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CRIME LABORATORY ANALYST - 71002589

Date: Mar 29, 2021

Location: N/A, FL, US, Multiple

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Requisition No: 291830 

Agency: Department of Law Enforcement

Working Title: CRIME LABORATORY ANALYST - 71002589

Position Number: Multiple 

Salary:  $50,948.00 

Posting Closing Date: 06/30/2021 

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is currently accepting applications for the Crime Laboratory Analyst 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.

CRIME LABORATORY ANALYST – 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 already 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 for the position, you must meet the minimum requirement(s) listed 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 a biology, chemistry or forensic science-related area from an accredited college or university with completion of at least 20 credit hours in biology or chemistry-related coursework graded at a “C” or better.  A minimum of 12 credit hours in college coursework (graduate or undergraduate level) graded at a “C” or better covering the subject areas of statistics (or population genetics), biochemistry, genetics and molecular biology (molecular genetics or recombinant DNA technology) is required. If courses are not specifically named molecular biology, biochemistry, genetics, or statistics (or population 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:

Conduct independent, complex, and detailed analysis to screen for the presence of various bodily fluid stains and other biological material;
Use modern extraction techniques and real time qPCR as well as capillary electrophoresis and computer software to develop DNA profiles; and
Make comparisons between evidentiary and known profiles, utilize probabilistic genotyping software and interact with CODIS.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:

Knowledge of the terminology, principles and analytical techniques used in the analysis of physical evidence as it applies to the forensic laboratory;
Knowledge of the procedure for packaging, handling and preserving evidence;
Skill in the use of scientific laboratory equipment;
Ability to analyze results, formulate conclusions and present findings verbally and in writing;
Ability to give sworn testimony as an expert witness 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 with completion of at least 25 credit hours in chemistry-related coursework graded at a “C” or better.

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

Conduct detailed microscopic, chemical and instrumental analysis on physical evidence to determine if such materials contain controlled substances as defined by Florida Statutes; and
Instrumental analysis including operation and interpretation of complex instrumentation such as automated gas chromatographs and mass spectrometers as well as ultraviolet, fluorescence and infrared spectrophotometers.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:

Knowledge of the terminology, principles and analytical techniques used in the analysis of physical evidence as it applies to the forensic laboratory;
Knowledge of the procedure for packaging, handling and preserving evidence;
Skill in the use of scientific laboratory equipment;
Ability to analyze results, formulate conclusions and present findings verbally and in writing;
Ability to give sworn testimony as an expert witness in court; and
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others. 
CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION

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

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

      1.   A bachelor’s or advanced degree in physical, biological or forensic science 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; or

2.  A non-science degree with 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 experience in the Crime Scene Investigation discipline 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 experience in the Crime Scene Investigation discipline in either an accredited forensic laboratory or an accredited law enforcement agency may substitute on a year-for-year basis for the required college education.

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

Detailed documentation, recognition, recovery, and preservation of physical evidence at the crime scene for further examination; and  
Analytical observations and highly technical procedures are used to develop information at the crime scene.  The results of these examinations are incorporated into formal written reports. 
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:

Knowledge of the terminology, principles and analytical techniques used in the analysis of physical evidence as it applies to the forensic laboratory;
Knowledge of the procedure for packaging, handling and preserving evidence;
Skill in the use of scientific laboratory equipment;
Ability to analyze results, formulate conclusions and present findings verbally and in writing;
Ability to give sworn testimony as an expert witness in court; and
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.
 DIGITAL EVIDENCE / VIDEO ENHANCEMENT

Located in the Tallahassee and Tampa labs.  

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:  

      1.  A bachelor’s or advanced degree from an accredited college or university in computer engineering, computer science, computer forensics, physics, mathematics or other scientific fields; or

       2.  A bachelor’s or advanced degree from an accredited college or university and two years of experience in the area of digital investigations.

 DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

Analyze diverse items of digital media using forensic software and hardware to acquire/extract the data from the digital media; and
Utilize highly technical processes  to extract data from damaged and/or locked devices.
 KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:

Knowledge of the terminology, principles and analytical techniques used in the analysis of physical evidence as it applies to the forensic laboratory;
Knowledge of the procedure for packaging, handling and preserving evidence;
Skill in the use of scientific laboratory equipment;
Ability to analyze results, formulate conclusions and present findings verbally and in writing;
Ability to give sworn testimony as an expert witness in court; and
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.
 DOCUMENT EXAMINATION

Located in the Pensacola lab.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:   

 1. A bachelor’s or advanced degree in physical, biological or forensic science 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; or

 2.  A non-science degree with 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 experience in the Document Examination discipline in an accredited forensic laboratory.

3. American Society of Questioned Documents Examiners (ASQDE) membership or American Board of Forensic Documents Examiners (ABFDE) certification may substitute for the required college education. 

4.  Professional experience in the Document Examination discipline in an accredited forensic laboratory may substitute on a year-for-year basis for the required college education.

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

Examination and comparison of handwriting (hand printing and signatures);
Examination and comparison of a document as genuine or non-genuine;
Examination, comparison and classification of typewriters, checkwriters, photocopiers, computer printers and facsimile machines;
Detection of alterations, additions, deletions, or substitutions;
Decipherment of obliterations and erasures;
Recovery and preservation of indented writing;
Examination and comparison of writing inks;
Classification and determination of writing inks;
Examination and comparison of rubberstamp impressions;
Examination and comparison of paper;
Recovery and preservation of damaged documents; and
Examination, comparison and classification of printed material.
  KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:

Knowledge of the terminology, principles and analytical techniques used in the analysis of physical evidence as it applies to the forensic laboratory;
Knowledge of the procedure for packaging, handling and preserving evidence;
Skill in the use of scientific laboratory equipment;
Ability to analyze results, formulate conclusions and present findings verbally and in writing;
Ability to give sworn testimony as an expert witness 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:   

A bachelor’s or advanced degree in physical, biological or forensic science 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.
Association of Firearms and Toolmark Examiners (AFTE) certification may substitute for the required college education.
Professional experience in the Firearms discipline in either an accredited forensic laboratory or an accredited law enforcement agency may substitute on a year-for-year basis for the required college education. 
 DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

Analyze firearms, fired ammunition components, unfired ammunition, cartridge case images, and items containing gunshot residue. These items may be biohazardous in nature;
Various comparative microscopy techniques and equipment including computerized databases will be utilized; and
Firearms will be test fired for mechanical and functioning condition and to compare tests microscopically with bullets, cartridge cases, shotshells and other ammunition components.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:

Knowledge of the terminology, principles and analytical techniques used in the analysis of physical evidence as it applies to the forensic laboratory;
Knowledge of the procedure for packaging, handling and preserving evidence;
Skill in the use of scientific laboratory equipment;
Ability to analyze results, formulate conclusions and present findings verbally and in writing;
Ability to give sworn testimony as an expert witness 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:

A bachelor’s or advanced degree in physical, biological or forensic science 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; or 
A non-science degree with 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 experience in the Friction Ridge discipline in an accredited forensic laboratory or an accredited law enforcement agency.
International Association for Identification (IAI) certification may substitute for the required college education. 
Professional experience in the Friction Ridge discipline in either an accredited forensic laboratory or an accredited law enforcement agency may substitute on a year-for-year basis for the required college education.
 DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

Analyze diverse items of physical evidence for the detection, comparison and preservation of latent prints.  This includes the utilization of highly technical processes for detecting and preserving latent prints; including chemical, mechanical, and photographic
Compare latent prints with known fingerprint and palm prints standards and making a critical determination of whether or not the latent prints and standards are from the same source; and
Search unidentified latent prints in automated fingerprint and palm print identification databases. 
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:

Knowledge of the terminology, principles and analytical techniques used in the analysis of physical evidence as it applies to the forensic laboratory;
Knowledge of the procedure for packaging, handling and preserving evidence;
Skill in the use of scientific laboratory equipment;
Ability to analyze results, formulate conclusions and present findings verbally and in writing;
Ability to give sworn testimony as an expert witness 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:

A bachelor’s or advanced degree in physical, biological or forensic science 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; or
A non-science degree with 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 experience in the Footwear and Tire discipline in an accredited forensic laboratory or an accredited law enforcement agency.
International Association for Identification (IAI) certification may substitute for the required college education.
Professional experience in the Footwear and Tire discipline in either an accredited forensic laboratory or an accredited law enforcement agency may substitute on a year-for-year basis for the required college education.
DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

Analyze diverse items of physical evidence for the detection, comparison and preservation of footwear and tire impressions. This includes the utilization of highly technical processes for detecting and preserving footwear and tire impressions; including chemical, mechanical, and photographic;
Compare footwear and tire impressions with known footwear and tires and making a critical determination of whether or not the impressions are from the same source; and
Compare footwear and tire impressions against laboratory references to possibly determine a manufacturer or model information.   
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:

Knowledge of the terminology, principles and analytical techniques used in the analysis of physical evidence as it applies to the forensic laboratory;
Knowledge of the procedure for packaging, handling and preserving evidence;
Skill in the use of scientific laboratory equipment;
Ability to analyze results, formulate conclusions and present findings verbally and in writing;
Ability to give sworn testimony as an expert witness in court; and
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.
TOXICOLOGY

Located in the Tallahassee and Orlando labs.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

A bachelor’s or advanced degree in physical, biological or forensic science from an accredited college or university with completion of at least 15 credit hours in chemistry-related coursework graded at a “C” or better.

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

Conduct detailed chemical and instrumental analysis of evidence, including samples of blood and/or urine, to detect the presence of alcohol and other impairing drugs or chemicals.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:

Knowledge of the terminology, principles and analytical techniques used in the analysis of physical evidence as it applies to the forensic laboratory;
Knowledge of the procedure for packaging, handling and preserving evidence;
Skill in the use of scientific laboratory equipment;
Ability to analyze results, formulate conclusions and present findings verbally and in writing;
Ability to give sworn testimony as an expert witness 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 with completion of at least 15 credit hours in chemistry-related coursework graded at a “C” or better.

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

Examination of small microscopic items. These examinations include paint/polymers, glass, fibers, and fracture match.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:

Knowledge of the terminology, principles and analytical techniques used in the analysis of physical evidence as it applies to the forensic laboratory;
Knowledge of the procedure for packaging, handling and preserving evidence;
Skill in the use of scientific laboratory equipment;
Ability to analyze results, formulate conclusions and present findings verbally and in writing;
Ability to give sworn testimony as an expert witness 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 advertisement.

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:

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.
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.