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Forensic Photographer

Jacksonville Medical Examiner's Office, Jacksonville, Florida

Salary: $44,572.42 Annually

Final Filing Date: August 8, 2021

This is skilled technical work performing digital imaging of bodies and physical evidence, processing and archiving case-related images using secure methods while preserving chain of custody, and serving as a forensic imaging consultant to the Medical Examiner Office and allied agencies. The work requires knowledge of photography methods, techniques and procedures, which includes the use of specialized skills or specialized equipment including digital and traditional optics, ambient lighting, and alternate light sources, which are learned on the job or through specialized training. Contacts require basic courtesy, tact, and effectiveness in dealing with others and includes requesting or providing information, asking questions, or obtaining clarification. Work is semi-routine where tasks are covered by procedures or precedents, but some latitude is permitted to consider and choose the most appropriate technique, method, or procedure to follow. Work is performed in a controlled work environment where there are some risks and hazards but they are known, predictable, and controllable. Operates personal computer to input data and photographs, operates camera for digital photography of cadavers and physical evidence, and may operate a motor vehicle. The physical demands of the work include moderate physical activity such as climbing a ladder or elevated platform to take pictures, occasionally lifting objects weighing more than 50 pounds and moving cadavers and equipment. The work is performed under general supervision where the work is varied and, although subject to standardized practices and procedures, the worker is permitted some latitude to set own priorities subject to supervisor's approval.

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Examples of Work
  • Processes and prints autopsy and crime scene photos for law enforcement agencies, State Attorneys’ office, and other authorized users.
  • Operates digital cameras to photograph cadavers and physical evidence, ensures quality of images, and downloads pictures into computer using specialized software programs that code digital images for security access to prohibit unauthorized alternations, and reformats digital memory cards and works with technical support to troubleshoot equipment and software problems including image recoveries.
  • Operates a personal computer for purposes such as maintaining files, creating visual materials used in medicolegal and educational presentations, and preparing evidence images for 1-to-1 enlargements.
  • May testify as a credentialed forensic photographer regarding case-related images or standard operating procedures.
  • Maintains applicable supplies for digital imaging and the inventory of photographic equipment and supplies.
  • Performs preventative maintenance and repairs on photo equipment as necessary.
  • Maintains archiving logs and production records, prepares status and related reports.
  • Remains current on forensic imaging standards of practice, procedures and techniques.
  • Suggests and implements practical approaches for department-wide and individual professional growth as needed, based upon a continued awareness of the current standards of practice and technological advances.
  • Trains Medical Examiner personnel on the best practices, methods, and techniques of forensic imaging.
  • Operates a motor vehicle during the course of consultations, when required.
  • Operates standard office equipment including personal computer with specialized software programs to restore, edit, enhance, secure, and log photographic images, and use photographic or x-ray equipment.
  • Assists Autopsy Technicians as needed.
  • Demonstrates proficiency in the City of Jacksonville’s competencies.
  • Performs related work as required.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • Knowledge of crime scene photography including principles of in-situ cadaver and physical evidence photography, lighting techniques under various ambient light and weather conditions, composition, design, processing, and equipment use and maintenance.
  • Knowledge of special techniques including alternate light sources.
  • Knowledge of office procedures and policies as it relates to photo processing, evidence, preservation of chain of custody, and record keeping procedures.
  • Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions precisely.
  • Ability and willingness to work with cadavers.
  • Ability to photograph various types of evidence for 1-1 enlargements.
  • Ability to operate a motor vehicle.
  • Ability to lift and move cadavers and other heavy items such as boxes and materials.
  • Ability to operate a personal computer with specialized software programs to restore, edit, enhance, secure, and log photographic images, and use photographic or x-ray equipment.
  • Ability to perform minor maintenance of equipment.
Open Requirements/Supplemental Information
  • Two-years of education and/or experience in photography with proficiency in the use of digital cameras, including routine troubleshooting and maintenance on processing and printing equipment.
  • Must be available on a 24-hour, on call-basis as needed.
  • Associate or Bachelors' Degree, from an accredited institution, in forensic imaging, photography or film studies is preferred.
  • A valid driver's license Is required prior to appointment and must be maintained.
  • Must qualify for prior to appointment, obtain, and maintain during employment in this classification a City of Jacksonville Certification as a Public Driver.
  • The probation period for this class is six (6) months.
  • This classification performs safety-sensitive functions and is subject to pre-employment, random and other drug/alcohol testing programs as set forth in the City of Jacksonville’s Drug Free Workplace Policy (0401).
  • The Medical Examiner’s office is part of the Incident Management System for each county which it serves. All full-time employees are required to report and carry out duties as assigned for the duration of the emergency. Depending on the nature of the emergency, this may require working around the clock for several days on short notice.

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Posted: July 21, 2021

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