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Employment · Forensic Career Opportunities

Currently, the Washington State Patrol Crime Laboratory Division employs approximately 130 people in its laboratories statewide. Forensic science job duties vary with each job classification.

Find out more by visiting pages on forensic toxicology (Toxicology Laboratory) and criminalistics (Crime Laboratory). Read the Case Examples. They'll bring out the sleuth in you if it's not already there.

When the State Patrol is accepting applications for a forensic science position, it will be listed in our Current Job Openings section and linked to the job announcement. All requirements and details for applying will be included in the announcement.

Additional Job Information


A preview of Professional Requirements for all forensic classifications is available for information only. Not all positions are open this time.


All Washington State Patrol applicants are subject to background investigations, including a polygraph examination, because of the nature of the work and the security requirements.

  • See the Hiring Standards page for personal background forms, hiring standards, and minimum requirements.

    When a polygraph is offered to an applicant, they must bring with them a certified copy of their driving record from the Department of Licensing to the polygraph appointment.

  • See the Personal Background EvaluationAdobe PDF Document form for more information about the background evaluation.


  • Retirement plans and investment options
  • Medical, dental, life insurance, and hospitalization programs subsidized by the state
  • Annual vacation leave accrued at one day a month, and increases with longevity
  • Sick leave accrued at one day a month

Contact Information


Mailing Address:

Washington State Patrol
Human Resource Division
PO Box 42620
Olympia, WA 98504-2620

Telephone Numbers:

360-704-2300 - Voice
360-704-2297 - FAX
7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6384 - Washington State Relay Service

Equal Opportunity

The Washington State Patrol actively supports diversity in the workplace and is an Equal Opportunity Employer. For a copy of the Washington State Patrol's Equal Employment Opportunity Plan (EEOP), please contact the Human Resource Division.

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