Forensic Services Technician

City of St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg, FL, US


This is technical work for the St. Petersburg Police Department, involving the collection, identification and presentation of criminal evidence. Work involves technical expertise of average to advanced difficulty in criminal identification matters and evaluating crime scenes, including responding to calls for service, searching for latent fingerprint evidence, photographing and/or videotaping, creating diagrams/sketches, and the gathering, identification, preservation, and documentation of all related evidence. Work includes cooperating with other law enforcement agencies in forensic science matters; providing court testimony; and the labeling, documenting and storing of related information. Work requires the exercise of considerable independent professional judgment and initiative in solving problems through the application of a thorough knowledge of the department policies and practices.

An employee in this class will perform field work, which may include lifting or moving heavy objects and may require working in limiting environments such as attics or under vehicles; will work shifts that vary and may require working midnights, weekends and/or being on call; and sometimes performs the required duties under unfavorable conditions.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • A valid Bachelor’s degree – OR – have a certificate of completion from a Crime Scene Technology program.
  • Possess and continue to maintain a valid Driver License.
  • Have considerable knowledge of the methods, practices and techniques of forensic investigation.
  • Have knowledge or experience with crime scene photography and digital video, including the various techniques, appropriate application and related technologies for successful and accurate documentation.
  • Possess strong interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate clearly and concisely, orally and in writing.
  • Be proficient in the use of a computer to include well developed skills using the Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Be able to perform field work, move heavy objects, work in unfavorable environments and work a varying, flexible schedule.

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Have at least one (1) year of prior experience in related law enforcement investigation or crime scene identification work.

Applicants must meet selection standards for civilians working in the Police Department, including polygraph and background check. Please refer to the St. Petersburg Police Department Website for selection standards and screening process details: Selection Standards:


Salary: $28.25 - $44.94 Hourly

How to apply


For purposes of employment, re-employment, promotion, transfer or demotion, the most qualified applicants will be selected to continue in the hiring process. At this point, any prior criminal records will be verified. A prior criminal record will not necessarily disqualify a selected applicant from employment.

The City of St. Petersburg is committed to a Drug Free Workplace and compliance with the Department of Transportation (DOT) drug testing rules. Applicants may be required to successfully complete pre-employment drug testing and/or medical exams.

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