Forensic Services Manager

US Government, Police Services

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Performs difficult professional and intermediate administrative work commanding the Forensic Services Section, which consists of the Biological Processing Laboratory, Latent Unit, Crime Scene Unit, and the Evidence Unit; does related work as required.  Work is performed under the supervision of the Captain of the Investigative Services Bureau.  Supervision is exercised over subordinate Forensic Services Section personnel. 


  • Supervise and provide guidance and training to the assigned administrative, clerical, technical and/or maintenance staff; assign, monitor, and review work; evaluate performance and initiate corrective action as needed. 
  • Develop work standards and guidelines for the Forensic Services Section; implement goals, objectives, policies, and procedures.
  • Develop and administer the Forensic Services Section budget; monitor status of allocated funds and control expenses.
  • Develop and implement short and long term goals for the Forensic Services Section.
  • Oversee equipment and staffing needs.
  • Establishing procedures to acquire and maintain Internal Organization for Standardization (ISO) accreditation.
  • Evaluating and maintaining the quality assurance program.
  • Serves as the liaison for the Forensic Services Section with other city departments and outside agencies.
  • Attend and participate in professional groups and organizations.
  • Respond to scenes to provide professional and technical advice when needed
  • Maintain Forensic Services Section accreditation files.
  • Purchasing and procurement of supplies and equipment.
  • Coordinates the preparation of statistical reports.
  • Address complaints and resolve problems.


  • Knowledge of common methods, procedures, and good laboratory practice; knowledge of budgeting and fiscal management;
  • Knowledge of modern supervisor techniques and practices; knowledge of crime scene processing procedures and techniques;
  • Knowledge of the principles and techniques of fingerprint development and identification;
  • Knowledge of forensic biology screening procedures;
  • Knowledge of evidentiary procedures and the statutes relating to the custody of evidence and property;
  • Knowledge of iso/international electrotechnical commission (iec) 17025 accreditation standards.


  • Must possess a bachelor’s degree in the field of Biology, Chemistry, Molecular Genetics, Forensic Science, or related area with five (5) years of job-related experience in a forensic science discipline and two (2) years supervising, OR 
  • A non-related bachelor’s degree with a combination of seven (7) years of job-related experience in a forensic science discipline, four (4) years supervising, and advanced course work in Forensic Serology.
  • Master’s degree in Biology, Chemistry, Molecular Genetics, Forensic Science, or related area is preferred.
  • Advanced course work in DNA is preferred.
  • Possession of a valid State of Florida Class “E” driver’s license


  • Must be able to wear safety glasses, goggles, respirator, safety shoes/boots, coveralls, gloves, face shield, mask, and biohazard suit.
  • Exposure to extreme temperatures, electrical hazards, dust, vapors, fumes, toxic metals, poisons, animals/insect bites, mist, gases, smoke, irritants, asphyxiants, and bloodborne pathogens. 
  • Moving about within the immediate work area to accomplish tasks. 
  • Communicating with others to exchange information.
  • Operates a computer and other equipment using motions requiring manual dexterity or fine motor skills
  • Operating motor vehicles or heavy equipment.
  • Assessing the accuracy, neatness and thoroughness of the work assigned.
  • Ability to observe details accurately and identify variances.   
  • Working in a normal office environment with few physical discomforts.
  • Ascending or descending ladders, stairs, scaffolding, ramps, poles and the like.
  • Moving self in different positions to accomplish tasks in various environments including tight and confined spaces.
  • Remaining in a stationary position, often standing, or sitting for prolonged periods.
  • Moving from one worksite to another.
  • Adjusting or moving objects up to 25 pounds in all directions.
  • Repeating motions that may include the wrists, hands and/or fingers. 
  • Operating machinery and/or power tools.
  • Lift/Carry objects 25 pounds or less
  • Push/Pull objects 25 pounds or less.
  • Working in an area that is somewhat uncomfortable due to drafts, noise, temperature variation or the like.
  • Working in an area that is very uncomfortable due to extreme temperature, noise levels, or other environmental conditions.
  • Working in an outdoor area were exposure to animals, reptiles and/or insects may occur. 
  • Working with equipment or performing procedures where carelessness would probably result in minor cuts, bruises or muscle pulls.


When normal operations of City departments are suspended or interrupted due to a declaration that a state of emergency exists, employees in this classification will be deemed essential by the City. For the preparation and/or continuation of emergency operations or for special work detail, employees deemed necessary shall be required to work. 


The background check process for this position may include:

  • Criminal Background Check
  • Employment Verification
  • Reference Checks
  • Motor Vehicles Report (MVR) Check
  • Certification/License Verification
  • Credit Check
  • Fingerprinting
  • Polygraph
  • Neighborhood Check
  • Drug and Alcohol Screen
  • Pulmonary Function Test (PFT)
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