Digital Forensics Investigator


This position is open until filled.

The purpose of this position is to conduct a variety of highly technical analyses and procedures in the collection, processing, preservation, and presentation of digital evidence to assist law enforcement in property crimes and cybercrime-related investigations; prepare detailed reports of investigations and analysis; confer with legal representatives in connection with trial preparation; makes court appearances and gives testimony relating to such cases.

Position Status:  This is a full-time, regular, non-exempt position.

Work Schedule: The schedule for this position is M-F, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Application Process:

  • Complete the entire job application and answer supplemental questions.
  • Attach required documents, if applicable.
  • Submit your application before the due date and time.
  • Receive confirmation email.  If you do not receive a confirmation email following submission, check your junk/spam mail.  Contact Megan Mairs at or (360) 487-8402 immediately.

The candidate list may be used to fill future vacancies.

Your application may be rejected as incomplete if you do not include the relevant information in the online application and include the information only on the resume. Applications and/or Supplemental Questions that state “see my resume” or “see my personnel file” are considered incomplete and will not be accepted. Cover letters and/or optional resumes are not accepted in lieu of a completed application.

  • Conduct seizures and examinations of electronic devices including cell phones/smart phones, tablets, laptops, personal computers and corresponding electronic data storage media to secure and recover data as evidence; seizure and examination may occur in laboratory or field settings.
  • Assist VPD Detectives and multi-jurisdictional law enforcement agencies in legal preparation of search warrants and subpoenas to properly obtain subscriber records and seizure of all types of electronic devices and media as evidence and for ESP/ISP subscriber records and content.
  • Conduct and participate in Internet-based investigations, including online operations regarding property crimes including fraud, forgery, ID theft, and may assist in other department investigations including child exploitation, child pornography, underage prostitution, cyberstalking and persons crimes such as homicides and assaults.
  • Compose reports on finding from digital evidence analysis.
  • Maintain forensic server and network.  Perform system backups; handle any issues with server connectivity.
  • Prepare for defense interviews and trials.  Put together all relevant case information in easy-to-understand format.  Present the case to prosecutors and defense teams for mandatory, pre-trial defense interviews.  Present case in trial and respond to questions regarding findings. Collect, preserve, label, catalog, and store evidentiary items for presentation in criminal proceedings in accordance with legal standards.
  • Keep current knowledge of tools and trends in the field of Digital Forensics
  • Perform related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications

Education and Experience


  • Equivalent to an Associate’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in digital forensics or related field.


  • Three (3) years of increasingly responsible experience in digital evidence analysis, preferably in a law enforcement environment.

Equivalent combinations of education and experience may be considered.

Computer Skills

  • Intermediate skill utilizing two or more of the following platforms used for digital forensics analysis: EnCase, Cellebrite, X-Ways, and/or AccessData FTK.

Required Licenses and/or Certifications 

  • At least one industry accepted certification directly related to digital forensics, such as IACIS certified  (preferred)
  • Cellebrite certified (preferred), EnCase (EnCE preferred), SCERS, AccessData FTK or other industry accepted certification(s) directly related to digital forensics.


  • Principles, methods and practices of investigation, evidence identification and collection;
  • Multiple operating systems including Windows, Linux, OSX, Android, IOS and others as well as electronic devices, hardware and other peripherals;
  • Modern office procedures, methods and computer equipment;
  • Principles and procedures of record keeping;
  • English usage, spelling, grammar and punctuation.
  • Pertinent federal, state and local laws that pertain to rules of evidence;
  • Use of personal computers and basic software.


  • Utilize computer hardware and software and other equipment commonly used in analysis and recovery of computer data;
  • Interpret and apply Federal, State, and local policies, procedures, laws and regulations;
  • Maintain confidentiality related to the area of work;
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing;
  • Work independently and collaboratively in a fast paced law enforcement environment with rapidly changing work assignments and priorities;
  • Operate a personal computer and appropriate systems;
  • Work in a manner consistent with the City of Vancouver’s Operating Principles;
  • Work and act as a team player in all interactions with other City employees;
  • Provide a high level of customer service at all times;
  • Project and maintain a positive image with those contacted in the course of work;
  • Develop and maintain collaborative and respectful working relationships with team members and others;
  • Consistently provide quality service;
  • Maintain regular and dependable attendance.

Supplemental Information

This position is subject to successful completion of a comprehensive Vancouver Police background check.

The ‘Work Experience’ and/or ‘Education’ sections of your application must clearly describe how you meet the qualifications for this position as listed above.
A resume or position description will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.
For questions about the job announcement, call: 360-487-8417.
For technical help with online application, call 1-877-204-4442.
Application Help:
Announcement information can be made available in an alternative format by calling 711 (Relay Operator for the Deaf).


The City of Vancouver is an EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

We strive to create a working environment that includes and values employees from all races, religion, color, sex, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age or any other condition protected by federal, state or local law.

In conjunction with the Americans with Disabilities Act, disability will be considered only in context of an applicant’s ability to perform essential functions of the job and to determine reasonable accommodation.  The physical demands described in this job announcement are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

This announcement is meant only as a general descriptive recruitment guide. It does not constitute either an expressed or implied contract and is not a complete description of the job.



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