Employment Opportunity

Forensic Science Specialist

Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, Largo, Florida

Salary: $51,636 - $82,617 per year

Final Filing Date: Open until filled

Under the general direction of the Assistant Forensic Science Supervisor, or designee, performs technical work of average to advanced difficulty in criminal identification matters; photography, processing for latent fingerprints, collection and preservation of evidence. Duties are accomplished with a degree of independence and at a level of responsibility where the member must exercise good judgment and individual initiative in the performance of assigned duties. A variety of clerical and equipment maintenance tasks are performed in connection with the position. Work is reviewed through observation and results obtained. Shift work is required and subject to call-out 24 hours a day.

A member in this job classification spends at least 65 percent of their time performing duties that involve the collection examination, documentation, collection, preservation, preparation or analysis of human tissues or fluids or physical evidence having potential biological, chemical or radiological hazard or contamination, or uses chemicals, processes, or materials that may have carcinogenic or health-damaging properties in the analysis of such evidence in accordance with F.S. 121.0515.

Duties and Requirements Click to read more


  • Takes photographs of crime scenes and suspects; photographs scenes of accidents; takes casts of shoe prints, tire marks, and other impressions as directed
  • Photographs, handles, and fingerprints deceased bodies at crime scenes and after autopsies
  • Identifies, collects, and preserves all matters of evidence as directed or released to his/her custody; prepares evidence for submission to laboratories
  • Processes crime scenes and related evidence for latent fingerprints for use in criminal proceedings
  • Assists in fingerprinting and photographing prisoners and others as directed
  • Prepares crime scene reports and sketches
  • Maintains records with computer entries and written reports
  • Operates a crime scene vehicle to respond to service locations
  • Regular and reliable attendance is required as an essential function of the position
  • This position is considered essential and, in the event of an emergency or natural disaster, will be required to report to work
  • Participates in Sheriff’s Office recruitment and community relations activities as directed
  • This list is not intended to be all-inclusive and you may not be responsible for every item listed. The employer reserves the right to assign additional functions and responsibilities as necessary

 Earn a Degree in Crime Scene Investigation, Forensic Science, Computer Forensics or Forensic Psychology


  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with an Associate Degree in Forensic Science, a Forensic Science field or closely related field
  • Or Certificate in the Forensic Science field
  • One (1) year related experience
  • Knowledge of photography, fingerprint development, evidence handling, and report writing preferred
  • Successfully complete the forensics written examination
  • Must possess a valid Florida driver’s license
  • Knowledge of methods used in locating, collecting, and preserving physical evidence and the use of such evidence in establishing guilt or innocence
  • Knowledge of and competency in fingerprinting and modern latent print processing techniques and procedures
  • Knowledge of and competency in police photography
  • Knowledge of and competency in modern criminal investigation methods and criminal identification techniques
  • Ability to give qualifying testimony in the field of fingerprinting, photography, latent fingerprint development and collection and preservation of evidence
  • Ability to successfully complete the Crime Scene Academy, Field Training, and Evaluation Program
  • Ability to understand and carry out oral and written instructions
  • Ability to express oneself clearly, concisely, and effectively both orally and in writing
  • Time management
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Ability to perform all functions of the job classification without posing a direct threat to the health or safety of other individuals in the workplace

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Posted: November 18, 2023

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