Employment Opportunity

Police Forensic Scientist III - DNA

Scottsdale Police Department, Scottsdale, Arizona

Salary: $68,598.40 - $99,756.80 Annually

Final Filing Date: May 29, 2019

Performs highly specialized professional forensic science evaluations in connection with the identification and comparison of physical evidence submitted to the Crime Laboratory for forensic analysis.

Duties and Requirements Click to read more


  • Examines, identifies, interprets and evaluates suspected evidence.
  • Enters and searches for information on the computerized individual characteristic database systems.
  • Compares analytical findings with known standards.
  • Comprehends and follows detailed, highly technical, oral and written instructions to prepare clear, concise, comprehensive reports and records. Prepares and presents detailed reports.
  • Prioritizes own casework load.
  • Responds to crime scenes and court appearances as needed.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • A Bachelor's degree in a physical or natural science from an accredited educational institution, with a minimum of 20 semester hours of chemistry related coursework.
  • Must have eight years of experience as a forensics examiner in a recognized crime laboratory. Must have a working expertise in three forensic disciplines or combination of working expertise in one forensic discipline and completion of two of the following or working expertise in two forensic disciplines and completion of one of the following: publication in recognized scientific journal; presentation at recognized scientific meeting; certification by recognized forensic organization; or participation in validation or method development.
  • An equivalent combination of education and job related experience may substitute for the educational requirements on a year-for-year basis.
Licensing, Certifications and Other Requirements
  • Must possess and maintain a valid, unrestricted Arizona driver's license with no major citations within the past 39 months prior to the start date.
Work Environment/Physical Demands
  • Use specialized protective equipment to perform laboratory analysis.
  • May be exposed to fumes or dust, bodily fluids, toxic or caustic chemicals or materials that transmit infectious disease (e.g., AIDS, Hepatitis B) are corrosive, carcinogenic or explosive.
  • Safely work with various chemicals and powders.
  • Visually distinguishes the full range of the color spectrum to perform forensic examinations.
  • Work is performed in a normal City office environment, laboratory, and in the field.
  • Lift and move materials weighing up to 30 pounds.
  • Visual and muscular dexterity to operate equipment.
  • Travel to/from meetings and various locations.

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Posted: May 3, 2019

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