Employment Opportunity

Criminalist II

St. Louis Police Department, St. Louis, Missouri

Salary: $41,730.00 - $65,234.00 per year

Final Filing Date: Applications will be accepted until a sufficient number are received to fill the anticipated vacancies.

Incumbents in this position are responsible for performing highly complex clinical laboratory testing and analysis procedures on secured evidence for the purposes of identification and to prepare written reports of those findings. Incumbents provide functional guidance to less experienced Criminalists and lab personnel.

This is a journey-level technical classification in the Police Services Series – Laboratory Group job family within the City of St. Louis. Incumbents perform a variety of moderately complex to complex duties. The distinguishing characteristics of this classification within the series include responsibility for performing highly complex clinical lab testing and analysis and provide functional guidance to less experienced Criminalists and lab personnel.

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EXAMPLES OF WORK (Illustrative Only): (The list of duties is intended to be representative of the duties performed in positions within this classification. It does not include all the duties that may be assigned to a position and is not necessarily descriptive of any one position in this class.)
  • Monitors and reports on co-worker work performance to determine overall conformity to established timetables and quality standards, and to document and communicate employee production levels and training needs.
  • Trains co-workers, as directed, in specific tasks, job practices and procedures of lab work to improve and maintain the performance levels of these employees.
  • Investigates, validates and implements new technologies.
  • Processes evidence for DNA, body fluid stains, physical damage, hairs, debris, blood or other residual patterns.
  • Performs unknown substance or stain identification and sperm searches.
  • Prepares written report of findings.
  • Explains testing methodology and interprets test results to attorneys, detectives and other interested parties.
  • Attends pre-trial conferences and testifies in court concerning reported results.
  • Performs technical reviews of co-workers reports.
  • May assist in the training of new Criminalists.
  • Researches and validates new testing methodologies.
  • Labels, seals, and stores all evidence to insure proper care, custody, control and disposal.
  • Performs Quality Assurance/Quality Control (QA/QC) duties on all equipment and associated supplies.
  • Keeps abreast of developments in field of expertise.
  • Successfully completes all proficiency test requirements.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications
  • A Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Chemistry, Genetics, or a closely related field; plus one year of experience in a forensic lab working with DNA and/or trace evidence analysis, biochemistry, molecular biology, genetics and statistics. OR an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
  • Must possess and maintain a valid Missouri driver's license while employed by the City of St. Louis. Must possess a valid driver's license at the time of filing application and be able to present it upon request. Please note type of license, number, class and expiration date on the Employment Application.
  • Documentation of academic credentials must be submitted upon request.
  • When completing the Employment History and the Educational/Training History sections of the Employment Application, please be as thorough as possible when describing your education, training and experience relating to this position. Your employment experience and training will be used to determine whether you meet the entrance requirements for this position and to compute your experience and training evaluation. Applicants will only receive credit for their experience, training and education as shown on the application. Resumes will not be accepted as a substitute to a fully completed application. When completing the Employment History section of the application, include reasons for changes in employers and explain any gaps in employment. Incomplete and/or carelessly completed applications will not be considered.
  • Candidates will be required to pass an oral swab "Drug Screen" as part of the Medical examination.

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Posted: January 21, 2022

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