Employment Opportunity

Forensic Laboratory Technologist - Biology/DNA

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, Las Vegas, Nevada

Salary: $53,913.60 - $79,809.59 Annually

Final Filing Date: November 15, 2017

Incumbents provide scientific support in a forensic laboratory, including performing a variety of analytical tests to support forensic scientists; conduct preliminary tests on evidence and issue reports related to preliminary tests; perform maintenance on lab equipment to ensure compliance with quality assurance standards; perform a variety of functions associated with complex data management and imaging systems.

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ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: All Assigned Forensic Laboratory Technologists
  • Exemplify the Department values, both on and off duty.
  • Perform preliminary and other specialized tests and handling of evidentiary samples to aid in the forensic analysis of evidence; preserve the integrity of evidence while performing such tests; issue reports related to preliminary exams.
  • Conduct validation of new analysis protocols or methods.
  • Operate, troubleshoot, upgrade and fix problems with specialized forensic software, case management database, and other applications; operate, maintain and troubleshoot analytical instruments.
  • Operate cameras and scanners to capture and record digital images.
  • Prepare specialized analytical reagents, standards, controls and solutions; ensure lot number documentation with physical and health hazard label warnings.
  • Perform quality control checks.
  • Collect, log and identify evidence received by the laboratory; assign accession numbers; maintain security and proper chain of custody.
  • Coordinate hazardous waste disposal, following proper safety protocols.
  • Prepare training aids and specialized laboratory kits.
  • Conduct monthly and quarterly safety inspections; maintain safety regulations; maintain MSDS/SDS sheets.
  • Testify in court as to results of tests performed and reports issued.
In addition to the essential functions listed for all Forensic Laboratory Technologists, when assigned to the Biology/DNA discipline:
  • Examine and evaluate numerous types of evidence for the presence of biological materials, utilizing various microscopic, presumptive and confirmatory tests.
  • Isolate, purify, and quantify DNA from items of evidence using appropriate techniques; develop genetic profiles using the current accepted methodology.
  • Operate and comply with requirements established in the Quality Assurance Standards for Forensic DNA Testing Laboratories and the Quality Assurance Standards for DNA Databasing Laboratories issued by the FBI.


  • A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in biology, chemistry, or a forensic science-related field. Applicants must also meet the educational standards for analyst as established in the Quality Assurance Standards for Forensic DNA Testing Laboratories and the Quality Assurance Standards for DNA Databasing Laboratories issued by the FBI. (See Supplemental Question #1), Applicants MUST attach a copy of their LEGIBLE transcript(s), which demonstrates proof of educational requirements, to their application at the time of submission. Failure to attach a legible transcript will result in automatic disqualification.
License or Certificate:
  • Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate, valid Nevada driver license.
Conditions of Employment - In addition to the General Conditions of Employment found here, the following specific conditions of employment apply to this position:
  • Personal Appearance: While on duty, and/or representing the Department, uniformed or otherwise, all Department employees will be neat and clean in their appearance in public. Employees are prohibited from attaching, affixing, or displaying objects, articles or jewelry on or through the nose, tongue, eyebrow or other exposed body part, except the ears for females, while on duty. Employees are prohibited from stretching or "gauging" their earlobes. All jewelry implants will not be exposed or visible while on duty. Tattoos or branding will not be exposed or visible while on duty and/or representing the Department. Such markings must be covered by clothing, and may not be covered by make-up or bandages. Tattoos or branding anywhere on the body that promote racism/discrimination, indecency, extremist or supremacist philosophies, lawlessness, violence, or contain sexually explicit material are prohibited.
  • Are required to submit a DNA sample for entry into the LVMPD DNA Staff Elimination Index System.
  • Will be subjected to random drug testing as part of the LVMPD Department Drug Testing Program.
  • Are required to maintain a Nevada Driver License for commuting between the regular workplace and offsite work locations, such as the courts.
  • Must participate in a training program which may include written, oral, and practical exercises and competency tests.
  • May be terminated from employment for failing to satisfactorily complete training within the period determined by lab management.

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Posted: October 20, 2017

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