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Criminalist I, II, or III - Drug Chemistry

Missouri State Highway Patrol, Crime Laboratory Division, Springfield, Missouri

Salary: starting $1,654.50 to $2,261.50 Semi-monthly

Final Filing Date: January 19, 2018

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Duties:

Criminalist I - Drug Chemistry
  • Participates in formal and on-the-job training in scientific analysis of controlled substances, non-controlled drug substances, and clandestine laboratories.
  • Participates in formal and on-the-job training in the scientific analysis of body fluid and liquor samples for alcohol content (where applicable*).
  • Participates in, and successfully passes practical competency and/or written test(s) prior to assuming casework.
  • Learns about and participates in the proficiency testing program for the disciplines in which the employee is competency tested.
  • Regularly processes, compares and examines submitted samples to determine the presence of controlled substances, non-controlled drug substances, and clandestine laboratory components from crime scenes or parties involved in criminal activity.
  • Regularly accepts and analyzes body fluid samples for alcohol content submitted by law enforcement agencies from parties involved in criminal activity or death investigations (where applicable*).
  • Regularly accepts and analyzes alcoholic beverage samples submitted by the Division of Alcohol and Tobacco
  • Control of the Department of Public Safety or evidence (alcoholic beverage) seized at crime scenes or during an investigation to analyze and verify the alcoholic content (where applicable*).
  • Interprets test results obtained from the proper microscopic, chemical, and instrumental methods.
  • Prepares evidence and exhibits; appears in court as an expert witness; maintains report files; issues periodic and special reports as assigned.
  • Confers with supervisor reference the appropriate test methodology based on the quantity and quality of the submitted sample.
  • Learns and performs proper instrument maintenance and repair procedures.
  • Learns and performs proper reagent and standard preparation and labeling.
  • Confers with supervisor to determine which items are most likely to associate or disassociate the victim or suspect with a crime scene.
  • Regularly works with a variety of potentially hazardous materials (e.g. HIV, hepatitis, and/or unknown pathogen contaminated body fluid evidence; unidentified chemicals on evidence, used syringes).
  • Routinely testifies as an expert witness in a court of law while maintaining composure under intense crossexamination.
  • Observes other criminalists conducting crime scene investigations; participates in the investigations as needed upon approval of supervisor.
  • Learns to make decisions concerning the daily operation of the satellite laboratory; refers unusual and/or unique problems to supervisor or laboratory director (where applicable*).
  • Learns and performs administrative duties associated with the general operation of the satellite laboratory as required (where applicable*).
  • Studies standard operating procedures, training, quality control, and safety manuals, etc., within the chosen/related discipline.
  • Operates standard office equipment (i.e. personal computer, telephone, fax machine, copier, adding machine, etc.)
  • Performs job-related travel, as needed.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.
Criminalist II - Drug Chemistry
  • Participates in, and successfully passes practical competency and/or written test(s) prior to assuming casework, if required.
  • Regularly processes, compares and examines submitted samples to determine the presence of controlled substances, non-controlled drug substances, and clandestine laboratories from crime scenes or parties involved in criminal activity.
  • Regularly accepts and analyzes body fluid samples for alcohol content submitted by law enforcement agencies from parties involved in criminal activity or death investigations (where applicable*).
  • Regularly accepts and analyzes alcoholic beverage samples submitted by the Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Control of the Department of Public Safety or evidence (alcoholic beverage) seized at crime scenes or during an investigation to analyze and verify the alcoholic content (where applicable*).
  • Makes decisions concerning appropriate test methodology based on the quantity and quality of the submitted sample.
  • Performs proper instrument maintenance and repair procedures.
  • Performs proper reagent and standard preparation and labeling.
  • Interprets test results obtained from the proper microscopic, chemical, and instrumental methods.
  • Prepares evidence and exhibits; appears in court as an expert witness; maintains report files; issues periodic and special reports as assigned.
  • Regularly works with a variety of potentially hazardous materials (e.g. HIV, hepatitis, and/or unknown pathogen contaminated body fluid evidence; unidentified chemicals on evidence, used syringes).
  • Reviews and assists in revising standard operating procedures, training, quality control, and safety manuals, etc., within the chosen/related discipline.
  • Reviews and assists in validating new analytical or standard operating procedures.
  • Interprets test results obtained from the proper microscopic, chemical, and instrumental methods.
  • Routinely testifies as an expert witness in a court of law while maintaining composure under intense crossexamination.
  • Generates and receives requests to and from law enforcement agencies, prosecutors, attorneys, etc., concerning crime evidence and crime laboratory procedures.
  • Advises and assists criminalists and technicians from other disciplines in processing controlled substance, non-controlled drug substance, and clandestine laboratory evidence.
  • Assists instructors conducting training of law enforcement personnel about controlled substance, noncontrolled drug substance, and clandestine laboratory analysis, proper packaging of evidence, and chain of custody procedures.
  • Educates prosecuting attorneys about complex scientific analysis and may serve as a technical advisor during trial proceedings.
  • Handles evidence; maintains manual and computer inventory system; coordinates transfer of evidence as required.
  • Makes decisions concerning the daily operation of the satellite laboratory; refers unusual and/or unique problems to supervisor or laboratory director (where applicable*).
  • Performs administrative duties associated with the general operation of the satellite laboratory as required (where applicable*).
  • Operates standard office equipment (i.e. personal computer, telephone, fax machine, copier, adding machine, etc.)
  • Performs job-related travel, as needed.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.
Criminalist III - Drug Chemistry
  • Participates in, and successfully passes practical competency and/or written test(s) prior to assuming casework, if required.
  • Participates in the proficiency testing program for the disciplines in the employee’s area of competency.
  • Regularly processes, compares and examines submitted samples to determine the presence of controlled substances, non-controlled drug substances, and clandestine laboratories from crime scenes or parties involved in criminal activity.
  • Regularly accepts and analyzes body fluid samples for alcohol content submitted by law enforcement agencies from parties involved in criminal activity or death investigations (where applicable*).
  • Regularly accepts and analyzes alcoholic beverage samples submitted by the Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Control of the Department of Public Safety or evidence (alcoholic beverage) seized at crime scenes or during an investigation to analyze and verify the alcoholic content (where applicable*).
  • Serves as a lead worker by training criminalists in the scientific analysis of controlled substances.
  • Serves as a lead worker for the troubleshooting, maintenance and repair of sensitive and complex scientific instrumentation.
  • Provides recommendations and assists in the development and application of the techniques for upgrading and improving laboratory capability.
  • Reviews, validates, or assists in validating new analytical or standard operating procedures.
  • Participates in crime scene investigations as needed (e.g., collects, preserves and examines evidence) and trains other criminalists in the procedures utilized in conducting these investigations.
  • Prepares evidence and exhibits; may appear in court as an expert witness; maintains report files; issues periodic and special reports as assigned.
  • Reviews procedural manuals, publications, etc., within the chosen/related discipline.
  • Generates and receives requests to and from law enforcement agencies, prosecutors, attorneys, etc., reference criminal evidence and crime laboratory procedures.
  • Advises and assists criminalists and technicians from other disciplines in processing controlled substance, non-controlled drug substance, and clandestine laboratory evidence.
  • Handles evidence; maintains manual and computer inventory system; coordinates transfer of evidence as required.
  • Regularly works with a variety of potentially hazardous materials (e.g. HIV, hepatitis, and/or unknown pathogen contaminated body fluid evidence; unidentified chemicals on evidence, used syringes).
  • Provides instruction to law enforcement personnel about controlled substance, non-controlled drug substance, clandestine laboratory analysis, proper packaging of evidence, and chain of custody procedures.
  • Educates prosecuting attorneys about complex scientific analysis and may serve as a technical advisor during trial proceedings.
  • Makes decisions concerning appropriate test methodology based on the quantity and quality of the submitted sample.
  • Performs administrative duties associated with the general operation of the satellite laboratory as required (where applicable*).
  • Makes decisions concerning the daily operation of the satellite laboratory; refers unusual and/or unique problems to supervisor or laboratory director (where applicable*).
  • Operates standard office equipment (i.e. personal computer, telephone, fax machine, copier, adding machine, etc.)
  • Performs job-related travel, as needed.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Requirements:

Criminalist I:
  • Possess a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university in one of the natural sciences or closely related field. College coursework must include 20 hours of chemistry, including two semesters of general chemistry with laboratory, two semesters of organic chemistry, and one semester of organic chemistry laboratory. An organic chemistry laboratory that is integrated into a 4 or 5 hour organic chemistry course will satisfy the laboratory requirement. Survey or introductory coursework intended for non-chemistry majors will not satisfy the above requirements. Both overall academic record and applicable job experience will be factors for consideration; however, prior job experience will not replace the minimum academic requirement.
Criminalist II:
  • Possess the above mentioned academic requirement AND at least two years of experience as a Criminalist I - Drug Chemistry or comparable experience.
Criminalist III:
  • Possess the above mentioned academic requirement AND at least two years of experience as a Criminalist II - Drug Chemistry or comparable experience.
NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:
  • Must provide a DNA sample to be used only for forensic identification as required at the time of appointment.
  • Must be able to pass a polygraph examination after conditional offer of employment.
  • If applicable to the assigned forensic discipline, possess or obtain a Missouri Department of Health Type 1 Permit (Alcohol Testing).

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Posted: January 10, 2018



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