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Forensic Specialist - Developmental

Reference number: RCM23J-016132-000163
Selection process number: 23-RCM-EA-N-S-NCR-SPS/FSIS-114365
Royal Canadian Mounted Police - Forensic Science and Identification Services, National Forensic Laboratory Services, National Anti-Counterfeiting Bureau
Ottawa (Ontario)
CH-01 - FSLS-01
$34,969 to $75,500

For further information on the organization, please visit Royal Canadian Mounted Police

Closing date: 27 January 2023 - 23:59, Pacific Time

Who can apply: Persons residing in Canada, and Canadian citizens and Permanent residents abroad.

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The primary responsibility is the successful completion of training in forensic science services. Under supervision or as part of a team, gathers information, organizes and analyzes forensic data (specimens), applies scientific techniques and provides results to supervisor, scientists or colleagues for review and feedback.

Studies methods used to maintain exhibit integrity, learns to select appropriate samples and analytical approaches used to extract the maximum amount of information available in the exhibit material.

Provides assistance in the writing of technical documents and reports.

Provides feedback on the quality of training standards and on readiness for more difficult assignments.

Studies theories, methodologies and procedures related to forensic examination of material evidence.

Identifies and analyzes material of probative value, interprets analytical results, formulates conclusions stating the forensic significance of the results, confers with more experienced forensic staff, supervisor or colleagues regarding the significance of the conclusions in relation to an investigation or criminal charge and writes reports for review.

Reviews assigned evidence originally submitted by police, legal counselors and other sources; examines or analyzes specimens to derive information for the requesting party or parties; and applies techniques to the exhibit material pertaining to a comprehensive discipline(s) to yield the optimum analytical information.

Supports investigation activities in the laboratory.

Participates in the conduct of forensic science application, research and development projects related, for example, to expand forensic investigative techniques; and keeps current with the advances in one or more forensic science specialties through scientific literature, conferences and seminars

Work environment

The work is performed in an environment with intermittent distractions such as office noise and interruptions from visitors.

As part of the criminal investigation process, there is a lack of control over the pace of work and there is no tolerance for error which can lead to stress.

The work requires responding to the scientific information technology needs and providing advice, information, guidance and analysis often within short time frames.

There is possible exposure in the laboratory to solvents, chemicals and to biological materials such as blood stains on exhibits which can lead to exposure to HIV; and there is occasional requirement to wear protective clothing or equipment.

Psychological and emotional effort is required to remain composed and professional when providing witness testimony.

Intent of the process

The immediate need is to staff two positions on an indeterminate basis, with various linguistic profiles and a Secret security clearance.

A pool of candidates may be established and may be used to staff similar positions within the RCMP in the National Capital Region on an indeterminate or specified period (including term, acting, or assignment) basis, with various linguistic profiles and various RCMP security clearances.

Once the candidate has successfully completed the in-house understudy, he/she will be able to work on casework and will be considered for a CH-03 (FSLS-02) position.

Should a Civilian Member (CM) be found qualified and selected for appointment, the appointment will not result in a change of status to the Public Service (PS) category for the CM

Positions to be filled: 1

Information you must provide

Your résumé.

In order to be considered, your application must clearly explain how you meet the following (essential qualifications)

Graduation with a degree from a recognized post-secondary institution in a natural, physical or applied science with specialization in a field relevant to the duties of the position.

NOTE: The courses for the specialization must be acceptable and relevant to the functions of the position. It must also include organic and inorganic chemistry courses. Transcript of your courses will be required to validate courses taken.

This position consists of a rigid in-house understudy. Candidates will be required to successfully complete the understudy training for the National Anti-Counterfeiting Program.

Degree equivalency

The following will be applied / assessed at a later date (essential for the job)

Various language requirements
Bilingual imperative BBC/BBC
English Essential

Information on language requirements

Knowledge of Quality Assurance and Quality Control
Knowledge of safety practices in a laboratory
Knowledge of ISO 17025

Ability to communicate effectively orally;
Ability to communicate effectively in writing;
Ability to analyze problems/situations and recommend appropriate solutions
Ability to work in a team

Planning and Organizing
Interpersonal skills
Attention to detail

The following may be applied / assessed at a later date (may be needed for the job)

Experience working within a scientific laboratory setting.
Experience in the evaluation of scientific data or production of scientific data.
Experience in carrying out research projects

Willingness and ability to work overtime
Willingness and ability to travel for work related assignments
Willingness and ability to work in a police environment, including exposure to unsettling and/or graphic material
Willingness and ability to complete an understudy training program*

*This position is an understudy training program. As part of the Operational requirements, the appointed candidate must successfully complete the applicable understudy training program as dictated in the applicable policy approved Learning Guide and/or Training Plan.

Conditions of employment

Secret security clearance - All applicants for positions within the Royal Canadian Mounted Police will be subject to a thorough security clearance process which includes an interview wherein questions may include (but not limited to), reference checks, previous employment, on-line activities, credit checks, alcohol and/or drug use.

Work with and be exposed to hazardous chemicals, biological samples, and laboratory equipment.
Wear appropriate protective clothing and/or equipment.
Maintain standing and/or sitting positions for extended periods of time.
Move and/or lift items (up to 20kg)
Adhere to laboratory safety standards and procedures.
Must have a valid driver’s license and be able to drive fleet vehicle.
Must be willing and able to testify in a court of law anywhere in Canada.
Must obtain and maintain a valid medical clearance

NOTE: Candidates must meet the applicable Conditions of Employments at the time of appointment and must continue to meet these during the period of appointment.

This position is comprised of an understudy training program. As part of the conditions of employment, the appointed candidate must successfully complete the understudy training program including the successful completion of the mock trial.

Other information

The Public Service of Canada is committed to building a skilled and diverse workforce that reflects the Canadians we serve. We promote employment equity and encourage you to indicate if you belong to one of the designated groups when you apply.

Information on employment equity

A written exam may be administered.

An interview may be administered.

Reference checks may be sought.

A simulation/situational exercise or role play may be administered.

Candidates must meet the essential qualifications to be appointed to a position.

Candidates may be required to meet the asset qualifications or the organizational needs, depending on the requirements of the specific position being staffed.

Acknowledgement of receipt of applications will not be sent; we will contact candidates when the screening process is completed.

You must provide proof of education credentials. If you obtained your degree outside Canada, it is your responsibility to demonstrate its equivalence, please take a look at the following link for more information: https://www.cicic.ca.

Persons are entitled to participate in the appointment process in the official language of their choice. Applicants are asked to indicate their preferred official language in their application.

Please identify clearly your substantive group and level and your employment status on your resume and/or application form.

If a qualified candidate has been selected and appointed on an indeterminate basis from the established pool, they will be removed from the pool. If a candidate is selected for a specified period (including term, acting, or assignment/secondment) appointment, they will remain in the pool for future offers.

Our means of communication with applicants is via e-mail. Please ensure to include a functional e-mail address, which will accept messages from unknown users (some e-mail systems block these types of e-mails). It is the responsibility of the candidate to ensure accurate contact information is provided and updated as required.

The Public Service of Canada is committed to building a skilled, diverse workforce reflective of Canadian society. As a result, it promotes employment equity and encourages candidates to indicate voluntarily on their application if they are a woman, an Aboriginal person, a person with a disability or a member of a visible minority group.

The Public Service of Canada is also committed to developing inclusive, barrier-free selection processes and work environments. If contacted in relation to a job opportunity or testing, you should advise the Public Service Commission or the departmental official in a timely fashion of the accommodation measures which must be taken to enable you to be assessed in a fair and equitable manner. Information received relating to accommodation measures will be addressed confidentially.


Preference will be given to veterans first and then to Canadian citizens and permanent residents, with the exception of a job located in Nunavut, where Nunavut Inuit will be appointed first.

Information on the preference to veterans

We thank all those who apply. Only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

Contact information

Elaine Walsh, Staffing Advisor
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