Forensic Scientist Position

The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office Forensic Services Laboratory, an ISO 17025 accredited laboratory, is currently accepting applications for a Forensic Scientist position in the Chemistry Section.

Under the direction of the Forensic Drug Identification Technical Leader:

  • Uses scientific testing procedures to analyze evidence in order to determine the presence of controlled substances.
  • Prepares accurate and precise notes and technical reports.
  • Testifies as an expert witness regarding the scientific conclusions obtained from analysis.
  • Provides technical assistance to members of law enforcement and the criminal justice community.
  • Performs maintenance, calibration, and quality control on scientific instruments.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
  • Possess a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university in one of the natural sciences or closely related field; and possess at least four years’ experience as a qualified forensic scientist specializing in Drug Identification or comparable experience.
  • College coursework must include 20 hours of chemistry, including two semesters of general chemistry with laboratory, two semesters of organic chemistry, and one semester of organic chemistry laboratory.

*An organic chemistry laboratory that is integrated into a 4- or 5-hour organic chemistry course will satisfy the laboratory requirement.

*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 requirement.

  • Six or more years of experience as a qualified forensic scientist specializing in Drug Identification.
  • Advance degree in Chemistry or related scientific field.
    American Board of Criminalistics Certification.
  • Knowledge of laboratory information management systems (LIMS).

$65,000 – $80,000

Contingent upon related work experience and qualifications.

Recruitment and Staffing Coordinator

Staff Sergeant Patrick N. Rowell
[email protected]

Application Requirements

The following materials are required:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Transcripts
  • All application and employment documents listed at the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office employment website; available for download here.
How to Apply

Submit All Materials

Send to:

Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office

Recruiting and Staffing Unit

Attn: Staff Sergeant Patrick N. Rowell

Post Office Box 1758

Beaufort, South Carolina 29901



September 30, 2022

The Beaufort County Sheriff's Office is an Equal Opportunity Employer.