Anticipated Vacancy – Forensic Technologist
Florida Department of Law Enforcement – Orlando Regional Operations Center
To be considered as a potential candidate, you must meet the minimum requirement(s) listed below. Degree programs must be from an accredited college or university as recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. You will need to apply via the State of Florida People First hiring website at:
FDLE – Forensic Technologist 71002171
Minimum Qualifications: A bachelor’s or advanced degree in physical, biological or forensic science from an accredited college or university.
Toxicology technologists must have completed at least 15 credit hours in college coursework (graduate or undergraduate level) graded at a “C” or better covering the subject area of chemistry.
An official transcript is needed to confirm your qualifications for this position. If applying for multiple forensic laboratory positions, only one set of official, sealed transcripts is required. TRANSCRIPTS MUST STATE THAT THE DEGREE HAS BEEN AWARDED. OFFICIAL, SEALED TRANSCRIPTS FROM ALL UNIVERSITIES ATTENDED MUST BE PROVIDED BEFORE APPLICATION WILL BE CONSIDERED.
Your application will be processed after all materials are received. 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.
Duties: Forensic Technologists for the Toxicology section opens and handles blood and urine evidence, performs immunoassay screening, performs solid-phase or liquid-liquid extractions, makes chemical reagents, assists the crime laboratory analysts and completes other administrative duties as requested.
Knowledge, Skills and 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 correct procedures for providing expert testimony in court; knowledge of the procedures for packaging, handling and preserving evidence; knowledge of what constitutes physical evidence; knowledge of the scientific method of conducting research; skill in the use of scientific laboratory equipment; skill in calibrating and maintaining laboratory equipment; ability to conduct forensic science experiments, analyze results, formulate conclusions and present findings verbally and in writing; ability to plan, organize and coordinate work assignments; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.
Notes: 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.
Starting salary will be at the minimum of the class pay range unless otherwise dictated by FDLE’s pay policy guidelines. Responses to qualifying questions will be credited only if verifiable by skills and/or experience listed on the employment application. The elements of the selection process may include a work sample and/or oral interview. Applicants may be notified by email to participate in a selection process. Failure to reply within a designated time frame may exclude the applicant from further consideration. Future vacancies may be filled from this position advertisement as applications are pooled.
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. 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.
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 coordinator. Notification to the agency hiring coordinator must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.
The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees, interns and volunteers are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.
The State of Florida has a very broad public records law. Most written communications to or from state officials regarding state business are considered to be public records and will be made available to the public and the media upon request. Your e-mail messages may, therefore, be subject to public disclosure.
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. All documentation is due by the close of the vacancy announcement.