Job Overview


TOUGH WORK. VITAL MISSION. Challenge yourself! You have the power to help combat drug trafficking. Be a part of DEA! It's tough work, but a vital mission. Whatever your background or expertise, your work at DEA will be tremendously rewarding because it will have a daily impact on national security and the quality of life of all Americans. 

Do your career "Justice" by working with DOJ, which has been ranked in the Top 10 Best Places to Work in the Federal Government. Come and join the nation's law enforcement agency, where our most important resource is our people. The Department leads the nation in ensuring the protection of all Americans while preserving their constitutional freedoms. Become a member of a team where you can achieve your career goals and apply your skills and talents to our important mission. All applicants for employment with DEA must possess and maintain the highest levels of character and conduct. DEA will evaluate applicants' qualifications based on these qualities. Once a conditional offer is made, DEA will conduct a continuous evaluation of information, as it is obtained, to ensure that the prospective employees with DEA meet the agency-specific qualifications in the areas of character and conduct. To this end, the unfavorable decision in any of the areas that follow will be deemed as disqualifying: Drug Policy Requirements (as specified in this announcement), Credit History, Candor and Honesty, Work History, History with the Law, and other qualities that would detract from the integrity and efficiency of the DEA.



This position is located in the Office of Forensic Science, Western Laboratory, in San Francisco, CA. The incumbent works with and assists senior members of the staff in the performance of analytical and chemistry assignments.  Performs varied but relatively routine and limited chemical analyses and tests on narcotic and dangerous drug samples submitted by agency personnel to the field laboratory.  The analyses and tests are to determine the presence of controlled substances, the identification of adulterants and diluents. The results are used by agency personnel for enforcement purposes. Based upon previous assignments or instructions as to the specific analyses and tests to be performed, selects the appropriate methods and procedures. 

Performs the analyses and tests which include physical tests, wet laboratory analysis, and instrumental analysis using such instruments as infrared and ultraviolet spectrophotometer, gas chromatograph and GS/Mass Spectrometer.  Detects unusual instances when the established methods and procedures are not applicable.  Writes laboratory reports identifying the sample, stating the methods and procedures used, and showing the results and calculations. Performs other duties directly related to the programs, operations and functions of the laboratory.

Composes laboratory reports, on all tests performed.