Employment Opportunity

Crime Scene Investigator

Orange County Sheriff's Office, Orlando, Florida

Salary: $37,044 per year minimum

Final Filing Date: Open until filled

Applies scientific principles to analyze, identify and classify physical evidence related to crime scenes.

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  • Performs duties that involve the collection, examination, preservation, documentation, preparation, and analysis of human tissues or fluids or physical evidence having potential biological or chemical contamination, and uses chemicals, processes, or materials that may have carcinogenic or health-damaging properties in the analysis of such evidence.
  • Responds to and processes various crime scenes by searching for, documenting the location of, collecting, preserving, analyzing, packaging, and preparing for presentation in court, evidence such as: paint, glass, printed matter, paper, ink, fabric, dust, dirt, combustible gases, hair, skin, blood, bones, human organs, human tissue, semen, urine, feces, saliva, vaginal secretions, narcotics, firearms and related materials, fingerprints, shoe/tire tracks, and currency.
  • Performs a variety of analytical examinations, such as processing the crime scene and related evidence using chemicals, powders, light source enhancement and other methods.
  • Completes photograph referrals, photographs, and prints of dead persons at the morgue.
  • Above listed items have the potential to contain organic or inorganic contaminants to include carcinogens, diseases, combustibles, chemical hazards, and blood-borne pathogens.
  • Based on MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) these processes may contain health-damaging properties that are corrosive, combustible, carcinogenic, and contain respiratory irritants, nervous system irritants, eye and skin irritants, and blood toxins.


  • At least 18 years of age
  • U.S. Citizen or possess a current permanent resident card
  • Clean criminal history; any arrest history will be individually evaluated
  • No illegal drug usage within the past two years, all other usage will be evaluated on an individual basis
  • Associate's degree (A. A.) from a two-year college or university in Forensic Science, Chemistry or Biology, or related science field; and one (1) year related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Must successfully complete Crime Scene Investigator Technical Knowledge Exam.
  • Must be able to comprehend and communicate fluently in verbal and written English.
  • Must have a valid Florida driver’s license. Must have attended or be willing to attend and successfully complete an agency sponsored Law Enforcement Vehicle Operations (LEVO) Training if assignment includes driving an agency vehicle. Use of agency vehicle would require appropriate driving history and passing agency biennial driver’s physical exam.
  • Must be able to maintain confidentiality.
  • Must have working knowledge of federal, state, and county laws pertaining to the collection and use of physical evidence.
  • Must be able to assist in the removal of bodies and human remains.
  • May be exposed to a wide range of conditions, many which are unpleasant and/or hazardous.
  • Must package and handle biohazardous fluids and materials.
  • Must possess good interpersonal skills and be able to establish and maintain positive, cooperative working relationships.
  • Must have a working knowledge of court proceedings and testimony as well as be able to testify as an expert court witness.
  • Must be able to perform under stressful conditions as well as have excellent analytical and organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Must have knowledge and skill in techniques and procedures used in crime scene investigations (e.g., evidence collection, storage, handling, analysis, and documentation to include the use of related chemicals and photography).
  • Must be able to stand for long periods of time, bending, stooping, reaching over head, kneeling, crawling and climbing (i.e., ladders and stairs). Must be able to lift equipment up to 50 pounds
  • Must have basic computer skills to include word processing and spreadsheet applications (e.g., Word; Excel, Access). Must have the ability to learn and use specialized applications.
  • May be required to work evenings, weekends, and/or holidays. Must be available for twenty-four (24) hour call out.
  • Ability to effectively present information to groups and respond to questions from managers, attorneys, investigators and/or detectives.
  • Ability to take measurements of crime scenes. Processes and reconstruct crime scenes to include trajectory analysis, blood stain pattern analysis and diagramming of the scene.
  • Ability to take and maintain chain-of-custody of evidence/property. Submits evidence to the Evidence Section, Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and other appropriate laboratories.
  • Ability to testify in court proceedings as to the integrity of the evidence and its significance in a particular case.
  • Ability to act as a liaison between crime laboratories, investigators, prosecutors, and defense attorneys. Confers with experts in relevant specialties as needed.

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Posted: October 6, 2017

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