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Criminalist I

County of Hawai`i Police Department, Hilo, Hawaii

Salary: $48,948.00 Annually

Final Filing Date: Continuous

Performs a variety of standard physical, chemical, instrumental, and microscopic analyses of evidences in connection with crime detection and law enforcement work; assists with more complex investigations and studies, and with assigned phases of research projects; and performs other related duties as required.

The eligible list may be used for other Criminalist I permanent and temporary vacancies as they arise during the life of the list. Temporary appointment may lead to conversion to permanent appointment.

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  • Examines and analyzes a variety of physical and chemical substances, materials, liquids and other evidence in accordance with prescribed standards, methods and techniques.
  • Conducts chemical and physical laboratory tests to determine characteristics or composition of solid, liquid, or gaseous materials and substances using standard laboratory equipment and instruments.
  • Conducts routine serological tests to determine blood type, origin and chemistry.
  • Conducts examinations and analyses of narcotics, drugs, poison.
  • Assists with firearm and ammunitions test firings.
  • Mounts specimens for comparisons purposes.
  • Conducts defaced serial number restorations using a variety of techniques.
  • Conducts latent fingerprint examinations and development using a variety of techniques.
  • Conducts routine microscopic examinations and comparisons on evidence samples.
  • May report to crime scene to recover and preserve evidence; and render assistance to investigating officers.
  • Prepares reports of investigations and analyses conducted; and maintains report files.
  • Prepares reagents and performs routine laboratory maintenance duties.
  • Compiles supply list for reagents and supplies for the laboratory.
  • Appears in court to testify as an expert witness regarding evidence processed.
  • Keeps abreast of technical developments in the field of forensics and criminalistics.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.


Training and Experience: A combination of education and experience substantially equivalent to:
  • graduation from an accredited college or university with major work (baccalaureate degree) in chemistry or a related field (scan and attach your official college transcript), and
  • one (1) year of laboratory work experience involving a variety of chemical analyses, and
  • must be qualified to carry and/or possess firearm or ammunition on accordance with State and Federal laws, e.g., no misdemeanor or felony domestic violence conviction, and
  • possession of a valid State of Hawai'i driver's license (Class 3) or any other valid comparable driver's license at time of filing. (You will be required to submit your valid driver's license at time of hire).

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Posted: September 11, 2020

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