Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office Forensic Science Chemist

Forensic Scientist Chemistry Unit
Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office
Job Title: Forensic Scientist
Organization Name: Crime Laboratory

Department Description:
The Crime Laboratory provides scientific support to all law enforcement agencies in Palm Beach County, including Federal, State and Local agencies. The laboratory provides analyses and expert witness testimony in the areas of Drug Chemistry, Firearms, Forensic Biology and Toxicology. The laboratory provides secure storage for all evidence submitted. The laboratory strives to keep abreast of the new developments, ensures that the necessary equipment is available to perform quality work and maintains ASCLD/LAB accreditation. The laboratory is also a learning resource to law enforcement, the courts and the general public by providing testimony, lectures and presentations.

Detailed Description:
CHEMISTRY UNIT: Performs chemical and instrumental analysis of exhibits, which are suspected to contain controlled substances from solid dosages, utilizing modern analytical techniques such as GC, UV, GC/MS, and FTIR. Responsibilities include preparing reports and testifying to those reports in court. Completes proficiency tests; participates in peer review process for laboratory reports and courtroom testimony; provides technical and administrative review to ensure quality of work produced; acts as secondary observer; validates conclusions drawn. Follows quality assurance and quality control (QA/QC) protocols of laboratory; maintains analytical instruments; receives and logs in evidence; returns or disposes of completed evidence; prepares laboratory reagents and solutions; maintains quality assurance records and other documentation. Performs all related duties as assigned.

Job Requirements:
CHEMISTRY UNIT: Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry, Forensic Science, or closely related field and at least 30 hours of successfully completed chemistry courses at an accredited college. This is an entry level position which will require 9 to 12 months of on the job training.

PREFERENCES: Experience in Forensic Science Discipline

Additional Details:
SELECTION PROCESS: Oral Board Interview which will constitute 100% of the final pass/fail selection weight. All offers of employment to external applicants and internal part-time to full-time or civilian to sworn candidates are also subject to and contingent upon successful completion of the CVSA/polygraph, background investigation, pre-employment physical examination and drug screening.

Applicants with a disability who require accommodation within the application/interview process should direct a request in advance to Human Resources.

How To Apply:

External Applicants Important – Application Part 2 must be uploaded to complete the application process.

Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Veterans’ Preference to be requested at time application is submitted

Work Schedule: M-F 8-5

Closing Date: September 13, 2010