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

Target Class: Forensic Science Examiner 1

Recruitment #240328-1991FP-002


Are you looking to grow a career in science alongside the criminal justice system?
If so, take a look at this great opportunity with the State of Connecticut!

The State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection (DESPP) is recruiting for a Connecticut Careers Trainee with a target class of Forensic Science Examiner 1 to join our team within the Division of Scientific Services located in Meriden, CT.

In addition, the State puts an emphasis on:
  • Providing limitless opportunities;
  • Hiring for diversity and fresh perspectives;
  • Performing meaningful work and;
  • Encouraging a healthy work/life balance!
  • This position is full-time, 40 hours per week, scheduled Monday - Friday.
  • This is a general-funded position located within the Chemical Analysis Section of the Division of Scientific Services. 
  • In this role, you will conduct full-process examinations while working alongside lab professionals, forensic science examiners and will collaborate with law enforcement partners as needed. 
  • This position will work within the Chemistry unit performing analysis related to fire debris and primer gunshot residue (pGSR) type cases.
  • In addition, this position will work with the Controlled Substances unit performing analysis related to the detection and identification of drugs within seized drug evidence. 
The Connecticut Careers Trainee program consists of a 2 year training program for those with a bachelor's degree listed in the minimum qualifications below. Those with a master's degree in a related field will participate in a 1 year training program. Relevant work experience will also be considered in determining training program length. 

Please Note: We are seeking individuals with a minimum of a Bachelor's degree or High School Diploma with coursework in Chemistry and Mathematics.

DESPP is committed to protecting and improving the quality of life for all by providing a broad range of public safety services, training, regulatory guidance and scientific services utilizing enforcement, prevention, education and state of the art science and technology. 

The Division of Scientific Services provides forensic support to local, state and federal agencies throughout Connecticut. This division is divided into three analytical sections. They are the Chemical Analysis section (including toxicology, controlled substances, and chemistry), the Forensic Biology/DNA section, and the Identification section (including computer crimes). 

The laboratory also has two non-analytical sections which include: the Quality section and the Laboratory Support Services section (including administration, evidence receiving, and case management). 

For an inside look at what it is like to be a Forensic Science Examiner for the State of Connecticut, watch the video below!


Selection Plan

Before you apply:
  • In order to be considered for this job opening, you must meet the minimum qualifications as listed on the job opening. You must specify your qualifications on your application. 
  • The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date, unless otherwise specified. 
  • Ensure that your application is complete and detailed before submitting it. In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process. You will not be able to make revisions once your application is submitted into the JobAps system.
  • All application materials must be received by the recruiting agency by the time specified on the job opening for the position for which you are applying. Late applications may not be submitted and will not be considered. Exceptions are rare and limited to documented events that incapacitate a candidate during the entire duration of the job posting time period. It is the candidate’s obligation and responsibility to request an exception and provide a legally recognized justification to accommodate such exception. Requests should be made to DAS.SHRM@CT.Gov.
  • For assistance in applying, please read or watch our Applicant Tips on How to Apply!
Important information for after you apply:
Candidates selected for an interview must provide the following at the time of interview: 

State Employees
  • Two (2) most recent performance evaluations
  • Completed CT-HR-13
Non-State Employees
  • Two (2) professional references contact information (Name, Email, and Phone Number)
  • Completed CT-HR-13
Candidates who have been selected for employment with the Department of Emergency Services & Public Protection are subject to a detailed background investigation, including a fingerprint supported state and federal criminal history record check along with reference checks. Selection for employment is contingent upon satisfactory completion of the background investigation. Any pending disciplinary history within the past 2 years and review of attendance records are also considered in this selection process. 

Click here to complete the Criminal Convictions addendum (CT-HR-13). The CT-HR-13 can also be found on the DAS website by typing in "CT-HR-13" into the "Search Department of Administrative Services" search field. 

  • This posting may require completion of additional referral questions (RQs). You can access these RQs via an email that will be sent to you after the posting's closing date or by visiting your JobAps Personal Status Board (Certification Questionnaires section). Your responses to these RQs must be submitted by the questionnaire's expiration date. Please regularly check your email and JobAps Personal Status Board for notifications. Please check your SPAM and/or Junk folders on a daily basis in the event an email provider places auto-notification emails in a user's spam.
  • Although applicants will receive correspondence via email, as a backup they are also encouraged to sign on to their Personal Status Board on a daily basis to monitor their status, view all emailed notices and complete tasks required in the recruitment process.
  • Note: At any point during the recruitment process, applicants may be required to submit additional documentation which support their qualification(s) for this position. These documents may include: a cover letter, resume, performance reviews, attendance records, supervisory references, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency.
  • The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.
  • For current state employees, salary calculations are not necessarily comparable from branch to branch but it does not impact your state service credit.
Questions about this position should be directed to Alejandro G. Dávila-Hurtado at Alejandro.Davila-Hurtado@CT.Gov.


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


  • Examination of submitted evidence and completion of written descriptions;
  • Performing analysis of fire debris, pGSR and controlled substances evidence utilizing instrumentation relating to gas chromatography, mass spectrometry, FTIR and SEM-EDS; 
  • Maintaining instrumentation and equipment and safeguarding laboratory physical evidence;
  • Handling materials and samples before and after analysis to maintain them for safekeeping;
  • Preparing comprehensive reports; providing explanations and interpretations of results;
  • Testifies in court as an expert witness;
  • May assist in training laboratory staff and law enforcement personnel; and
  • Performs related duties as required.


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


Candidates must be able to meet the experience and training requirements of the designated job class at the completion of the development program.


  • Experience in the operation of basic laboratory equipment to include pipettes, balance and glassware;
  • Experience using Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometry (GC/MS);
  • Experience with certified reference materials and products comprised of hydrocarbons and other organic compounds;
  • Experience with certified reference materials used within controlled substance analysis and their applicable schedules;
  • Experience working in a forensic science laboratory using a Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS);
  • Experience analyzing, interpreting and preparing data or reports; and
  • Experience managing and completing tasks simultaneously while meeting deadlines.



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


As defined by Sec. 5-196 of the Connecticut General Statutes, a job class is a position or group of positions that share general characteristics and are categorized under a single title for administrative purposes. As such, a job class is not meant to be all-inclusive of every task and/or responsibility.