Forensic Scientist II

A Forensic Scientist II in the Firearms and Tool Mark section of the Minneapolis Police Department Crime Lab Unit conducts examinations of firearms, bullets and related evidence; prepares documentation and written reports; and testifies as an expert witness as required. The Firearms and Tool Mark section is staffed Monday-Friday with occasional overtime.

This exam is being offered to establish a list to fill vacancies as they may occur.

Federal law requires employees hired after November 6, 1986 to present documentation that establishes identity and employment authorization. The City of Minneapolis and MPD encourage all applicants to apply.


Job Duties and Responsibilities:

(Including but not limited to the following)

  • Perform technical and administrative reviews of casework and examinations performed in the section.
  • Properly receive record, maintain, and handle the disposition of evidence submitted to the laboratory so that accurate, complete chain of custody and case information is documented.
  • Handle, search, and evaluate the significance of physical evidence.
  • Conduct necessary examinations and comparisons of physical evidence to include: firearms, bullets, cartridges, discharged cartridge casings and other related weapon components and ensure all findings are correctly documented.
  • Maintain a high level of skill in laboratory techniques (comparison microscopy, measuring projectiles, chemical restoration of serial numbers, examinations for the presence of gunshot residues, etc.) and the ability to obtain accurate and reproducible results.
  • Disassembles, reassembles, make safe and test fires firearms to determine their operability, safety and accuracy.
  • Maintain records and prepare reports on the results of these analyses so the integrity of all analyses is maintained.
  • Provide court testimony as an expert witness.
  • Read current scientific literature and research in the discipline so the most current methods can be reviewed and issues identified in the profession can be promptly addressed.
  • Work cooperatively, professionally, and communicate highly technical information to others, including people in the criminal justice community, law enforcement personnel, attorneys, medical examiners and other forensic scientists.
  • Assist in the training and development of other forensic scientists in the Crime Lab as directed.
  • Assist with the section and laboratory quality assurance programs so quality assurance requirements are met and laboratory accreditation is maintained.
  • Complete specialized training and competency tests in the examination of evidence submitted to the section.

Required Qualifications:


EDUCATION: Bachelor’s Degree in a Physical Science, Criminal Justice or equivalent.
Three years of full time experience and must have knowledge in the following areas (including but not limited to):

  • The functional testing of firearms and the comparison of a questioned bullet or cartridge case to test fired ammunition from a firearm.
  • The manufacturing process of evidence examined such as tools and firearms so class characteristics can be distinguished from identifying characteristics.


  • Valid Driver’s License
  • Continued employment is contingent upon successfully completing the Minneapolis Police Department’s Crime Lab Certification Exam within one year of hire.

Graduate of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives National Firearms Examiner Academy.


  • Considerable knowledge of scientific inquiry methods and laboratory techniques as they apply to the forensic science discipline.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills – including good report writing skills.
  • Strong knowledge of computer operations in scientific inquiry.

Eligibility to be considered for the position will be determined by a rating of training and experience. The City of Minneapolis reserves the right to select and limit the number of candidates in the exam process based on a review of application materials. It is to the applicant’s advantage to be as thorough in the online application as possible.
An extensive Police Department Background Investigation will be conducted. Candidates not passing the background investigation will not be considered further for the position. The criminal background investigation will include a review of your driving record and the status of your driver’s license.
All job applicants must pass a pre-employment drug and alcohol test once a conditional offer of employment has been made. Applicants will be required to sign a notification and consent form prior to undergoing drug and alcohol testing. Applicants who do not consent to undergo drug and alcohol testing will not be required to do so and the City will withdraw the conditional job offer resulting in the job applicant no longer being considered for the position.
This position is represented by the Minneapolis Professional Employees Association.


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