Employment Opportunity

Forensic Lab Technician

Wilmington Police Department, Wilmington, North Carolina

Salary: $32,947.20 - $37,086.40 Annually

Final Filing Date: February 27, 2018

Please note that this is a grant funded position through September 30, 2018. Renewal of grant is expected for period 10/01/2018 - 09/30/2019. Continued employment is contingent on the availability of grant funding.

The purpose of this position is to provide administrative and technical support to the crime laboratory. This is accomplished by performing daily and weekly performance checks, safety checks, instrument maintenance, laboratory housekeeping, typing, reviewing, and distributing laboratory reports, communicating with all external agencies for lab services, screening correspondence for general lab business, maintaining lab calendars (maintenance and subpoenas), developing evidence pick-up and drop-off schedules, receiving, maintaining, and re-packaging evidence, keeping lab supplies stocked, preparing solutions and standards used for analysis, and managing schedule of volunteers and interns. Other duties may include assisting with quality system audits, court testimony, assisting chemists with weighing drug samples and marijuana analysis (if qualified), and acting as the assistant to the Forensic Lab Manager.

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  • Provide administrative and clerical support by coordinating with all outer agencies for BAC program; typing, filing, copying and distributing reports; answering all calls pertaining to general lab business; maintaining calendars via Outlook; coordinating with officers; and managing schedule of lab volunteers and interns.
  • Provide technical support in the lab by performing daily and weekly performance checks in the laboratory; cleaning glassware and keeping supplies stocked; performing safety checks per Chemical Hygiene Plan; performing maintenance of instruments per maintenance schedule; assist forensic chemists with case work by weighing unanalyzed drug samples; and analyzing marijuana samples (if qualified, under guidance of forensic chemist or the lab manager).
  • Receive and maintain laboratory evidence by coordinating with outer agencies for pick-up/drop-ff of BAC evidence; maintain all outer agencies BAC kits in laboratory; coordinate with Property and Evidence section for drug evidence pick-up/drop-off; receive all laboratory evidence into lab database; maintain evidence chain-of-custody until case assignment to chemical analyst; coordinate with Property & Evidence personnel to obtain case dispositions and destruction orders of evidence.


  • Associate's Degree or higher in Chemistry, Forensic Science or closely related field.
  • Minimum one year of experience in a laboratory environment.
Other Requirements:
  • Valid Driver's License
  • Candidates who meet the minimum job requirements will be invited to participate in an examination to test competency for the position. The examination, which is considered the first step in the selection process, will test basic knowledge and understanding of chemical, biological and forensic sciences as well as courtroom testimony. A written essay will also be required.
  • Criminal and driving history check is required. Selected candidate will be required to successfully complete a post-offer drug screen and polygraph examination.
Preferred Qualifications
  • At least 24 hours of college level chemistry coursework to include labs;
  • Completion of Quantitative Analysis or equivalent preferred.

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Posted: February 13, 2018

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