FORENSIC SCIENTIST I (DRUG CHEMISTRY)                                                                            2270



Under general supervision, an employee in this class performs chemical and physicochemical examinations of liquids, tablets, powders, residues and plant material to establish the presence or absence of drugs or other significant chemical agents.  The work involves the use and routine maintenance of sophisticated modern laboratory equipment.  The incumbent may be required to issue reports and give sworn testimony in legal proceedings.  The incumbent may be assigned to a team that responds to crime scenes.  Routine work is performed with some independence, but more complex assignments may be performed under direct supervision, depending on the level of difficulty.  Work is reviewed by a technical and/or adminis­trative supervisor through conferences and a review of reports issued.  Does related work as required. 



      Performs chemical, physicochemical and microscopic examinations of liquids, tablets, powders and other evidence; 

      Detects and quantifies drugs and other substances using sophisticated laboratory equipment and techniques;                

      Issues signed reports of test results; 

      May review reports of varying complexities for correct organization, structure, and format (“Administrative Review”);

      May review reports of a level-appropriate complexity for validity of analyses performed (“Technical Review”);

      Responds to crime scenes and participates in the documentation and collec­tion of evidence from the scene;   

      May receive, store and release evidence; 

      Interprets test results and keeps records of observations; 

      Performs routine maintenance of laboratory equipment; 

      May testify at a variety of legal proceedings concerning findings and observations;

      Participates in quality assurance activities and proficiency testing;

      May oversee the work of subordinate laboratory personnel; 

      May wash glassware and perform other housekeeping tasks. 



Good knowledge of the principles and techniques of analytical chemistry; good knowledge of instrumental techniques used in chemical analysis, such as luminescence analysis and various types of spectroscopy, chromatography, spec­trometry and spectrophotometry; good knowledge of wet chemical and crystal tests for drugs and other chemical agents; good knowledge of modern laboratory me­thods, procedures and equipment; good knowledge of penal and public health laws as they apply to chemical evidence; skill in laboratory manipulative techniques; ability to operate and perform routine maintenance on complex electronic labora­tory equipment; ability to make accurate observations and arrive at sound conclusions; patience; persistence; good judgment; physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position. 





      a) Graduation from a college with federally-authorized accreditation or registration by NY State with a Master's Degree in one of the natural or forensic sciences, including or supplemented by sixteen (16) credit hours  in chemistry, and one (1) year of professional experience* in forensic toxicology or forensic chemistry; or,


      b) Graduation from a college with federally-authorized accreditation or registration by NY State with a Bachelor's Degree in one of the natural or forensic sciences including or supplemented by sixteen (16) credit hours in chemistry, and two (2) years of professional experience* in forensic toxicology or forensic chemistry.


NOTE:  *Professional experience is defined as experience involving independent responsibility for the analysis of evidence or specimens, and may include signing and issuing reports.  Qualifying experience must have been gained within the last ten (10) years. 



At the time of appointment and during employment in this title, employees will be required to possess a valid license to operate a motor vehicle in New York State. 


Candidates will be subject to a background investigation.



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