Employment Opportunity

Forensic Scientist IV

Bexar County Crime Lab, San Antonio, Texas

Salary: $4,738.00 Monthly

Final Filing Date: November 1, 2019

Under general direction from the senior Forensic Scientist or section supervisor, conducts laboratory testing, analysis, identification and physical examination of evidence; prepares scientific reports; testifies in court proceedings; is responsible for assigned laboratory duties; and performs related duties as required.

Duties and Requirements Click to read more


  • Conducts forensic science testing and/or analyses in one or more of the following areas: Serology/DNA, Drug ID, Firearms/toolmarks, and Trace Evidence
  • Assists in training lower level career path positions by conducting supervised casework
  • Interprets test results and prepares forensic reports on findings
  • Testifies in court as an expert witness
  • Provides scientific results to law enforcement agencies and answers questions related to findings
  • Performs related duties as required


  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's Degree in Forensics, Chemistry, Natural Sciences or a closely related field and four (4) years forensic laboratory experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Comprehensive knowledge of one or more of the following forensic subjects: analytical chemistry and laboratory procedures, serological and DNA analysis, firearms and toolmarks, photography and/or the use of microscopy and other complex instrumentation
  • Skill in communicating effectively with other professionals, both verbally and in writing. Ability to operate complex laboratory equipment, personal computers and basic office equipment; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, County employees, and outside organizations
  • Must secure and maintain a favorable background investigation
  • Must have a valid driver's license and available transportation during entire workday
  • While a Forensic Scientist III, must have maintained two (2) consecutive commendable or higher annual evaluations, earned six (6) approved college credits and maintained a cumulative 70% productivity level as defined by the Department Head
  • Must have successfully completed Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officers Standards and Education (TCOLE) Instructor Certification or equivalent
  • May be required to work more than 40 hours during the workweek
Working Conditions and Physical Demands:
  • Working conditions are primarily inside an laboratory environment with exposure to infectious diseases, hazardous materials, flammable liquids, and unfavorable fumes, vapors or odors
  • Physical requirements include lifting/carrying of 15-20 lbs., occasionally; visual acuity, speech and hearing; hand and eye coordination and manual dexterity necessary to operate complex laboratory equipment, computer keyboard and basic office equipment. Subject to reaching, standing, sitting, handling and walking to perform the essential functions

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Posted: October 7, 2019

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