Digital Forensics Examiner


This recruitment may be used to fill future regular or limited duration status positions.

Support the work of the Department of Community Justice (DCJ) in protecting public safety and strengthening communities with your specialized knowledge of digital forensics, computer networks, cell phones and digital data storage devises.  As part of our digital forensics team, you will support the effective supervision and treatment needed to address the underlying issues that drive crime.  Join a team on the front line in the fight against internet and digital facilitated crime.

This position will support the cyber investigations and operations of our Forensics Laboratory by:

  • Performing forensic acquisition and analysis of various digital media, including computer desktop systems, laptops, tablets, mobile and smart phones, and other media formats.
  • Duplicating, examining and reporting findings from forensic examination and investigation.
  • Preparing comprehensive reports that detail examination results
  • Providing technical support to others involved in field investigations to ensure data integrity.
  • Serving as a subject matter expert on technical matters relating to digital evidence and testify in court or at hearings as an expert witness in the area of digital forensics
  • Conducting on-site examinations or data seizures, when appropriate.

To be the ideal candidate for this role, you should bring:

  • Knowledge of computers and associated hardware and peripheral devices, computer software and operating systems.
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of electronic data storage, data encryption, and computer system security.
  • Knowledge of the methods and techniques used to access, recover, review, validate, and preserve digitally stored data files.
  • Knowledge of forensic laboratory operations.
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of evidence collection, preservation, and handling.
  • Skill in examining and analyzing computer software and digitally stored data.
  • Skill in identifying, analyzing and documenting evidence.
  • Skill in collecting, transporting, processing, and securing evidentiary materials.
  • Skill in restoring deleted files, and accessing secured data.
  • Skill in finding and extracting digitally stored information to be used as evidence.
  • Ability to perform complex and detailed digital analysis and research.
  • Ability to evaluate legal issues and concepts.
  • Ability to view and hear explicit or graphic materials.
  • Ability to work cooperatively and develop effective working relationships with diverse work groups and the general public, including the ability to deal with stressful and difficult situations.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both verbally and in writing.

Diversity and Inclusion: At Multnomah County, we don’t just accept difference; we value it and support it to create a culture of dignity and respect for our employees. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.

To Qualify

We will consider any combination of relevant work experience, volunteering, education, and transferable skills as qualifying unless an item or section is labeled required. Please be clear and specific about how your background is relevant. For details about how we typically screen applications, review our overview of the selection process page.

Minimum Qualifications/Transferable Skills*:

  • Equivalent to a bachelor’s degree in math, science or computer-related disciplines; AND
  • One (1) year of digital forensics or related experience
  • Ability to pass a criminal background check  prior to final job offer, and annually thereafter

Preferred Qualifications/Transferable Skills*: You do not need to have the following preferred qualifications/transferable skills to qualify. However, keep in mind we may consider some or all of the following when identifying the most qualified candidates. Please clearly explain on your application how you meet any of the following preferred qualifications/transferable skills.

  • Experience working in a criminal justice setting
  • Nationally accepted forensics certification such as COMPTia, A+, Net+, CCE, AD etc.

*Transferable skills: Your transferable skills are any skills you have gained through education, work experience (including the military) or life experience that are relevant for this position. Be sure to describe any transferable skills on your application and clearly explain how they apply to this position.Screening and Evaluation

The Application Packet:

  1. A completed online application.
  2. Responses to the supplemental questions.

The Selection Process: For details about how we typically screen applications, review our overview of the selection process page. We expect to evaluate candidates for this recruitment as follows:

  1. Initial review of minimum qualifications
  2. Supplemental question review to determine most qualified applicants
  3. Exam step
  4. Consideration of top candidates / Hiring Interviews
  5. Background, reference, and education checks

Veterans’ Preference: Under Oregon Law, qualifying veterans may apply for veterans’ preference for this recruitment. Review our veterans’ preference page for details about eligibility and how to apply. The recruiter as listed on the job announcement must receive all required documentation by the closing date of the recruitment.

Accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act: We gladly provide reasonable accommodation to anyone whose specific disability prevents them from completing an application or participating in this recruitment process. Please contact the recruiter below in advance to request assistance. Individuals with hearing or speech impairments may contact the recruiter through the Telecommunications Relay Service by dialing 711.

Note: Application information may be used throughout the entire selection process. This process is subject to change without notice.

Additional Information

Type of Position: This is an hourly union-represented position and is eligible for overtime.

Note regarding salary placement: New employees and rehires will be paid at the minimum rate in the range for their classification unless a higher rate is approved by the Department Human Resources Manager.


Lorraine Newell, Recruiter
Department of Community Justice
501 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Suite 250
Portland, OR 97214

Disclaimer: This announcement is intended as a general descriptive recruitment guide and is subject to change. It does not constitute either an expressed or implied contract.
Vision ~ Community Safety through Positive Change
The Department of Community Justice (DCJ) is recognized as a national leader in both adult and juvenile community justice. DCJ routinely consults and makes use of evidence­-based practices in our program and policy development. The Department’s commitment to data-­informed decision­-making has led DCJ to make smart investments of taxpayer dollars in supervision, sanctions, and services for the county’s highest risk and highest need offenders. DCJ makes long-­term investments in its employees through the provision of education and training. The Department believes that in order to enhance public safety we must work collaboratively with the judiciary, law enforcement, schools, treatment agencies, and the community.


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