The Washington State Patrol (WSP) is a nationally accredited law enforcement agency made up of dedicated professionals who work hard to improve the quality of life of our citizens and prevent the unnecessary loss of life on a daily basis.
The WSP Crime Laboratory Division’s (CLD) mission is to enhance public safety by providing high-quality forensic science services and forensic evidence training for all criminal justice partner agencies within the State of Washington.
About the Position:
A Forensic Scientist directly impacts the mission of the CLD by performing independent, timely, and accurate analysis of routine and complex casework, writing opinion reports, testifying to conclusions in courts of law, and providing training to criminal justice agencies.
The Forensic Scientist interacts with various staff to include but not limited to forensic scientists, the laboratory managers, administrative staff, representatives of criminal justice agencies, and the general public. Work priorities are established through interactions with management, criminal justice agencies, prosecutors, and the capabilities and workload of the scientist.
This position has been designated as “in-training”; as such WSP will consider filling this position at the Forensic Scientist 3, Forensic Scientist 2, or Forensic Scientist 1 level. The salary range will depend upon which level the position is filled and the qualifications of the successful candidate.
Forensic Scientist 1 Salary Range: $4,541- $5,960
Forensic Scientist 2 Salary Range: $5,013 – $6,575
Forensic Scientist 3 Salary Range: $6,105 – $8,013
This position would help to support the Washington State Patrol Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) in the following way:
Priority 1 – Crime scene response to violent crime and other major events.
Priority 2 – Vital examination of evidence in violent criminal cases aimed at the identification and apprehension of dangerous suspects likely to re-offend.
Priority 3 – Evidence preservation and maintenance of chain of custody.
Priority 4 – Secure Crime Laboratory Division casework files and move them to a secure location.