Nebraska State Patrol – Lincoln, Grand Island, or North Platte

Digital Forensic Examiner

Closes: 03/13/2020


Position to be located in Lincoln, Grand Island, or North Platte. Flexible hours, Monday thru Friday. 

This position is federally funded and may be governed by the Federal Hatch Act. Click here to review the Act.Examples of WorkThe Computer Crime Lab conducts forensic examinations of computer systems and analyzes electronic evidence using acceptable forensic methods for the Nebraska State Patrol, allied law enforcement agencies, and the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task force. Cases referred for examination involve the sexual exploitation of children, fraud, forgery, theft, homicide and drug violations to name a few. The computer forensic analyst is responsible for: analyzing submitted evidence, following acceptable forensic methods in evidence analysis, writing lab reports on the analysis results, testifying in court hearings, providing depositions on analysis results and reports, assisting with in-service training to law enforcement agencies and county attorneys, assisting with public education programs, obtaining data stored in the form of magnetic or electronic coding on computer media or on media capable of being read by a computer, assisting with search warrants and the seizure of evidence from crime scenes, perform routine instrument upkeep and prepare various standards, and other duties as assigned by the unit supervisor and/or ICAC Coordinator.Qualifications / Requirements

REQUIREMENTS: Associate degree in computer science and three years of related technical and business experience. OR Post high school coursework in computer science and four years of related technical and business experience.

PREFERRED: Computer forensics certification – Certified Forensic Computer Analyst (CFCE) through the International Association of Computer Investigative Specialists (IACIS) and/or EnCase Certified Examiner (EnCE) through Guidance Software OR Bachelor’s degree in computer science or a closely related field supplemented by specialized training in microcomputers, and/or computer forensics and/or data recovery. Experience with information technologies and computer hardware and software specifications in order to utilize specialized tools and procedures to collect, preserve, and examine computer related evidence, preferably in a law enforcement environment is desirable.

OTHER: Applicants will be screened for a record of criminal activity and criminal history using a fingerprint-based check employment or assignment and before unconditional employment is offered. Applicants must be free of felony convictions. Applicants cannot maintain a continuous association or dealings with persons, groups, or organizations that they know, or should know are persons or groups or organizations under criminal investigation or indictment or who have a reputation for present, ongoing involvement in felonious or criminal behavior. Applicant must successfully complete an extensive background screening prior to being employed, which may include completion of a Personal History Questionnaire.Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of network theory; network planning, design and evaluation; distance communications systems (i.e., WAN); computer systems facilities and support design and evaluation; computer hardware and software; operating systems and utilities; application and user systems; peripherals; networking; testing equipment; hardware and software interfacing; data storage and security; agency rules/regulations and policies/procedures, computer assembly.

Ability to communicate information/ideas to others; read, understand, and listen to communication from others; recognize a problem; apply general rules to specific problems to come up with logical answers; follow instructions; recognize similarities or differences between individual characteristics; combine separate pieces of information, or specific answers to problems, to form general rules or conclusions; concentrate and not be distracted while performing a task over a period of time; efficiently shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch or other sources); exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull or carry objects weighing up to 50 pounds; stoop, kneel, crawl, crouch and endure prolonged standing; move hands, feet and/or fingers easily and skillfully to manipulate small objects rapidly and accurately in accordance with visual stimuli. SKILL IN: troubleshooting; instructing; testing; operations analysis; critical thinking; solution appraisal; product inspection; judgment and decision making; communicating effectively with others; installation of hardware/software; operation and control; identification of key causes; systems evaluation; identifying downstream consequences; maintenance/repair of equipment; time management; management of material/financial resources.