Forensic Evidence Specialist – Central Laboratory


Position: CF582

Salary Range:  $28,859 – $37,400

Location: Richmond 

The Virginia Department of Forensic Science is seeking a qualified individual to perform evidence handling and building security duties at the Central Laboratory in Richmond, Virginia. Normal work hours are 40 hours per week within the hours of 7:30 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday, and will be involved in responding to emergency call-backs to the laboratory during non-business hours. The position works closely with the laboratory’s technical and administrative staff. Primary duties include receiving, storing, transferring and returning evidence for/to user agencies, forensic examiners and other DFS laboratories as well as maintaining the physical security of the building’s occupants and property. Duties include initiating/maintaining the chain of custody for evidence using a computerized database, maintaining security of the evidence, responding to telephone and personal inquiries concerning laboratory capabilities, evidence collection, and submission and return procedures. Will be required to wear Department-approved clothing.

Minimum qualifications:

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Possess a valid driver’s license
  • Ability to lift up to 75 pounds
  • Work experience maintaining records; data entry; follow written protocols and instructions
  • Work experience reviewing/verifying data for accuracy and completeness
  • Communicates clearly and concisely both orally and in writing
  • Knowledge of computers and computer applications such as MS Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint)
  • Work experience processing confidential records and materials
  • Knowledge of standard safety practices

Preferred qualifications:

  • College coursework in forensic science or criminal justice
  • Certified Property and Evidence Specialist or course work through an Evidence Management Program
  • Knowledge documenting the chain of custody of evidence
  • Work experience in: evidence handling, packaging and evidence submission to a Forensic Laboratory, inventory control and audit procedures and documenting the chain of custody of evidence into a tracking system
  • Work experience conducting inventories with inventory control systems and conducting independent audits with evidence
  • Work experience in physical security and emergency responses

Applicants must apply electronically using the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Recruitment Management System (RMS) by July 15, 2020. The RMS can be accessed using the link: Contact Julie Smith at (804)588-4053 for assistance.