Employment Opportunity

Criminalist - Drug Identification

Iowa Department of Public Safety, Ankeny, Iowa

Salary: $58,801.60 - $90,459.20 Annually

Final Filing Date: September 17, 2019

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  • The successful candidate selective for this position will collect and preserve evidence and perform scientific analysis of physical materials in the investigation of crimes for the Division of Criminal Investigation Crime Laboratory.
  • Candidate will perform related work as required.
  • Performs forensic science analysis, research and training; crime scene work; speaks to and trains peace officers and fire fighters; court testimony and report writing.
  • This position will be assigned to the Controlled Substance Identification Section of the laboratory and must meet the criteria listed below.
  • Travel across the state of Iowa may be required for courtroom testimony and continuing education, with the potential to be away from the Des Moines area overnight on occasion.
  • General work hours will be Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m., however courtroom testimony responsibilities may require hours outside of these times.


  • At a minimum a BA/BS degree or its equivalent degree in chemistry, biology, or forensic science related area.
  • Preference will be given to candidates with a chemistry major or a strong academic background in chemistry.
  • Applicants with strong competencies and experiences working with computer hardware and software systems would be helpful.
  • Ability to pass a thorough background investigation conducted by the Department of Public Safety.

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Posted: August 28, 2019

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