Occ. Code 9212100

 

STATE POLICE FORENSIC SCIENTIST 1, GRADE 14

9212100

STATE POLICE FORENSIC SCIENTIST 2, GRADE 18

9212200

STATE POLICE FORENSIC SCIENTIST 3, GRADE 20

9212300

STATE POLICE FORENSIC SCIENTIST 4, GRADE 23

9212400

 

New York State Department of Civil Service

 

Classification Standard

 

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF CLASS SERIES

 

            State Police Forensic Scientists are non-competitive, highly technical positions, performing a full range of complex analyses of various types of evidence and questioned documents received at the State Police Laboratories and handled in either the Drug Chemistry, Biological Sciences, Toxicology, Trace Evidence or Questioned Document Sections.  These positions are located in the Forensic Investigation Center in Albany and in the Regional Crime Laboratories located in Newburgh, Port Crane and Olean, New York.

 

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

 

            FORENSIC SCIENTIST 1: these entry level positions are essentially trainee positions for the scientist with no previous forensic lab experience.  The Forensic Scientist 1 must successfully complete training in one of the five forensic lab specialties:  Drug Chemistry, Biological Sciences, Toxicology, Trace Evidence or Questioned Documents prior to promotion to Forensic Scientist 2. 

 

            FORENSIC SCIENTIST 2:  is proficient in all the duties of a Forensic Scientist 1 but continues training in their assigned specialty.  They perform analysis on case work which  is technically of limited complexity utilizing standard established procedures.  They plan and execute analyses, including proper quality control procedures, using instrumentation and techniques as necessary as results will be interpreted and findings reported for court purposes. 

 

            FORENSIC SCIENTIST 3:  is proficient in the use of assigned scientific techniques and instrumentation available; performs analysis of complex cases exercising considerable independent judgment; reviews casework of other examiners for peer review; interprets data and results for court purposes.  They provide training for Forensic Scientists 1.

 

            FORENSIC SCIENTIST 4:  participates in the training of Forensic Scientists 1 and in-service training of all other levels of Forensic Scientists.  They analyze evidence in exceptionally complex cases; must be an expert in their forensic field, and maintain technical proficiency in and awareness of the latest technical advances.

 

ILLUSTRATIVE DUTIES

 

·        Analyzes evidence submitted using instrumentation and required techniques in order to adhere to security protocols and policies.

 

·        Interprets results and findings for use in court, or at the lower levels, prepares data for interpretation by higher level Forensic Scientists.

 

·        Uses automated system to record results.

 

·        Maintains and enhances expertise and technical proficiency in the field of forensics.

 

In addition, as a FORENSIC SCIENTIST 2:

 

Performs analysis on cases which are technically of limited complexity with a clearly evident approach utilizing standard established procedures.  When standard procedures are not applicable, will discuss alternate or modified methodology with supervisors prior to conducting analysis. 

 

In addition, as a FORENSIC SCIENTIST 3:

 

Performs analysis on more complex cases and works with little direct supervision.  They refer any unusual or unexpected developments that may occur during the analysis to the Supervisor Forensic Services or the Regional Laboratory Director.  In addition, the Forensic Scientist 3 may be required to assume the duties of the Supervisor Forensic Services in their absence.

 

In addition, as a FORENSIC SCIENTIST 4:

 

Assigns cases to subordinate Forensic Scientists and will analyze and process evidence in exceptionally difficult cases.  Participates in the training of Forensic Scientists 1 and 2; conducting in-service training of other Forensic Scientists, and periodically conducting training in the latest technical advances in the field of forensics.

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

           

            FORENSIC SCIENTIST 1

 

Bachelors Degree in a Natural or Physical Science.

 

            FORENSIC SCIENTIST 2

Bachelors Degree in a Natural or Physical Science and a minimum of eighteen months' satisfactory experience at the Forensic Scientist 1 level or equivalent experience in another laboratory. 

 

            FORENSIC SCIENTIST 3

 

Bachelors Degree in a Natural or Physical Science and a minimum of four years' satisfactory experience performing the duties of a Forensic Scientist 1 and/or 2 or its equivalent in another laboratory. 

 

            FORENSIC SCIENTIST 4

 

Bachelors Degree in the Natural or Physical Sciences and a minimum of six years' satisfactory experience performing the duties of a Forensic Scientist or its equivalent in another laboratory.   A Masters Degree in a Natural or Physical Science or Computer Science may be substituted for one year of the required experience.

 

 

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            These titles perform the same work as the State Police Forensic Scientist 2-4 but in the Biological Sciences Section, conducting analyses in DNA. 

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

 

            STATE POLICE FORENSIC SCIENTIST 2 (DNA)

 

A Bachelors Degree in areas related to biology, chemistry or forensic science and must have successfully completed college course work in graduate and undergraduate levels covering the subject areas of biochemistry, genetics and molecular biology, as well as statistics and/or population genetics as it applies to forensic DNA analysis, and a minimum of eighteen months' satisfactory experience at the Forensic Scientist 1 level or equivalent experience in another laboratory.

 

            STATE POLICE FORENSIC SCIENTIST 3 (DNA)

 

A Bachelors Degree in areas related to biology, chemistry or forensic science and must have successfully completed college course work in graduate and undergraduate levels covering the subject areas of biochemistry, genetics and molecular biology, as well as statistics and/or population genetics as it applies to forensic DNA analysis, and a minimum of four years' satisfactory experience at the Forensic Scientist 1 and/or 2 level or equivalent experience in another laboratory.

 

            STATE POLICE FORENSIC SCIENTIST 4 (DNA)

 

A Bachelors Degree in areas related to biology, chemistry or forensic science and must have successfully completed a minimum of 12 credit hours in graduate and undergraduate course work covering the subject areas of biochemistry, genetics and molecular biology, as well as statistics and/or population genetics as it applies to forensic DNA analysis; and a minimum of six years' satisfactory experience as a Forensic Scientist 1, 2 and/or 3 or equivalent experience in another laboratory.  A Masters Degree in areas related to biology, chemistry, forensic science, or computer science may be substituted for one year of the required experience. 

 

 

 

Date:  8/05

 

 

 

 

NOTE:  Classification Standards illustrate the nature, extent and scope of duties and responsibilities of the classes they describe.  Standards cannot and do not include all of the work that might be appropriately performed by a class.  The minimum qualifications above are those which were required for appointment at the time the Classification Standard was written.  Please contact the Division of Staffing Services for current information on minimum qualification requirements for appointment or examination.