Criminalist I, II, or III - Toxicology

Laboratory Name: 
Missouri State Highway Patrol Crime Laboratory
Jefferson City
Job Description: 


This is an entry-level position where the employee performs technical work in the scientific analysis of biological fluids and alcoholic beverages. An employee in this position participates in a formal and on-the-job training program. Work is performed under immediate supervision.


-Regularly accepts and analyzes biological fluids for alcohol and/or drug content submitted by law enforcement agencies from parties involved in criminal activity or death investigations as well as potential and current Patrol employees participating in the Drug Testing Program.

-Regularly accepts and analyzes alcoholic beverage samples to determine the alcohol content.

-Confers with supervisor regarding the appropriate test methodology based on the quantity and quality of the submitted sample.

-Confers with supervisor to determine which items are most likely to associate or disassociate the victim or suspect with a crime scene.

-Regularly works with a variety of potentially hazardous materials (e.g., HIV, hepatitis, and/or unknown pathogen contaminated biological evidence).

-Participates in formal and on-the-job training in the scientific analysis of biological fluids and alcoholic beverage samples.

-Interprets test results obtained from the proper chemical and instrumental methods.

-Routinely testifies as an expert witness in a court of law while maintaining composure under intense cross-examination.

-Prepares evidence and exhibits; maintains report files; issues periodic and special reports as assigned.

-Generates and receives requests to and from other law enforcement agencies, prosecutors, attorneys, etc., regarding criminal evidence and crime laboratory procedures.

-Studies and assists in revising standard operating procedures, training, quality control, and safety manuals, etc., within the chosen/related discipline.

SALARY RANGE (Semi-monthly):

Criminalist I: $1,654.50

Criminalist II: $1,919.00

Criminalist III: $2,261.50


Criminalist I: possess a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in chemistry or one of the natural sciences. College coursework must include two semesters of general chemistry with laboratory, two semesters of organic chemistry with laboratory, and one semester of quantitative analysis, analytical chemistry, instrumental analysis or equivalent. Applicants should have at least 25 earned credit hours in chemistry. Survey or introductory coursework intended for non-chemistry majors will not satisfy the above requirements. Both overall academic record and applicable job experience will be factors for consideration, however prior job experience will not replace the minimum academic requirements.

Criminalist II: possess the above mentioned academic requirement AND at least two years of experience as a Criminalist I - Toxicology or comparable experience.

Criminalist III: possess the above mentioned academic requirement AND at least two years of experience as a Criminalist II - Toxicology or comparable experience.

Individuals interested in this position must access the Patrol’s intranet site to complete and submit an application for civilian employment prior to the application deadline. Applicants with the necessary educational qualifications must also upload a copy of their college transcripts to the online application system. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of the application. Individuals who have previously completed an application must access their profile in the system to re-apply.

Polygraph Examination: The applicant must undergo and successfully complete a polygraph examination, administered by a Patrol polygraphist. The polygraph examination can be stressful for some applicants. Conditions such as hypertension, pregnancy, respiratory or heart ailments, etc., may affect the results of the polygraph examination. While there is no medical evidence that a polygraph examination affects a person's health, applicants are encouraged to discuss this step with their physician prior to the examination to determine if it is suitable for them to be tested. If an accommodation is needed, the applicant must discuss this with the Human Resources Division at the time the examination is scheduled. Those applicants who are pregnant will not be tested until after the birth of the child. All applicants are required to sign a waiver form prior to taking the polygraph examination. The areas covered in the polygraph examination are as follows: employment history, traffic record, financial history, past and current illegal drug usage, record of criminal convictions, and basic honesty.

Some Patrol duties relate to criminal activity. Therefore, employees may be exposed to written material, photographs, and/or verbal language of a sexual nature. The requirements of this position are not intended to create a hostile work environment; however, it is work of an extremely sensitive nature. A copy of the Missouri State Highway Patrol policy on sexual harassment is available upon request.

NOTE: Final selection may be based upon several factors, e.g., results of an oral interview, written examination or exercise, review of past work performance, performance evaluations, and/or candidate's possession of the knowledge, skills, and abilities deemed necessary for successful performance in the job.

Once a job offer has been made, employment with the Missouri State Highway Patrol is contingent upon the successful results of a Patrol administered drug test and favorable background investigation.

Contact Info
Kristy Johnson, (573) 526-6336
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