Centre Receiving Officer – Talent Pool
Ministry of the Solicitor General
The Centre of Forensic Sciences (CFS) provides scientific laboratory services in support of the administration of justice and public safety programs. Working at the new, state-of-the-art Forensic Services and Coroners Complex , you will play a vital role in contributing to the provision of these services as a Centre Receiving Officer.
What can I expect to do in this role?
The Centre of Forensic Sciences accepts over 40,000 pieces of forensic evidence for testing each year. In the Centre's Receiving Office (CRO) where all forensic evidence is received, you will:
•Screen all incoming evidential material to ensure every case/item submission is in accordance with CFS policy and acceptance guidelines
•Cross reference incoming evidence against the CFS online submission to ensure all information is complete and accurate and that all necessary documentation has been provided
•Enter all items and cases into the LIMS (Laboratory Information Management System) by assigning LIMS numbers and entering/uploading all relevant information
•Ensure proper packaging of evidence and bar coding of all items or outer packaging
•Initiate the chain of custody for all items
•Provide clients with a record of receipt (i.e., evidence receipt) after processing is completed, as well as other client information sheets as required
•Confer with CFS section managers/staff from the appropriate scientific section regarding specific requirements in non-standard cases such as the processing of priority cases
•Advise police investigators, coroners, and other law enforcement officials on the protocols, practices and guidelines for the acceptance, collection, handling, storage, submission, disposal and return of evidentiary items.
How do I qualify?
**Assignment Instructions for Application**
As part of the application process, please read the following free access article (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4779093/) and respond to the following question:
“Please define chain of custody and summarize the recommendations suggested by the authors.”
Your response must be in your own words and limited to less than 150 words. Include your answer with your application and submit as one document (i.e., along with your cover letter and resume to JOB#133728). Please note that if you do not include a response to the question your application will NOT be considered further.
•Ability to understand and follow policies, practices, and procedures relating to the requirements for ensuring identification, security, integrity and continuity of forensic evidence.
•Demonstrated experience in handling and preserving a wide variety of biological and non-biological evidentiary material in accordance with all appropriate quality assurance and health and safety practices. Knowledge of ISO accreditation standards for laboratories
•Experience receiving, handling, tracking, shipping and disposing of samples as well as preparing items for appropriate storage (i.e. freezer, refrigerator).
•Attention to detail and critical thinking skills to accurately perform these tasks in a high volume, fast-paced environment.
•Ability to independently make decisions on these processes and work with a wide variety of sample types.
•You have experience using specialized Laboratory Information Management.
•You have a working knowledge of general computer programs/tasks such as word processing, email and the use of databases.
•Sufficient computer literacy to learn new task-specific computer applications.
Interpersonal and Communication (oral and written) Skills
•You have demonstrated written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills.
•You can interact effectively with fellow team members, managers, and external clients and have experience working in a diverse team.
•You have demonstrated organizational skills to determine work priorities, effectively manage time and respond to client and CFS staff needs in an environment of changing pressures.
•You have demonstrated ability to assess and input a large volume of data while maintaining accuracy.
$1,015.48 - $1,207.39 per week