Employment Opportunity

Forensic Technologists & Crime Laboratory Analysts

Florida Department of Law Enforcement

  • Biology: Fort Myers, Jacksonville, Orlando, Pensacola, Tallahassee, Tampa
  • Crime Scene Investigation: Fort Myers, Jacksonville, Pensacola, Tallahassee
  • Digital Evidence: Tallahassee, Tampa
  • Document Examination: Pensacola
  • Evidence Intake: Fort Myers, Jacksonville, Orlando, Pensacola, Tallahassee, Tampa
  • Firearms: Jacksonville, Orlando, Tallahassee, Tampa
  • Footwear & Tire: Tampa
  • Friction Ridge (Latents): Fort Myers, Jacksonville, Pensacola, Tallahassee, Tampa
  • Seized Drugs: Fort Myers, Jacksonville, Orlando, Pensacola, Tampa
  • Trace Materials: Orlando
  • Toxicology: Orlando, Tallahassee

Salary: $31,200 - $58,948 per year

Final Filing Date: June 22, 2023

FORENSIC LABORATORY POOL for FORENSIC TECHNOLOGISTS & CRIME LABORATORY ANALYSTS. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) is currently accepting applications for all positions in the Forensic Laboratory. We are seeking motivated individuals looking for a challenging opportunity and interested in becoming part of the FDLE family. When a position becomes available, an email will be sent to the address provided in your application inquiring into your interest in the position. Please consider each position notification you receive as some vacancies may not be open to external candidates.

Starting salary will be the minimum of the class pay range, unless otherwise dictated by FDLE’s pay policy. These positions are classified as Special Risk retirement, which provides members a greater retirement credit accrual rate and requires fewer years of service to reach full retirement benefits than is required for non-Special Risk members.

  • Forensic Technologist - $31,200
  • Crime Laboratory Analyst - $50,948*
  • *Experienced analysts may receive a starting salary between $53,948 - $58,948 with three or more years of testifying experience in the specific discipline in which they are hired.

Duties and Requirements Click to read more


Duties and responsibilities vary depending on the discipline and position held, but may include:
  • Performing essential tasks to intake, examine and/or analyze physical evidence associated with criminal investigations;
  • Assisting with evaluating analytical methods and procedures;
  • Preparing reagents, maintaining section equipment and logbooks, and performing various quality control checks; and
  • Maintaining the laboratory including cleaning laboratory work areas and equipment.


This pool includes Forensic Technologists (FT) and Crime Laboratory Analysts (CLA). Minimum qualifications vary for each discipline and position. Those listed here are the minimum to qualify for a general Forensic Technologist. Based on your education and experience, you will be placed in the appropriate FT and CLA pools.
  • A bachelor’s or advanced degree from an accredited college or university; or
  • A minimum of two years professional or technical work experience in an accredited forensic laboratory or an accredited law enforcement agency; or
  • Forensic discipline certification.
  • Knowledge of terminology and techniques used in the forensic laboratory;
  • Knowledge of the procedure for packaging, handling and preserving evidence;
  • Skill in the preparation of reagents and the use of scientific laboratory equipment;
  • Ability to analyze results, formulate conclusions and present findings verbally and in writing;
  • Ability to give sworn testimony in court.; and
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.
  • You will be evaluated for this job based on your education, knowledge and experience. Additional reviews may be performed to screen for preferred qualifications, experience and education. Your qualifications will be determined using the knowledge, skills, abilities, and other elements relevant to the position supported by the information provided in your application. The selection process may consist of written exercises, work samples, skills tests, and interviews. You could be contacted via email to determine your interest in a selection process. Failure to reply within a designated timeframe will exclude you from further consideration. Future vacancies may be filled from this position advertisement.
  • FDLE requires an extensive background process of all recommended applicants. The elements of a background include: financial credit check, criminal history of applicant and applicant’s immediate family or roommates, drug screen, fingerprinting, personal references, employment verification, and education verification (including official transcript(s)). This information will be utilized to make the final hiring decision.

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Posted: January 3, 2023

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