Forensic Scientist III/Quality Assurance Specialist
City of Saint Paul, MN - Saint Paul, MN

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Performs advanced professional work applying forensic science methods in the investigation of crimes, conducting scientific laboratory analyses of evidence; providing scientific consultation; and testifying as expert witness in a court of law. Implements, monitors, and reviews the quality assurance activities within the Saint Paul Police Forensic Laboratory. Ensures tasks, documentation, systems, technology, and staff performance meets quality assurance standards. Oversees and conducts training, and assists in laboratory review and auditing. Manages large, complex projects. Works as a lead to other forensic scientists in the lab and upholds the ethical and legal standards established within the department. Performs other related duties and responsibilities as required.

Essential Functions are the functions that the individual holding the position must be able to perform unaided or with the assistance of a reasonable accommodation. The Essential Functions for this position are identified in the Supplemental Information section of the Forensic Scientist III/Quality Assurance Specialist Job Description.


A Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry, Biology, Biochemistry, or a related field to include 30 semester credits of science courses. No substitution for education.
Must maintain a current certification in through the American Board of Criminalists in Drug Analysis, OR certification through the International Association for Identification in Latent Print Examination.
Five years of experience working in an accredited laboratory in their respective discipline.
One year of experience applying and evaluating quality assurance functions, or progressively professional responsibility leading one or more laboratory functions to include drug analysis, crime scenes, toxicology, biology, DNA, trace-evidence, latent print examination, photography, or other forensic discipline.

Positions within this classification may specialize in Drug Analysis or Latent Print Examination and therefore employment will be offered based on laboratory need, and as stated on the official job announcement.

Must possess and maintain a valid Minnesota Class D driver's license, or equivalent out-of-state driver's license. The driver's license must have no suspensions or revocations for driving-related offenses within the two year period prior to the date of appointment. Suspensions for parking-related offenses are excluded.

By Closing Date, you MUST:

1. Submit City of Saint Paul online application, including answers to the Supplemental Questionnaire.
2. Upload or submit the following required document(s) via the online application system, mail, in person, email, or fax. (Zip files will not be accepted. Each uploaded attachment is limited to 5 MB.)
a) A legible copy of your transcript, and
b) A legible copy of your certification in either Drug Analysis by the American Board of Criminalists or your certification in Latent Print Examination by the International Association for Identification, and
c) A resume

Selection Process Information:

Exam Subject: Training and Experience Examination

The Training and Experience Examination is the Supplemental Questionnaire within the application. This is an essay-type test in which you are asked to describe your education, training and experience in areas related to this position. Be sure to provide complete and detailed information regarding your experiences and training in the listed areas. This information is subject to verification from current/former employers. You must submit your completed application and supplemental questionnaire by the application deadline.

Your resume and application are not part of the exam; the person(s) rating this exam will not know anything about your training and experience other than what you tell them in the supplemental questionnaire.

Your answers may be drafted in a word processing program and copied into the appropriate exam question text box. You should periodically save your work in progress to avoid losing information, if you are timed out of the system.


This posting is open to anyone who meets the position requirements.

Eligible Lists: Non-promotion eligible lists typically are pass/fail and promotion eligible lists are ranked. T he promotion list of eligibles is considered before the non-promotion list.

Condition of Employment: This position may require a background check, medical examination, driver’s license check, credit check and/or a drug test as a condition of employment.

Human Resources Contact Information :
Liz Staberg at 651-266-6534
200 City Hall Annex
25 West Fourth Street
Saint Paul , MN 55102
Fax: 651-266-6490
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