Employment Opportunity

Forensic Scientist (Crime Scene)/Crime Scene Analyst

Department of Forensic Sciences, Washington, DC

Salary: $82,326.00 - $105,339.00 per year

Final Filing Date: January 19, 2020

The position is responsible for recognizing and recovering evidence in criminal investigations at the scene(s) of crime(s) by analyzing, photographing, collecting, preserving, and presenting physical evidence. Crime scenes include person crimes, such as homicides, sexual assaults, and robberies, as well as property crimes and traffic accidents, etc.

This position is located in the Department of Forensic Sciences (DFS), Crime Scene Unit. The mission of DFS is to provide high-quality, timely, accurate, and reliable forensic science services using best practices and best available technology, focusing on unbiased science and transparency to enhance public safety and health.

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  • The Forensic Scientist (Crime Scene)/Crime Scene Analyst investigates crime scenes in various locations in the city: Assists with sealing the crime scene to protect and preserve important and critical evidence(s), and ensures that all persons who enters/visits the crime scene do not tamper with any evidence to avoid “evidence tampering” which might become an issue in court proceedings
  • The incumbent collects fingerprints/palm prints, tire and shoe prints, tool mark impressions, firearms, wound imprints of the deceased person(s), hair, clothing, fibers, and biological evidence to facilitate positive identification and/or elimination; and analyzes and records crime scenes showing correlation between evidence and the scene and performs various chemical and photographic processes in the field or laboratory. Attends autopsies to photograph injuries and fingerprint the deceased for identification purposes.


  • Degree in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines; OR Courses equivalent to a major in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines plus appropriate experience; OR one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the grade 11 level. Specialized experience is experience which is directly related to the position which has equipped the individual with the knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position to include such work as: investigating and analyzing crime scenes; protecting and preserving important and critical evidence; or performing similar crime scene work.
Licenses and Certifications
  • None. However, a certification from the International Association for Identification is preferred.
Working Conditions/Environment
  • Work is performed in the field at the crime scenes; in the laboratory during the testing, analysis, and autopsies, as well as in an office setting when preparing documentation/reports, etc. Also work in a variety of weather conditions with exposure to the elements and travel/walk over rough, uneven, or rocky surfaces. The incumbent may be exposed to hazardous materials, toxic substances, and blood borne pathogens and is required to follow safe field and laboratory practices and wear protective clothing, including facial masks, safety glasses, gloves, etc.
  • Additionally, may be exposed to various objectionable material (e.g. pornography, etc.). The work may require the incumbent to be in unstable locations necessitating the wearing of a ballistic safety vest. The position requires the use of electronic communication devices including, but not limited to, cell phones, communication radios, and wireless computers.

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Posted: January 1, 2020

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