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Laboratory Technician 2 - DNA Casework

Company: State of Washington
Location: Olympia
Posted on: June 6, 2021

Job Description:

This recruitment will be used to fill a vacancy at the Tacoma Crime Laboratory. 

Application review will be ongoing, therefore applicants are encouraged to submit their application materials as soon as possible. 

The first review of applications will be June 10, 2021

Are you looking for:

  • Excellent benefits?

  • 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 Washington?

  • 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
  • Telework
  • 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 highways;
  • Deputy State Fire Marshals who help prevent fires in homes and workplaces;
  • 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 emergency communications;
  • 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"!

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 Washington.


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.

Primary Duties: 

  • Perform and appropriately document DNA extraction, quantitation, amplification, CE detection, and data analysis of non-probative reference materials for quality assurance purposes.
  • Prepare reagents and assist in maintaining chemical inventories.
  • 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 laboratory safety.
  • Assist in COVID-cleaning precautions laboratory-wide
  • Perform and document instrument and equipment maintenance, performance checks, sensitivity monitoring, and calibration schedules.
  • Participate in and appropriately document temperature monitoring processes, including unit maintenance and periodic NIST calibration checks.
  • 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 supervisor.
  • 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 spaces.

Required Qualifications: 

  • Associate's Degree in biology, chemistry, lab technology, micro or molecular biology.
  • A working knowledge of basic laboratory tools such as pipettes and balances.
  • Ability to understand and practice the principles of laboratory safety.
  • 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 equipment.
  • Review, edit and proofread their own work and the work of others.
  • Demonstrate the scientific foundation necessary to assimilate relevant training.
  • 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 processes.
  • 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 career development.
  • 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 potential employment.

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 position.

If you have questions regarding this announcement, please contact Diana Humes at (360) 704-2293 or diana.humes@wsp.wa.gov.

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 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.

Union Notice:

This position is in a collective bargaining unit.

Driver's License:

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.

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 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.

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