Employment Opportunity

Forensic Laboratory Firearms Manager

Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, Tampa, Florida

Salary: $65,000.00 - $132,600.00 per year

Final Filing Date: Open until filled

Perform operational and strategic managerial duties for the Firearms Section providing supervision of assigned forensic laboratory staff. Perform firearms and National Integrated Ballistics Information Network (NIBIN) examinations and comparisons using firearm and NIBIN Protocols. Employees must successfully complete the HCSO Firearms Examiner Competency Exam within the first six months of the probationary period.

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Depending on assigned responsibilities, employees may perform some or all of the duties below.
  • Supervise the work of assigned staff by scheduling, assigning, and reviewing work, providing training, counseling, and evaluating performance.
  • Interact in a leadership role with forensic professionals who serve in subordinate capacities.
  • Motivate personnel, develop short- and long-range plans for the section, resolve disciplinary issues, interact effectively with other agency members in leadership roles, evaluate and pursue appropriate technology, and assess existing practices and policies and make necessary changes.
  • Direct major NIBIN-related programs to achieve broad organizational goals and objectives.
  • Evaluate new technology and equipment for purchase.
  • Perform examinations and comparisons of firearms and firearm components.
  • Write reports to document findings and conclusions of cases.
  • Provide expert testimony in all firearms matters.
  • Respond to requests for assistance to advise on firearm issues.
  • Maintain electronic/hardcopy firearms files.
  • Perform Forensic Sciences Bureau Director duties when required.
  • Perform other related duties as required.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
  • Extensive knowledge of firearms, examination and comparison techniques, use of firearm section equipment, NIBIN equipment and processes.
  • Extensive knowledge of the principles and practices of management.
  • Extensive knowledge of advanced firearms examination techniques.
  • Extensive knowledge of the history of forensic firearms science.
  • Extensive knowledge in developing training programs for forensic firearms examiners and NIBIN Technicians.
  • Considerable knowledge of chemical analysis techniques in firearms and related examinations.
  • Considerable knowledge of federal, state, and county criminal laws and ordinances pertaining to the collection and use of physical evidence.
  • Skill in making creditable presentations as an expert witness in court.
  • Skill in evaluating firearms and firearm components and ammunition.
  • Ability to keep up with the current/emerging technology in the forensic sciences and criminology fields.
  • Ability to use considerable initiative, think independently, and exercise sound judgment.
  • Ability to plan, organize, and supervise the work of others.
  • Ability to effectively apply supervisory techniques.
  • 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 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.
  • Five 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.
  • Previous supervisory experience.

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Posted: June 27, 2022

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