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 Sciences, Western Laboratory in San Francisco CA,

The incumbent receives, inspects, catalogs, and organizes all evidence, drug and non-drug, as well as legal document submissions, while directly maintaining and protecting the chain of custody for LAB evidence submissions.  The purpose of these evidence submissions is for chemical and physical analysis, judicial proceedings, and subsequent destruction.  Creates and maintains records in accordance with DEA and Office of Forensic Science policies.   Responsible for updating and maintaining close and continual security procedures that adequately safeguards the integrity of all evidence.  Maintains various computer systems that account for evidence.  Serves as the System Manager for the Laboratory Evidence Management System (LEMS).  Conducts and organizes both bulk and non-bulk evidence destructions.

Creates and maintains manual and computerized records and chain-of-custody forms on all evidence in accordance with DEA policy.  Verifies the receipt of all evidence by means of signature or initials on the appropriate forms.   Responsible for the proper storage and retrieval of evidence utilizing STRIDE (System to Retrieve Information from Drug Evidence) and LEMS to go and track the LAB's evidence inventory.  Creates the Evidence Inventory (EI) record in the STRIDE database from information provided on the DEA-7 (Report of Drug Property Collected, purchased, or seized) Functions as a System Manager for LEMS by making corrections to data when needed, performing daily data back-ups, and creating new entries into the specialized files.  Conducts and oversees annual inventory and reconciliation's of all evidence within the LAB by comparing LEMS and STRIDE data against the physical evidence.

Travel Required

  • Not Required

Relocation Authorized

  • No