Employment Opportunity

Criminalist I (Forensic Biology/DNA)

Broward County Sheriff's Office, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Salary: $51,316.60 - $83,589.46 Annually

Final Filing Date: March 23, 2018

Under administrative direction, the purpose of the position is to prepare and analyze chemical and evidentiary samples in criminal identification and investigations in the Crime Laboratory of the Broward Sheriff's Office. As an American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors – Laboratory Accreditation Board (ASCLD/LAB - International) accredited laboratory, employees in this position must adhere to accreditation standards encompassing extensive case documentation, validation of procedures, technical and administrative review of reports and case notes, etc. In addition, employees are required to participate in external proficiency testing, courtroom testimony monitoring, continued technical training, quality audits, and accreditation inspections by ASCLD/LAB - International, or other accrediting bodies. Under the supervision of the Crime Lab Unit Manager, employees function in an entry level/trainee status performing casework under the close supervision of a journey level position within the job classification series, the Crime Lab Technical Leader and/or the Crime Lab Unit Manager. Position may be responsible for formal reporting and testifying to findings of such analysis. Performs related work as directed.

This is a grant funded employment contract position. Continued employment is contingent upon the continued receipt of adequate grant funding. Selected candidates will be contract employees with the terms and conditions of such employment set forth in a contract between BSO and the selected candidates. Contract employees will not be entitled to the same rights and benefits as permanent employees. BSO shall have the right to modify pay or benefits at any time due to the increased benefit costs, budgetary or grant funding reductions or other fiscal problems/restraints. In addition, the contract can be terminated at any time for any reason.

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  • Conducts preliminary testing and preparation of evidence for analysis in one or more assigned areas.
  • May participate in the preparation of unit equipment and materials used for testing and analytical tasks.
  • Prepares reagents, solutions, and unit equipment for testing and analytical tasks.
  • Examines materials collected for adherence to established procedures concerning collection and identification of chemical and evidentiary samples.
  • Conducts laboratory examinations utilizing procedures applicable to the analytical task(s) assigned area.
  • Isolates, collects, and analyzes evidentiary items as applicable.
  • Generates data from laboratory examination and testing; reviews such for the purpose of determining findings; compiles such for reporting purposes and judicial process as applicable.
  • Conducts administrative and/or technical reviews of casework, as applicable.
  • Testifies to analytical results in depositions and court.
  • May perform routine maintenance and troubleshooting of specialized unit equipment, to include performance checks, calibration and sterilization procedures.
  • Maintains current knowledge of trends and developments in the field through training, workshops, seminars, science periodicals, and other information sources; participates in annual proficiency examinations.
Depending on functional area of assignment duties and responsibilities may include:
  • Forensic Biology/DNA - Involves training in the examination of forensic evidence for the indication or presence of biological materials including blood and semen. DNA analysis involves the extraction, quantitation, analysis, and interpretation of forensic DNA samples isolated from materials listed above.
  • Performs related duties as directed.


Minimum Requirements
  • One (1) year of prior experience working in a laboratory environment.
  • Preference will be given to candidates who demonstrate experience with the examination of forensic evidence for the indication or presence of biological materials including blood and semen.
  • DNA testing experience highly preferred.
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in the natural or physical sciences, forensic science, criminalistics, criminology, or a closely related field.
  • Successful completion of coursework in Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Genetics, Statistics, and Organic Chemistry per the FBI Quality Assurance Standards (QAS), or NIST equivalent. An equivalent combination of education, training, and experience may be considered. Such experience must be clearly documented for consideration.
Academic Transcripts
  • Unofficial college transcripts are required at the time of application and must be attached to your on-line application. Applications cannot be submitted without attached transcripts.

Tasks involve the ability to exert light physical effort in sedentary to light work, but which may involve some lifting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling of objects and materials of moderate weight (up to 25 pounds). Tasks may involve extended periods of time at a keyboard or workstation. Tasks are performed in a laboratory/forensics analysis environment where proper provisions are in place in terms of employee security and protection. Due to the nature and location of the work environment, tasks include potential for intermittent exposure to disagreeable elements consistent with routine conditions in a laboratory/forensics analysis environment.

Applicants who qualify will be subject to an extensive selection process and screening program, which may include, but not be limited to evaluation of training and experience; written test; computer based test; interview; polygraph examination; psychological evaluation; employment record, fingerprint and background check; medical examination; and drug screen. The expected duration of the selection process varies by position and could last 10 to 12 weeks. Reapplication will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

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Posted: March 6, 2018

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