Employment Opportunity

C.S.I. Field Supervisor

Douglas County Sheriff, Omaha, Nebraska

Salary: $62,025.60 - $92,622.40 Annually

Final Filing Date: June 15, 2018

Incumbent works under the direction of the Douglas County Sheriff or designee, supervising assigned staff in all phases of crime scene investigations and related procedures ensuring adherence to established departmental and applicable accreditation standards.

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  • Coordinate and direct assigned staff to respond to requests from law enforcement to investigate crime scenes and motor vehicle accidents.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with clients, supervisors, County employees, elected officials, attorneys, law enforcement, other agencies, and the public.
  • Comply with Civil Service policies and regulations, collective bargaining agreements, County policies, and laws to create a cooperative, safe, respectful, and quality work environment.
  • Supervise assigned staff, providing training, monitoring workload, and providing assistance.
  • Perform management and administrative responsibilities (e.g., performance appraisals, disciplinary actions and recommendations, etc.) for assigned employees.
  • Coordinate scene processing responsibilities for CSI, patrol, investigative, and scientific personnel at crime scenes.
  • Locate, process, and preserve various types of evidence including any latent, biological, trace, and fingerprint impression evidence utilizing advanced technical equipment and techniques.
  • Protect evidence from any contamination.
  • Develop and implement operating policies and procedures for the Crime Scene Investigation Unit.
  • Maintain an adequate inventory of specialized chemicals, supplies and equipment for the CSI Unit and assure all equipment is properly maintained.
  • Research new technology for methods to improve the efficiency of CSI Unit procedures.
  • Recommend and implement newly approved policies, procedures and standards.
  • Prepare technical reports related to Crime Scene Investigation Unit operations.
  • Perform any and all duties of the Crime Scene Investigator I, II, and III.
  • Provide expert testimony in court as it relates to Forensic Investigation.
  • Ensure all work in the CSI Unit complies with all quality assurance activities and accreditation requirements and quality control practices.
  • Properly verify and validate all technical procedures, new methods, or equipment.
  • Provide input and propose corrections and improvements to the quality system.
  • Implement, maintain and improve the quality system as it pertains to this respective discipline and ensure employees are following the Unit Technical Manual.
  • Utilize software to store, track and distribute forms, documents, records and testing for unit personnel.
  • Represent the Sheriff's Office, Criminal Investigations Bureau and Crime Scene Investigation Unit at various seminars, meetings; serve on various committees and boards, workshops, as directed.
  • Serve as Acting Director when needed.
  • Safely operate a motor vehicle, in compliance with traffic laws and regulations, when traveling on County business.
  • Report to assigned location with regular, predictable attendance.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in Forensic Science, Chemistry, Biology, Criminal Justice, or Photography required*.
  • Master's degree is preferred.
  • Seven (7) years of experience in crime scene investigation. Experience in a related forensic discipline (e.g., firearms examiner, latent print examiner, forensic anthropologist, etc.) may be considered in-lieu of the crime scene experience.
  • Two (2) years as a supervisor, acting supervisor or unit lead in a forensic laboratory or crime scene unit required.
  • Must possess and maintain a valid driver's license at the time of hire and throughout employment.
  • International Association for Identification (IAI) Certified Crime Scene Investigator (Level I) required.
  • Certification as a Crime Scene Analyst (Level 2) preferred.
  • Certification for a Senior Crime Scene Analyst must be received within a two (2) years from the date of hire.
  • Experience as a coach in crime scene investigations preferred.
  • Experience working in an accredited laboratory and/ or crime scene unit preferred.

  • *Equivalent experience in the field of crime scene investigation may be substituted for educational requirements on a year for year basis.
Physical Requirements & Working Conditions:
  • The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Work is performed both indoors and outdoors, in a variety of locations including investigation scenes and laboratory and autopsy facilities. When work is performed outdoors, there is full exposure to the elements. Work involves exposure to offensive odors and biological hazards including blood and other body fluids/products, and may include contact with human corpses in various stages of decomposition. Work requires close attention to safety considerations due to frequent exposure to toxic or caustic chemicals as items of evidence or involved in the processing of evidence, frequent exposure/handling of weapons in the process of gathering or processing evidence, and the potential for exposure to infectious materials, biohazards, and mechanical or electrical hazards. Occasionally, work may be performed in confined areas.
  • Work hours include day, evening or night hours based on assigned shift and include weekends and holidays. Staff are required to be available for call-in on a 24-hour basis and frequently work overtime and/or varying hours as needed to perform investigations or provide court testimony. The noise level is usually quiet while in the office and moderately loud and distracting when in the field. Work may be unpleasant and upsetting when dealing with evidence involving human remains, sexual assaults, child abuse or neglect and may be stressful when dealing with irate or uncooperative individuals, competing priorities and time-sensitive matters.
  • Searching and processing crime scenes requires a considerable amount of physical activity including extended periods of sitting, standing and walking; frequent bending, reaching, lifting and carrying; and occasional balancing, climbing, crawling, crouching and kneeling. Work requires the ability to frequently lift and/or carry equipment, supplies, evidence and other materials weighing up to 50 pounds and occasionally lift, carry or move objects weighing up to 100 pounds. An incumbent must have the agility, balance and strength to maneuver over rough terrain, around various obstacles and to access investigation sites on foot.
  • Required sensory abilities include vision, hearing, and touch. Visual abilities, correctable to normal ranges, include close, distance and color vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. Communication abilities include the ability to talk and hear within normal ranges. Incumbent must possess the hand-eye coordination and manual dexterity necessary to operate computers and other equipment.

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Posted: June 4, 2018

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