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Employment Opportunities - Forensic Science Communications - October 2004

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Forensic Science Communications
October 2003 – Volume 5 – Number 4 

Employment Opportunities

Criminalist / Forensic Chemist
— Salary: $45,000 - $60,000

Indian River Forensic Laboratory
Fort Pierce, Florida

Qualifications include the following:

  • MS in chemistry or forensic science (with chemistry undergraduate degree)
  • At least two years' forensic laboratory experience
  • Skill in using gas chromatography, mass spectroscopy, ultraviolet and infrared spectrophotometry, and other drug analysis equipment and methodologies
  • Familiarity with the technical and safety requirements of ASCLD-LAB
  • Demonstrated proficiency testing
  • Experience in head-space BAC analysis is desirable

Responsibilities include the following:

  • Analyzing controlled substances
  • Interpreting laboratory analyses and results
  • Preparing written reports
  • Testifying as an expert witness

Laboratory personnel are subject to random drug testing and an extensive background investigation.


Robert W. Parsons
Saint Lucie County Sheriff's Office
Human Resources Department
4700 West Midway Road
Fort Pierce, Florida 34981-4825
Web site: stluciesheriff.com
772-462-3206 (Voice)
772-462-3218 (Fax)


Daniel C. Mippes
Chief Criminalist
Indian River Forensic Laboratory
2502 South 35th Street
Fort Pierce, Florida 34981
E-mail: dnippes@ircc.edu
772-462-3645 (Voice)