate and solve problems by exercising judgement and logic; ability to read, interpret and understand written material; ability to perform basic arithmetical computations; ability to interpret charts, graphs and tables; learning and reasoning ability; ability to establish and maintain cooperative relations with superiors, associates and general public; ability to utilize computer software.


Possession of a Bachelor's or Master's degree.


  1. If the target job classification has a Substitution Allowed that requires the Bachelor's or Master's degree to be in a specific area(s), then these specific degree areas are required for appointment to the Connecticut Career Trainee classification.
  2. Candidates cannot be appointed until all degree requirements are complete.


Candidates with the following will be given preference:

  • Knowledge of forensic laboratory disciplines to include firearms and tool-marks;
  • Knowledge of chain of custody;
  • Knowledge of crime scene processing and documentation techniques; 
  • Knowledge of Laboratory Information Management System;
  • Knowledge of forensic testimony in courtroom setting;
  • Master's Degree in Forensic Science or related field;
  • Experience with using Microsoft Office. 



The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.

The State of Connecticut is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages the application of women, minorities and persons with disabilities.