Missoula County Sheriff’s Office – Missoula, Montana

Forensic Analyst


TO APPLY: Submit Missoula County online application by 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 21, 2020. This additional documentation must be attached to your on-line application which may require scanning: A resume. Forensic Analyst – Performs work in support of criminal investigations including, but not limited to, collecting, identifying, classifying and analyzing physical and digital evidence for the Missoula County Sheriff’s Office. Complete job description available upon request to the Department of Human Resources.

Minimum Qualifications

Requires a bachelor’s degree. Degrees best suited for this position are criminal justice, criminology, forensic science, information technology, and computer forensics. Requires three years of forensic experience. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.

Special Requirements

Requires passing an extensive criminal history and background investigation. Requires a valid driver’s license.

Representative Examples of Work

Collects evidence by accessing and downloading digital data from phones, computer hard drives, cameras, recorders and other electronic devices. Uses current technology such as Zetex, Cellebrite, and tower dumps, to recover information from electronic devices. Preserves digital evidence. Reviews reports from the public reporting portal. Completes reports based on the information gained from the portal. Gathers statistical data such as crime trends and location trends. Uses trend data to determine placement of surveillance equipment. Maintains, installs, and downloads technological surveillance devices such as: pole cameras, body cameras, hidden surveillance cameras, covert trackers, etc. Reviews and analyzes video recordings and photos for evidence relevant to the case. Processes crime scenes and coroner scenes for physical evidence including collection, cataloging, documenting, analyzing and preserving evidence and other property related to crimes and death investigations. Preserves the chain of custody. Testifies in court as to the collection of evidence and the chain of custody of evidence. Prepares reports, affidavits and other related legal documents related to evidence and the collection and chain of custody of evidence. Logs and documents physical property and digital items received. Provides for disposition of items when no longer needed as evidence through court orders, registered letters, phone calls and newspaper advertisements according to state law. Transports items to and from the State Crime Lab and funeral homes. Maintains supplies and cleans and stocks crime scene kits.

Physical/Environmental Demands

The work is primarily performed in an office setting at the Sheriff’s Department offices and in the field. Work performed on the scene of crimes may require special safety measures and exposure to potentially dangerous substances. Employee works independently with minimum supervision. Requires lifting up to 25 pounds regularly and up to 40 pounds occasionally. Requires the ability to use ladders and stools and the ability to reach above shoulder height to store and retrieve property and or evidence. Requires regular driving of a vehicle into the field for transport and collection of evidence.

Additional Required Information

Supplemental information may be required with your application for this position. Check the TO APPLY section of this job posting to see what documents may be required. All required documents must be attached before you submit this application. THIS MAY REQUIRE THAT YOU SCAN THOSE DOCUMENTS SO THEY CAN BE ATTACHED HERE.

To Apply

Submit Missoula County online application by 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 21, 2020. This additional documentation must be attached to your on-line application which may require scanning: A resume. Missoula County Human Resources Department is located at 199 W Pine, Missoula, MT 59802. For questions about online application process call 406-258-4462 or 406-258-4874. Applicants may submit a written request for any accommodation needed to participate in the application and selection process. Missoula County will consider any reasonable accommodation. The Missoula County EEOP is on file in the Human Resources Office.