Employment Opportunity

Forensic Scientist Trainee - Latent Prints

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, Las Vegas, Nevada

Salary: $58,094.40 - $85,987.20 Annually

Final Filing Date: March 21, 2018

This recruitment is limited to the first 200 applications received from qualified applicants, and the closing date may be adjusted if the application limit is reached prior to the posted closing date. Before applying, please ensure that you are available to complete the entire testing process, per the dates on this posting.

This is the trainee class in the Forensic Scientist series. As trainees, incumbents have little or no prior forensic science work experience. Incumbents receive supervised training in the scientific laboratory examination of physical evidence and in the scientific interpretation of test results.

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Receive comprehensive laboratory training in one or more of the disciplines of forensic science in order to:
  • Maintain and operate equipment essential for performing casework; assist in routine maintenance of laboratory equipment and analytical instruments.
  • Collect, receive, preserve, and handle physical evidence; implement evidence control; document and maintain chain of custody; and preserve the integrity of evidence examined.
  • Follow standard LVMPD Forensic Laboratory operating procedures.
  • Independently examine evidence and draw scientific conclusions.
  • Multi-task to meet caseload requirements.
  • Maintain accurate and complete records; prepare detailed notes to properly document analyses and comprehensive written reports regarding examinations and conclusions.
  • Operate specialized software on equipment and multiple computer platforms.
  • Prepare a variety of chemical reagents, solutions, standards and controls using established forensic laboratory practices.
  • Research technical journals, textbooks and forensic science manuals to determine best methods of performing analytical tests; develop and perform validation methods for new techniques and instrumentation; apply principles and practices of the quality assurance program.
  • Perform the following functions, if assigned to the Controlled Substances Unit: Respond to scenes of suspected controlled substance manufacturing or unknown chemical hazards; evaluate crime scenes to determine the hazards involved and the need for additional personal protective equipment; evaluate the chemicals, glassware and equipment to determine if controlled substances are being manufactured; collect samples.
  • Testify in court as an expert witness.


Training, Education and Experience
  • A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in a chemical, physical or biological science, or a forensic science related field.
  • 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.
  • Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate, valid Nevada driver license.

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Posted: March 1, 2018

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