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CRIME LABORATORY TECHNICIAN - 71000081

Date: Apr 8, 2021

Location: TAMPA, FL, US, 33614

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Requisition No: 350141 

Agency: Department of Law Enforcement

Working Title: CRIME LABORATORY TECHNICIAN - 71000081

Position Number: 71000081 

Salary:  $25,479.22 

Posting Closing Date: 04/10/2021 

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 TECHNICIAN– 71000081

TAMPA, FL

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

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  1. A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university; or
  2. A high school diploma or its equivalent and four years of experience handling items of evidentiary value, computerized management information systems, or operating multifunction automated system equipment.
  3. College credit hours from an accredited institution can substitute at the rate of 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours for each year of the required experience.

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

Specific duties include:

  • Receiving, securing, distributing, and returning evidence submitted to the laboratory by maintaining the chain of custody records of incoming evidence;
  • Assigning computerized bar-code labels to evidence as appropriate;
  • Maintaining the evidence vault in a neat and logical order;
  • Maintaining administrative compliance through review of all appropriate administrative policies and procedures and completing all administrative paperwork by established deadlines;
  • Utilizing the Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) to prepare data for input into the system; generate inventory and control reports and assist in the maintenance of the management and evidence information system;
  • Maintaining a high level of quality in internal and external customer service;
  • Providing professional testimony on chain of custody and evidence handling; and
  • Assisting the section supervisor with various projects, as needed.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:

  • Knowledge of laboratory terminology;
  • Knowledge of correct procedures for handling evidence;
  • Knowledge of basic mathematics;
  • Knowledge in the use of computerized keyboards and basic computer operations;
  • Skill in communicating procedures to others;
  • Skill in operating multifunction automated systems equipment;
  • Ability to interpret and follow technical instructions;
  • Ability to testify in court regarding chain-of-custody;
  • Ability to input data utilizing a variety of keyboards; and
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.

SPECIAL NOTE:

Applicant must be able to climb stairs and safely lift/carry boxes up to 50 lbs.

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. 

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 and education verifications (which includes official transcript(s)), drug screen and fingerprinting.  This information will be utilized to make the final hiring decision.

NOTES:

Preference will 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. 


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