Employment Opportunity


Crime Scene Technician

St Johns County Sheriff's Office, St. Augustine, Florida

Salary: Starting Salary: $45,000 per year

Final Filing Date: Open until filled

The Crime Scene Technician is responsible for crime scene investigations, documentation of the scene, evidence collection and processing and other duties assigned, both operational and clerical related to this position.

At a minimum, this position spends at least 65 percent of their time performing duties that involve the collection, examination, preservation, documentation, preparation, or analysis of human tissues or fluids or physical evidence having potential biological, chemical, or radiological hazard or contamination, or use chemicals, processes, or materials that may have carcinogenic or health-damaging properties in the analysis of such evidence, or the member must be the director supervisor of one of more individuals having such responsibility in accordance with F.S. 121.0512(3)(j).

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Duties:

Duties
  • Respond to various types of crime scenes, to include but not limited to homicide, suicide, suspicious death, infant death, battery, arson, traffic homicide, robbery, burglary, child abuse, elder abuse, and sexual battery
  • Maintain and preserve chain-of-custody of evidence
  • Maintain processing and dry room integrity and security
  • Perform duties at crime scenes which will include the collection, examination, preservation, documentation, preparation and/or analysis for the presence of physical evidence
  • Utilize physical and chemical techniques for the recovery of latent prints from a variety of surfaces
  • Utilize a variety of techniques, including mechanical and chemical, for the recovery of forensic evidence which will include, but is not limited to, shoe and tire impressions, biological evidence, trace evidence, firearms, etc.
  • Prepare accurate reports of crime scenes and evidence processing
  • Examine bodies of deceased; to include but not limited to attending autopsies, taking photographs, and collecting fingerprints, swabs, trace evidence, clothing, and other items from deceased
  • Utilize measuring tapes, laser measurers, and survey-grade scanning equipment to collect measurements of crime scenes
  • Testify at trials, hearings, grand juries, depositions, or other court proceedings
  • Observe health and safety regulations as required
  • Attend and participate in meetings, training sessions, seminars, and conferences as directed and/or required, sometimes out of town or the state
  • Speak to public groups about job duties
  • Use Computer-Aided Diagramming (CAD) software to create diagrams and demonstrable for court and debriefings
  • Assist in maintaining lab and crime scene equipment, including chemicals and vehicles
  • Utilizes photographic equipment such as, but not limited to DLSR cameras, full-frame cameras, mirrorless cameras, various lens, filters, light sources, tripods, and UV/IR equipment
  • Other duties assigned
Job Controls and Complexities
  • Report directly to a supervisor
  • Adhere to laws/agency policy/rules/ regulations/SOP/ procedures
  • Maintain confidentiality/security of files and information obtained in the course of employment
  • Process/compile/disseminate record/public record information as directed by approving authority in accordance with lawful requirements
  • Maintain continuity and operational efficiency by accurate and timely dissemination of information to Staff and co-workers
  • Adhere to leave, overtime and attendance policies/procedures (i.e. arrive promptly, regular attendance at work, notification to supervisor regarding absence from work due to illness or untimely incidents, etc.)
  • Must be able to speak in public
  • May be required to operate a generator or power tools
  • Be able to work alone or with a team
Contacts
  • General Public
  • SJSO Employees
  • Other Government Entities
Grade Classification
  • Occupations which require a combination of basic scientific or technical knowledge and manual skill which can be obtained through specialized post-secondary school education or through equivalent on- the-job training
Physical Environment B
  • oth indoor and outdoor working environments
  • Subject to call outs at any time due to emergencies
  • Normal business hours apply; however, are required to respond to all major crime scenes and subject to routine call-out including nights, holidays, and weekends
  • Work under high stress situations
  • Operate a large vehicle such as a truck or van equipped with equipment to process a crime scene
  • Operate photographic or video equipment
  • Exposure to inclement weather conditions, various odors, hazards and pathogens
  • Not sedentary and may be subjected to long periods of standing, sitting, squatting
  • Exposure to unsanitary locations, unsightly images, and deceased persons
  • Hours may be long and irregular
  • See at normal range or with accommodations
  • Hear at normal level or with accommodations
  • Speak understandably
  • Manual dexterity
  • Ambulate independently
  • Recognize colors
  • Sense of smell
  • Frequently grasp/push/pull/bend/ squat/lift/carry items up to 20 lbs.
  • Lift and carry items 50 1bs.
  • Occasionally push/pull/lift/carry up to 50 lbs.
  • Reach above head/away from body/kneel/walk/climb/lift/stoop/stand
  • Subject to random drug testing
Important Information
  • Regular attendance is critical to the success of this position and assignment and is required of all Agency personnel.
  • The list of tasks, policies and proficiencies for this position, as well as any statements contained within this page are considered essential. All requirements are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities. Some requirements may exclude individuals who pose a direct threat or significant risk to the health and safety of themselves, other employees, or the public. This job description in no way states or implies the listed duties are the only duties to be performed by the employee occupying this position. Employee will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job-related duties requested by his/her supervisor.


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Requirements:

Education and Qualification Requirements
  • Bachelor’s degree required, preferably in a Physical Science, Forensic Science, or closely related field
  • Valid Florida Driver’s License
  • Computer literate
  • Type 25 WPM accurately
  • Knowledge of and proficiency in:
    • Industry standards
    • Principles of physical evidence, recognition, collection, interpretation and preservation
    • Laws, regulations and statutes related to the responsibilities of the position
  • Must be able to achieve International Association of Identification (IAI) certification within two years of completing training

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Posted: July 26, 2022


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