$56,676.00 - $102,540.00 Annually Location :
King County - Federal Way, WA Job Type:
Full Time - Permanent Job Number:
Multiple_FS3_Federal Way Department:
Washington State Patrol Division:
Toxicology Laboratory Division Opening Date:
09/07/2023 Closing Date:
9/28/2023 11:59 PM Pacific Salary Information:
The high end of the salary range, Step M is typically a longevity step
The first review of applications will begin on October 2, 2023
. There are 5 positions
that this recruitment will fill.
In addition to the salary there is a 5% King County location pay
that will be included.
This position has been designated as "in-training"; as such WSP will consider filling this position at the Forensic Scientist 3, Forensic Scientist 2, or Forensic Scientist 1 level. The salary range will depend upon at which level the position is filled at and the qualifications of the successful candidate.
Forensic Scientist 1: In-training Approx. 12 months$4,723 to $6,349Forensic Scientist 2: In-trainingApprox. 18 months$5,214 to $7,016 Forensic Scientist 3: In-trainingApprox. 6 months$6,349 to $8,545 About the Position:
The Forensic Scientist
provides expert forensic analysis of toxicology evidence involved in criminal cases. This position provides the critical public safety link between the commission of crime and subsequent investigation and prosecution of the persons responsible. About the Division:
The Washington State Toxicology Laboratory Division
, established in 1963, performs drug and alcohol testing for coroners, medical examiners, law enforcement agencies, prosecuting attorneys, and the State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) in all 39 Washington counties. The Division receives approximately 16,000 cases per year of which approximately 65 percent are law enforcement DUI cases and 35 percent coroner/medical examiner cases. The Division is overseen by the State Toxicologist/Division Commander and has a staff of 44 personnel consisting of Management, Forensic Scientist Supervisors, Forensic Scientists, Quality Assurance, Property and Evidence Custodians, and Administrative staff. Forensic Scientists perform analysis of samples submitted to the laboratory and provide court testimony as experts on alcohol, drugs, and their effects. About the Agency:
The WSP actively supports Diversity, Equity, Inclusion in the workplace, and is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The WSP strives to create and foster an inclusive culture inspiring everyone to be their authentic selves, speak openly, and be courageous. The WSP continues to focus on equitable hiring, training, and promotional practices and policies through innovative recruitment and retention solutions. Partnering with our communities helps the WSP provide the best in public safety services now and into the future.
WSP is currently seeking 5 Forensic Scientist 3's (FS3) to join the Toxicology Division in Federal Way, WA. Our new teammate will be able to:
- Conduct case analyses on evidence submitted to the toxicology lab.
- Receive continued training on complex casework, as well as the operation and maintenance of laboratory instruments.
- Provide court testimony in Washington and other states.
- Participate in Quality Assurance (including instrument maintenance, peer batch review, method development and validation, and proficiency testing).
- Other duties as assigned.
Qualifications Required Qualifications:
- Bachelor's degree in a natural science, forensic science or closely related field. (Examples of related fields include but are not limited to: pharmacology, medical technology, analytical chemistry, biochemistry, clinical chemistry, nuclear chemistry, genetics, cellular or molecular biology or toxicology.)
- Chemistry coursework required. 20 semester or 30 quarter hours. Including a minimum of 5 quarter hours of quantitative chemistry laboratory or equivalent (with a passing grade)
You must submit a cover letter, resume, and unofficial transcripts when you apply.Why work for the Washington State Patrol?
- Successful completion of a pre-employment polygraph examination and background investigation.
- Valid Washington State Driver's License
- Willing to travel statewide, and other states, for court testimony
- A healthy life/work balance by offering flexible schedules and telework options for most positions.
- Infants at Work Program based on the long-term health values of infant-parent bonding and breastfeeding newborns.
- Continuous growth and development opportunities.
- Opportunities to serve your community and make an impact through meaningful work
- Employment opportunities that recognize military veterans and/or military spouse per Governor Executive Order 19-01
- Qualification for the
Supplemental Information This recruitment may be used to fill multiple vacancies.
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. WSP Policy 1.04.020
- WSP does not engage in, or assist with, civil immigration enforcement, therefore; In no stage of the hiring process will the immigration status of family members of the candidate be investigated by the Washington State Patrol. Questions? Please contact Monica Simpsonat Check us out on: | | | | | More than Just a Paycheck!
Employee benefits are not just about the kind of services you get, they are also about how much you may have to pay out of pocket. Washington State offers one of the most competitive benefits packages in the nation.
We understand that your life revolves around more than just your career. Like everyone, your first priority is ensuring that you and your family will maintain health and financial security. That's why choice is a key component of our benefits package. We have a selection of health and retirement plans, paid leave, staff training and other compensation benefits that you can mix and match to meet your current and future needs. Read about our benefits:
The following information describes typical benefits available for full-time employees who are expected to work more than six months. Actual benefits may vary by appointment type or be prorated for other than full-time work (e.g. part-time); view the job posting for benefits details for job types other than full-time. Note:
If the position offers benefits which differ from the following, the job posting should include the specific benefits. Insurance Benefits
Employees and their families are covered by medical (including vision), dental and basic life insurance. There are multiple medical plans with affordable monthly premiums that offer coverage throughout the state.
Staff are eligible to enroll each year in a medical flexible spending account which enables them to use tax-deferred dollars toward their health care expenses. Employees are also covered by basic life and long-term disability insurance, with the option to purchase additional coverage amounts.
To view premium rates, coverage choice in your area and how to enroll, please visit the Public Employees Benefits Board (PEBB) website. The Washington Wellness program from the Health Care Authority works with PEBB to support our workplace wellness programs.
Dependent care assistance allows the employee to save pre-tax dollars for a child or elder care expenses.
Other insurance coverage for auto, boat, home, and renter insurance is available through payroll deduction.
The Washington State Employee Assistance Program promotes the health and well-being of employees. Retirement and Deferred Compensation
State Employees are members of the Washington Public Employees' Retirement System (PERS). New employees have the option of two employer contributed retirement programs. For additional information, check out the Department of Retirement Systems' web site.
Employees also have the ability to participate in the Deferred Compensation Program (DCP). This is a supplemental retirement savings program (similar to an IRA) that allows you control over the amount of pre-tax salary dollars you defer as well as the flexibility to choose between multiple investment options. Social Security
All state employees are covered by the federal Social Security and Medicare systems. The state and the employee pay an equal amount into the system. Public Service Loan Forgiveness
If you are employed by a government or not-for-profit organization, and meet the qualifying criteria, you may be eligible to receive student loan forgiveness under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. Holidays
Full-time and part-time employees are entitled to paid holidays and one paid personal holiday per calendar year. Note:
Employees who are members of certain Unions may be entitled to additional personal leave day(s), please refer to position specific Collective Bargaining Agreements for more information.
Full-time employees who work full monthly schedules qualify for holiday compensation if they are employed before the holiday and are in pay status for at least 80 nonovertime hours during the month of the holiday; or for the entire work shift preceding the holiday.
Part-time employees who are in pay status during the month of the holiday qualify for the holiday on a pro-rata basis. Compensation for holidays (including personal holiday) will be proportionate to the number of hours in pay status in the month to that required for full-time employment, excluding all holiday hours. Pay status includes hours worked and time on paid leave. Sick Leave
Full-time employees earn eight hours of sick leave per month. Overtime eligible employees who are in pay status for less than 80 hours per month, earn a monthly proportionate to the number of hours in pay status, in the month to that required for full-time employment. Overtime exempt employees who are in pay status for less than 80 hours per month do not earn a monthly accrual of sick leave.
Sick leave accruals for part-time employees will be proportionate to the number of hours in pay status, in the month to that required for full-time employment. Pay status includes hours worked, time on paid leave and paid holiday. Vacation (Annual Leave)
Full-time employees accrue vacation leave at the rates specified in (1) or the applicable collective bargaining agreement (CBA). Full-time employees who are in pay status for less than 80 nonovertime hours in a month do not earn a monthly accrual of vacation leave.
Part-time employees accrue vacation leave hours in accordance with (1) or the applicable collective bargaining agreement (CBA) on a pro rata basis. Vacation leave accrual will be proportionate to the number of hours in pay status, in the month to that required for full-time employment.
Pay status includes hours worked, time on paid leave and paid holiday.
As provided in , an employer may authorize a lump-sum accrual of vacation leave or accelerate the vacation leave accrual rate to support the recruitment and/or retention of a candidate or employee for a Washington Management Service position. Vacation leave accrual rates may only be accelerated using the rates established WAC 357-31-165. Note:
Most agencies follow the civil service rules covering leave and holidays for exempt
employees even though there is no requirement for them to do so. However, agencies are required to adhere to the applicable RCWs pertaining holidays and leave. Military Leave
Washington State supports members of the armed forces with 21 days paid military leave per year. Bereavement Leave
Most employees whose family member or household member dies, are entitled to three (3) days of paid bereavement leave. In addition, the employer may approve other available leave types for the purpose of bereavement leave. Additional Leave
Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
Leave Without Pay
Please visit the State HR Website for more detailed information regarding benefits.
No additional point value is given for questions 1-3. Have you ever worked for the Washington State Patrol (WSP)?
If you answered "yes" to question #1, what month/year were you last employed with WSP?
If you answered "yes" to question #1, what district/division were you assigned to prior to separation from WSP?
+WSP-PBE01 - The Washington State Patrol has strict hiring standards for all employees within our agency. Carefully review questions 5 - 23 and respond honestly. If you are selected to move forward in the hiring process, you will be required to respond to these questions during a polygraph test. UNTRUTHFUL RESPONSES WILL RESULT IN YOUR PERMANENT DISQUALIFICATION FOR EMPLOYMENT WITH OUR AGENCY. "POSSESSION" is defined as having actual physical control of any illegal (non-prescribed) drug for personal use with the intent to commit a crime. "USE" is defined as trying, testing, or experimenting - which includes but is not limited to - tasting, smoking, injecting, absorbing, sniffing, or inhaling. Do you understand the importance of answering these questions honestly AND that untruthful responses will permanently disqualify you from employment with our agency?
+WSP-PBE02 - For the questions related to past drug use, definitions of illegal Schedule 1-5 drugs are listed here for your reference: Schedule I (RCW 69.50.204) - Examples could include: Codeine, Heroin, Morphine, Ecstasy, LSD, Peyote, GHB, Methaqualone, Cannabis, etc.Schedule II (RCW 69.50.206) - Examples could include: Opium, Cocaine, Codeine, Hydrocodone, Oxycodone, Methadone, Methamphetamine, Amphetamine, Depressants, Hallucinogenic substances, etc. Schedule III (RCW 69.50.208) - Examples could include: Stimulants, Depressants, Hallucinogens, Ketamine, Anabolic steroids, Hallucinogenic substances, etc. Schedule IV (RCW 69.50.210) - Examples could include: Barbital, Diazepam, Fludiazepam, Halazepam, Lorazepam, Phenobarbital, etc. Schedule V (RCW 69.50.212). Have you possessed or used any non-prescribed Schedule 1-5 drugs (except for Cannabis) over five (5) times combined within the last 10 years? This also applies to synthetic versions of these drugs.
+WSP-PBE03 - Have you possessed or used any non-prescribed Schedule 1-5 drugs (except for Cannabis) in the last three (3) years? This also applies to synthetic versions of these drugs.
+WSP-PBE04 - Have you possessed or used Cannabis in the past one (1) year - excluding topical CBD oils, creams, etc.?
+WSP-PBE05 - Have you been convicted of Driving Under the Influence (DUI) within the last 10 years?
+WSP-PBE06 - Have you been convicted of a misdemeanor involving DUI more than once?
+WSP-PBE07 - Have you ever injected any non-prescribed illegal drugs?
+WSP-PBE08 - Have you ever knowingly trafficked, sold, offered to sell, or transported for sale any illegal drugs after age 13?
+WSP-PBE09 - Have you ever possessed or used any non-prescribed Schedule 1-5 drugs (except Cannabis) after submitting any law enforcement application?
+WSP-PBE10 - Have you ever possessed or used Heroin or its derivatives?
+WSP-PBE11 - Have you ever used or illegally possessed any non-prescribed Schedule 1-5 drugs while employed by a law enforcement agency (this includes military law enforcement)?
+WSP-PBE12 - For the following questions, the term "conviction" refers to any disposition adverse to you. A decision not to prosecute, a dismissal, or acquittal will not be considered a conviction for the purpose of these questions; however, a dismissal received after a period of probation, suspension, or deferral of prosecution or sentence will be considered a conviction for the purposes of these questions. Have you ever been convicted of a felony?
+WSP-PBE13 - Have you intentionally inhaled (huffed) any aerosol or substance (nitrous oxide, whippets, paint, glue, DXM, etc.) in the last three (3) years?
+WSP-PBE14 - Have you ever been convicted of a misdemeanor involving the use or possession of firearms in the commission of a crime, crimes of violence (i.e., domestic violence, assault, sex crimes, etc.), or controlled substances?
+WSP-PBE15 - Have you been convicted of a misdemeanor in the last three (3) years?
+WSP-PBE16 - Have you been convicted of a misdemeanor (other than those listed in PBE14) OVER the age of 21?
+WSP-PBE17 - Have you ever been convicted of a misdemeanor UNDER the age of 21?
+WSP-PBE18 - Have you been convicted of more than two (2) major moving violations (Reckless Driving, Negligent Driving 2nd Degree, etc.) in the last five years?
+WSP-PBE19 - Have you ever been convicted of a crime or had a charge reduced or dismissed for any reason?
+WSP-PBE20 - If you answered Yes to one or more questions listed in #5 through #22, you MUST provide detailed information (including dates) for each situation. NOT PROVIDING AN EXPLANATION FOR EACH YES ANSWER WILL DISQUALIFY YOU FROM FURTHER CONSIDERATION FOR THIS POSITION. If you marked No to each of these questions please type -Does not apply-.
Are you legally authorized to work in the United States?
Will you now or in the future require 'sponsorship for an immigration-related employment benefit?For purposes of this question "sponsorship for an immigration-related employment benefit" means "an H-IB visa petition, an 0-1 visa petition, an E-3 visa petition, TN status and 'job flexibility benefits' (also known as 1-140 portability or Adjustment of Status portability) for long-delayed adjustment of status applications that have been pending for 180 days or longer." (please contact us at the email address on the bottom of this job posting if you are uncertain whether you may need immigration sponsorship or desire clarification.)
Do you possess a valid, unrestricted Washington state drivers license or are you able to obtain one within 30 days of employment?
Which of the following best describes your highest level of education?
- High School Diploma or GED equivalent.
- Some College but no degree.
- Associates Degree.
- Bachelor's Degree or Higher.
- None of the above.
If you have a Bachelor's Degree or higher please select any of the fields below that apply.(Please check all that apply or select N/A)
- Natural Science
- Forensic Science
- Medical Technology
- Analytical Chemistry
- Clinical Chemistry
- Nuclear Chemistry
- Molecular Biology
Do you have 20 semester or 30 quarter hours of chemistry coursework including a minimum of 5 quarter hours of quantitative chemistry laboratory or equivalent (with a passing grade)?
How many years of technical experience in a forensic laboratory do you have performing analyses of biological evidence?
- I have less than 12 months experience
- I have 1 year of experience
- I have 2 years of experience
- I have 3-4 years of experience
- I do not have this experience
How many year of experience do you have testifying as an expert witness in courts of law?
- I have at least 12 months' experience.
- I at least 2 years of experience.
- I at least 3 years of experience.
- I have more than 4 years of experience.
- I have no experience.
This position requires you to travel statewide and to other states for court testimony. Are you willing to travel?
Do you have course work experience in: (Please check all that apply or select N/A)
- Human Anatomy and Physiology
Which of the following best describes your experience working with Microsoft Office products (Outlook, Excel, Word).
- I have LESS THAN 24 months of this type of experience.
- I have AT LEAST 2 years of this type of experience.
- I have at least 3 years of this type of experience.
- I have at least 4 years of this type of experience.
- I have 5 or more years of this type of experience.
- I do not have this type of experience.
This position requires you to successfully complete a polygraph examination and background investigation. Are you willing to comply?
In order to be considered for this position, you must have included a current resume, cover letter and unofficial transcripts.Did you include your current resume, cover letter and unofficial transcripts?
+WSP - Where did you learn of this opportunity?
- WSP Recruiter/Event
- Family/Friend works for WSP
- WSP Website
- Hiring event/workshop
- JBLM Event
- Social Media
- VERG Meeting
- Statewide Distribution List
- Email Broadcast