FORENSIC SCIENTIST III (TRACE EVIDENCE) 2289
Under general supervision, an employee in this class oversees the technical and/or administrative functions of one (or more) sub-units, disciplines, or areas of specialized responsibilities within the criminalistics section of the crime laboratory. The incumbent coordinates and participates in the performance of highly complex technical analyses in the criminalistics section. The work involves the use and maintenance of highly sophisticated laboratory equipment. The incumbent is expected to perform the most complex examinations in their section, sub-unit, discipline, or area of specialized responsibilities, and may assist the section supervisor in maintaining the section as close to "State of the Art" as possible. The work includes giving testimony at a variety of legal proceedings, and requires the exercise of independent judgment and initiative. Supervision may be exercised over subordinate laboratory staff, and is received from an administrative and/or section supervisor through conferences, case review and established laboratory procedures. May act as a crime scene team leader. Does related work as required.
TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES
Supervises and/or conducts complex laboratory tests of paint and glass, hairs, fibers and other trace evidence requiring the utilization of sophisticated laboratory equipment;
Supervises and/or conducts examinations of tire and footwear comparisons;
May supervise and assign duties to subordinate laboratory staff;
Issues signed reports of analyses performed;
May review reports of varying complexities for correct organization, structure, and format (“Administrative Review”);
May review reports of a level-appropriate complexity for validity of analyses performed (“Technical Review”);
May supervise and/or participate in section quality assurance activities and/or proficiency testing;
Supervises and/or evaluates new methods of analysis in order to assist in keeping section at "State of the Art" levels;
May participate in crime scene investigations;
May act as a crime scene team leader in supervising staff at crime scene investigations, and directing the evaluation, collection, and documentation of evidence;
May receive, store, and release evidence;
May conduct collision reconstruction analyses of motor vehicle collisions;
May assist in the selection and purchase of scientific instruments and assists in maintaining inventory of chemicals and materials;
Gives testimony at a variety of legal proceedings regarding findings and observations;
Consults with administrative supervisor(s) regarding budgetary requirements, training, and quality assurance practices.
FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS
Comprehensive knowledge of conventional, polarizing and comparative microscopy; comprehensive knowledge of analytical chemistry as applied to the analysis of trace evidence; comprehensive knowledge of wet casting and photographic techniques used in the analysis of physical evidence; comprehensive knowledge of modern laboratory methods, procedures and equipment; comprehensive knowledge of penal laws and rules of evidence as they relate to the analysis of trace evidence; skill in laboratory manipulative techniques; ability to train, supervise and evaluate the work of others in a manner conducive to full performance and high morale; ability to make accurate observations and arrive at sound conclusions; ability to perform routine maintenance on complex electronic laboratory equipment; ability to express oneself clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; patience; persistence; good judgment; physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position.
a) Graduation from a college with federally-authorized accreditation or registration by NY State with a Master's Degree in one of the natural or forensic sciences, including or supplemented by sixteen (16) credit hours in chemistry, and five (5) years of professional experience* in the analysis of trace evidence; or,
b) 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, including or supplemented by sixteen (16) credit hours in chemistry, and six (6) years of professional experience* in the analysis of trace evidence.
NOTE: *Professional experience is defined as experience involving independent responsibility for the analysis of evidence or specimens, and includes the signing and issuing of reports. Qualifying experience must have been gained within the last ten (10) years.
Two (2) years of permanent competitive status as a Forensic Scientist II (Trace Evidence).
NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENT
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.