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Job Title:   Forensic Evidence Specialist 
Department:   Medical Examiner's Office
Salary:   $2,463.50 per month
How to Apply:    Applications will be accepted until the position is filled and/or the posting is closed. After reviewing this job announcement, please click on the link at the bottom of the page to apply online. A resume is required with the application. Further instructions on submission of documents are available in the online application.

Minimum Requirements:
An Associate’s degree in Forensic Science, Criminal Justice, Biology, Chemistry, or other related field. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be substituted, but a minimum of 24 credit hours must be in the area of Criminal Justice, Forensic Science, Chemistry, Biology, or other related course work as it applies to the Duties, Knowledge, and Skills of the job.

College transcript(s) required at time of application.

Job Summary: 
Under limited supervision, prove a variety of support tasks in the Office of the Medical Examiner. This includes but is not limited to receiving evidence from law enforcement agencies; inspecting evidence for proper labeling and packaging; recording evidence received into the Laboratory Information Management System; transferring evidence to Forensic Scientists for analysis; storage and return of evidence upon completion of analysis. Court appearance may be required to testify as to the procedures followed during handling of the evidence.

Duties: 

  • Receives, documents, stores and ensures proper custody and control of physical evidence/property in the custody of the Medical Examiner’s Office.  
  • Safeguards and maintains the integrity of all evidence and chain of custody as per the policies and procedures of the Medical Examiner’s Office.
  • Coordinates activity between submitting agencies and the Medical Examiner’s Office in the receipt, return, and handling of evidence.
  • Acts as an interface between the Laboratory, submitting agencies, and District Attorney’s Office. Provides administrative support functions to assist the Director, Laboratory Managers, and Laboratory Staff.
  • Appears in court to testify as to the procedures followed during receipt, storage, and transfer of evidence throughout the Laboratory.
  • Conducts inventories of all evidence and oversees the release, destruction and subsequent paperwork of same.
  • Archives, maintains, stores and organizes case folders.
  • Works with a variety of hazardous items including: weapons, narcotics, drug paraphernalia, toxins, body fluids, flammable and explosive materials, and unsanitary materials.
  • Maintains manual and computerized records including evidence custody documents, chain of custody documents, property receipts, property control files, and related reports.
  • Performs other related duties as required or requested.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Knowledge of:

  • Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint.
  • Data entry.
  • Laboratory information and management systems.
  • Basic knowledge of proper evidence handling, transport, and storage to limit loss, cross transfer, contamination or deleterious change.

Ability to:

  • Utilize proficient verbal and written communicative, auditory, and visual skills.
  • Establish effective working relationships with managers, co-workers (Scientists, Pathologists, Autopsy/Histology Technicians, Forensic Investigators), law enforcement agencies, and, the District Attorney’s Office.
  • Pass a background check and drug screen.
  • Pass a weight lifting test (50 lbs.).
  • Use a personal computer (PC).
  • Stand for a prolonged period of time and engage in frequent bending, stooping, kneeling, crouching, and reaching.
  • Sit for prolonged periods of time and engage in typing, reading, reaching, talking, listening, and interacting with law enforcement.
  • Walk for prolonged periods of time delivering evidentiary material.
  • Communicate both verbally and in writing.
  • Lift and/or move evidence storage bins and file folder boxes with a weight of fifty (50) lbs. on to storage shelves that maybe overhead or require use of a step ladder.
  • Work under adverse and extremely unpleasant conditions such as abnormal sights, sounds, and odors.
  • Deal and work effectively with highly emotional situations and personnel.
  • Maintain strict chain of custody in accordance with established protocol.
  • Maintain proper storage of evidence and test items in accordance with established protocol

Residency: Must become a resident of Allegheny County within one (1) year of appointment

Veteran's Preference: Will be awarded to eligible candidates.

AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER-M/F/V/D  


 

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