Employment Opportunity

Criminalist I - Breath Alcohol Unit

New Hampshire State Police, Concord, New Hampshire

Salary: $51,459.20 - $60,590.40 per year

Final Filing Date: October 4, 2021

The State of New Hampshire, Division of State Police, Forensics Unit has a full time vacancy for a Criminalist I - Breath Alcohol Unit. This position is 40 hours per week and is non-exempt. Conducts chemical, electro-mechanical and toxicological analyses on biological and chemical evidence in the breath alcohol section in connection with criminal investigations, and testifies as an expert in criminal trials.

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  • Performs extensive electronic repairs of scientific instruments involving reading and interpreting detailed electronic schematics and using complex electronic test equipment to isolate, identify and replace damaged components. Travels to all parts of the state are a routine part of this position. Assists state police and other agencies with emergency equipment repairs that include documentation, collection and preservation of breath evidence for the presence of alcohol.
  • Interprets and compiles analytical results and writes technical reports and certification documents detailing these findings, which are forwarded to submitting agencies and introduced into evidence at criminal trials. Testifies to these findings as an expert witness in depositions and criminal trials and prepares court exhibits for presentation at trial.
  • Performs casework review of other criminalists in the assigned section.
  • Receives, inventories and records evidence submitted to the forensic laboratory and maintains strict legal accountability and custody of physical evidence to ensure its court admissibility.
  • Operates, maintains, validates and performs quality control of laboratory instrumentation and field equipment including, but not limited to, breath alcohol analyzers, gas chromatographs, and other specialized breath alcohol testing equipment.
  • Maintains any applicable standard operating procedures and examination protocols that apply to the assigned unit. Assists in the validation of new standard operating procedures and protocols as necessary.
  • Provides training and technical advice to law enforcement personnel to improve their knowledge and skill in forensic science.


  • Possession of a bachelor’s degree from a recognized college or university with major study in chemistry, biological sciences, or forensic science. Each additional year of approved formal education may be substituted for one year of required work experience.
  • Two years’ experience in chemistry, biological sciences or forensic laboratory duties. Additional years of related work experience may not be substituted for the formal education required by this class specification.
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license.
  • Must be able to pass a comprehensive background check in addition to a fingerprint-based criminal background check and motor vehicle record check.
  • Must be able to achieve and maintain documented competency in the appropriate specialty area as required by the ISO/IEC 17025 Standard, the process by which is established in the New Hampshire State Police Forensic Laboratory protocols.

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Posted: August 26, 2021

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