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CBI Forensic Scientist (Firearms Examiner) - Denver

State of Colorado
Denver, CO
Closing date
Feb 13, 2024

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Salary : $89,232.00 - $104,484.00 Annually

Location : Denver, CO

Job Type: Full Time

Job Number: RAA-CBI-10211 01/2024

Department: Department of Public Safety

Division: Colorado Bureau of Investigation

Opening Date: 01/15/2024

Closing Date: 2/16/2024 5:00 PM Mountain

FLSA: Determined by Position

Primary Physical Work Address: 6000 West 54th Ave, Arvada, CO 80002

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt; position is eligible for overtime compensation.

Hiring Pay Rate: Salary information with the following years of casework experience in the same discipline, not including training: 2-8 years: $7436/month 8+ years: $8707/month

Department Information

A residency waiver has been granted for this announcement. Applications will be considered from residents and non-residents of Colorado (Nationwide).

Our Mission - Engaged employees working together to safeguard lives and to provide diverse public safety services to local communities.

Our Vision -Creating safer and more resilient communities across Colorado.

Our Core Values - Unity, Honor, Service

CDPS commits to cultivating an equitable, diverse, and inclusive work environment. We ensure that we recruit, retain, and promote engaged employees. Our approach to diversity is simple - it's about embracing everyone! We strive to build and nurture a culture where inclusiveness is a reflex, not an initiative. Our strength is our promise to be inclusive with intentional strategies to welcome and uplift our employees to thrive - while building a more equitable workplace. CDPS is an equal opportunity employer. See our

At CDPS we nurture a centric culture driven by our commitment of creating a safer Colorado, an inclusive workplace where everyone can be their own authentic self. We model a culture of collaboration, support and growth to our employees. Our culture has public service focus, and we strive to provide innovative solutions and services to our fellow Coloradans!

Careers with a purpose:

If you are passionate about public safety service, and are eager to dedicate your career to serving Coloradans, this is the organization you want to join!We are committed to providing public safety services to our fellow Coloradans in their times of greater needs such as: safety on our roads, preparing and mitigating environmental disasters, disaster recovery, combating crime, school safety, and victim recovery. You'll have the opportunity to challenge yourself and acquire new capabilities to build a rewarding and fulfilling career while making a difference in our community!

When you join CDPS, you are joining a team of exceptional individuals and together you will be inspired, motivated and supported to become the best you can be.

Unmatched Benefits:

We highly value work life balance and offer excellent work-life programs, training, and professional development opportunities!

Did you know that only 15% of employers offer a defined contribution plan? CDPS offers unmatched retirement benefits including PERA Defined Benefit Plan or PERA Defined Contribution Plan, plus 401K and 457 plans.

The Employee Assistance Program (C-SEAP) is available in every region of the state. It is our effort to support the well-being of employees and the workplace. EAPs provide short-term counseling, referrals and resources, as well as training and organizational development services.

CDPS provides generous time off including 11 paid holidays per year plus vacation, sick leave, and wellness days.

Medical and dental options are available for permanent employees and their dependents. We also offer short and long-term disability coverage, and life insurance that includes legal resources and discounts.

Additional benefits we offer include free ECO passes for qualifying State employees within the RTD service area, and reduced college tuition at CSU Global and DeVry University.

Description of Job

About the Work Unit
The Colorado Bureau of Investigation Forensic Services maintains four operational forensic science laboratories throughout the state: Denver, Pueblo, Grand Junction and the Northern Region. Forensic Services is responsible for the scientific analysis of physical evidence collected from crime scenes. The role of our scientists is to evaluate and examine the evidence using the latest state of the art techniques, and objectively testify for the prosecution or defense for the federal, state and local law enforcement agencies that we serve. In order to best serve the citizens of Colorado, we strive to build and maintain partnerships not only with law enforcement agencies but also within the communities we serve.

About the Job
The Forensic Scientist II is the Colorado Bureau of Investigation Forensic Services (CBIFS) technical expert in a specific forensic discipline(s) or sub-discipline(s). This position is responsible for the preservation, analysis and interpretation of physical evidence collected in criminal cases for federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. The Forensic Scientist II must perform all technical and administrative aspects of the work at the highest level of quality, ensuring the requirements of ISO/IEC 17025 are met. Technical aspects of this position include, but are not limited to: proper handling and secure storage of evidence, chain of custody requirements, laboratory safety and all facets of casework. Administrative aspects include, but are not limited to: evidence tracking, entering accurate and complete case documentation into the Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) or other data information systems, and accurate, factual and timely report writing detailing the findings of the analysis. Additionally, this position may be called to provide expert courtroom testimony or serve in an advisory capacity within their qualified discipline(s)/sub-discipline(s). The Forensic Scientist II serves as a liaison with all law enforcement partners of the CBIFS and must demonstrate the highest level of customer service, both internally and externally. This individual must demonstrate competency by successfully passing established proficiency test(s) and through continued skills-based training and professional development. This position is responsible for regularly advising and assisting Forensic Scientist I and Intern level personnel, providing expert guidance as it relates to all technical, administrative and customer service aspects of the forensic scientist position.

Key Responsibilities
-Responsible for all aspects of the technical duties related to the preservation, analysis and interpretation of the physical evidence collected in criminal cases for federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.
-Responsible for all aspects of the administrative duties affecting the preservation, analysis and interpretation of the physical evidence collected in criminal cases for federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.
-Must demonstrate the highest level of customer service regarding all technical and administrative aspects of casework. As a Forensic Scientist II, this individual is responsible for complex customer service issues as it relates to the intricacy of the casework performed.
-Other duties of the Forensic Scientist II may encompass a variety of tasks including but not limited to: conducting training or facilitating presentations to Colorado law enforcement agencies, district attorney's staff, peers or the general public; actively serving on the Technical Working Group for a particular discipline/sub-discipline; validating instrumentation or methodologies; reviewing or writing technical operating procedures for a specific discipline/sub-discipline and procurement of supplies. The Forensic Scientist II supports coworkers throughout the laboratory system in a variety of ways from assisting with a complex case, providing operational coverage when needed, filling in as interim discipline Technical Leader, or helping an Evidence Technician resolve a difficult problem. They may also support the system by serving on various boards or committees, assisting with the internship program and supporting management by willingly assisting with projects as they arise, regardless of the facility.
Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights


I. Forensic Scientist II/Criminal Investigator II Minimum Qualifications:

Requires a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university, in biology, chemistry, or other natural science field.

A minimum of two years of professional full-time law enforcement firearm and toolmark casework experience in a crime laboratory, excluding training and internships.

A copy of your official or unofficial college or university transcripts must be provided at the time of application or your application will be disqualified.


A master's or doctorate degree in biology, chemistry or another closely related natural science field from an accredited college or university may be substituted for the natural science bachelor's degree.

There is NO substitution for the two years of professional full-time law enforcement firearm and toolmark casework experience in a crime laboratory.

  • Professional forensic science certification from a CBI recognized certification organization, e.g. ABC, AFTE, IAI, etc.
  • Experience or training in related firearms sub-disciplines such as distance determination, tool marks, or serial number restoration.
  • Requires successful completion of a background investigation that includes a polygraph exam, a fingerprint based criminal history search and drug testing.
If you receive notice that you have been eliminated from consideration for the position, you may protest the action by filing an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the date you receive notice of the elimination. Also, if you wish to challenge the selection and comparative analysis process, you may file an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the receipt of notice or knowledge of the action you are challenging. Refer to Chapters 4 and 8 of the State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures, 4 CCR 801, for more information about the appeals process. The State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures are available at A standard appeal form is available at: If you appeal, your appeal must be submitted in writing on the official appeal form, signed by you or your representative, and received at the following address within 10 days of your receipt of notice or knowledge of the action: Colorado State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director, Attn: Appeals Processing, 1525 Sherman Street, 4th Floor, Denver, CO 80203. Fax: 303-866-5038. Phone: 303-866-3300. The ten-day deadline and these appeal procedures also apply to all charges of discrimination.

Supplemental Information


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EQUITY, DIVERSITY, AND INCLUSIONThe State of Colorado believes that equity, diversity, and inclusion drive our success, and we encourage candidates from all identities, backgrounds, and abilities to apply. The State of Colorado is an equal opportunity employer committed to building inclusive, innovative work environments with employees who reflect our communities and enthusiastically serve them. Therefore, in all aspects of the employment process, we provide employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, a medical condition related to pregnancy, creed, ancestry, national origin, marital status, genetic information, or military status (with preference given to military veterans), or any other protected status in accordance with applicable law.

Colorado Department of Public Safety is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, our agency will assist individuals who have a disability with any reasonable accommodation requests related to employment, including completing the application process, interviewing, completing any pre-employment testing, participating in the employee selection process, and/or to perform essential job functions where the requested accommodation does not impose an undue hardship. If you have a disability and require reasonable accommodation to ensure you have a positive experience applying or interviewing for this position, please direct your inquiries to cdps_hr

  • Applications are considered complete and accurate at the time of submission. Therefore, additional information may not be solicited or accepted after your application has been received.
  • All applications that are received by the closing of this announcement will be reviewed against the Minimum Qualifications in this announcement. Candidates who meet the minimum qualifications may proceed to the next step. Colorado Revised Statutes require that state employees are hired and promoted based on merit and fitness through a comparative analysis process. The top group may be invited to participate in a virtual oral board exam.

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Please provide the details of your forensic science casework experience on criminal cases, including what agency you worked for and approximately how many case reports you have authored.


What forensic science accreditation standards have you worked under and who was the accrediting body?


How many times have you testified as an expert in your authorized discipline(s) in criminal court?


Are you currently certified in a forensic science area? If yes, which certification do you hold?


Pre-employment screening (which consists of fingerprinting, polygraph, psychological exam, drug screen and an extensive background investigation) will be conducted as part of the selection process. Felony convictions or convictions of crimes of moral turpitude or convictions of misdemeanors related to job duties may disqualify you from being considered for this position. Should your pre-employment screening reveal any charges or convictions, it is your responsibility to provide an official disposition of any charges. As a condition of employment, are you willing to submit to pre-employment screening?
  • Yes
  • No


Are you willing to travel to Denver at your own expense to participate in a post-referral background check process that might take up to 4 days?
  • Yes
  • No


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