Job Description

Overall Job Objective

Summary of Job Duties

**This posting is scheduled to close on Friday, November 8, 2019 at 12 noon, however is subject to close at any time without prior notice.   This is a repost, if you have applied for this position within the last 6 months, please do not apply again as your application may not be reveiwed. Thank you.**

The Crime Lab of the Aurora Police Department is looking for a Forensic Chemist to perform analysis of forensic evidence through a variety of methods including wet chemical analysis and/or instrumental analysis processing suspected drug evidence for latent print impressions using a variety of methods. 

City of Aurora, Colorado
It is an exciting time to work for the City of Aurora, we're growing and looking for dedicated and collaborative individuals to join our team of talented and valued employees. Excellent organizations have a set of principles, or core values, that are used to implement their mission and vision. Those values represent the touchstone for the organization, guiding the decisions of the individuals and the organization. At the City of Aurora, we demonstrate our excellence by modeling the CORE 4 Values of:  IntegrityRespect, Professionalism, and Customer Service, and we welcome all who share these values to apply.

Why Work for Aurora?

  • Make a difference in the lives of real people every day
  • Diverse community
  • Competitive total compensation package
  • Well-Funded General Employees Retirement Plan
  • Light rail station minutes away
  • On-site fitness center and overall employee well-being programs
  • Internal educational programs to assist with career advancement
  • Access to innovation work spaces

The Aurora Police Department
The Vision of the Aurora Police Department is to be the safest largest city in America.  In 2014 we moved one step closer to our vision by being named the Safest Largest City in Colorado and the 16th overall safest city in the nation.  Within the Aurora Police Department there are four separate divisions:  Operations; Metro; Compliance and Professional Standards; and Business Services and employees over 800 Civil Service and Career Service employees whose mission is to Make Aurora Safer Every Day.  

To be employed by the Aurora Police Department you will need to successfully pass a background test, polygraph test, and fingerprint screening, along with other conditions of employment; drug test and verification of employment.  Because of this, there is a longer recruitment process, we thank you in advance.  

Despite changes in the Colorado law, the City of Aurora maintains a drug free workplace.  A positive test for marijuana is grounds for disqualification or termination once hired.


  • Analyze suspected drug evidence for the presence of controlled substances as defined by the Colorado State Statutes and Federal Department of Justice
  • Analyze blood for the presence of ethanol in DUI cases and other criminal cases as requested
  • May analyze Fire Debris cases for the presence of accelerants to assist the Aurora Fire Department or Police Department in their investigations
  • May process various items of evidence for latent prints.
  • Issue reports regarding analysis of evidence
  • Maintain secure custody of evidence while in their custody
  • Assist and advise investigators and prosecuting attorneys regarding cases, results, and expected testimony
  • Testify as an expert witness in municipal, state, and federal courts as necessary regarding analysis
  • It may be necessary to assist processing crime scenes for evidence, photograph evidence, and prepare reports relating to duties performed as a Crime Scene Investigator
  • Perform additional duties as assigned



  • Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry, or directly related field

  • At least 2 years experience as a Forensic Chemist in a law enforcement laboratory or directly related environment

An equivalent combination of education, training and experience that demonstrates required knowledge, skills, and abilities may be considered.

Licenses and Certifications:  
  • Colorado Driver License with good driving record

Knowledge of:
  • Wet chemistry techniques and instrumental analysis
  • Safe handling practices for chemicals in use by the laboratory
  • Investigative methods and techniques and rules of evidence
Abilities to:
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing
  • Organize and prioritize work
  • Properly use and maintain scientific equipment
  • Prepare reagents
  • Prepare accurate reports
  • Maintain secure custody of evidence while in their possession
  • Work independent of direct supervision
  • Testify effectively on scientific matters in judicial and quasi-judicial proceedings


Physical Demands

  • Regular standing
  • Hand/eye coordination to operate computer, laboratory instruments, and other testing instruments
  • Foot/eye coordination to operate motor vehicle
  • Visual acuity correctable to 20/40 with no color impairment to interpret data
  • Speech communication, hearing, and listening to maintain communications with other employees and citizens
  • May be required to perform light to moderate physical work requiring ability to lift a maximum of 50 pounds with or without assistance.

Work Environment
  • Works primarily in an office/laboratory environment with some work outdoors at crime scenes
  • Exposure to biohazard contamination, chemicals, odors, and noise
Equipment Used
  • Computer
  • Laboratory instruments to include GC, GC/MS, FTIR, microscopes
  • Camera
  • This position may require the incumbent to occasionally use personal equipment (e.g. vehicle, cell phone, tools, etc.) in the course of their employment
For Veterans points:  Please show all of your employment history, including military service and related documentation (DD214) on the application.
The City of Aurora is an equal opportunity employer.  We are required by state and federal agencies to keep certain statistical records on applicants.  It will not be used in any way to discriminate against you because of your sex, race, age, sexual orientation, creed, national origin, disability or military status, gender identity, unless related to a bona fide occupational qualification as defined by the Colorado Civil Rights Commission and the Equal Opportunity Commission.
If you need assistance in completing this application, please feel free to contact our office at:  303-739-7225 or visit us at 15151 E Alameda Pkwy., Suite 3500, Aurora, CO 80012.

Despite the changes in Colorado law, the City of Aurora maintains a drug free workplace.  A positive test of marijuana is grounds for disqualification and ineligibility for employment with the city for one year or termination once hired.
Drug Testing, Thorough Criminal Background Check, and Employment References:
As a condition of employment, all applicants selected for employment with the City of Aurora must undergo a thorough criminal background check and drug screening. Employment references will be conducted on finalists for City of Aurora vacancies.

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