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Crime Laboratory Technician, DNA

Texas Department of Public Safety, Garland, Texas

Salary: $,836.16 - $4,673.16 per month

Final Filing Date: November 20, 2019

Performs advanced (senior-level) crime laboratory work. Work involves mixing of chemical reagents and performing a variety of technical, maintenance and troubleshooting activities in the crime laboratory, and other general laboratory duties. Works under minimal supervision, with extensive latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.

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  • May prepare buffers, reagents, stock solutions, etc., as required by section analysts in the laboratory. Maintain proper stock of supplies in support of laboratory analysts.
  • Oversee the maintenance and handling of evidence, including receipt, bar coding, storage, return, destruction, and inventory within the laboratory section.
  • Monitor and maintain the laboratory section in a clean and orderly manner.
  • May enter and update sample inventory in a personal computer database.
  • May autoclave glassware, bio-hazardous waste, reagents, and plasticware as necessary.
  • May assist with supply and chemical ordering and maintenance of order records.
  • Assist with lab instrument and inventory transfers and install new or transferred equipment. May prepare and/or submit the annual property inventory checklist to the
  • Manager/Supervisor of the Laboratory.
  • Perform section administrative duties related to case receipt.
  • May assist in the maintenance, and repairs to crime laboratory equipment, hardware, and apparatus.
  • Attend work regularly and observe approved work hours in accordance with agency leave and attendance policies.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


Education -
  • High School Diploma/equivalent plus a minimum of an associate's degree or equivalent, which includes eight (8) semester hours of college Chemistry.
Experience –
  • Minimum of one (1) year experience in a laboratory environment performing similar tasks to those described above.
Substitution Note:
  • A Bachelor of Science degree in a natural science (chemistry, biology, physics, etc.) with a minimum of 8 hours of Chemistry may be substituted for the experience.
Applies to CODIS Only –
  • Six (6) months of additional full time work experience in a law enforcement setting handling evidence (receipt, destruction, inventory, etc.) may substitute for the eight (8) semester hours in college Chemistry required.
Licensure and/or Certification -
  • If driving is required, must possess a valid driver license from state of residence.
  • A forensic analyst license from TFSC (Texas Forensic Science Commission) may be required.
Regulatory Knowledge –
  • Working knowledge of, or the ability to rapidly assimilate information related to TXDPS, State and Federal regulations, legislation, guidelines, policies and procedures related to laboratory operations.
Interpersonal Skills –
  • Must demonstrate an ability to exercise poise, tact, diplomacy and an ability to establish and maintain positive, working/professional relationships with internal/external customers.
Organizational and Prioritization Skills –
  • Must be organized, flexible, and able to effectively prioritize in a multi-demand and constantly changing environment; able to meet multiple and sometimes conflicting deadlines without sacrificing accuracy, timeliness or professionalism.
Presentation/Communication Skills –
  • Must be able to construct and deliver clear, concise, and professional presentations to a variety of audiences and/or individuals.
Research and Comprehension –
  • Must demonstrate ability to quickly and efficiently access relevant information, and be able to utilize and/or present research and conclusions in a clear and concise manner.
Analytical Reasoning/Attention to Detail –
  • Must demonstrate an ability to examine data/information, discern variations/similarities, and be able identify trends, relationships and causal factors, as well as grasp issues, draw accurate conclusions, and solve problems.
Technology (computers/hardware/software/operating systems) –
  • Must possess appropriate levels of proficiency with utilized software and systems and be able to learn new software/systems.
  • Demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook).
Confidentiality and Protected Information –
  • Must demonstrate an ability to responsibly handle sensitive and confidential information and situations, and adhere to applicable laws/statutes/policies related to access, maintenance and dissemination of information.
Safety –
  • Must be able to work in safe manner at all times, avoiding shortcuts that have potential adverse results/risks, and must be able to comply with safety standards and best practices.
PHYSICAL and/or ENVIRONMENTAL DEMANDS: The physical and environmental demands described here are representative of those encountered and/or necessary for the employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job; reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Environment: Office, laboratory;
  • Ambulatory skills, e.g. stand, walk, sit;
  • Hand-eye coordination and arm/hand/finger dexterity;
  • Ability to speak, hear, and exercise visual acuity;
  • Ability to transfer weights of forty (40) pounds anticipated for this position;
  • Driving requirements: Occasional (5%).

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Posted: November 6, 2019

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