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Sr Forensic Scientist: DNA

Jefferson County, Colorado

Jefferson County, Colorado

Golden, CO, USA
Posted on Saturday, June 1, 2024
Starting Pay for this position is $33.53 Hourly. Top out pay after time and performance merit is $53.30 Hourly

Please apply by June 12, 2024.

The Forensic Scientist Sr. performs advanced level forensic work for challenging, complex, and difficult cases. Establishes and evaluates methods, practices, and procedures, maintains equipment, and conducts specific laboratory analyses on physical evidence in area of discipline. Analysis of evidence based on area of assignment: chemistry, latent print, forensic biology, and firearms.

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Sheriff Criminal Investigations Division

Management Level

Individual Contributor

Scheduled Weekly Hours


Benefit Eligibility

This position is eligible for Standard Benefits which includes dental, medical, and vision insurance, paid time off and holidays, retirement matching, wellness programs, and tuition reimbursement.


  • *** Starting pay for this position is currently $33.53/hour.
  • Participate in the development and updating of policies and procedures. Ensure and maintain a secure chain-of-custody of evidence and advises lower-level staff on proper procedures. Make accurate observations regarding examination; prepares detailed notes and comprehensive written reports regarding examinations and properly documents all case-related communications with other parties within a laboratory information management system software environment.
  • Complete accurate and timely instrument maintenance, reagent preparation, equipment validation/verification and all quality checks. Provide input on equipment purchases, updates, and resources.
  • Participate in pre-trial conferences and hearings for assigned challenging and complex cases. Appear in federal, state, and local courts as an expert witness and present fair and impartial court testimony concerning scientific results of analyses and interpret these results to the court.
  • Create and present technical trainings. Provide guidance, and advice to less experienced laboratory personnel, law enforcement officers, attorneys, or speaking to interested groups on the methods of analysis employed in the laboratory and in the methods of collecting and preserving evidence.
  • Interact and work effectively and professionally with customers. Communicates with other laboratories to collaborate.
  • Participation in drafting, executing and writing reports for validations as needed.
  • Professional development - Remains current in scientific advancements in the forensic field by reading technical publications, making presentations, and/or attending training/conferences.
  • Accreditation/certification standards (lab and personal) - Participates in and maintains all aspects of laboratory accreditation standards. Obtain certification and maintain certification standards.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Ability to work outside of normal business hours.

Deadline for applications is June 12, 2024.


Bachelor's Degree


Work Experience: Minimum three years




Enforcement & Protective Services