Employment Opportunity

Forensic Laboratory Technologist - Firearms and Toolmarks

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, Las Vegas, Nevada

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

Final Filing Date: May 16, 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.

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.

Duties and Requirements Click to read more


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 Firearms and Toolmarks Examination discipline:
  • Examine firearms to determine make, model and caliber; perform examinations to determine if firearm is functional; conduct test firings to recover bullets and cartridge cases.
  • Determine proper testing techniques and perform chemical and microscopic laboratory tests on various materials associated with firearms, including the restoration of obliterated serial numbers.
  • Microscopically screen and enter test-fired cartridge cases into the National Integrated Ballistic Information Network (NIBIN).
  • Operate, calibrate, troubleshoot and perform minor repairs on laboratory instruments including, but not limited to photographic cameras, video equipment, and Energy Dispersive X-ray Fluorescence instrument.


Training, Education and Experience
  • Training/Education: 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.
  • 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.
Knowledge of:
  • Proper evidence handling procedures and chain of custody.
  • Theoretical and analytical principles of assigned forensic science discipline.
  • Basic mathematic and statistical principles.
  • Forensic laboratory testing procedures and techniques.
  • Record keeping methods and techniques.
  • Equipment and supplies used in a forensic laboratory, including analytical balances, pH meters, basic microscopes, computers and glassware.
  • Proper procedures and standard laboratory rules and safety precautions regarding chemicals, toxins and biohazards.
  • Safety regulations related to forensic lab operations.
  • Forensic software applications.
  • Pertinent Department and Bureau policies and procedures.
  • Federal, state, and local laws and regulations pertaining to forensic science.
  • Basic computer operations.
Ability to:
  • Exemplify Department values, both on and off duty.
  • Understand and apply operational methods and techniques of the forensic laboratory, including material and equipment.
  • Interpret and apply policies, procedures, rules and regulations governing a forensic laboratory.
  • Perform maintenance and calibration of forensic lab equipment.
  • Conduct quality control checks of equipment, standards, controls, reagents and solutions.
  • Work with chemicals, biological hazards and forensic lab equipment.
  • Distill and organize scientific information into reports, papers, and presentations.
  • Use a computer and common software in word processing, tabulation, and e-mail communications.
  • Maintain accurate and complete records.
  • Prepare clear and concise reports and memoranda.
  • Respond to requests and inquiries from Department personnel, the district attorney's office and other law enforcement agencies.
  • Maintain confidentiality of information.
  • Work independently in the absence of supervision.
  • Multi-task to meet caseload requirements.
  • Understand and follow oral and written instructions.
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Type at a speed necessary for successful work performance.
  • Prepare detailed notes to properly document testing and comprehensive written reports regarding examinations and conclusions.
  • Apply theoretical and analytical principles of assigned forensic science discipline.
  • Interpret and explain Department and Bureau policies and procedures.

Working Conditions
The following Environmental and Physical Conditions apply to all Forensic Laboratory Technologist incumbents:

Environmental Conditions
  • Laboratory and office environment; latex gloves, respirators and/or air masks.
  • Exposure to potentially hazardous chemicals; human body fluids; bloodborne pathogens;
  • Exposure to computer screens.
  • Road and traffic conditions while driving a vehicle when conducting Department business.
Physical Conditions
  • Vision sufficient to read fine print on computers, distinguish fine details when looking through scientific instruments to examine evidence items, as well as distinguish color, contrast, patterns, and dimensions.
  • Speech sufficient to render expert courtroom testimony and scientific instructions.
  • Hearing sufficient to hear instructions, training content, and conversations.
  • Agility and mobility sufficient to stand, walk, stoop, bend, reach, rotate and extend neck, and balance self while using laboratory and/or standard office equipment, as well as lift, push, and pull files, documents, laboratory equipment, and/or standard office equipment.
  • Dexterity sufficient to manipulate instruments and small items accurately over an extended period of time, as well as write labels on test tubes and small testing vessels.
  • Strength and mobility sufficient to lift moderately heavy items with or without aid of equipment.
  • Endurance sufficient to sit or stand for long periods of time, as necessary.

Do you have the Education Required? See available on-line and campus-based degree programs now!

How to apply: Apply online

Posted: May 2, 2018

NOTE: The crime-scene-investigator.net is not responsible for typographical errors or omissions in employment notices on this web site. Often, employers change final filing dates, change duties and/or requirements, or close employment openings without notice. If you are interested in a job posted on this site be sure to contact the employer to see if changes in the filing date or job announcement have been made. Employers can also provide more information about open positions that does not appear in the announcements on these pages.