Forensic Specialist (Civil Service)
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Forensic Specialist (Civil Service)
$51,266.64 – $69,176.88 Annually
Public Safety Building 1100 W Mallon Spokane, WA
TOTAL COMPENSATION: $65,621.30 – $88,546.40 Total compensation is an estimate based upon base compensation, median retirement fund contributions, and current employer-paid health and related benefit contribution rates (including medical, dental, life insurance, long term disability, and leave). The actual total will vary depending upon each employee’s enrollment choices.
The Forensic Specialist is a technical, criminal identification position in the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office responsible for friction ridge examinations and crime scene investigations.
REQUIRED ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTS CHECKLIST- ALL DOCUMENTS MUST BE UPLOADED WITH YOUR APPLICATION:
-Copy of valid driver’s license (Must be uploaded with your application; front side only)
-Copies of any training records or certifications relevant to the position
-Copy of DD-214 – Member Form 4 (if applicable; Must be uploaded with your application; See RCW 41.04.010 as to how Veteran’s Preference is applied.)
-Copy of Permanent Resident Card AKA ‘Green Card’ (if applicable; MUST be uploaded with your application; front side only)
– Sealed official transcripts from the school of your highest level of education or the school showing proof of your degree. All transcripts must be sealed official copies. They cannot be uploaded with your application. Please mail or hand deliver sealed-official copies to: Spokane County Civil Service, 6011 N Chase Rd., Newman Lake, WA 99025. If your school only distributes electronic transcripts, have the registrar email the official transcripts directly to: . Electronic transcripts will only be accepted if sent directly by the school. If you have already submitted official transcripts to Civil Service, please do not resubmit. Do make sure to verify Civil Service has your transcripts on file.
DO NOT SUBMIT RESUME
IF ALL ADDITIONAL REQUIRED DOCUMENTS ARE NOT UPLOADED WITH APPLICATION OR SUBMITTED TO CIVIL SERVICE BY THE CLOSING DATE, APPLICATION WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. NO EXCEPTIONS.
Applications for this position will remain open until vacancies are filled. Applicants who meet the minimum requirements will be sent a Training and Experience form after their application has been reviewed by Civil Service. Non-promotional applicants will also be sent a Personal History Statement Background Packet that needs to be submitted along with their Training & Experience Form.
Oral Board Interviews: To be determined at a later date. Oral board interviews will be scheduled when a satisfactory number of Training and Experience forms have been received.
Overall Placement on the eligibility list will be determined by 40% Training and Experience Form and 60% oral board interview score. An overall score of at least 70% must be achieved in order to be placed on the eligibility list.
PLEASE NOTE: All interviews must be conducted in-person at the applicant’s expense. No Skype, over-the-phone, or outside testing facilities are permitted. No exceptions.
Examples of Duties
Duties may include, but are not limited to the following:
Process and document crime scenes with or without the assistance of additional Forensic staff by taking all necessary photographs and/or video, searching for latent fingerprints, collecting items of evidence and preserving them for further analysis.
Recognize evidence and have a working knowledge of the potential evidentiary value of tool marks, ballistics, soils, blood, DNA, poisons, fibers, document examinations, etc.
Process evidence for latent fingerprints using such techniques as powders, chemicals, various light sources, and photography.
Perform friction ridge examinations and run searches in the Automated Biometric Identification System (ABIS).
Attend autopsies and photograph various phases for court purposes; collect post-mortem fingerprints.
Maintain accurate documentation and generate reports of finding.
Provide expert testimony in court.
Required to be available for call outs on evenings and weekends.
Perform related duties as assigned. Minimum Requirements
At least 21 years of age and a citizen of the United States of America, or a lawful permanent resident, who can read and write the English language. Successful completion of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major studies in forensic science, criminal justice, or other areas having close bearing on forensics. This degree requirement is not intended to disqualify friction ridge examiners and crime scene investigators who are already trained to competency. Combined two (2) years’ experience in friction ridge examination and/or crime scene investigation. Vision correctable to 20/20 with normal color vision and hearing correctable to normal ranges. Must possess and retain a valid motor vehicle operator’s license at date of hire and throughout employment.
Current Spokane County Forensic Technicians who are in good standing and have passed a minimum of one year (1) probation will qualify. Selection Factors
– Friction ridge examination and the ACE-V methodology
– Processing and documentation of latent fingerprints
– Crime scene processing and documentation to include photographySkilled in:
– Exercising independent judgment and thinking on your feet
– Working as a team and performing duties in concert with other investigators Ability to:
– Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing
– Write clear, accurate, and concise reports
– Use digital imaging software such as Adobe Photoshop or other photographic reproduction systems
– Become Latent Print Certified through International Association for Identification
– Become Crime Scene Certified through International Association for Identification
Employee Benefits Summary
The following is a brief list of benefits available to Spokane County regular employees. Complete information is available from Human Resources Department. This information is subject to change.
PAID TIME OFF
Spokane County Observed Holidays
Up to 10 (ten) paid holidays are observed by Spokane County.
Non-represented and a select group of represented employees receive a bank of hours that combine both vacation and sick leave into a paid time off bank. There is no waiting period to use this time and it starts out at almost 2 days per month accrual.
For employees with less than five (5) years of continuous service, the accrual rate is 1 day of vacation each month for a total of 12 days per year. After six (6) months, employees are eligible to take accumulated vacation time. (Please note the vacation time accumulation may vary depending on contract language).
Sick leave is earned at 1 day per month and can be taken as the days are accumulated.
Spokane County provides several other paid leaves such as: bereavement leave, jury duty and military duty leave.
Two plans are currently available: Premera Blue Cross (PPO) and Kaiser Permanente (HMO). Spokane County pays 95% of the premium for full-time employees and 90% of the premiums for spouses and dependents. Premiums are deducted each pay period (pay periods: 15th and last day of the month).
Employee Only: $17.18 per pay period
Employee & Spouse: $67.55 per pay period
Employee & Family: $94.70 per pay period
Employee & Child(ren): $61.52 per pay period
Employee: $16.23 per pay period
Employee & Spouse: $63.50 per pay period
Employee & Family: $88.58 per pay period
Employee & Child(ren): $58.09 per pay period
Two plans are currently available: Delta Dental of Washington (PPO) and Willamette Dental (DMO). Spokane County pays 95% of the premium for full-time employees and 90% of the premiums for spouses and dependents.
Delta Dental Willamette Dental
Employee: $2.71 per pay Employee: $2.99 per pay
Family: $5.42 per pay Family: $5.98 per pay
Group Life Insurance
The County provides a $25,000 group life insurance policy to employees that are non-represented, elected officials, 1553, 1553S, 280, 1135, 17, PWG, SPA, 492J, 492N, DSA, Road Supervisor Guild, RIC, OLC, and 690. The County provides a $10,000 benefit for those represented by 492. This benefit is paid in full by Spokane County.
Long Term Disability Coverage
Provides an income protection benefit in the event of a long-term illness or injury at rate of 60% of income up to a maximum of $5,000 per month. Spokane County pays the full premium for this plan.
Retirement Plan (401a)
Spokane County employees are automatically included in the Washington State Retirement System. Both the employer and the employee contribute to the plan. This retirement plan provides a guaranteed lifetime monthly benefit once vested and eligible for retirement.
Additional Retirement Plan Option (457b)
Employees may supplement their retirement income and save money on taxes by participating in this optional County program. Roth (after-tax) option is also available through this retirement plan.
Supplemental insurance is optional and is provided by AFLAC to help pay for benefits not covered by major medical insurance. The employee pays 100% of the premium.
Provides additional travel protections anytime you travel more than 100 miles from home. Includes pre-trip information, emergency ticket replacement, and emergency evacuation coverage. This benefit is paid in full by Spokane County.
Flexible Spending Plan (FSA)
Spokane County sponsors a Section 125 Flexible Spending Account to allow out-of-pocket Medical & Daycare Expenses to be paid with Tax Free Dollars. Premiums are automatically set up pre-tax under the FSA.
Voluntary Term Life Insurance
Voluntary Term Life Insurance is additional optional life insurance provided through The Standard Insurance. New employees are guaranteed up to $50,000 for self and $20,000 for a spouse with no medical underwriting needed.
Employee Assistance Program
Employees and their family members are eligible to receive free counseling. There are also benefits relating to financial and legal concerns.
Reduced Cost Bus Pass Program
Spokane County participates in a program with STA which discounts bus passes to $5 a month.
There are opportunities for nearby exercise programs at reduced cost and education programs around wellness themes including financial well-being, nutrition and stress reduction.
There are local and national discounts available to Spokane County employees.
Are you a citizen of the United States or a Legal Permanent Resident who can read and write the English language? *Legal Permanent Residents MUST upload a copy of their valid resident card.
Are you at least 21 years of age?
Do you have a valid driver’s license?
Have you uploaded a copy of your current driver’s license? Applications without this attachment will not be accepted.
Do you have a high school diploma or equivalent (GED)?
Do you have a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major studies in forensic science, criminal justice or other areas having close bearing on forensics? (This degree requirement is not intended to disqualify friction ridge examiners and crime scene investigators who are already trained to competency.)
Have you submitted, or shown proof of order, your sealed-official transcripts from your highest level of education to the Civil Service office? Official transcripts MUST be received in Civil Service in order to continue with the hiring process.
Do you have a combined two (2) years’ experience in friction ridge examination and/or crime scene investigation (forensic based)?
Are you a current Spokane County Forensic Technician in good standing who has passed a minimum of one year (1) probation ?.
Is your vision correctable to 20/20 with normal color vision and hearing correctable to normal ranges?
Agency Spokane County
Address 824 N Adams
Spokane, Washington, 99260