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Employer: Sedgwick County
Division: RFSC
Job Title: Forensic Scientist - Drug Chemistry
Salary: $49046.40 Annually

Veterans' Preference is available for this vacancy.
To receive Veterans' Preference, you must supply a copy of your DD214 to the Human Resources department at Sedgwick County after applying.

Job Description:

Job Objectives:

Performs various analytical tests within the Drug Identification Unit according to standard operating procedures set in place in order to meet requirements of accreditation.  Present analytical findings and give expert opinion in judicial proceedings.


Essential Job Functions:

Examine, test and analyze submitted items of evidence for the presence of controlled substances.

  • Skill in performing physical/chemical analyses and other tests used in the evaluation of illicit drugs, and other evidentiary substances
  • Knowledge of advanced theoretical concepts of laboratory techniques
  • Interpret laboratory findings and test results from evidentiary material
  • Prepare detailed notes
  • Compose written laboratory reports
  • Confer with law enforcement and/or attorneys in regard to test results and their
  • Document and protect evidence according to laboratory procedures, ensuring chain ofcustody is maintained
  • Skill in the use of a personal computer
  • Knowledge of the scientific method and current scientific literature in the assigned field

Provide technical/peer review for other scientists

  • Perform administrative reviews of case files
  • Perform technical reviews of case files
  • Participate in internal and/or external proficiency tests
  • Continue to increase level of expertise by attending available training courses

Maintenance of lab equipment and inventory of supplies/chemicals

  • Perform/maintain laboratory equipment per accepted procedures
  • Maintain inventory of supplies
  • Prepare reagents as needed
  • Prepare standards/controls as needed
  • Perform validations/ crossover studies as required
  • Knowledge of the function of modern laboratory analytical instrumentation, equipment, chemicals and lab safety materials.



Analytical Thinking:  Works systematically and logically to resolve problems, identify causation and anticipate unexpected results.  Manages issues by drawing on own experience and knowledge and calls on other resources as necessary.

Communication:  Clearly conveys and receives information and ideas through the appropriate methods and media for target audiences in a manner that engages the listener, helps them understand and retain the message, and invites response and feedback. Ensures appropriate stakeholders are kept informed and that information shared is accurate and timely.  Demonstrates good written, oral, and listening skills.

Detail-Oriented:  Ensures information is complete and accurate; follows up with others to ensure that agreements and commitments have been fulfilled.   Follows process steps as outlined in standard operating procedures.  Reviews materials to ensure they are accurate, clear, and concise.  Performs follow-up to ensure quality of work product and/or actions are completed.

Integrity:  Displays and promotes conduct and behaviors consistent with agency and governmental standards.  Familiarizes oneself with the pertinent rules and regulations that govern their area of responsibility.  Applies rules and regulations in a consistent, non-biased manner, maintaining an inclusive work environment.  Maintains confidentiality of sensitive information.  Guards the handling of sensitive or high risk information appropriately.  Demonstrates sensitivity to surroundings and acts accordingly in conversations. Does the right thing rather than the convenient thing.

Subject Matter Expertise:  The ability to apply the principles and practices of (subject matter) management to contribute to the success of the county.


Job Standards:

Minimum Qualifications

Educational Requirements:   Graduation from a four year college or university in chemistry, bio-chemistry or a related field. A minimum of 2 semesters of chemistry plus 16 additional credit hours of chemistry.

Years of Experience:  4 years of applicable laboratory experience

License, certifications, etc… KS DL

Preferred Qualifications

Educational Requirements:  Master’s Degree or Doctorate in Forensic Science or other appropriate field

License, certifications, etc…  ABC certification or equivalent


Physical Requirements of Position:

Light work. Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects. If the use of arm and/or leg controls requires exertion of forces greater than that for sedentary work and the worker sits most of the time, the job is rated for light work.

The worker is required to have close visual acuity to perform an activity such as: preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing; viewing a computer terminal; extensive reading; visual inspection involving small defects, small parts, and/or operation of machines (including inspection); using measurement devices; and/or assembly or fabrication parts at distances close to the eyes.


Testing/Screening Requested:

Background/drug screening



Knowledge of the function of modern laboratory analytical instrumentation, equipment, chemicals and lab safety materials PC with Microsoft Office


Work Environment:

Usual working days/hours:  Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Location of work:  1109 N Minneapolis

The employee is subject to hazards. Includes a variety of physical conditions, such as proximity to moving mechanical parts, moving vehicles, electrical current, working on scaffolding and high places, exposure to high heat or exposure to hazardous chemicals and drugs.


*Please note this job posting is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice*

*This position may be filled or closed to further application without notice. Must be at least 18 years of age to work for Sedgwick County*

It is the policy of Sedgwick County not to discriminate in its programs or services provided to the general public, including employment and all other activities, on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, citizenship, sex, age, disability, veteran status or any other similarly protected status. Sedgwick County is committed to making the application, interview, and pre-employment testing process accessible to persons with disabilities. If you wish to volunteer information regarding any special assistance you may need, please notify Crissy Magee, Sedgwick County ADA Coordinator, by phone (316) 660-7056, TDD (Kansas Relay at 711 or 800-766-3777), or email at crissy.magee@sedgwick.gov. Do not send resumes or application status request or employment questions to this email or phone number. This information is provided only for those requiring ADA assistance. Applications must be submitted on www.hrepartners.com. You will be contacted should the department feel that you are a qualified candidate. Sedgwick County will prohibit the hiring of spouses and/or immediate family members within the same department, but not within the County structure.

Vacancy Number: 20001524

Open Date: 3/25/2019 12:00:00 AM
Close Date: 4/25/2019 11:59:59 PM