Employment Opportunity


Forensic Investigator II

Institute of Forensic Sciences, Houston, Texas

Salary: Depends on Qualifications

Final Filing Date: December 28, 2018

The Forensic Investigator II responds to death scenes to document, recover and identify human remains, and collect and preserve physical and biological evidence.

Duties and Requirements Click to read more

Duties:

  • Answers and records death calls and prepares written and verbal reports in accordance with Sec.49.25 Texas Code of Criminal Procedures.
  • Consults other HCIFS Divisions (i.e. photography, trace) as requested or required by the circumstances of a case.
  • Responds to death scenes to document, recover and identify human remains, and collect and preserve physical and biological evidence.
  • While on scene, responsible for directing Forensic Investigator Assistants in helping with manipulation of the decedent, property collection, and evidence collection at scenes.
  • Locates and notifies family of death, responds to inquiries from families and law enforcement agencies, and provides for complete transition of information from shift to shift and team to team.
  • Prepares and submits to all designated parties reports covering operations and jurisdictions.
  • Supervises the admission and release of bodies to ensure procedural compliance, protects the integrity of specimens and evidence, and ensures proper identification and storage.
  • This includes supervision of Forensic Investigator Assistants both at scenes and in the office.
  • Coordination with Forensic Investigator Assistants and Forensic Investigators III for scene response and decedent recovery from hospitals/scenes.
  • Testifies in court proceedings regarding investigation, observations, and documentation procedures at the scene. Notifies the Supervisor, Director or Forensic Investigations and Emergency Management, and/or Assistant Deputy Chief Medical Examiner(s) of special problems or interests.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the Supervisor, Director of Forensic Investigations and Emergency Management and/or Assistant Deputy Chief Medical Examiner(s).

Requirements:

  • Bachelor of Arts/Science degree from an accredited college or university in Criminal Justice, Forensic Science, Anthropology, Biological Sciences, or an equivalent field.
  • Knowledge of crime scene investigation, photography, fingerprints and basic human anatomy.
  • Good written and oral communication skills.
  • Effective organizational and time management skills are all essential to satisfactory job performance.
  • Basic computer skills including computer systems using Microsoft Office and standard applications.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision, prioritizing and handling multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • A valid driver's license (Texas within two weeks of employment).
Preferences
  • Experience (previous employment or internships) in a medical examiner's office.
  • Previous exposure to human remains at some point during schooling or prior work experience.
  • Current registry (diplomat) level certification by the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators (AMBDI).
  • Graduate degrees in a related field (Masters Level Included).
Additional Requirements
  • Natural ambulation and manual dexterity are required due to the essential physical demands of manipulating bodies as part of the investigation and in loading/unloading bodies. This also includes:
  • Ability to climb stairs, industrial and commercial structures.
  • Ability to board ships
  • Ability to spend whatever time necessary on one's feet to investigate and/or recover human remains.
Work Environment and Other Considerations
  • Work involves possible exposure to unusual elements, such as extreme temperatures, dirt, dust, fumes, smoke, unpleasant odors, and/or loud noises.
  • May come in contact with blood and/or blood borne pathogens.
  • Will require training in Universal Precautions.

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Posted: December 4, 2018


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