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Forensic Toxicologist I (#FCTOX1GENP) GENP
$20.72-$32.89 Hourly / $3,591.47-$5,700.93 Monthly / $43,097.60-$68,411.20 Yearly


Performs entry level professional duties related to chemical analysis procedures in a forensic toxicology laboratory.


Graduation from an accredited four year degree granting college or university with a major in Biology, Microbiology, Clinical Chemistry, Chemistry, Bio-Chemistry, Pharmacology or Forensic Science; and
Possession of a valid Driver License.

Or any equivalent combination of education, training and experience that would reasonably be expected to provide the job-related competencies noted below.


  • Customer Commitment - Proactively seeks to understand the needs of our customers and provide the highest standards of service.
  • Dedication to Professionalism and Integrity - Demonstrates and promotes fair, honest, professional and ethical behaviors that establishes trust throughout the organization and with the public we serve.
  • Organizational Excellence - Takes ownership for excellence through one's personal effectiveness and dedication to the continuous improvement of our operations.
  • Success through Teamwork - Collaborates and builds partnerships through trust and the open exchange of diverse ideas and perspectives to achieve organizational goals.


  • Working knowledge of safety procedures in the handling of specimens which may be biohazardous.
  • Working knowledge of chemical analysis.
  • Working knowledge of forensic laboratory test methods, techniques, quality control, instruments and equipment.
  • Working knowledge of federal, state and local laws and regulations governing the Medical Examiner's Office.
  • Working knowledge of procedures in the handling, packaging and the preserving of evidence.
  • Skill in the use of laboratory instruments and equipment such as computer aided gas chromatograph, mass spectrometers, high performance liquid chromatograph and immunoassay readers.
  • Skill in the analysis and interpretation of forensic tests results.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to prepare and maintain technical reports.
  • Ability to use a computer and related software.


Note: The following duties are illustrative and not exhaustive. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position. Depending on assigned area of responsibility, incumbents in the position may perform some or all of the activities described below.
  • Analyzes post-mortem fluids and tissues for the identity and quantity of any drugs, poisons or other relevant chemicals and their metabolites that can be present in the body.
  • Summarizes results and prepares toxicology reports.
  • Assists in the development and implementation of new and improved procedures for qualitative and quantitative analysis.
  • May be required to offer testimony as an expert witness on forensic laboratory procedures and the interpretation of test results.
  • Assists in calibrating laboratory instruments, inventorying laboratory equipment, evidence control and records maintenance.
  • Performs other related duties as required.

CLASS: FCTOX1GENP; EST: 4/28/1999; REV: 12/4/2013;