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NFSTC seeking Contracts Administrator

NFSTC Challenge Coin frontNFSTC is looking for a skilled Contracts Administrator to be at the helm of negotiations for a cutting-edge forensic science organization serving law enforcement and defense.

The Contracts Administrator will be responsible for preparation, examination, analysis, negotiation and revisions for Proposals or Information (RFP/RFI) and Invitations to Bid (ITB), and business contracts involving the purchase or sale of goods and/or services. This position also provides strategic decisions to achieve NFSTC corporate objectives.

See the full listing here.

The difference between a good career and a great one can be the benefits that come along with the job. NFSTC offers a strong benefits package to employees who qualify, including flexible work schedules, medical, dental, and vision insurance, 403(b) retirement plans, paid holidays and time off, and various elective benefits.

NFSTC is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer (minorities/women/disabled/veterans), and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, age, gender, disability, marital status, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law. NFSTC is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.

NFSTC is proud to have been named one of Tampa Bay’s 2009, 2010 and 2011 Best Places to Work by the Tampa Bay Business Journal and a Tampa Bay Times Top Workplace in 2011 and 2012. The organization stands with other leading companies as part of a vibrant business community.

New course! Online Digital Crime Scene Photography now open

Digital photo screen shotWhen it comes to documenting evidence, nothing beats good quality photographs. A decent camera is important, but the skills and knowledge of the photographer are critical to getting scene and evidence photographs that will be useful to investigation.

NFSTC’s newly expanded Digital Crime Scene Photography course is available online to help you get the critical knowledge and skills you need to capture fair and accurate photographic documentation of any scene. This 6-hour course covers everything from digital camera basics and lighting strategies to methods used to capture images of impression evidence and bloodstains.

Special Features:

  • Ask an Expert (get your questions answered by a certified evidence photographer)
  • Camera Simulation
  • Printable job aids
  • Pre- and post-tests to measure your progress

Learn to ‘paint with light’ and capture a drop of water in motion through interactive challenges and exercises. There’s even a camera simulator to help you practice adjusting camera settings to obtain examination-quality photographs. In addition, learn how a crime scene photographer should prepare for courtroom testimony.

This is a self-paced course is only $79, and students will have access for 60 days after purchase. A certificate of completion will be issued to students successfully completing the course (Score of 75% or greater).

Learn more about NFSTC newest online course here.

 

 

ROTC cadets on site for biometric and forensic training

Nikon 127_smTwelve lucky ROTC cadets from around the U.S. have arrived at NFSTC to participate in the 6th annual Biometric and Forensic Internship training. The cadets will receive two-weeks of unique hands-on training similar to that provided to special operations and international forces. The training is provided at no charge by NFSTC and its partner companies and is part of NFSTC’s commitment to STEM education and to our military operators.

Biometric and forensic science is a capability that continues to grow in importance on today’s battlefields and in special operations. The ability to properly collect and document evidence in hot zones and battle sites provides actionable intelligence and identification information that can make the difference for operators. During the internship, the cadets will learn basic forensic training and get hands-on practice applying crime scene investigation techniques in NFSTC’s unique training facility. The course includes crime scene investigation, improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and post-blast investigation, firearms, biologics, trace and computer forensics delivered over the next two weeks.

The internship costs approximately $50,000 to host, and this is the first year sponsors have been brought on board to support it. The 2014 sponsors NFSTC Board Member Jim Cali, Celestar, Lynn Peavey, Ron Smith & Associates, Holiday Inn & Suites Harbourside, and the High Tech Crime Institute, have stepped up to provide funding and services to keep the cadet opportunity going.

The program is designed to test each cadet’s leadership abilities, personal responsibility and ability to adhere to mission objectives, and offers a unique experience they would not receive in most college curricula and or basic ROTC training.  In addition, they will have an opportunity to try out the latest in forensic field technology. Cadets hail from colleges all over the U.S., including Marquette University, University of Portland, Illinois State, Iowa State, University of North Dakota and Old Dominion.

NFSTC will host a photo gallery that captures cadets in action throughout the two-week course on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/nfstc, so log on and follow along!

Thank you to our sponsors:

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STEM students explore forensic science at NFSTC

Students try handheld chemical detection technology.
Students try handheld chemical detection technology.

What’s more intriguing than the exciting world of crime scene investigation? With the popularity of CSI shows on television, forensic science is a great way to spur kids to get engaged in science. NFSTC’s unique combination of forensic scientists, trainers and facilities made today’s visit from more than 40 high school students from the Pinellas County Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM), Training for Emerging Careers (TEC): Summer Career Institute a great day. This is the 5th year NFSTC has worked with the STEM TEC program to help students explore the science behind the forensic techniques portrayed in prime time.

Students spent the morning taking part in hands-on demonstrations that included latent print collection, trace chemistry analysis and biological screening techniques.

In addition to crime scene science, a presentation from the High Tech Crime Institute provided an overview of cell phones and mobile device security, an area of importance for young people. Digital forensics is a growing field and could offer exciting careers to students with an interest in computer science and technology.

Students learn bio-screening techniques.
Students learn bio-screening techniques.

To tie it all together, students were invited to learn about real life crime scene investigation practices and get a look inside NFSTC’s crime scene house; a realistic scenario complete with a lifelike “victim” and evidence. This same scenario is used during our highly-successful CSI training courses for law enforcement.

“We can’t say it enough–the careers of the future will be science- and math-based, and analytical skills are critical. The careers that people will be vying for five years from now, when these kids are starting out, will be increasingly technical,” says Kevin Lothridge, CEO of NFSTC. “You’ve got to get them interested and engaged now, so they will be prepared to fill the needs of tomorrow’s workplace and have great success. And science, well it’s right in our name.”

The STEM TEC program, developed by Junior Achievement and WorkNet Pinellas, provides career exploration and workplace readiness training to economically disadvantaged students age 14-17 through a four-week summer program and year-round engagements. The program includes employer site visits to gain job awareness and interest in STEM-specific fields.

NFSTC seeking Communications Specialist

NFSTC Challenge Coin frontLooking for a communications position in the fascinating world of forensic science? NFSTC has an opportunity for a specialist-level professional.

The communications specialist is responsible to provide writing, editing and communications support for corporate projects, development and outreach. Participates in design, delivery, and implementation of communications projects, to include writing and editing of request for proposal/information (RFP/RFI) responses, marketing materials, annual reports, social media, press releases, journal articles, programmatic reports, scientific publications/posters and white papers.

See the full listing here.

The difference between a good career and a great one can be the benefits that come along with the job. NFSTC offers a strong benefits package to employees who qualify, including flexible work schedules, medical, dental, and vision insurance, 403(b) retirement plans, paid holidays and time off, and various elective benefits.

NFSTC is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer (minorities/women/disabled/veterans), and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, age, gender, disability, marital status, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law. NFSTC is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.

NFSTC is proud to have been named one of Tampa Bay’s 2009, 2010 and 2011 Best Places to Work by the Tampa Bay Business Journal and a Tampa Bay Times Top Workplace in 2011 and 2012. The organization stands with other leading companies as part of a vibrant business community.