Texas Department of Public Safety Crime Laboratory Technician, LES - Houston in Houston, Texas

Job Summary


Performs routine (journey-level) chemistry laboratory work. Work involves mixing of chemical reagents, monitoring refrigerator/freezer temperatures, performing a variety of technical, maintenance and troubleshooting activities in the crime laboratory, and other general laboratory duties. Works under moderate supervision, with limited latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.

State Classification #: 6120 State Classification Title: Crime Laboratory Specialist I Salary Group: B15

The following Military Occupational Specialty codes are generally applicable to this position. Applicants must fully complete the summary of experience to determine if minimum qualifications are met. 311A

General Duties:

May prepare buffers, reagents, stock solutions, etc., as required by section analysts in the laboratory.

May assist with maintenance and handling of evidence, including receipt, bar coding, storage, return, destruction, and inventory.

Maintains section in a clean and orderly manner.

May enter and update sample inventory in a personal computer data base.

May autoclave glassware, bio-hazardous waste, reagents, and plastic ware as necessary.

May assist with supply and chemical ordering and maintenance of order records.

Assists with lab instrument and inventory transfers and installs new or transferred equipment. May prepare and/or submit the annual property inventory checklist to the Manager/Supervisor of the Laboratory.

Performs section administrative duties related to case receipt.

May assist in the maintenance, and repairs to crime laboratory equipment, hardware, and apparatus.

Perform other duties as assigned.

Education and Experience:

*Education - * High School Diploma/equivalent plus a minimum of eight (8) semester hours in college Chemistry.

Experience – Minimum of one (1) years' experience in a laboratory environment performing similar tasks to those described above.

Substitution Note: Education and experience can be substituted for a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry.

*Licensure and/or Certification - * If driving is required, must possess a valid driver license from state of residence.

Regulatory knowledge – Working knowledge of, or the ability to rapidly assimilate information related to TXDPS, State and Federal regulations, legislation, guidelines, policies and procedures related to laboratory operations.

Interpersonal Skills – Must demonstrate an ability to exercise poise, tact, diplomacy and an ability to establish and maintain positive, working/professional relationships with internal/external customers.

Organizational and Prioritization Skills – Must be organized, flexible, and able to effectively prioritize in a multi-demand and constantly changing environment; able to meet multiple and sometimes conflicting deadlines without sacrificing accuracy, timeliness or professionalism.

Presentation/Communication Skills – Must be able to construct and deliver clear, concise, and professional presentations to a variety of audiences and/or individuals.

Research and Comprehension –Must demonstrate ability to quickly and efficiently access relevant information, and be able to utilize and/or present research and conclusions in a clear and concise manner.

Analytical Reasoning/Attention to Detail – Must demonstrate an ability to examine data/information, discern variations/similarities, and be able identify trends, relationships and causal factors, as well as grasp issues, draw accurate conclusions, and solve problems.

Technology (computers/hardware/software/operating systems) – Must possess appropriate levels of proficiency with utilized software and systems and be able to learn new software/systems. Demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook).

Confidentiality and Protected Information – Must demonstrate an ability to responsibly handle sensitive and confidential information and situations, and adhere to applicable laws/statutes/policies related to access, maintenance and dissemination of information.

Safety –Must be able to work in safe manner at all times, avoiding shortcuts that have potential adverse results/risks, and must be able to comply with safety standards and best practices.

Supplemental information:

**DPS employee who is selected for a position in their current salary group and state title will be transferred with no salary change.

DPS employee who is selected for a position in their current salary group with a new state title may receive an increase up to 3.4%.

Salary is contingent upon qualifications and is subject to salary administration and budgetary restrictions.**


The physical and environmental demands described here are representative of those encountered and/or necessary for the employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job; reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Environment: Office;

  • Ambulatory skills, e.g. stand, walk, sit;

  • Hand-eye coordination and arm/hand/finger dexterity;

  • Ability to speak, hear, and exercise visual acuity;

  • Ability to transfer weights of 40 pounds anticipated for this position;

  • Driving requirements: Occasional (5%).


Travel: 5% Number of Vacancies: 1

State of Texas retirees may be rehired for full-time, non-commissioned positions only under very specific circumstances.

Job Title: Crime Laboratory Technician, LES - Houston

Closing Date/Time: Fri. 10/28/16 11:59 PM Central Time

Salary: $3,196.80 - $4,337.08 Monthly

Job Type: Full-time, Regular, day shift

Location: Houston, Texas