Employment Opportunity

Criminalist I - Toxicology Section

Tucson Police Department, Tucson, Arizona

Salary: $22.83 - $38.08/hour

Final Filing Date: September 27, 2021

Performs scientific analysis of physical evidence, prepares written reports and provides expert testimony. Other duties include quality assurance, maintenance and utilization of scientific instrumentation.

Duties and Requirements Click to read more


  • Performs scientific analysis of physical evidence by using chemical, instrumental and comparative techniques meeting the ANSI National Accreditation Board (ANAB) requirements, responding to crime scenes, documenting findings through extensive note taking and photographic methods, writing technical reports and providing expert testimony.
  • Processes evidence by logging the evidence into a computerized tracking system, and analyzing, repackaging and returning evidence to storage in a manner that maintains the integrity of the evidence and the safety of the individual with regards to blood borne pathogens and other toxins.
  • Oversees general instrument maintenance by performing troubleshooting of laboratory instruments, conducting periodic quality assurance and quality control checks including running standards and performing general maintenance in accordance with the ANSI National Accreditation Board (ANAB) requirements.
  • Provides expert testimony by discussing laboratory results with officers and attorneys, attending pre-trial conferences and testifying in court.
  • Remains current in scientific advancements in the forensic field by reading technical publications, making presentations, attending training seminars and providing general scientific information to personnel and agencies.


Minimum Qualifications
  • Minimum Education Level & Type: Bachelor’s Degree
  • Minimum Experience Qualifications: No experience
Special Job Requirements - The ideal candidate will possess the above minimum qualifications as well as relevant experience in the areas listed below:
  • Bachelor’s degree must be in a chemical, physical, or biological science or forensic science field
    • Course requirement of 15 or more semester hours of chemistry including at least 3 credit hours in organic chemistry
  • Must obtain Arizona Criminal Justice Information System Network Terminal Operator Certification within one year of hire
  • Successful completion of competency in testing modules and proficiency tests at the conclusion of the training program within one year of hire

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Posted: September 2, 2021

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