Forensic Specialist (Civil Service)

US Government, Sheriff

TOTAL COMPENSATION: $71,655.47 – $100,282.76 – 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 starting pay will begin at $26.91 on the pay scale; incumbent will have a pay increase after six (6) full months of employment and will have annual increases thereafter, maxing out at the top step of the pay scale. This is not a remote-work position; all work will be performed in-person.  
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.

Forensic Specialists perform extremely critical work in the identification of criminal offenders through the collection, preservation and evaluation of physical evidence obtained from crime scenes. Primary functions of this position include friction ridge examination, photography, and crime scene investigation.


REQUIRED ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTS CHECKLIST – Documents MUST be uploaded with your application:

 Open Entry Applicants: Please review the following required documents:

  • Copy of Valid Driver’s License (front side only)
  • Copy of any training records or certifications relevant to the position 
  • Copy of DD-214 Member Form 4 (if applicable; see RCW 41.04.010 as to how Veteran’s Preference is applied)
  • Copy of Permanent Resident Card AKA “Green Card” (if applicable; front side only)
  • Official Transcripts from the school of your highest level of education and/or transcripts showing proof of your highest degree obtained. All transcripts must be official documents; they cannot be uploaded by applicants to your application.

Examples: if you graduated high school and have some college credits, but no degree, you will need to order BOTH high school and your college transcripts; if you have an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree and no additional college, then only order the transcript showing proof of your degree; if you have an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree plus additional college, please order BOTH college transcripts, etc. 

Accepted methods for transcript submission:

  1. Electronic Submission: If your school distributes official, electronic transcripts, have your school registrar email the official transcripts directly to: (electronic transcripts will ONLY be accepted if sent directly by the school registrar or their 3rd party affiliate; applicants may not email transcripts directly)
  2. Alternate Arrangements: If your school does not issue electronic transcripts, please email: to make alternate arrangements.

Resumes are not accepted in lieu of complete applications.
 Promotional Applicants: Please review the following requirements:

  • Professional Resume – 2 pages maximum
  • Copy of training records with the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office (these can be downloaded from SETS)
  • 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)


Applicants who meet the minimum requirements will be sent a Training & Experience form. *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: Date to be determined depending on the number of qualified applications received.
Overall Placement on the eligibility list will be determined by 
50% Training & Experience Form and 50% oral board interview score. An overall combined 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 online/virtual, over-the-phone, or outside testing facilities are permitted. No exceptions.

**This  job posting is to create a merged eligibility list from which all Forensic Specialist positions in the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office will be filled; applicants already on the eligibility list need not re-apply.**

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