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Class Code: 6404
Salary Schedule: Approved Arizona Law Enforcement Merit System Council Salary Schedule
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Summary Statement: Assists criminalists in laboratory analyses; prepares reagents and operates instruments; prepares samples, maintains files, and maintains laboratory area; and performs related tasks as required. Supervision is received from a Supervising Criminalist. This is a competitive classification.

Essential Functions: (not intended to be all inclusive)

1. Assists in laboratory analyses by obtaining, inventorying, storing, and preparing reagents, samples, and solutions for analysis by the criminalists.

2. Inventories, distributes, and replenishes laboratory supplies; maintains records; and orders supplies.

3. Inspects safety devices including emergency showers, eyewash fountains, fume hoods, and fire extinguishers; provides documentation to management on needed repairs, maintenance, and other hazardous conditions on a regular basis.

4. Maintains open account records, writes monthly and quarterly open account reports, and places regular and emergency supply orders.

5. Maintains tanks, pumps, and systems regularly to assure adequate levels are present; changes or replaces, as needed, and orders replacements through authorized vendors.

6. Conducts inventory and keeps records on capital equipment for a unit(s).

7. Maintains vehicle records, makes weekly mileage checks to ensure balanced usage, assures regularly scheduled and needed maintenance is completed, inspects vehicles and submits monthly written reports, and requests replacement vehicles.

8. Cleans, maintains, calibrates, and documents actions on laboratory apparatus, equipment, glassware, instruments, and safety devices on a regular basis; notifies supervisor or other appropriate personnel when repair or service is necessary.

9. May create, maintain, record, and update case files necessary to assist criminalist in documenting the analyses conducted.

10. Receives, logs, distributes and maintains inventory of physical evidence obtained from crime scenes and other agencies to be used in professional scientific analyses; mails articles back to submitting agencies.

11. Maintains, updates, and documents reference, standards, and protocol files for easy retrieval by the criminalists.

12. Collects, packages, stores, and arranges for removal of hazardous chemical and/or reagent wastes and hazardous biological wastes.

13. May assist a criminalist in crime scene processing.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities Required: Knowledge of:

1. basic chemistry in order to prepare chemical reagents.

2. safety techniques in the use of laboratory equipment.

3. laboratory procedures and practices, equipment use and operation, and terminology.

4. technical report writing.

5. personal computer software programs applicable to assignment.

6. inventory techniques.

7. routine recordkeeping procedures.

8. basic mathematics (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division).

Ability to:

1. establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of the assignment.

2. effectively communicate both orally and in writing.

3. use hand tools in the maintenance of laboratory instruments, equipment and systems.

4. identify problems and determine solutions.

5. perform detailed work with a high degree of accuracy.

6. read and interpret scientific materials.

7. organize and maintain a laboratory area.


May be exposed to fumes, dust, bodily fluids, toxic or caustic chemicals.

May be required to move items up to fifty (50) pounds.

Minimum Qualifications: Requires two (2) years of college, university or technical school courses with major course of study in basic sciences which included laboratory work, or two (2) years of scientific laboratory experience.

Progression to the next pay level/step requires an overall performance rating of at least "Standard" in the last 12 months.

Must successfully complete the examination process.

FLSA Status: Non-exempt

Current as of: 7/23/2014 12:47:29 PM