FORENSIC SCIENTIST TRAINEE 2280
Under direct supervision, an employee in this class performs entry-level work and receives training in one of the following forensic science specialties: firearms, drug chemistry, trace evidence, questioned documents, biological sciences, or toxicology. The incumbent performs routine laboratory functions while learning the theory, principles and techniques of professional work in the chosen specialty area, and is expected to function with increasing independence as knowledge and expertise are gained. After two (2) years of continuous service as a permanent Forensic Scientist Trainee, the incumbent achieves permanent competitive status as a Forensic Scientist I (Firearms), Forensic Scientist I (Drug Chemistry), Forensic Scientist I (Trace Evidence), Forensic Scientist I (Q.D.), Forensic Scientist I (Biological Sciences) or Forensic Scientist I (Toxicology) without further examination. Does related work as required.
TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES
Performs routine examinations and tests relevant to the chosen specialty area;
Participates in documentation and collection of evidence at crime scenes;
Maintains accurate notes and records of observations and procedures;
Prepares solutions and reagents;
Prepares evidence collection kits;
Performs clean-up duties, including the care of glassware.
May participate in quality assurance activities.
FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS
Working knowledge of the principles and techniques of such chemical, biological and/or physical sciences as are utilized in the chosen forensic science specialty area; working knowledge of modern laboratory methods, procedures and equipment; working knowledge of penal and public health laws as they apply to the particular specialty area; skill in laboratory manipulative techniques; ability to operate or assist in the operation of complex laboratory equipment; ability to perform assigned analyses and tests according to prescribed procedures; ability to make accurate observations and arrive at sound conclusions; patience; persistence; good judgment; physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position.
Biological Sciences Specialty: Graduation from a college with federally-authorized accreditation or registration by NY State with a Bachelor's Degree in one of the natural or forensic sciences, which includes or is supplemented by three (3) credit hours in biochemistry, three (3) credit hours in genetics, three (3) credit hours in molecular biology, and three (3) credit hours in either statistics or population genetics.
All Other Specialties: Graduation from a college with federally-authorized accreditation or registration by NY State with a Bachelor's Degree in one of the natural or forensic sciences, which includes or is supplemented by sixteen (16) credit hours in chemistry.
NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENT:
Depending upon assignment, possession of a professional license and registration, issued by the New York State Education Department, as a Clinical Laboratory Technologist will be required. Candidate must maintain the license throughout employment in the assignment.
At the time of appointment and during employment in this title, employees will be required to possess a valid license to operate a motor vehicle in New York State.
Candidates will be subject to a background investigation.