Employment Opportunity

Forensic Photographer SR

United States Postal Service, Dulles, Virginia

Salary: $80,774.00 - $103,912.00 annually

Final Filing Date: November 22, 2017

Processes and prepares photographs and digital images of physical evidence and crime scenes to support forensic analyses and expert testimony in criminal and administrative investigations.

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  • Operates cameras, specialized light sources, filters and related equipment to image physical evidence and crime scenes in support of criminal and administrative investigations.
  • Captures and processes images using a variety of specialized photographic equipment. Uses advanced techniques to enhance images to achieve optimal clarity and detail for forensic analyses.
  • Uses specialized imaging instrumentation to enhance and print, images, charts, and illustrations of evidentiary materials including those used for court testimony. Prepares other presentation materials as needed.
  • Serves as a subject matter expert and technical advisor in matters relating to the proper collection, preservation, packaging, and submission of criminal evidence; oversees and serves as a team leader for crime scene and evidence collection activities during major field investigations.
  • Writes reports to record and document the methodology utilized in the implementation of forensic photography techniques. Maintains documentation and related records for cases; performs quality assurance reviews of the technical work of other photographers.
  • Provides expert testimony concerning crime scene or laboratory images.
  • Monitors, maintains and ensures the proper care of photographic equipment and related supplies; provides technical guidance on appropriate laboratory and equipment safety standards; serves as an advisor on procurement matters related to photographic imaging and archiving equipment.
  • Plans coordinates and conducts training in laboratory services, evidence collection, crime scene processing and field photography.


  • Knowledge of forensic science techniques, laboratory protocols, scientific methodologies, and forensic examination procedures sufficient to collect process and prepare images of evidence in compliance with accepted practices and standards.
  • Ability to use specialized image-processing techniques and applications to process and enhance images.
  • Skill in the use, maintenance, and operation of state-of-the-art photographic equipment, supplies, and associated items to prepare forensic images and charts.
  • Ability to communicate orally and in writing in order to prepare reports of analysis methodology, examination results and conclusions, and provide testimony as an expert witness before state, federal or other judicial bodies.
  • Ability to plan, coordinate, and conduct training for investigators and field personnel regarding laboratory services, evidence collection, and forensic photography.
  • Knowledge of advanced forensic photography and imagery techniques including digital optics and alternate light sources sufficient to support the examination and analysis of evidential material used in criminal and administrative investigations.
  • Willingness to submit to a Tier 2 Moderate Background Investigation (MBI). This investigation requires, among other things, completion of a questionnaire and fingerprinting for a criminal records check. The investigation may require a drug test. The successful applicant will be required to meet and maintain the requirements of this level of background investigation while holding this position.
  • Qualified applicants must successfully pass a pre-employment drug screening to meet the U.S. Postal Service's requirement to be drug free. Applicants must also be a U.S. citizen or have permanent resident alien status.

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Posted: November 13, 2017

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