FORENSIC SCIENTIST II (DRUG CHEMISTRY) 2271
DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS
Under general supervision, an employee in this class performs complex technical work in conducting chemical, instrumental and microscopic examinations of liquids, tablets, powders, residues and plant material to establish the presence or absence of drugs or other significant chemical agents. Work differs from that of a FS I (Drug Chemistry) in that the analyses performed are more complex than those performed by a FS I (Drug Chemistry). The incumbent may oversee and review the work of subordinate laboratory personnel, ensure the reliability of test results, and develop and evaluate methods used in the section. May participate in crime scene investigations and issue reports of analyses performed. The work includes giving testimony at a variety of legal proceedings, and requires the exercise of independent judgment and initiative. Supervision is received from a technical or administrative supervisor through conferences and a review of reports issued. Does related work as required.
TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES
Conducts chemical, instrumental and microscopic examinations of liquids, tablets, powders and other evidence;
Performs tests to detect and quantify drugs and other substances using complex laboratory techniques and equipment.
Issues signed reports of work performed;
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”);
May oversee the work of subordinate laboratory personnel;
Develops and evaluates methods which might be useful in the section's work;
May participate in crime scene investigations;
Gives testimony at a variety of legal proceedings regarding findings and observations;
Participates in quality assurance activities and proficiency testing;
Performs routine maintenance of laboratory equipment;
May receive, store and release evidence.
May provide training on a specific method, procedure, or piece of equipment to any level of laboratory personnel;
FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS
Thorough knowledge of the principles and techniques of analytical chemistry; thorough knowledge of instrumental techniques used in chemical analyses, such as luminescence analysis and various types of spectroscopy, chromatography, spectrometry and spectrophotometry; thorough knowledge of wet chemical and crystal tests for drugs and other chemical agents; thorough knowledge of penal and public health laws as they apply to chemical evidence; skill in laboratory manipulative techniques; ability to train and evaluate the work of others in a manner conducive to full performance and high morale; ability to make accurate observations and arrive at sound conclusions; ability to perform routine maintenance on complex electronic laboratory equipment; ability to express oneself clearly and concisely both orally and in writing; 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 three (3) years of professional experience* in forensic drug 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 four (4) years of professional experience* in forensic drug 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.
Two (2) years of permanent competitive status as a Forensic Scientist I (Drug Chemistry).
NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENT
At 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.