Forensic Scientist 5 – Seattle Toxicology Laboratory

US Government, Washington State Patrol


The Seattle Toxicology Laboratory is hiring 2 Forensic Scientist 5 positions.

Employees will receive a 5% King County pay In addition to their salary.

About the Position:

This position supports that mission by proving expert forensic analysis of toxicology evidence involved in criminal and death investigations. The position provides the critical public safety link between the commission of crime and its subsequent investigation and prosecution of the persons responsible. Maintaining compliance with strict quality standards is critical to the mission of the Division and Agency because it allows our public leaders, criminal justice system and citizens to have trust and confidence in the Division’s forensic services; enables the Division’s work product to withstand rigorous legal challenges; aids in the determination of cause and manner of death; enhances public safety by helping remove offenders from the communities; and it preserves justice and protects civil rights through the exoneration of persons falsely accused.

The Forensic Scientist 5 (FS5) is crucial to maintaining the quality of forensic casework in their discipline through their direct involvement in training of staff, ensuring that quality measures are employed on the front line, and providing administrative and technical reviews on all casework.

The FS5 interacts with other laboratory management (Supervisors, Managers, Division Commander, State Toxicologist), the Technical Leads and all other technical and/or administrative personnel. The FS5 interacts with management to gain understanding of current goals, policies and procedures and to suggest improvements or mitigate non-conformities. They direct and review the work of technical personnel (FS1-3) and interact with Administrative staff and Property & Evidence Custodians to ensure smooth operations.

The FS5 also engages with personnel from other laboratories or sections within the Bureau, at functional area meetings, the Agency’s Strategic Advancement Forum, and in technical seminars and training events, when required.

This position is considered critical in the event of Washington State Patrols Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) Designation – For Disaster or Emergency Recovery. This position supports the COOP by having the ability to asses and allocate resources for laboratory operations. 

About the Division:

The mission of the WSP Toxicology Laboratory Division (TLD) is to provide high quality, innovative, and comprehensive toxicology services in support of public health and safety in our community.

About the Agency:
The WSP actively supports Diversity, Equity, Inclusion in the workplace, and is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The WSP strives to create and foster an inclusive culture inspiring everyone to be their authentic selves, speak openly, and be courageous. The WSP continues to focus on equitable hiring, training, and promotional practices and policies through innovative recruitment and retention solutions.  Partnering with our communities helps the WSP provide the best in public safety services now and into the future.

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