Employment Opportunity

Forensic Photographer

US Postal Inspection Service, Dulles, Virginia

Salary: $58,380.00 - $88,880.00 Annually

Final Filing Date: November 15, 2021

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.

Duties and Requirements Click to read more


  • 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 photographic equipment. Enhances 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.
  • Provides expert testimony concerning crime scene or laboratory images.
  • Provides photographic technical assistance to inspectors and other agency representatives in major cases and crime scenes.
  • Writes reports to record and document the methodology utilized in the implementation of forensic photography techniques. Maintains documentation and related records for cases.
  • Maintains and ensures the proper care of photographic equipment, and related supplies, to include following appropriate safety standards and procedures.
  • Delivers training in laboratory services, evidence collection, crime scene processing and field photography.
  • Assistant Laboratory Director

Requirements: The United States Postal Service has the following excellent and challenging employment opportunity for highly motivated and innovative individuals. Successful candidates must demonstrate through a combination of education, training, and experience the following requirements:

  • 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.
  • Knowledge of 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.
  • 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 sufficient to prepare reports of forensic methodology, and examination results and provide testimony as an expert witness before state, federal or other judicial bodies.
  • Ability to provide training related to laboratory services, evidence collection, and field photography.
  • 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: October 13, 2021

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