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FORENSIC TECHNOLOGIST - 71002171

Date: Jun 14, 2021

Location: N/A, FL, US, Multiple

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Requisition No: 291827 

Agency: Department of Law Enforcement

Working Title: FORENSIC TECHNOLOGIST - 71002171

Position Number: Multiple 

Salary:  $29,344.38 

Posting Closing Date: 06/30/2021 

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is currently accepting applications for the Forensic Technologist Pool.

ABOUT OUR AGENCY:

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) employs more than 1,900 members statewide – either at headquarters in Tallahassee or in one of seven regional operations centers (ROCs). Services are delivered by five key areas: Executive Direction and Business Support; Investigations and Forensic Science; Florida Capitol Police; Criminal Justice Information Services; and Criminal Justice Professionalism. Click here for additional information about FDLE.

MISSION:

To promote public safety and strengthen domestic security by providing services in partnership with local, state, and federal criminal justice agencies to prevent, investigate, and solve crimes while protecting Florida’s citizens and visitors.

FORENSIC TECHNOLOGIST – POOL

Please read carefully to ensure your application is processed timely. Your application will be processed after all materials are received.

  • An official transcript is needed to confirm your qualifications for this position. If applying for both crime laboratory analyst and forensic technologist positions, only one set of official, sealed transcripts is required.
  • Transcripts must state that your degree has been awarded.
  • Official, sealed transcripts from ALL universities must be provided before your application will be considered.
  • Please notify us if your last name has changed from what is on the transcript.
  • Transcripts should be mailed to: Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Attention: Office of Human Resources-Lab Applicant, P.O. Box 1489, Tallahassee FL 32302-1489.
  • Current FDLE members not currently in the Internal pool must notify the Office of Human Resources when applying by sending an email to the FDLE Employment mailbox (Jobs@fdle.state.fl.us).

To be considered as a potential candidate, you must meet the minimum requirement(s) for each discipline as specified below. Degrees must be from an accredited college or university as recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

BIOLOGY/DNA DATABASE

Located in the Ft. Myers, Jacksonville, Orlando, Pensacola, Tallahassee and Tampa labs.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

A bachelor’s or advanced degree in biology, chemistry, or forensic science-related area from an accredited college or university with completion of at least 20 credit hours in physical or biological science-related coursework graded at a “C” or better.  College coursework (graduate or undergraduate level) graded at a “C” or better, covering at least 6 credits in at least two of the following three subject areas is required: biochemistry, genetics, and molecular biology (molecular genetics or recombinant DNA technology). If courses are not specifically named molecular biology, biochemistry, or genetics on the transcripts, then a course description from the university for the period the course was taken must be provided with the application, and a syllabus for the course must be available upon request to be considered for the position.

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Gathering data, documenting results, and participating in the upkeep of the laboratory and instrumentation;
  • May participate in reagent preparation, stocking, and quality control procedures; and
  • May assist crime laboratory analysts with handling and examination of physical evidence or by operating robotics and instrumentation used in the analytical testing process. 

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:

  • Knowledge of terminology and techniques used in the forensic laboratory;
  • Knowledge of the procedure for packaging, handling and preserving evidence;
  • Skill in the preparation of reagents and the use of scientific laboratory equipment;
  • Ability to give sworn testimony in court; and
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.

CHEMISTRY / SEIZED DRUGS

Located in the Ft. Myers, Jacksonville, Orlando, Pensacola, and Tampa labs.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

A bachelor’s or advanced degree in physical, biological or forensic science from an accredited college or university.

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Handle and transfer drug evidence;
  • Perform maintenance on instrumentation;
  • Prepare and verify chemical reagents; and
  • Assist crime laboratory analysts and perform administrative duties as requested.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:

  • Knowledge of terminology and techniques used in the forensic laboratory;
  • Knowledge of the procedure for packaging, handling and preserving evidence;
  • Skill in the preparation of reagents and the use of scientific laboratory equipment;
  • Ability to give sworn testimony in court; and
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.

FIREARMS

Located in the Jacksonville, Orlando, Tallahassee, and Tampa labs. 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:   

  1.  A bachelor’s or advanced degree in physical, biological or forensic science from an accredited college or university; or
  2. A non-science degree with the completion of at least 12 credit hours in physical or biological science-related coursework graded at a “C” or better and a minimum of two years professional or technical experience in an accredited forensic laboratory or an accredited law enforcement agency. 
  3. Association of Firearms and Toolmark Examiners certification may substitute for the required college education. 
  4. Professional or technical experience in either an accredited forensic laboratory or an accredited law enforcement agency in the Firearms discipline may substitute on a year for year basis for the required college education.

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Analyze firearms, fired ammunition components, unfired ammunition and cartridge case images.  These items may be biohazardous in nature;
  • Various comparative microscopy techniques and equipment, including computer databases, will be utilized; and 
  • Firearms will be test fired for mechanical and functioning condition and to compare tests with cartridge cases and shotshells in the NIBIN database.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:

  • Knowledge of terminology and techniques used in the forensic laboratory;
  • Knowledge of the procedure for packaging, handling and preserving evidence;
  • Skill in the preparation of reagents and the use of scientific laboratory equipment;
  • Ability to give sworn testimony in court; and
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.

FRICTION RIDGE / LATENTS

Located in the Ft. Myers, Jacksonville, Pensacola, Tallahassee, and Tampa labs.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  1.  A bachelor’s or advanced degree in physical, biological or forensic science from an accredited college or university; or
  2. A non-science degree with the completion of at least 12 credit hours in physical or biological science-related coursework graded at a “C” or better and a minimum of two years professional or technical experience in an accredited forensic laboratory.
  3. International Association for Identification (IAI) certification may substitute for the required college education.
  4. Professional or technical experience in either an accredited forensic laboratory or an accredited law enforcement agency in the Friction Ridge discipline may substitute on a year for year basis for the required college education.

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Assist in the analysis of diverse items of physical evidence. This includes the utilization of highly technical processes for detecting and preserving latent prints; including chemical, mechanical, and photographic;
  • Prepare reagents, maintain section equipment and logbooks; and
  • Perform various quality control checks.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:

  • Knowledge of terminology and techniques used in the forensic laboratory;
  • Knowledge of the procedure for packaging, handling and preserving evidence;
  • Skill in the preparation of reagents and the use of scientific laboratory equipment;
  • Ability to give sworn testimony in court; and
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.

IMPRESSION EVIDENCE / FOOTWEAR AND TIRE

Located in the Tampa lab.   

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  1.  A bachelor’s or advanced degree in physical, biological or forensic science from an accredited college or university; or
  2. A non-science degree with the completion of at least 12 credit hours in physical or biological science-related coursework graded at a “C” or better and a minimum of two years professional or technical experience in an accredited forensic laboratory or an accredited law enforcement agency. 
  3. International Association for Identification (IAI) certification may substitute for the required college education.
  4. Professional or technical experience in either an accredited forensic laboratory or an accredited law enforcement agency in the Footwear and Tire discipline may substitute on a year for year basis for the required college education.

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Assist in the analysis of diverse items of physical evidence.  This includes the utilization of highly technical processes for detecting and preserving footwear and tire impressions; including chemical, mechanical, and photographic;
  • Prepare reagents, maintain section equipment and logbooks; and
  • Perform various quality control checks.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:

  • Knowledge of terminology and techniques used in the forensic laboratory;
  • Knowledge of the procedure for packaging, handling and preserving evidence;
  • Skill in the preparation of reagents and the use of scientific laboratory equipment;
  • Ability to give sworn testimony in court; and
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.

TOXICOLOGY

Located in the Orlando and Tallahassee labs.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

A bachelor’s or advanced degree in physical, biological or forensic science from an accredited college or university.

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Handle blood and urine evidence;
  • Perform immunoassay screening;
  • Perform solid-phase or liquid-liquid extractions;
  • Prepare chemical reagents; and
  • Assist crime laboratory analysts and perform administrative duties as requested.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:

  • Knowledge of terminology and techniques used in the forensic laboratory;
  • Knowledge of the procedure for packaging, handling and preserving evidence;
  • Skill in the preparation of reagents and the use of scientific laboratory equipment;
  • Ability to give sworn testimony in court; and
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.

TRACE EVIDENCE

Located in the Orlando lab.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

A bachelor’s or advanced degree in physical, biological or forensic science from an accredited college or university.

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Conduct laboratory tests and experiments, gather instrumental data, document results, and evaluate analytical methods and procedures; and
  • Assist crime laboratory analysts in the examination and/or analysis of physical evidence.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:

  • Knowledge of terminology and techniques used in the forensic laboratory;
  • Knowledge of the procedure for packaging, handling and preserving evidence;
  • Skill in the preparation of reagents and the use of scientific laboratory equipment;
  • Ability to give sworn testimony in court; and
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.

OUR SALARY & BENEFITS:

Starting salary will be the minimum of the class pay range, unless otherwise dictated by FDLE’s pay policy. FDLE is a State of Florida Employer and offers a comprehensive benefits package, including:

  • Paid holidays, vacation and sick leave;
  • HMO and PPO health insurance options with premiums starting as low as $50 per month;
  • $25,000 in automatic life insurance coverage;
  • Multiple supplemental insurance options including: dental, vision, disability and more;
  • Pension and investment retirement plan options;
  • Tax deferred medical and child care reimbursement accounts; and
  • State of Florida Tuition Waiver Program. 

This position is classified as Special Risk retirement, which provides members a greater retirement credit accrual rate and requires fewer years of service to reach full retirement benefits than is required for non-Special Risk members.

HIRING PROCESS:

You will be evaluated for this job based on your previous knowledge and experience. Additional reviews may be performed to screen for preferred qualifications, experience and education. Your qualifications will be based on knowledge, skills, and abilities and other elements relevant to this position supported by the information in your application. Qualifying questions will only be credited if verifiable by the information provided on your application including specifically required software/computer skills. You may be contacted to participate in a selection process which may consist of written exercises, work samples, skills tests, and interviews.  You may be notified by email to participate in a selection process. Failure to reply within a designated timeframe may exclude you from further consideration. Future vacancies may be filled from this position advertisesment. 

BACKGROUND:

FDLE requires an extensive background process of all recommended applicants. The elements of a background include: financial credit check, criminal history of applicant and applicant’s immediate family or roommates, personal references, employment verifications, drug screen and fingerprinting.  This information will be utilized to make the final hiring decision.

NOTES:

Preference may be given to current FDLE members who have satisfactorily completed their probationary period or served at least one year in their current position. Preference may be given to applicants in the State Personnel System who have satisfactorily completed their probationary period or served at least one year in their current position.

REMINDERS:

  1. Male applicants born on or after October 1, 1962, will not be eligible for hire or promotion unless they are registered with the Selective Services System (SSS) before their 26th birthday, or have a Letter of Registration Exemption from the SSS. For more information, please visit the SSS website: http://www.sss.gov.
  2. If you are a retiree of the Florida Retirement System (FRS), please check with the FRS on how your current benefits will be affected if you are re-employed with the State of Florida. Your current retirement benefits may be cancelled, suspended, or deemed ineligible depending upon the date of your retirement.

 The State of Florida hires only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized alien workers.

 

 

The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer, and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.

Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.

The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.

VETERANS’ PREFERENCE.  Pursuant to Chapter 295, Florida Statutes, candidates eligible for Veterans’ Preference will receive preference in employment for Career Service vacancies and are encouraged to apply.  Candidates claiming Veterans’ Preference must attach supporting documentation with each submission that includes character of service (for example, DD Form 214 Member Copy #4) along with any other documentation as required by Rule 55A-7, Florida Administrative Code.  Veterans’ Preference documentation requirements are available by clicking here.  All documentation is due by the close of the vacancy announcement.