Employment Opportunity


State Fire Marshal's Office, Reynoldsburg, Ohio

Salary: $26.42 per hour

Final Filing Date: Open until filled

Duties and Requirements Click to read more


  • Conducts chemical and physical examinations of evidence submitted by fire, law enforcement and laboratory personnel relating to fire, explosive or other criminal or hazardous incidents. Utilizes techniques such as gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS), Ion Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry (IC-MS), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), X-ray Diffraction (XRD), Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM-EDS), Raman Spectroscopy, wet chemistry, microscopy, latent print development procedures and other investigative techniques. Develops conclusions based on these examinations to prepare meaningful, concise and accurate reports for dissemination to submitting agents.
  • Confers with fire service and other law enforcement personnel; testifies before courts concerning examinations and analyses performed; provides instruction and training as directed to the fire and law enforcement community; reads and extracts information pertinent to laboratory operations from scientific and forensic journals and publications; conducts research and experimentation relating to fires, explosions and other related forensic disciplines.
  • Maintains analytical instrumentation as directed conducts laboratory tours; maintains reference collections; prepares quality assurance samples; evaluates quality assurance tests; receives logs and transports evidence. Performs other basic laboratory functions such as maintaining supplies, monitoring gases, performing laboratory safety checks, cleaning glassware and maintaining work areas.
  • Performs related duties as required


  • Completion of undergraduate core program in forensic science, biology or chemistry with coursework to include forensic science, analytical chemistry & law enforcement;
  • 1 yr. pertinent laboratory experience commensurate with job duties to be performed as outlined per job duties listed on posting;
  • Valid driver's license.
  • OR
  • Equivalent of Minimum Class Qualifications for Employment noted above.
Knowledge of:
  • Chemistry; chemical analyses; standard operating procedures & guidelines & standard methods applicable to State Fire Marshal Forensic Laboratory* or State Highway Patrol Crime Laboratory*; laboratory safety practices; employee training & development*.
Skill in:
  • Use & operation of laboratory equipment such as gas chromatograph, mass spectrometer, infra-red spectrophotometer & microscope techniques; computer keyboard with video display terminal.
Ability to:
  • Define problems, collect data, establish facts & draw valid conclusions; interpret extensive variety of technical material in books, journals & manuals; understand somewhat abstract field of study; deal with many variables & determine specific action; understand manuals & verbal instructions, technical in nature; understand abstract field of study; prepare meaningful, concise & accurate reports; handle sensitive inquiries from & contacts with officials & general public; demonstrate manual dexterity.

(*)Developed after employment.

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Posted: April 8, 2019

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