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Forensic Employment - FAQs
General Questions
Q: Does the Oregon State Police accept applications from outside of the United States?
A:  These announcements are open to anyone in any country.  However, please be aware that during the hiring process we do not allow for phone interviews, and all costs to appear in person for an interview must be covered by the applicant.
The Department of State Police adheres to the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) in its employment practice which includes completion of an employment eligibility verification form (I-9) within the first three working days of employment.  The Department is unable to assist applicants in obtaining authorization to work in the United States through sponsorship or any other means.

Q: Are there any internship or volunteer opportunities within the Forensic Services Division?
A:  On occasion, one of the fivestatewide labs may decide to take on a volunteer or intern (internships are not paid positions).  Currently, the only labs who consider these positions are the Portland Metro Lab and the Springfield Lab.  If you would like further information regarding these opportunities, please contact the lab you are interested in, directly. 

Q: Can you confirm receipt of my application?
A:  Due to volume, we cannot confirm or deny that your application was received.  Application results will be sent in the mail once we have had a chance to review your qualifications.

Q: Does the Oregon State Police accept electronic applications?
A:  Electronic applications are accepted, but only when a position is currently posted online. The online application system is the only electronic format accepted.
If you are applying for a Forensic Scientist position, the online application must include answers to test questions, a skill data sheet and any other requested information. This information must be submitted by the closing date posted. Official college transcripts supporting the educational requirements stated on the application are required at the initial interview.
Incomplete applications will not be accepted, nor qualify for the position.

Forensic Scientist Applicants
Q: How can I improve my chances of getting a job as a Forensic Scientist?
A:  Forensic Scientist positions are EXTREMELY competitive. You can better your chances by gaining hands-on experience in a laboratory (preferably forensic laboratory...even better if it is nationally accredited) through volunteer work or internships. Although listed as an "Entry" position, many of our successful candidates have had prior experience doing some type of forensic work.

Q: Can I apply for the Forensic Scientist positions before I receive my degree?
A:  It is suggested that you wait for your degree.  Applications will not be accepted if a degree is not listed on the official transcripts.