Employment Opportunity

Forensic Scientist II - Controlled Substances

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, Las Vegas, Nevada

Salary: $70,782.36 - $104,769.59 Annually

Final Filing Date: September 27, 2017

Forensic Scientist I and II – Controlled Substances job announcements are open simultaneously. As an applicant, you may only apply for one position – either Forensic Scientist I or Forensic Scientist II (not both). Based on the minimum qualifications previously stated, if you have three or more years of full-time forensic scientist professional experience in seized drug analysis, please apply only for level II. If you have less than three years and more than one year of full-time forensic scientist professional experience in seized drug analysis, please apply for level I. If you apply for both positions, you will be contacted to choose whichever ONE testing process matches your experience.

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  • Incumbents perform a variety of scientific laboratory examinations and analyses on physical evidence in controlled substances, interpret test results, formulate conclusions, and prepare reports. Incumbents also provide scientific assistance to external parties and testify in court as an expert witness.
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  • Three years of full-time, forensic scientist professional work experience in seized drug analysis.
  • A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in a physical or natural science or a forensic science related field and successful completion of 24 college level credits in chemistry. Applicants MUST attach a copy of their LEGIBLE transcript(s), which demonstrates proof of educational requirements, to their application at the time of submission. Failure to attach a legible transcript will result in automatic disqualification.
License or Certificate:
  • Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate, valid Nevada driver license.
Best Candidates Will Have
  • Recent experience performing the following:
    • Forensic analysis in identification of controlled substances and other unknowns;
    • Forensic analysis of clandestine laboratory evidentiary samples suspected to contain controlled substances and their precursors;
    • Response and collection of evidentiary samples at clandestine laboratory scenes;
  • Knowledge of and ability to use, troubleshoot and maintain analytical instrumentation used in controlled substances analysis, including GC/MS and FTIR;
  • Familiarity with the ASCLD/LAB-International and/or ISO17025 Accreditation program;
  • Experience in providing technical training to analysts in a laboratory setting and general forensic training to law enforcement personnel and attorneys;
  • Experience in computer hardware and/or software used in a forensic lab setting;
  • Participation in formal external proficiency test programs;
  • Experience in courtroom testimony; and
  • Experience in performing controlled substances technical review.
Conditions of Employment - In addition to the General Conditions of Employment found here, the following specific conditions of employment apply to this position:
  • Personal Appearance: While on duty, and/or representing the Department, uniformed or otherwise, all Department employees will be neat and clean in their appearance in public. Employees are prohibited from attaching, affixing, or displaying objects, articles or jewelry on or through the nose, tongue, eyebrow or other exposed body part, except the ears for females, while on duty. Employees are prohibited from stretching or "gauging" their earlobes. All jewelry implants will not be exposed or visible while on duty. Tattoos or branding will not be exposed or visible while on duty and/or representing the Department. Such markings must be covered by clothing, and may not be covered by make-up or bandages. Tattoos or branding anywhere on the body that promote racism/discrimination, indecency, extremist or supremacist philosophies, lawlessness, violence, or contain sexually explicit material are prohibited.

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Posted: August 31, 2017

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