Digital Forensics Examiner

About the position:   

The job of a Digital Forensic Examiner is to assist law enforcement officials with enforcing criminal laws related to computer crime through forensic collection, recovery, processing, preservation, analysis, storage, maintenance, and/or presentation of digital evidence. The work is performed under the supervision and direction of an assigned supervisor, but considerable leeway is granted for the exercise of creativity, independent judgment and initiative in order to accomplish criminal investigative objectives dependent on software and hardware expertise. The principal duties of this class are performed in a forensics laboratory or in conjunction with police officers in the execution of search warrants in the field. 


What you’ll get to do: 

  • Examine and perform comprehensive technical analyses of digital evidence including but not limited to media storage devices, hard drives, network drives, cell phones, and video and still cameras.  

  • Take custody of seized items following accepted evidentiary procedures and policies for the storage of computers or computer related items or components and cellular devices; maintain proper chain of custody.  

  • Assist investigators, pursuant to a search warrant or consent, with the proper seizure of computers, storage medium, peripherals, and other items functionally reliant upon computer components such as cell phones, video and still cameras, and other items utilizing microprocessor(s) and/or with data storage capability in an accepted technical manner that ensures preservation of or prevents the destruction of potential evidence.  

  • Provide ongoing analysis of technology trends to incorporate proven forensic investigation and supporting technologies into best practice; provides training and consultation on proper seizure and preservation of digital evidence. 

  • Provide analytical support for investigators to include social media research, data mining, cell-site mapping, and geo-location of various devices and technologies; creates analytical reports, charts, timelines, and researches new technology to support investigations. 

As a person, you are:   

  • Excellent Communicator:  You are a strong communicator to technical and non-technical individuals and who is proficient verbally and in writing.
  • OrganizedYou can work on a multitude of tasks and understand/react to various situations in a fast-paced work environment.
  • Detail Oriented: You have a strong attention to detail and can ensure productivity and accuracy. 
  • Collaborative: You are customer service oriented and establish/maintain cooperative work relationships with many stakeholders. You help promote a culture of teamwork and communication by working in collaboration and treating coworkers with respect and dignity and maintaining an open mind to diverse voices and ideas. 
  • Passionate: You have a passion for analysis and are excited to bring your knowledge and skillset to public safety
  • Knowledgeable: You have knowledge of applicable local, state and federal laws, rules, and regulations related to forensic analysis and records management principles. 
City of Portland Core Values:
Anti-racism | Communication | Collaboration | Equity | Transparency | Fiscal Responsibility
These values guide our actions as we serve the community and engage our workforce. To learn more about the City’s core values, please click here.

Why work at the City of Portland?
The City of Portland workforce serves a population of over 650,000. We are culture- and solutions-driven, viewing every challenge as an opportunity to learn, improve, and share our expertise. We are committed to removing systemic barriers to resources, access, and opportunity. The City is a believer in ALL people and continues to actively recruit and retain diverse top talent every day. We offer a comprehensive benefits package, including but not limited to medical, dental, vision, basic life, short- and long-term disability coverage to eligible employees and their families. If you are open-minded, motivated, community-focused, and self-aware, please apply yourself at the City of Portland today.

The City of Portland also participates in the Oregon Public Employees Retirement System (PERS). For more information on the City of Portland’s benefits please click here.
COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement
As of October 18, 2021, all City employees must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. This is required for all positions at the City of Portland. Proof of being fully vaccinated is required by date of hire. You may request an exception, for health or religious reasons, from getting the COVID-19 vaccine at the time a position is offered.

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