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Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office - Forensic Scientist (Chemistry)

20 Apr 2021 9:41 AM | MAFS Webmaster (Administrator)

Closes April 30, 2021

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


Detailed Description







  • Analyzes and identifies controlled substances in exhibits submitted by Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office and local law enforcement officers using a full range of modern analytical techniques.
  • Determines the nature of unknown, non-controlled substances as they appear in the drug traffic trade. 
  • Performs accurate and appropriate scientific testing which positively establishes the presence or absence of controlled substances necessary to the prosecution of such cases. 
  • Assists in developing analytical methodology, searching pertinent literature and references for existing procedures and evaluates the proper approach and instrumentation to utilize it.
  • Writes and reviews case reports; interprets casework data for inclusion/exclusion of individuals involved in criminal cases; maintains case log, case notes, worksheets, and evidence tracking forms; prioritizes case load and researches status of backlogged cases; compiles weekly casework statistics.
  • Provides expert witness testimony for judicial proceedings including pre-trial meetings, depositions, grand juries, admissibility hearings and courtroom testimony. 
  • Actively participates in research and/or validation of new technologies to be implemented on casework evidence or to substantiate current protocols.
  • Performs other related duties as required.



Job Requirements







  • Bachelor's degree in Chemistry, Forensic Science, or closely related field. 
  •  This is an entry level position which will require 9 to 12 months of on the job training. 
  • Transcripts must be submitted with the application.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Must maintain annual blood borne pathogen training requirements.
  • Must possess, or be able to obtain, and maintain a valid Florida driver's license.

PREFERENCES

  • Experience in a Forensic Science Discipline.
  • Chemistry degree or Forensic Science degree from a FEPAC accredited program with a focus in Forensic Chemistry.

Please visit our website to apply for the position.  www.pbso.org 

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