Forensic Analyst - DNA Criminalist
- Summary of Job Duties
**The anticipated start date to fill this vacancy will be after December 24, 2018. This posting is scheduled to close on Tuesday, September 25, 2018 at 5 pm, however may close at any time without prior notice. Thank you.**
Under limited administrative direction, this position performs technical rationalistic work for the Aurora Police Department and associated agencies in the Unified Metropolitan Forensic Crime Laboratory (UMFCL). The work involves performing various tests and analysis on evidence in order to develop facts pertinent to criminal investigations including the analysis of biological material from submitted evidence items; generating written technical reports of all examinations or analysis performed, court preparation and giving expert testimony in court proceedings.
City of Aurora, Colorado
It is an exciting time to work for the City of Aurora, we're growing and looking for dedicated and collaborative individuals to join our team of talented and valued employees. Excellent organizations have a set of principles, or core values, that are used to implement their mission and vision. Those values represent the touchstone for the organization, guiding the decisions of the individuals and the organization. At the City of Aurora, we demonstrate our excellence by modeling the CORE 4 Values of: Integrity, Respect, Professionalism, and Customer Service, and we welcome all who share these values to apply.
Why Work for Aurora?
- Make a difference in the lives of real people every day
- Diverse community
- Competitive total compensation package
- Well-Funded General Employees Retirement Plan
- Light rail station minutes away
- On-site fitness center and overall employee well-being programs
- Internal educational programs to assist with career advancement
- Access to innovation work spaces
The Aurora Police Department
The Vision of the Aurora Police Department is to be the safest largest city in America. In 2017 the City of Aurora was named the Safest Largest City in Colorado and the 7th overall safest city in the nation. Within the Aurora Police Department there are four separate divisions: Operations; Metro; Compliance and Professional Standards; and Business Services and employees over 800 Civil Service and Career Service employees whose mission is to Make Aurora Safer Every Day.
To be employed by the Aurora Police Department you will need to successfully pass a background test, polygraph test, and fingerprint screening, along with other conditions of employment; drug test and verification of employment. Because of this, there is a longer recruitment process, we thank you in advance.
Despite changes in the Colorado law, the City of Aurora maintains a drug free workplace. A positive test for marijuana is grounds for disqualification or termination once hired.
- Primary Duties and Responsibilities
The following duty statements are illustrative of the essential functions of the job and do not include other non-essential or marginal duties that may be required:
Responsible for the recognition, identification, documentation, and scientific collection of physical evidence pertinent to the investigation of a criminal act
- Examines evidence items to discover, preserve, collect, photograph, and identify samples for analysis.
- Performs presumptive testing, confirmatory testing and DNA analysis on evidence items
- Collects trace evidence
- Interprets the scientific data gathered and prepares meaningful reports in a manner to be presented to a judge and jury in a court of law
- Prepares detailed reports and documentation for investigative use and court proceedings
- Prepares, processes and maintains a variety of written reports and records pertaining to lab processes and activities
- Documents, handles, packages, and receives evidence to maintain chain of custody in accordance with established forensic practices under state and federal laws
- Appears in court as an expert witness as required
- Instructs others in forensics, DNA evidence collection, and provides training seminars, to include outside law enforcement agencies under mutual aid requests
- May be assigned to train new employees and or act as a trainer to coworkers in specific specialty areas.
- Operates computers and standard office equipment including commonly used computer software programs required by the position
- Maintains regular and acceptable attendance
- May perform duties both in the office and in the field
- Interacts effectively with others
- Performs other duties as assigned
- Minimum Qualifications
- Bachelor's Degree in biology, chemistry, forensic science or a closely related field
- Two years of experience in performing laboratory duties associated with the processing of biological and DNA evidence in a law enforcement agency
- Master's Degree in Forensic Science, Natural Science, Criminalistics, or a closely related field
- Three to five years of experience performing DNA Analysis in a law enforcement agency
- Extensive knowledge of modern forensic laboratory equipment and procedures
- Extensive knowledge of the work flow of a forensic crime lab
- Considerable knowledge of criminal law, criminal court proceedings and rules of evidence
- Must meet the education requirements of the Quality Assurance Standards for Forensic DNA Testing Laboratories
- Knowledge of DNA QAS documents and ISO 17025:2017 standards
- Knowledge and use of the CODIS database systems
- Knowledge of forensic DNA statistical calculations
- Knowledge of computers and commonly used computer software programs
- Ability to operate computers and commonly used computer software programs, as well as any other standard office equipment as required by position
- Ability to give professional expert testimony in courts of law
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with superiors, coworkers and other law enforcement/judicial personnel
- Ability to communicate effectively in verbal and written English, to include public speaking
- Ability to apply sound reasoning and decision-making
- Ability to interact in a professional manner with all staff
- Ability to get along well with others
- Strong analytical and communication skills
- Skills in the use of standard office equipment as well as commonly used software programs utilized the in the Crime Lab
- Must possess a valid Colorado Driver's License.
- Working Conditions
The following are some of the physical demands commonly associated with this position. They are included for informational purposes and are not all inclusive.
Occasionally: Activity exists less than 1/3 of the time.
Frequently: Activity exists between 1/3 and 2/3 of the time.
Constantly: Activity exists more than 2/3 of the time.
- Spends 60% of the time sitting and 40% of the time either standing or walking while in the field or office
- Must possess sufficient strength to lift and carry equipment and/or evidence up to 50 lbs. with or without assistance
- Frequently pushes, pulls, climbs, balances, stoops, kneels, crouches, reaches, handles and feels while in the field and office
- Constantly uses oral and auditory capacity enabling interpersonal communication as well as communication through automated devices such as the two way radio, intercom system and telephone
- Constantly uses visual and fine/gross motor skills enabling the use of office and field equipment.
- Occasionally uses visual and fine/gross motor skills enabling the safe operation of a vehicle during normal, and hazardous weather situations
- Frequently uses visual capacity including color vision in order to distinguish color/descriptions of evidence items
- Frequently uses olfactory sensory capabilities to detect hazardous situations
- Work environment includes primarily indoor locations, but may also include outdoor locations.
- Exposure to inclement weather and the elements may exist during crime scene examinations and analyses.
- Other hazards may include exposure to harmful chemicals, carcinogenic substances and fumes, although safeguards are provided.
- This position is subject to call for assignments that require working nights, weekends and holidays as deemed necessary
- Use of standard office equipment that includes a computer system
- Use of required laboratory equipment
For Veterans points: Please show all of your employment history, including military service and related documentation (DD214) on the application.
The City of Aurora is an equal opportunity employer. We are required by state and federal agencies to keep certain statistical records on applicants. It will not be used in any way to discriminate against you because of your sex, race, age, sexual orientation, creed, national origin, disability or military status, gender identity, unless related to a bona fide occupational qualification as defined by the Colorado Civil Rights Commission and the Equal Opportunity Commission.
If you need assistance in completing this application, please feel free to contact our office at: 303-739-7225 or visit us at 15151 E Alameda Pkwy., Suite 3500, Aurora, CO 80012.