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Forensic Employment - FAQs
General Questions
Q: Does the Oregon State Police accept applications from outside of the United States?
A:  The Oregon State Police welcomes submissions from applicants that are legally authorized to work in the United States.  The agency adheres to the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) in its employment practices which includes completion of an employment eligibility verification form (I-9) within the first three working days of employment.  The Department will not assist applicants in obtaining authorization to work in the United States through sponsorship or any other means.

Please be aware that during the hiring process all costs to appear in person for an interview are covered by the applicant; Audio or video interviews cannot substitute for an in-person interview.


Q: Are there any internship or volunteer opportunities within the Forensic Services Division?
A: The department is establishing a centralized application process for the appointment of interns.  Please note internships are not paid positions.    If you would like further information regarding these opportunities, the best way to stay informed is by filling out a Job Interest Card​.  The Job Interest Card will allow you to indicate the types of positons you are seeking and you will receive a notification to the email address you provide, when a vacancy announcement is posted. The subscription will last for 12 months and you have the option to discontinue the service anytime or renew at the expiration date.​ ​

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 applications are submitted within 12 weeks of graduation.  The hiring process includes application screening, interview(s), and an extensive background check. Offers will be rescinded if an applicant does not complete degree requirements at the time of hire.