Forensic Analyst
County of Washington
 Hillsboro, OR


JOB #2019-326

Washington County's Sheriff's Office is seeking to fill Forensic Analyst vacancies in their Forensic Science Unit. The Forensic Analyst utilizes a variety of technical and scientific skills to identify and analyze physical and trace evidence collected at crime scenes as part of a criminal investigation.

Incumbents in this position will function as both certified latent print examiners and certified crime scene analysts. Successful candidates will be expected to perform advanced journey-level work and use a significant level of independence, judgment, and expertise in the forensic analysis of physical and trace evidence that has been collected from crime scenes. Forensic Analysts also perform higher-level analysis of crime scene evidence, including cases involving violent crimes.

The ideal candidate will demonstrate strong analytical skills, a high degree of accuracy, as well as stellar communication skills and technical expertise related to developing and examining friction ridge detail and processing crime scenes. In this role, you will frequently utilize various forensic tools, equipment, and chemistry to include dye-stains, forensic light sources, photography, presumptive tests, Automated Fingerprint Identification Systems and Photoshop. If this sounds like the career you've been seeking, then Come Lead with Us at the Washington County's Sheriff's Office!

To learn more about the fascinating work of our Law Enforcement professionals, visit: Washington County's Sheriff's Office.

Washington County offers employees a collaborative culture, work-life balance, and a comprehensive benefits package. Working within Washington County provides daily opportunities to serve and build communities now and into the future. We are an equal opportunity employer with a commitment to a diverse and inclusive workforce. Women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


Duties may include:

  • Analyzes and compares latent print impressions.
  • Enters and searches unidentified finger and palm prints through various Automated Biometric Identification Systems.
  • Conducts laboratory processing of evidence for latent prints, blood, DNA, and other trace evidence using various chemical and physical development techniques.
  • Examines crime scenes to locate and identify forensic evidence related to criminal investigations.
  • Collects physical and trace evidence at crime scenes using a variety of tools, chemicals, and substances.
  • Conducts specialized photography in the laboratory and in the field.
  • Packages, processes, stores and transports physical evidence in a manner that preserves its integrity.
  • Maintains technical and functional control of crime scenes to preserve integrity of crime scene evidence.
  • Documents and records data on all seized evidence. Prepares reports of findings, investigative methods, and collection techniques.
  • Gives courtroom testimony as an expert witness on latent print examinations, evidence collection techniques, and procedures.
  • Keeps forensic skills, certifications, and methodologies current; trains in departmental standards of evidence collection and evidence processing.
  • Provides training and guidance to new Forensic Technicians; shares forensic expertise with staff; conducts training and information sharing with other agencies and outside groups such as schools and professional organizations.


Education and Experience:

A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

  • Possession of a Master of Science Degree in forensic science, biology, chemistry, physics, quantitative analysis, or related field; OR
  • Possession of a Bachelor of Science Degree in forensic science, biology, chemistry, physics, quantitative analysis, or related field; AND two (2) years of work experience in forensic science, biology, chemistry, physics, quantitative analysis, public safety, or related field; OR
  • Possession of an Associate of Science Degree in forensic science, biology, chemistry, physics, quantitative analysis, or related field; AND four (4) years of work experience in forensic science, biology, chemistry, physics, quantitative analysis, public safety, or related field; AND possession of certification by the International Association for Identification as a Latent Print Examiner (CLPE).

If you have completed education in a foreign college or university and are using this education to meet the minimum qualifications, you must provide documentation that the foreign education is comparable to that received within the United States' accredited college or university system or your application will not be accepted.

Additional Licenses, Certificates, Physical Abilities and Specialty Requirements:

  • Possession of a Driver's license valid in the State of Oregon and an acceptable driving record per Washington County policy.
  • Must pass background investigation and be free of felony convictions; Criminal conviction or dishonorable or undesirable discharge may result in disqualification.
  • Must be able to work irregular hours and or respond to crimes scenes during off duty hours.

Refer to the Forensic Analyst classification specifications for the complete job description and details.

Please be clear and specific in the applicable sections of the employment application about how your background is relevant. This information must also be consistent with your supplemental question responses if applicable. Please note: Answers to the supplemental questions are typically evaluated separately from your application.

Department of Motor Vehicle Records (DMV) Requirement:

Driving a motorized vehicle is an essential function of this position. Successful applicants must possess a valid driver's license and an acceptable driving record. To review the Driver's License and Record Policy for Washington County and instructions for submitting appropriate DMV documentation, please use this link: Driver's License & Records Policy. SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION

Washington County is committed to using a Merit Based System in which recruiting, selecting, and advancing employees is based on their relative knowledge, skills, and abilities.

Selection Process:

  • An evaluation of training and experience of submitted application packets will be performed by Human Resources. The timeframe to review will be the week of November 25, 2019.
  • A Subject Matter Expert (SME) Panel will perform an in-depth evaluation of experience and training taken from your employment application materials to include responses to supplemental questionnaire. This process will begin after December 2, 2019.
  • Washington County will perform DMV records checks on candidates that successfully pass the SME Panel review step in the selection process.
  • Our goal is to schedule oral panel interviews with candidates that successfully passed the DMV evaluation step as soon as possible.

Please note: Candidates that are successful in the evaluation process may have their applications referred for additional vacancies in the same classification, or job family.

Veterans' Preference:

If you are a Veteran and would like to be considered for a Veterans' preference for this recruitment, please review instructions using this link: Veterans Preference Points.

Accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act:

Reasonable accommodation is available to anyone whose specific disability prevents them from completing this application or participating in the selection process for this recruitment. To obtain confidential assistance please contact Human Resources 503-846-8606, or e-mail at: at least 48 hours before any step in the recruitment and selection process for which you feel you need accommodation.

Status of Your Application:

You will be advised by e-mail of your status at each step in the application process, from initial application to final employment disposition. Please note that Washington County communicates with all candidates via email. If you “opt out“ or “unsubscribe“ of email notification from notices in NEOGOV it will impact our ability to communicate with you about job postings.

Questions (?) Regarding This Recruitment

Rebecca Tabra,Talent Acquisition Business Partner

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