Employment Opportunity


Forensic Chemist (Criminalistics) I, II, or III

Onondaga County Forensic Laboratories, Syracuse, New York

Salary: $63,068 to $81,833 per year

Final Filing Date: April 21, 2024

The Onondaga County Forensic Laboratories is a full-service ANAB accredited forensic laboratory outfitted with state-of-the-art equipment and technology. The Forensic Laboratories provide high quality scientific laboratory services in support of the administration of justice and public safety programs for the citizens of Onondaga County. The Forensic Laboratories is an inviting place to work with regular opportunities for team building, social engagement and community outreach. The office is located in the Wallie Howard Jr. Center for Forensic Sciences facility that also houses the county's Medical Examiner's office.

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Duties

The work involves responsibility for performing chemical tests and analyses in the evaluation of physical evidence. Under the technical supervision of a senior level Forensic Chemist, with administrative direction from the Director of Laboratories, an employee in this class performs technical, scientific work in the conduct of analytical and laboratory procedures utilized in crime detection, which may include the chemical analysis and identification of drugs and trace evidence. An employee in this class typically reduces conclusions and findings to writing in the form of reports and appears as an expert witness during litigation. An employee in this class operates a variety of scientific instruments in performing chemical analyses. The Forensic Chemist III may assist administrative supervisors in developing operating procedures, training programs for staff and user agency personnel, casework management and maintaining quality assurance programs. General supervision is received from the Senior Forensic Chemist (Criminalistics). Does related work as required. All work is performed in accordance with Federal and State accreditation requirements and departmental procedure manuals and guidelines.

 Earn a Degree in Crime Scene Investigation, Forensic Science, Computer Forensics or Forensic Psychology

Requirements

Level I:
  • Graduation from a regionally accredited college or university or one accredited by the New York State Board of Regents to grant degrees within the last ten years with a Bachelor's Degree or higher in a natural science, forensic science, criminalistics or a closely related field which must have included a minimum of twenty (20) semester credit hours in chemistry
Level II:
  • Graduation from a regionally accredited college or university or one accredited by the New York State Board of Regents to grant degrees with a Bachelor's Degree or higher in a natural science, forensic science, criminalistics or a closely related field which must include a minimum of twenty (20) semester credit hours (graduate/undergraduate) in chemistry, and two (2) years of full time paid technical level work experience, or its part-time equivalent, in a forensic laboratory performing work equivalent to a Forensic Chemist (Criminalistics).
Level III:
  • Graduation from a regionally accredited college or university or one accredited by the New York State Board of Regents to grant degrees with a Bachelor's Degree or higher in a natural science, forensic science, criminalistics or a closely related field which must include a minimum of twenty (20) semester credit hours (graduate/undergraduate) in chemistry, and five (5) years of full time paid technical level work experience, or its part-time equivalent, in a forensic laboratory performing work equivalent to a Forensic Chemist (Criminalistics).
NOTE:
  • Education may be substituted for experience as follows: A Master’s Degree or a Doctorate Degree (PhD) in a natural science, forensic science, criminalistics or a closely related field can be substituted for one (1) year of the required work experience for level III only.
BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION
  • Candidates considered for appointment will be required to undergo a State and national criminal history background investigation which will include a fingerprint check to determine suitability for appointment. Failure to meet the standards for the background investigation may result in disqualification.

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Posted: April 2, 2024


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