Forensic Scientist (Controlled Substances)*

US Government, Police

*This is an open and continuous recruitment which will remain open for a minimum of seven (7) calendar days and close without notice once a sufficient pool of highly-qualified candidates has been created.
 
The City of Henderson announces an examination to create an eligibility list and to fill one (1) vacancy for the classification of Forensic Scientist (Controlled Substances) in the Police Department. The eligibility list may be utilized to fill vacancies for this classification for up to one (1) year.
Forensic Scientist I:
Under general supervision, performs a variety of scientific laboratory examinations and analyses on physical evidence for one or more Forensic science disciplines including Controlled Substances, Toxicology, Latent Print Examination, Trace Chemistry-Flammables, Firearms and Toolmarks, Questioned Documents, and Biology/DNA; and performs related duties as assigned. 

Forensic Scientist II:
Under general supervision, performs a variety of scientific laboratory examinations and analyses on physical evidence in a discipline of the Forensic Laboratory, (including Controlled Substances, Toxicology, Latent Print Examination, Trace Chemistry-Flammables, Firearms and Toolmarks, Questioned Documents, and Biology/DNA); interprets test results, formulates conclusions, and prepare reports; provides scientific assistance to external parties and testifies in court as an expert witness; and performs related duties as assigned. 

Ideal Candidates for Forensic Scientist (Controlled Substances) will possess the following: 
  • Experience working in an ISO/IEC 17025 Accredited Laboratory 
  • Experience determining proper scientific testing techniques and performing chemical, instrumental, microscopic, chromatographic, and comparative laboratory tests on suspected controlled substances and illicit drugs
  • Experience isolating and separating analytes (qualitatively) from various matrices, including solid dose samples
  • Knowledge and experience in preparing and validating standards
  • Experience with Liquid Chromatograph/Mass Spectrometer (LC/MS), Gas Chromatograph/Mass Spectrometer (GC/MS) instruments, and Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) 
  • Knowledge of controlled substances and seized drugs
  • Courtroom testimony experience

Why come work for the City of Henderson Police Department?

  • Henderson Forensic Laboratory is an ISO/ICE 17025:2017 Accredited Laboratory
  • A new state-of-the-art Forensic Laboratory Facility is scheduled to be opened by the summer of 2024
  • Each scientist in our Laboratory is Board Certified in their respective disciplines
  • Henderson is ranked the 2nd safest large City in the United States

Salary and Benefits:

  • Competitive Salary Range; salary placement for non-represented positions is based on a comprehensive compensation review and takes into consideration the candidate’s qualifications as well as internal equity. The successful candidate may start above the bottom of the salary range. Click here to View the City’s Non-Represented Compensation Policy
  • Base Wage increase upon successful completion of Initial Probationary or Qualifying Period**
  • Pay for Performance Base Wage Increase or Lump Sum Bonus** 
  • **Contingent upon the City’s financial performance and subject to available funding as determined by the City 
  • Work-Life Balance
    • Four (4)-Day, 38 hour workweek (Monday to Thursday)
  • Paid Leave and Holidays
  • Comprehensive benefits package*** for all full-time, regular non-represented employees including:
    • Medical, dental, vision, and life insurance 
    • Health and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA)
    • Long Term Disability (LTD)
    • Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Policy
    • Retirement Benefits
      • Nevada PERS (Public Employees’ Retirement System)
      • Retirement Health Savings (RHS) Account
      • Deferred Compensation – 457(b) and 401(a) Plans
    • Voluntary Benefits: Pet Insurance, Auto/Home Insurance, Voluntary Life Insurance, SSgA Upromise 529 College Savings Plan
    • Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PLSF) through the Federal Government
    • Tuition and Certification Reimbursement Program, and much more!
    • ***Click here to review all City Employee Benefits
Special Note:
  • Candidates considering the Forensic Scientist position may be qualified for the Forensic Scientist I, or Forensic Scientist II position. The position offered to the successful candidate will be based on the individual’s education, experience, and skill level.

Click here to learn more about the Henderson Police Department.
Click here to learn what it’s like to live in Henderson.

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