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Our lab is soliciting interest for an upcoming opening for an examiner through the LinkedIn promotion below.  It says it's for a trainee, but I bet if we heard of trained examiners that had an interest that could change.  Also, they're indicating the opening for our main lab in St. Paul, but I work out of our regional lab in Bemidji.  If you're into the outdoors, this northern Minnesota location might be an option too.  I have space here for another examiner and would be willing to try and sway lab administration.

Firearms Examiner (upcoming position):

Call For Assistance Feedback / Re: Looking for old IWBA Journal article
« Last post by Eric Warren on July 27, 2016, 04:15:07 PM »
I'm posting this in both threads to make sure everyone knows.

I wanted to thank Nat Pearlson, who made it possible for us to have our own IWBA library.  I've been digitizing all of the IWBA Wound Ballistics Review journals.  I've uploaded them into their own folder on the AFTE Google Drive.  For access, log on to and use our username (AFTEonline) and password (AFTE2015).  There is a folder named "IWBA Wound Ballistics Review" with the files I've added so far.

Also, the last issue that Nat had was Volume 5 Number 1.  So if anyone has an issue after that, please let me know or feel free to scan it and add it to the folder.

The Washoe County Sheriff's Office Forensic Science Division is recruiting for a Supervising Criminalist in the Forensic Investigation Section (crime scenes).  Application must be made on-line at the above address.

Department of Human Resources
Hennepin County Government Center
300 South Sixth Street
Minneapolis, MN 55487
Comparative Science Supervisor

An Equal Opportunity Employer
   $58,722.56 - $88,947.04 Annually
OPENING DATE: 07/20/16
CLOSING DATE: 08/04/16  5:00 PM Central Time

JOB TYPE: Full-time

LOCATION: Downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota
DEPARTMENT: Sheriff's Office

The Hennepin County Sheriff's Office (HCSO) is seeking a Comparative Science Supervisor to oversee the comparative sciences sections of the Crime Laboratory.  The Hennepin County Sheriff's Crime Laboratory is an ASCLD/LAB International accredited testing crime laboratory that provides forensic services to 35 law enforcement agencies, the Minnesota State Patrol, and multiple federal law enforcement agencies.  The Comparative Sciences Supervisor will oversee operations of both the Latent Fingerprint and Firearm and Toolmark sections of the laboratory, and will report to the Laboratory Director.

The HCSO is dedicated to public safety and service as guardians in the community through leadership, integrity, and strong partnerships.
The primary duties and responsibilities of this position include:
   Coordinate laboratory activities, including scheduling work assignments, establishing work priorities, and directing the work of laboratory staff.
   Supervise section staff, including report review, performance evaluation, assignment balance, and employee discipline.
   Direct laboratory staff in the research and validation of new techniques, procedures, methods, and equipment used in the laboratory.
   Initiate corrective and preventative actions to address potential problems and facilitate the continuous improvement of the laboratory quality systems.
   Assist with the administration of laboratory training.
   Assist in preparation of budget and management of expenditure.
   Develop reports and other documents.
   Testify in court regarding laboratory operations; monitor and evaluate the court testimony of laboratory personnel.
Best Qualified Candidates must be at least 18 years of age and have:
   Bachelor's degree or higher in forensic science, chemistry, toxicology, biology, microbiology, biochemistry, or a closely related field and three years or more of work experience in a comparative science as an analyst or supervisor in an accredited forensic laboratory.
   Knowledge of goals and objectives relating to the major functions of a forensics laboratory.
   Strong interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills.
   Ability to:
o   Plan, assign, and direct the work of staff.
o   Work effectively with peers and with multiple levels of stakeholders within an organization.
o   Abide by the Sheriff's Office Personal Appearance Standards Policy. To view the policy, use the link: Sheriff's Office Personal Appearance Standards Policy. You must read the entire policy and be able and willing to meet the requirements.
Applicants must have no felony convictions and must successfully complete drug test and an extensive background investigation that includes criminal, employment and financial checks during the six-month probationary period. Invitations to interview will be based on an assessment of education and experience.

Hennepin County envisions an organization where our commitment to diversity is fundamental in providing excellent service to our community.
If you need assistance to actively participate in the employment process, please email us at or call us at 612.348.7855.

Hennepin County provides equal access to employment, programs and services without regard to race, color, creed, religion, age, sex (except when sex is a Bona Fide Occupational Qualification), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, public assistance or national origin. If you believe you have been discriminated against, contact the Human Resources Department, A-400 Government Center, Minneapolis, MN 55487, 612.348.7855
Hennepin County Government Center
300 South Sixth Street
Minneapolis, MN 55487    EXAM #16SHRFB21LW074

Firearm Identification / Browning Performance Rimfire "oops"
« Last post by Steven Richardson on July 19, 2016, 09:58:46 AM »
Hey All,

I went ammunition shopping for the lab yesterday and picked up two varieties of Browning Performance Rimfire .22LR (40gr RN and 40gr HP) from the local Field & Stream.

I was showing my co-worker the unopened box for the hollow point cartridges and saw this in the uncovered section.


Training Seminars / 2016 AFTE Eastern Regional
« Last post by Theodore Chavez on July 18, 2016, 01:08:31 PM »
2016 AFTE Eastern Regional
Hosted by: FBI Laboratory, Firearms/Toolmarks Unit

As mentioned last year, we've planned another exciting Fall Training Seminar!

Thursday, October 13, 2016
Training Facility, Fredericksburg, VA

Friday, October 14, 2016
Outdoor Range/ FBI Laboratory, Marine Corps Base Quantico

Please note that as a result of the excellent turnout we have had the past few years, we've changed the conference location to an off-site facility in Fredericksburg, VA. This facility is conveniently located off the 95 corridor, and offers more lodging and dining options than in previous years.

If you are interested in attending, or have questions regarding this event, please contact

Thank you.
Research Proposals / Lathe turnings
« Last post by Steve Scott on July 18, 2016, 12:59:33 PM »
Has anybody read or heard of a study on how quickly a lathe tool/cutter changes sufficiently enough that the signature of the turning changes?  Restated, how long (in length) can a turning be ID'd to itself?
The application period for this job opening has been extended until August 10, 2016.

Please contact me if you have any questions or would like general information about the job or the Laboratory or living and working in San Francisco.

Fort Worth Police Departments Crime lab is currently looking for qualified applicants for Laboratory Director/Forensic Division Manager.  Please see attached Job Description.  Applicants can view the job posting at:

Job ID 3740

Paul Slocum

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives

Entry Level - Forensic Laboratory Technician-1 (NIBIN) Opening
NLT Management Services has an immediate contractor position available to work in The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives Forensic Field Office NIBIN Branch located in or around Walnut Creek, CA.  If you want to take your Forensic Science skills to the next level in an interesting, exciting, & rewarding career this is the job for you.

See Attached Job Description.

Candidates with a current TS or Secret clearance preferred but not required.
Condition of employment Candidates MUST be a USA citizen and able to pass a very detailed security background.
NLT Management Services offers very competitive salary and benefits.
Interested candidates should send resumes and cover letter to SUBJECT: NIBIN - CA.
No phone calls will be accepted.
Pay Rate hourly $23.52 depending on qualifications plus $4.27 an hour for health and welfare.
NLT Management Services is an Equal Opportunity Employer - EOE
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