Laboratory Technician 2 – Seattle Crime Laboratory

Washington State Patrol


This job is posted continuously and will remain open until a selection is made.
Application review will be ongoing, and therefore we encourage you to submit your application materials as soon as possible.
First review of applications will be October 20, 2020.
The Hiring Manager reserves the right to close the posting at any time once a selection has been made.

In addition to the base salary, this position is eligible for 5% premium pay for positions located in King County.

Are you looking for:
  • Excellent benefits?
  • Career growth opportunities?
  • Opportunities to impact your community?
  • A professional workplace that fosters respect, commitment and trust?
  • Employment opportunities that recognize military veterans and/or military spouse per Governor Executive Order 19-01?
As an employee of the Washington State Patrol, you will be part of a team of dedicated professionals responsible for
providing safety and security to the citizens of the State of Washington.

Troopers patrolling the highways are the most visible part of this agency. However, there are over 1,200 civilian employees who serve behind the scenes supporting the agency mission. To name just a few, we have:

  • 911 dispatchers who are the critical vital link between calls for assistance and emergency response.
  • Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Officers that work to inspect commercial vehicles to ensure safe and efficient travel on public highways.
  • Deputy State Fire Marshals who help prevent fires in homes and workplaces;
  • Forensic Scientists who process evidence that assists in prosecuting criminal cases.
  • Records staff that process criminal information to ensure crimes are reported accurately so that offenders do not end up working with vulnerable people.
  • Administrative staff who provide exceptional customer service and respond to information requests while ensuring the agency runs smoothly and efficiently.

Apply today and join us in providing “Service with Humility”!

The Seattle Crime Laboratory, Firearms and Toolmarks (FATM) Section, is looking for a highly motivated, Laboratory Technician who will strive to be a nationwide leader of the lntegrated Ballistic Imaging System (IBIS) program. This position provides integral support to the Fire and Tool Mark (FATM) section by ensuring accurate, timely entry of ballistics data into NIBIN/IBIS. This data provides rapid investigational leads on gun crime violence to our customers (prosecutors, local law enforcement agencies (LEA), etc.). This position also participates (as a partner with Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and explosives) in the training of Washington state LEA personnel to enter ballistics data to support complete and timely investigation of shooting incidents.

Primary responsibilities include:

  • Maintains proficiency of IBIS/NIBIN system by Ultra Forensic Technology Inc (UFTI).
  • Enters quality images of test fired and evidence cartridge cases into NIBIN/IBIS under protocols and guidelines established by FTI and peers.
  • Properly organizes, enters and reports NIBIN entries.
  • Reports scientific findings in the form of a written forensic laboratory report based on the interpretation of observations and correlation test results.
  • Assists user agencies with their participation in the IBIS program including test firing of firearms, creating/monitoring workflow processes, and the training of operators and administrative staff.
  • Prepares clear and concise written reports based on test results, observations, knowledge.
  • Effectively convey ideas and information in writing, using language that is appropriate to both the complexity of the topic and the knowledge and understanding of the reader.
  • Works to establish consistency in the functional area on the workflow and reporting of IBIS cases.
  • Documents and protects evidence in accordance with current laboratory procedures, ensuring that the chain of custody is maintained.
  • Follows the mandated criteria established by the national accreditation board for forensics.
  • Performs firearm safety checks.
  • Prepares to testify in court related to IBIS/NIBIN cases.
  • Assists law enforcement user agencies to coordinate flow of IBIS evidence.
  • Ensures the NIBIN program maintains guidelines established by the MROS (Minimal Required Operating Standards) established by BATF

Required Qualifications:

  • Associate’s degree or higher in biology, chemistry, lab technology, micro or molecular biology.
  • Understand and practice the principles of laboratory safety.
  • Demonstrate basic computer skills necessary for word processing, data entry, data management/analysis and imaging.
  • Willing to travel throughout the state for meetings, training and providing assistance as required.
  • Comfortable around firearms and the handling of ballistic evidence.
  • Must have a valid, unrestricted Washington State driver’s license.

Desired Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in biology, chemistry, lab technology, micro or molecular biology.Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the theory and working knowledge of analytical instrumentation and techniques as they relate to firearm and tool analysis. This includes, but is not limited to the following: stereoscopes and/or microscopes, weighing Balance, IBIS/NIBIN system, and other Measuring Equipment (Calipers, Tripper-pull apparatus, Chronograph).
  • Experience with basic computer systems, word processing, data management, and image processing and storage.
  • Knowledge of basic chemistry concepts to include: handling and storage of hazardous chemicals and preparation of chemical reagents.
  • Knowledge of analytical instrument software and data interpretation.
  • Knowledge of the science of controlled substance, trace evidence, crime scene, latent fingerprints, questioned documents, firearms and tool marks, and DNA.
  • Knowledge of proper evidence handling procedures.
  • Familiarity with ISO 17025 and Supplemental certification requirements.
  • Ability to work cooperatively in a team setting, and to effectively interact with other individuals both internal and external to the laboratory. Ability to act professionally, and treat others with courtesy and respect. Ability to give and accept constructive criticism, and receive direction from supervisors, trainers, and management.
  • Demonstrates desire to improve and advance processes.

Special Requirements:

  • Provide an oral DNA sample to be used in the CODIS Elimination Profile Index.
Supplemental Information

The act of submitting application materials electronically is considered affirmation that the information is complete and truthful. The agency will verify this information and any untruthful or misleading answers will be cause for rejection of potential employment.

How to Apply:

Please complete the on-line application process at

If you have questions regarding this announcement, please contact Tracy Moore at (360) 704-2315 or

Union Notice:

This position is in a collective bargaining unit.

Polygraph & Background Investigation:

Prior to a hire, a polygraph examination and background check including criminal record history will be conducted. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant’s suitability and competence to perform in the position.

Applicants are required to sign release of information forms and will not have access to any investigative materials, files, or results. The Washington State Patrol has strict guidelines relating, but not limited to, personal and employment characteristics, arrests, convictions, and illegal drug usage, etc.

During the polygraph examination, candidates are required to sign an assessment sheet and participate in an oral interview process to verify responses to the Personal Background Evaluation, the Personal History and Background Questionnaire, and a Pre-Employment Interview. Untruthful or misleading answers or omissions will be treated as a falsification which will be cause for rejection of potential employment.


Education verification is part of the selection process. If selected as a top candidate, all education, to include high school and equivalent, indicated in your application materials, will be verified. If you are selected as a top candidate you will be contacted by the Human Resource Division and asked to provide official transcripts at the appropriate time.

Other Information:

Persons with a disability, who need assistance in the application or assessment process, or those needing this announcement in an alternative format, may call (360) 704-2317. Applicants that are deaf or hard of hearing may call through the Washington Relay Service 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6384.

The Washington State Patrol actively supports Diversity, Equity, Inclusion in the workplace, and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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