STATE CLASSIFICATION JOB DESCRIPTION
Salary Group B19
Class No. 6052
FORENSIC SCIENTIST I
Performs entry-level forensic science work. Work involves conducting laboratory tests, conducting analyses, and identifying physical evidence from crime scenes; interpreting analytical results; establishing and maintaining records pertaining to casework and court testimony; preparing technical reports; and testifying as an expert witness in court. Works under close supervision, with minimal latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.
EXAMPLES OF WORK PERFORMED
Conducts laboratory tests and performs analysis to compare and identify physical evidence from crime scenes.
Conducts chemical tests and analyses of gunshot residue, and transcribes and interprets ribbon types.
Conducts shotgun spread pattern tests and visible powder burn determinations for distance determination, or conducts paper edge examinations for cutter marks.
Prepares metals and other materials for visual and microscopic examinations to restore data eradications or obliterations and latent writing impressions.
Prepares casework and receives, catalogs, and files evidence.
Prepares reports on examinations conducted.
Serves as an expert witness or testifies in court regarding the results of the analyses of physical evidence.
Participates in conducting proficiency testing to ensure validity of evidence testing.
Assists in conducting macroscopic, microscopic, and physical examinations of evidence.
May conduct chemical analyses on suspected controlled substances.
May conduct analyses of blood and breath for alcohol content and of stains to determine the presence of animal or human blood, its type, and genetic markers.
May conduct examinations and comparisons of hair, paint, cloth, and fiber and examine clothing to retrieve and identify physical trace evidence.
May perform maintenance checks on breath-testing equipment and establish and maintain records of maintenance, court testimony, and breath-test operator certifications.
May perform latent print identification work.
May function as a member of a disaster team.
Performs related work as assigned.
GENERAL QUALIFICATION GUIDELINES
Experience and Education
Experience in forensic science work. Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major coursework in physical science, criminal justice, or a related field is generally preferred. Experience and education may be substituted for one another.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Knowledge of fingerprint identification techniques; of proper evidence and hazardous chemical handling procedures; of forensic principles, techniques, and procedures; of criminal court proceedings and rules of evidence; and of weapons and ammunition.
Skill in the use of laboratory equipment and materials and in the use of a computer and applicable software.
Ability to conduct microscopic and macroscopic examinations, to prepare reports, to recommend improvements in methodology and equipment, to conduct crime scene investigations, to perform instrumental chemical analyses, and to communicate effectively.
Registration, Certification, or Licensure
May require a Texas Breath Alcohol Testing Regulations certification.
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