Employment Opportunity

Forensic Scientist Trainee - Toxicology

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, Las Vegas, Nevada

Salary: $58,094.40 - $85,987.20 Annually

Final Filing Date: January 24, 2018

This recruitment is limited to the first 200 applications received from qualified applicants, and the closing date may be adjusted if the application limit is reached prior to the posted closing date. Before applying, please ensure that you are available to complete the entire testing process, per the dates on this posting.

Incumbents receive supervised training in the scientific laboratory examination of physical evidence and in the scientific interpretation of test results.

Duties and Requirements Click to read more


  1. Exemplify the Department values, both on and off duty.
  2. With reference to #2 through #12, receive comprehensive laboratory training in one or more of the disciplines of forensic science in order to:
  3. Maintain and operate equipment essential for performing casework; assist in routine maintenance of laboratory equipment and analytical instruments.
  4. Collect, receive, preserve, and handle physical evidence; implement evidence control; document and maintain chain of custody; and preserve the integrity of evidence examined.
  5. Follow standard LVMPD Forensic Laboratory operating procedures.
  6. Independently examine evidence and draw scientific conclusions.
  7. Multi-task to meet caseload requirements.
  8. Maintain accurate and complete records; prepare detailed notes to properly document analyses and comprehensive written reports regarding examinations and conclusions.
  9. Operate specialized software on equipment and multiple computer platforms.
  10. Prepare a variety of chemical reagents, solutions, standards and controls using established forensic laboratory practices.
  11. Research technical journals, textbooks and forensic science manuals to determine best methods of performing analytical tests; develop and perform validation methods for new techniques and instrumentation; apply principles and practices of the quality assurance program.
  12. Perform the following functions, if assigned to the Controlled Substances Unit: Respond to scenes of suspected controlled substance manufacturing or unknown chemical hazards; evaluate crime scenes to determine the hazards involved and the need for additional personal protective equipment; evaluate the chemicals, glassware and equipment to determine if controlled substances are being manufactured; collect samples.
  13. Testify in court as an expert witness.


Training, Education and Experience
  • A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in a chemical, physical or biological 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.
  • Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate, valid Nevada driver license.
Knowledge of:
  • Theoretical and analytical principles of assigned forensic science discipline.
  • Equipment and supplies used in a laboratory, including analytical balances, pH meters, microscopes, computers and software.
  • Proper procedures and standard laboratory rules and safety precautions regarding chemicals, toxins and biohazards.
  • Advanced mathematics and statistics.
  • Record keeping methods and techniques.
  • Operational methods and techniques used in the forensic laboratory, including laboratory testing procedures.
  • Evidence collection and preservation procedures, including proper evidence handling and chain of custody.
  • Pertinent Department and Bureau policies and procedures.
  • Federal, state, and local laws and regulations pertaining to forensic science.
  • Proper sequence of forensic examinations of evidence.
Ability to:
  • Exemplify Department values, both on and off duty.
  • Maintain confidentiality of information.
  • Recognize anomalies, formulate hypotheses, and take appropriate action.
  • Research technical journals, textbooks, and forensic science manuals to determine the best methods of performing analytical tests.
  • Distill and organize scientific information into reports, papers, and presentations.
  • Prepare clear and concise reports and memoranda.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Use a computer and common software in word processing, tabulation, and e-mail communications.
  • Maintain accurate and complete records.
  • Understand and follow written and verbal instructions.
  • Communicate effectively in writing.
  • Communicate effectively in verbal form.
  • Type at a speed necessary for successful work performance.
  • Work under pressure, exercise good judgment, and make sound and timely decisions.
  • Multi-task to meet caseload requirements.
  • Apply theoretical and analytical principles of assigned forensic science discipline.
  • Understand and apply operational methods and techniques used in the forensic laboratory, including laboratory testing procedures.
  • Draw independent and sound scientific conclusions.
  • Apply federal, state and local laws, codes and regulations pertaining to forensic science.
  • Apply evidence collection and preservation procedures, while documenting and maintaining chain of custody and preserving the integrity of evidence examined.
  • Use various forensic software applications.
  • Develop and perform validation methods for new techniques and instrumentation.
  • Prepare detailed notes to properly document analyses and comprehensive written reports regarding examinations and conclusions.
  • Operate, maintain and calibrate sensitive scientific instruments used in a forensic laboratory.
  • Interpret and explain Department and Bureau policies and procedures.

Working Conditions

Environmental Conditions:
  • Laboratory and office environment; use of latex gloves, respirators and/or air masks; use of a SCBA (Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus), if responding to a Clandestine Lab.
  • Exposure to potentially hazardous chemicals, human body fluids,
  • Exposure to computer screens.
  • Road and traffic conditions while driving a vehicle when conducting Department business.
Physical Conditions:
  • Vision sufficient to read fine print on computers, distinguish fine details when looking through scientific instruments to examine evidence items, as well as distinguish color and recognize contrast, patterns, and dimensions.
  • Speech sufficient to render expert courtroom testimony and scientific instruction.
  • Hearing sufficient to hear instructions, training content, and conversations.
  • Agility and mobility sufficient to stand, walk, stoop, bend, reach, rotate and extend neck, and balance self while using laboratory and/or standard office equipment, as well as lift, push, and pull files, documents, laboratory equipment, and/or standard office equipment.
  • Dexterity sufficient to manipulate instruments and small items accurately over an extended period of time, as well as write labels on test tubes and small testing vessels.
  • Strength and mobility sufficient to lift moderately heavy items with or without aid of equipment.
  • Endurance sufficient to sit or stand for long periods of time, as necessary.
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: January 8, 2018

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