Forensic Trainer Senior – CF416

Forensic Trainer Senior
Position: CF416
Salary Range: $50,811 – $80,000
Location: Richmond, VA

This is a re-advertisement, previous applicants will need to re-apply to be considered.

The Department of Forensic Science (DFS) seeks a qualified applicant to serve as a Forensic Trainer Senior in the Forensic Training Section. This position will develop lesson plans and instruct students in the Forensic Science Academy (FSA) and short courses related to crime scene investigations to include collection, preservation, and submission of physical evidence; identification of laboratory potential in physical evidence; and  crime scene photography and sketching. In addition, this position trains Forensic Trainers and monitors performance, organizes and monitors adjunct faculty, and ensures the necessary facilities have been secured for off-site training exercises. This position requires periodic travel throughout the state and employee will provide own transportation as required.

Required qualifications:

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Graduate of the Virginia Forensic Science Academy
  • Knowledge of adult education principles, and experience developing lesson plans and instructional programs
  • Extensive field experience in crime scene investigation, evidence collection, and documentation techniques to include crime scene photography and sketching
  • Experience with equipment related to crime scene processing such as alternate light sources
  • Knowledge of the full range of services, capabilities, and techniques of a modern forensic laboratory, and forensic science techniques
  • Experience evaluating, researching, and updating training courses to improve program, and developing and modifying training aids to adapt to new programs, procedures, and policy changes
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint)
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing to internal and external customers
  • Excellent presentation, as well as interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Valid driver’s license and/or other means of reliable transportation

Preferred qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited college/university in Natural Science, Administration of Justice, Forensic Science, or related field, or equivalent combination of training and experience
  • Experience with teaching an academic class and/or experience facilitating large group trainings
  • Experience providing hands-on training in the skills and techniques related to crime scene investigation
  • Experience providing courtroom testimony related to crime scene investigation
  • Experience as adjunct faculty with the FSA as either an instructor or mock crime scene grader
  • Certified Crime Scene Investigator (or higher level) by the International Association for Identification

Background Investigation:
Selected candidate(s) must successfully pass a background investigation to include a fingerprint-based criminal history check.  Selected candidate(s) must provide a DNA sample via a buccal swab (saliva sample) and successfully pass a drug test.  Reference checks will be conducted to include contact with current/previous supervisors.

Employment Eligibility Verification:
DFS will record information from each new employee’s Form I-9 (Employment Eligibility Verification) into the Federal E-Verify system to confirm identity and work authorization.

Applicants must apply electronically using the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Recruitment Management System (RMS). This position is open until filled. The RMS can be accessed using the link: Contact Tracey Kazelskis at (804) 588-4000 for assistance.