Employment Opportunity

Forensic Laboratory Firearms Analyst

Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, Tampa, Florida

Salary: $28.57 - $49.43 per hour

Final Filing Date: Open until filled

Duties and Requirements Click to read more


Depending on assigned responsibilities, employees may perform some or all of the duties below.
  • Perform examinations and comparisons of firearms and firearm components.
  • Identify potential associations of gun related crime using NIBIN to assist detectives in solving cases.
  • Write reports to document findings and conclusions of cases.
  • Testify as an expert witness in court regarding firearms examination and comparison procedures, and findings, to facilitate the court's understanding of firearms evidence.
  • Respond to requests for assistance to advise on firearms issues.
  • Brief attorney, criminal justice personnel, and judicial staffs on firearm comparison findings.
  • Maintain electronic/hardcopy firearm files.
  • Perform other related duties as required.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
  • Considerable knowledge of advanced firearm comparison techniques.
  • Considerable knowledge of the history of forensic firearm science.
  • Working knowledge of chemical analysis techniques in firearms and related examinations.
  • Skill in making creditable presentations as an expert witness in court.
  • Skill in evaluating firearms, firearm components and ammunition.
  • Ability to prioritize work.
  • Ability to follow established procedures.
  • Ability to work effectively with others.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to collect, organize, and evaluate data and to develop logical conclusions.
  • Ability and willingness to work with minute details over long time periods.
  • Ability to maintain technical expertise.
  • Ability to use a computer and related software.
  • Ability to handle confidential information.
  • Ability to maintain work related records and prepare reports.

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Minimum Education & Experience
  • A bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited institution of higher education in a physical, biological, or forensic science.
  • Three years paid experience in law enforcement forensics as a firearm and/or toolmark examiner.
Additional Job Requirements
  • Attendance at the specified Sheriff's Office work location is required.
  • Employees are required to possess a valid Florida Driver License at time of employment. Driving history will be thoroughly reviewed and may be grounds for disqualification.
  • No visible tattoos on face, head, and neck. Tattoos determined to take away from the professional appearance of the Sheriff's Office must be covered with an appropriate white, black, or neutral covering.
  • No illegal drug sale within lifetime.
  • No illegal drug use within the past 36 months. No marijuana use within the last 12 months.
  • No felony convictions within lifetime.
  • No misdemeanor convictions involving perjury, false statement, or domestic violence within lifetime.
  • No dishonorable discharge from any branch of the United States Armed Forces, the United States Coast Guard, National Guard, or Reserve Forces.
  • Successful completion of a background investigation including criminal, reference, employment, and neighborhood checks; polygraph; medical evaluation; and drug screening.
Preferred Qualifications
  • A bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited institution of higher education with major coursework in physical science, natural science, forensic science, criminalistics, criminal justice, police science, industrial technology, or related fields of study.
  • A membership or certification from the Association of Firearm and Tool Mark Examiners.

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Posted: June 27, 2022

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