Forensic Scientist 2 – Latent Prints Analyst

State of New Mexico

Salary
$22.84 – $39.74 Hourly

$47,510 – $82,667 Annually

This position is a Pay Band 80
Purpose of Position
Forensic Scientists serve as specialists in an area of expertise/scientific discipline and are responsible for identifying and analyzing physical evidence related to their specialization that is collected from criminal investigations.

THIS POSTING WILL BE USED TO CONDUCT ONGOING RECRUITMENT AND WILL REMAIN OPEN UNTIL THIS VACANCY HAS BEEN FILLED.
Why does the job exist?
Forensic Scientists in the Department of Public Safety support the New Mexico Law Enforcement community in the investigation of crimes by receiving and maintaining physical evidence custody; preparing reports that document their findings; provide expert opinions in their scientific specialization to investigators and provide expert witness testimony regarding their findings in a court of law.

As a Forensic Scientist 2 ¿ Latent Prints Analyst, the selected candidate will perform analysis of latent print evidence; be responsible for independently collecting, classifying, identifying and analyzing latent fingerprint evidence related to criminal investigations.  In addition, the Latent Print Analyst will be responsible for producing formal reports that accurately identify and analyze physical evidence to determine their significance to the investigation, present the results, conclusions and expert opinion in the scientific analysis of the latent print evidence, provide expert witness testimony regarding their findings in courts of law throughout the State of New Mexico and perform Quality Assurance/Quality Control to assure quality analysis, evidence integrity, and maintain accreditation standards.
How does it get done?
The key responsibilities of the Latent Prints Analyst are to produce formal reports that accurately identify and analyze physical evidence to determine their significance to the investigation; present the results, conclusions and expert opinion in the scientific analysis of the latent print evidence; provide expert witness testimony regarding their findings in courts of law throughout the State of New Mexico and perform Quality Assurance/Quality Control to assure quality analysis, evidence integrity, and maintain accreditation standards.
Who are the customers?
This position services the Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Agencies in New Mexico.
Ideal Candidate
The Ideal Candidate will have previous work experience in performing case work, processing, photographing, analyzing and comparing latent print impressions to known standards.  In addition, the Ideal Candidate will have previous work experience in writing laboratory reports and providing in-court testimony and will have two (2) years of experience working in a forensic laboratory performing scientific analysis of forensic evidence, plus one (1) year independent case work analysis.
Minimum Qualification
For Latent Print and Firearm Forensic Scientists, a degree in any discipline will be accepted, or an Associates degree plus two (2) years of additional laboratory experience or four (4) years of additional laboratory experience can substitute for a Bachelor’s Degree. Four (4) years of experience working in a forensics laboratory performing scientific analysis of forensic evidence, including one (1) year independent case work analysis.
Substitution Table
No job description available
Employment Requirements
This position is designated as safety sensitive. Employment will be subject to post-employment drug testing and random employment drug testing and is conditional pending results.  Also, this position is subject to a national fingerprint-based record check within 30 days of assignment.  Continued employment is contingent upon remaining felony-free, per Section 5.12.1.1 of the Criminal Justice Information Systems Security Policy.

In addition, the selected candidate must possess and maintain a valid driver’s license, and a current Defensive Driving Certificate from the State of New Mexico; or pass and receive the Defensive Driving Course Certification, within six (6) months of date of hire

Statewide travel in a car and/or a small aircraft will be required, when necessary.
Working Conditions
Work is performed in a forensic laboratory setting with exposure to chemicals, biological fluids including exposure to noise from equipment and instruments utilized in the laboratory.  Work is performed under stressful situations with strict deadlines.  Frequent walking, standing, sitting and bending is required, and have the ability to lift and carry up to 30 lbs.
Supplemental Information
Benefits:

Agency Contact Information: Bonnie Knoll Email

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Bargaining Unit Position
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