Forensic Lab Technician

  • Full Time
  • Madison

Website City of Madison


$59,024.16 Annually


Madison, WI

Job Type


Job Number



Police Department

Opening Date


Closing Date

6/10/2024 11:59 PM Central

Comp. Group/Range


General Description

This position is responsible for overseeing the timely and accurate duplication and transfer of police evidence and digital multimedia in furtherance of Madison Police Department’s commitment to being the national model for policing excellence.

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This is varied technical, maintenance, and general support work associated with the activities of the Police Department Forensic Services Unit. Work is primarily related to procedural digital multimedia duties, digital editing, storage, duplicating, and tracking of digital multimedia evidence, the maintenance of Forensic Services Unit equipment and supplies, and routine crime scene support work in assisting investigators, as assigned. Under general supervision, work is focused on procedural tasks in support of law enforcement activities.

Stated salary is scheduled for a 2% increase in July 2024.

Employees may be eligible for loan forgiveness through the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program.

The City of Madison is an equal opportunity employer functioning under an affirmative action plan. We value diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.  Black, Indigenous, people of color, women, trans, nonbinary, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply!

Examples of Duties and Responsibilities

Lab Requests

  • Fulfill and complete requests from internal and external customers
  • Locate and preserve video from various city owned and/or privately owned sources
  • Assign data/information to varied digital multimedia sources
  • Duplicate and/or export copies of digital multimedia evidence
  • Accurately document and track any and all requests completed

Evidence Handling

  • Print photos as requested from negatives or from digital files
  • Take routine lab photos, as assigned
  • Maintain chain of custody and re-packaging of evidence

Lab Support

  • Track and inventory supplies and equipment as required/assigned
  • Restock inventory according to protocols
  • Maintain and file related reports, records and other documentation
  • Maintain quality control standards and input data into specialized databases
  • Ensure crime scene equipment is in working condition

Perform Other Duties as Assigned

  • Provide testimony in court regarding chain of custody and procedures to produce duplicates of digital multimedia evidence and records.


Minimum Qualifications


  • Two (2) years of experience working in a technical, clerical, or digital multimedia setting.


  • Associate’s degree in photography, video or digital imaging, graphic design, or a related field.
If an applicant does not possess the specific requirements outlined above, HR will review the application materials to determine if the applicant possesses the following equivalent experience:
Two (2) years of experience in applying the following:

  • Computers and computer software applicable to the duties of the position
  • Basic photographic methods and materials

Familiarity with the following:

  • Standardized office administrative practices and procedures
  •  Relevant equipment maintenance procedures

The City of Madison strives to provide exceptional customer service to all its residents and visitors. Therefore successful candidates will have demonstrated ability to effectively work with multicultural communities.

For the complete list of the knowledge, skills, and abilities, please reference the classification specification.


Special Requirements


  • Ability to meet the transportation requirements of the position. This position requires travel within the City County Building (CCB), from the lab to the Police Property Room, and from the CCB to the Dane County Courthouse.

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to lift 25 pounds independently
  • Work is performed in a lab and office setting
  • Travel and access to crime scenes may be required to deliver equipment and/or assist investigators in all types of weather conditions


Madison, City of (WI)
215 Martin Luther King Jr., Blvd.
MMB Rm 261
MADISON, Wisconsin, 53703
(608) 266-4615

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