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 Performs detailed laboratory tests and analysis of non-routine samples, requiring minor modifications of established methods and limited interpretations of findings. 


Develops methods for and conducts analyses of the more difficult samples to detect presence of controlled substances (e.g. narcotics and dangerous drugs).  Performs a full range of quantitative and qualitative chemical analyses of controlled substances.  Analyzes and identifies controlled substances, utilizing modern analytical techniques as necessary which may contain only trace quantities of suspected drugs.


Determines nature of unknown non controlled substances.  Testifies in Federal and State courts as an "expert witness", presents technical testimony in layman's terms defending analytical methods and results.  Writes comprehensive reports on drug analysis and findings. Performs other duties related to the programs, operations and functions of the laboratory.