Criminalist I

Recruitment #200728-G12A-03

Introduction

This position is located in the Forensic Biology Unit within the Criminalistics Services Division at the Forensic Science Center in Edmond.

MAJOR WORK DUTIES
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1. Perform analysis (serology and DNA) of biological evidence.
2. Quality control of instruments and reagents.
3. Testify in court regarding analysis of biology cases.
4. Stay current with literature reviews and proficiency tests.
5. Transfer and accept case evidence.

Successful applicants must be willing to submit to a drug screen, polygraph examination, psychological evaluation (commissioned positions only), and a thorough background investigation.  Certain events automatically disqualify an applicant, such as, felony conviction; admission of an undetected crime that, if known, would have been a felony charge; failure to pay federal or state income tax; positive confirmed drug urine test; illegal use of a controlled substance within certain time frames.

STATE EMPLOYEE INFORMATION

IF YOU ARE A CURRENT OR FORMER PERMANENT, CLASSIFIED STATE EMPLOYEE, PLEASE APPLY TO THE “INTERNAL JOBS” LISTING HERE. DO NOT APPLY VIA THIS RECRUITMENT.

BASIC PURPOSE

Positions within this job family perform and/or manage forensic analysis of evidence from criminal cases and/or convicted offender DNA samples.

LEVEL DESCRIPTORS

The Criminalist job family has five levels which are distinguished by type and complexity of work and the degree of responsibility assigned.

Level I:     
This is the entry level where incumbents train to perform forensic analysis, and perform some limited supervised casework.  All aspects of assigned tasks are clearly defined and all work is technically and administratively reviewed during performance and upon completion.  At this level, incumbents may accompany senior analysts to crime scenes and perform tasks under direct supervision. Incumbents do not have supervisory, research and development, or training responsibilities.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Level I:     
Education and Experience required is a minimum of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation has been authorized to use a selective qualification when interviewing applicants for this position.

"Applicant must have a Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Chemistry, Forensic Science, or in a closely related natural science, with a minimum of 12 hours coursework in Biology.  Coursework in one or more of the following is also required:  Biochemistry, Genetics, Molecular Biology, and Statistics or Population Genetics."

SPECIAL REQUIREMENT

Applicants must possess, or be eligible for a valid Oklahoma driver’s license.  They must be able to meet the requirements for peace officer certification if required by the agency.  They must possess the physical and mental stamina to perform the work and accept the inherent physical, psychological, chemical, and biological hazards.  They need accurate vision with or without corrective lens, and need to accurately distinguish between colors.  They must be able to successfully complete any necessary training and certification required by the agency, be able to be called back to work at irregular times, be willing and able to work overtime when required, and be willing and able to travel frequently and be in travel status for extended periods of time.  They must be willing to transfer where and when needed and to accept assignments anywhere in the state; pass a thorough character and background investigation; successfully pass a polygraph examination, drug screen and, if required by the agency, a psychological evaluation.  Subsequent to an offer of employment, applicants may be required by the Oklahoma Law Enforcement Retirement System to satisfy psychological testing, medical examination and/or physical agility testing standards or requirements.  Educational and/or experience selective qualifications may apply for specific disciplines, levels, or positions.

Some positions may require certification by the International Association of Computer Investigative Specialist (IACIS) as a Certified Forensic Computer Examiner.

THE FEDERAL OMNIBUS CONSOLIDATED APPROPRIATIONS ACT OF 1997 CONTAINED AN AMENDMENT OF THE FEDERAL GUN CONTROL ACT OF 1968.  THIS AMENDMENT ADDRESSES MISDEMEANOR CRIMES OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE.  COMMISSIONED APPLICANTS MUST BE ABLE TO SATISFY THE LIMITATIONS CONTAINED IN THE FEDERAL LAW.

NOTES

Please read instructions carefully and include all required documents when you submit your application. No additional information will be accepted after the application has been submitted.

Selection Plan

Scores based on: 100% Written Test.

 ***NOTE:  Names of eligible applicants can be made available to State agencies upon their request, immediately following the closing date and time.

Conclusion

Veteran's Preference Points apply only for initial appointment in the Classified Service.