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The Department of Public Safety’s mission is to protect human life and property by enforcing state laws, deterring criminal activity and providing vital support to the state of Arizona and its citizens.
Apply at our website at www.azdps.gov

Associate Forensic Scientist 

Salary: $49,289.76 

In order to apply, you must go to the DPS website at azdps.gov/careers

Job Summary:

This recruitment will be used to establish an eighteen-month eligibility list to full current and future Associate Forensic Scientist vacancies. Must successfully complete the examination process.

Minimum Qualifications:

A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a major course of study in biology, chemistry, or closely related physical or natural sciences with either a minimum of thirty (30) semester hours (or equivalent quarter hours) in chemistry or a minimum of twenty (20) semester hours in chemistry with completed coursework in molecular biology, genetics, and biochemistry.

(30 semester credit hours is equivalent to 45 quarter credit hours.)


Must provide a DNA sample for the staff database.


Processes evidence that may transmit infectious disease (e.g., AIDS, Hepatitis B), is corrosive, carcinogenic, or explosive.

May be exposed to fumes or dust, bodily fluids, toxic or caustic chemicals; and occasionally, outdoor weather conditions.

May be required to move items up to twenty (20) pounds.

May be required to respond to crime scenes and court appearances as needed.

Must successfully complete the examination process.

Progression to the next classification in the Forensic Scientist series requires an overall performance rating of at least "Standard" in the last 12 months.

FLSA Status - Non-exempt

Pre-Employment Requirements:

Applicants must complete an examination process. A polygraph and background investigation are required for successful applicants. All newly hired employees will be subject to the E-Verify Employment Eligibility Verification Program.

In order to apply, you must go to the DPS website.


The Arizona Department of Public Safety is proud to offer a comprehensive benefits package to benefit-eligible employees in cooperation with the State of Arizona.

•           Accrued vacation pay and sick days

•           10 paid holidays per year

•           Deferred compensation plan

•           Top-ranked retirement plans

•           Affordable medical, dental, vision, life, and short & long-term disability insurance plans

•           Employee Assistance, Peer and Family Support Programs

•           Bus Cards (Subsidized partially by the State)

For a complete list of benefits provided by The State of Arizona, please visit our benefits page


This classification participates in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS).

Contact Us:

To learn more and see a complete list of the job openings at the Arizona Department of Public Safety, visit our website at www.azdps.gov. You may also contact us at (602) 223-2290.


All Arizona state employees operate within the Arizona Management System (AMS), an intentional, results-driven approach for doing the work of state government whereby every employee reflects on performance, reduces waste, and commits to continuous improvement with sustainable progress.  Through AMS, every state employee seeks to understand customer needs, identify problems, improve processes, and measure results.  
State employees are highly engaged, collaborative and embrace a culture of public service.

Arizona State Government is an AA/EOE/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer.