Performs daily laboratory evidence technician duties to include receiving, storing, returning, and/or destroying crime evidence items according to court orders or to comply with applicable statutes and properly and accurately documenting transactions involving evidence receipt, disposition, inventory, and destruction. Assists laboratory personnel with inventory, disposition, and destruction of evidence stored in the laboratory vaults. Participates with laboratory personnel in preparing marijuana, pseudo drugs, and other controlled substances and training aids for Department canine operations. Transfers training aids to canine handlers and maintains records of all transactions. Assists chemists and other laboratory personnel with crime scene investigations when necessary. Performs general maintenance and trouble shooting activities within the Crime Laboratory Sections. Handles the majority of supply and chemical ordering and maintains supply order records. Work is performed under general supervision.
Class #: 6120
Class Title: Crime Lab Specialist I
Salary Group: B15
Keeps laboratory vaults clean and orderly and assists laboratory personnel with evidence handling including receipt, storage, return, or destruction. Keeps inventory of all evidence on laboratory computer.
Assists Forensic Scientists with crime scene investigations when necessary.
Delivers evidence to court when needed and may testify in court as part of chain of custody.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Education and Experience:
Graduation from a standard senior high school or the equivalent plus a minimum of 6 months of full-time work experience in a business or laboratory environment recording data, bar coding and tracking items, conducting inventory, weighing materials, receiving/filing samples for analysis, clerical/data entry into a database, routing calls, organizing, multi-tasking, and communicating/interacting with the public.
Graduation from a standard senior high school or the equivalent plus a m inimum of six (6) months full-time work experience in a l aw enforcement setting handling evidence (receipt, destruction, inventory, etc)
Successful completion of fifteen (15) hours or more of college coursework in Criminal Justice or Forensic Science
[Failure to provide transcripts will be an automatic disqualifier]
Certification & Licensing
Valid driver license from state of residence.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, & ABILITIES
Ability to interpret and follow technical instructions.
Skill in operating a computer keyboard entry device and in maintaining accurate paper and computer files. Ability to use a personal computer with data base software for data entry and retrieval.
Knowledge (or ability to rapidly acquire such knowledge) of basic laboratory procedures. Ability to acquire skill in the performance of routine laboratory tasks. Ability to remain calm under pressure of court testimony, if required.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with Department personnel and to follow oral and written instructions implicitly.
PHYSICAL and/or ENVIRONMENTAL DEMANDS
The physical and environmental demands described here are representative of those encountered and/or necessary for the employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job; reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Ability to lift and handle large and heavy items of physical evidence, chemical supplies and laboratory equipment weighing up to forty (40) pounds in the routine performance of duties.
Ability to drive a Department vehicle.
Ability to sit or stand for long periods of time.
State of Texas retirees may be rehired for full-time, non-commissioned positions only under very specific circumstances.
DPS employee who is selected for a position in their current salary group and state title will be transferred with no salary change (ex: Customer Service Rep II in DLD who moves to a Customer Service Rep II in RSD).
DPS employee who is selected for a position in their current salary group with a new state title may receive an increase up to 3.4%.
Salary is contingent upon qualifications and is subject to salary administration and budgetary restrictions.
DUE TO THE HIGH VOLUME OF APPLICATIONS WE DO NOT ACCEPT TELEPHONE CALLS, ONLY CANDIDATES SELECTED FOR INTERVIEW WILL BE CONTACTED.
One (1) vacancy exists for this job posting
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