This recruitment will be used to fill a vacancy at the Tacoma
Application review will be ongoing, therefore applicants are
encouraged to submit their application materials as soon as
The first review of applications will be June 10, 2021
Are you looking for:
Career growth opportunities?
Opportunities to impact your community?
A culture of respect, commitment and trust?
- An opportunity to be part of a team of dedicated professionals
responsible for providing
safety and security to the citizens of the State of
- Employment opportunities that recognize military veterans
and/or military spouse per
Governor Executive Order 19-01?
- Work/Life balance opportunities such as:
- Infants at Work
Alternate Work Schedules
- Public Service Loan Forgiveness program. For information on
this program click: Public Loan Forgiveness Program.
About the Agency:
The Washington State Patrol is a nationally accredited law
enforcement agency made up of dedicated professionals who work hard
to improve the quality of life of our citizens and prevent the
unnecessary loss of life on a daily basis.
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
- Deputy State Fire Marshals who help prevent fires in homes and
- Forensic Scientists who process evidence that assists in
prosecuting criminal cases;
- IT Specialists who leverage technology to enhance and sustain
business processes, public safety infrastructure, and statewide
- 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
About the Division:
The mission of the Washington State Patrol Crime Laboratory
Division is to enhance public safety by providing high quality
forensic science services and forensic evidence training for all
criminal justice partner agencies within the State of
About the Position:
This position provides maintenance, administrative and quality
assurance support to the DNA and other sections of the crime
laboratory. This position works with forensic scientists and
administrative staff on a daily basis to complete quality control
of reagents, instrument maintenance, ordering of supplies, cleaning
of the laboratory and other assigned duties.
- Perform and appropriately document DNA extraction,
quantitation, amplification, CE detection, and data analysis of
non-probative reference materials for quality assurance
- Prepare reagents and assist in maintaining chemical
- Perform and document quality control checks of critical
reagents and supplies.
- Perform and appropriately document procedures to maintain a
clean laboratory environment, prevent contamination, and ensure
- Assist in COVID-cleaning precautions laboratory-wide
- Perform and document instrument and equipment maintenance,
performance checks, sensitivity monitoring, and calibration
- Participate in and appropriately document temperature
monitoring processes, including unit maintenance and periodic NIST
- Receive and participate in refresher training as outlined in
the training plan.
- Adhere to all policies and procedures in the relevant manuals
and stay current with all manual updates.
- Participate in validation projects, data entry, and/or data
analysis as needed.
- Provide administrative assistance as requested by the
- Ordering of supplies and monitoring of inventory.
- Perform electronic data backup and archival.
- Coordinate biohazard waste disposal.
- Perform weekly, monthly, and periodic safety checks and
procedures and document as appropriate (eye wash, fire
extinguishers, showers, first aid kits, fume hoods).
- Accompany repair technicians throughout the laboratory as
requested by supervisor.
- Monitor defense consultants when visiting controlled laboratory
- Associate's Degree in biology, chemistry, lab technology, micro
or molecular biology.
- A working knowledge of basic laboratory tools such as pipettes
- Ability to understand and practice the principles of laboratory
- Basic computer skills necessary for word processing, data
entry, data management/analysis and imaging.
- Must be able to travel throughout the state for meetings,
training and provide assistance as required.
- Must have a Washington State driver's license or be able to
obtain one within 30 days of employment.
- Must be willing to provide an oral DNA sample to be used in the
CODIS Elimination Profile Index.
Our ideal candidate also has the ability to:
- Understand, operate and maintain scientific instruments and
- Review, edit and proofread their own work and the work of
- Demonstrate the scientific foundation necessary to assimilate
- Adapt approach, goals and methods to achieve successful
solutions and results in an environment of changing needs,
conditions, and work responsibilities.
- Work cooperatively in a team setting.
- Progressively assimilate and apply the knowledge and skills
required to perform their assigned duties.
- Demonstrate a sound work ethic and the ability to apply a
process improvement approach. This is demonstrated by reliable
attendance, efficient use of time, staying focused, taking
initiative, and making efforts to critically evaluate their work
- Informatively and effectively interact with other individuals
including internal and external organizations.
- Give and accept constructive criticism and receive direction
from analysts, supervisors, trainers and management.
- Demonstrate self-motivation in assigned duties and in personal
- Brings an ethical attitude to the job, demonstrated by a strong
sense of justice, fairness and honesty.
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
How to Apply:
Please complete the online application process at
www.careers.wa.gov. Please include a letter of interest
explaining how you meet the required qualifications of the
If you have questions regarding this announcement, please
contact Diana Humes at (360) 704-2293 or
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,
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 position required or
applicant specified education must be verified. If High
School diploma or equivalent is required but the applicant
indicates a degree has been earned, the accredited degree will be
accepted in place of the High School diploma or equivalent.
Please do not send these transcripts at the time of
application. If you are selected as a top candidate you will
be contacted by the Human Resource Division and asked to provide
transcripts at the appropriate time.
This position is in a collective bargaining unit.
The applicant must possess a current, non-probationary, and
non-restricted valid driver's license. History of restrictions on
license or driving record due to vehicle operation or control will
be considered on a case-by-case basis. Upon hire, must possess a
Washington State driver's license and maintain such licensure
during employment with the WSP.
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 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.