Employment Opportunity

Crime Scene Investigator

Houston Forensic Science Center, Houston, Texas

Salary: Not stated

Final Filing Date: Open until filled

The Crime Scene Investigator is responsible for identifying, documenting, collecting, preserving and interpreting evidence from complex and high-profile crime scenes, typically in conjunction with an ongoing police investigation. The qualified applicant must have the ability to work any shift as the crime scene unit is a 24X7 operation with rotating days off. Crime Scene Investigators may be subject to on-call during off shift hours when necessary.

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Principal responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • In accordance with standard operating procedures and quality standards, process complex crime scenes, including the identification, documentation, collection, preservation, and submission of evidence. Documentation includes, but is not limited to:
    • Photographs and video.
    • Sketching.
    • 3D Scanning.
    • Detailed notes.
    • Produce reports based on documentation collected from scenes.
    • Testify in court.
  • Display professionalism in the workplace. Demonstrate the ability to work independently and as a team member.
  • Achieve and maintain competency through continued training and yearly proficiency testing in crime scene investigation.
  • Perform other duties as assigned


  • A bachelor’s degree in a related physical science, criminal justice, or forensic science is required. Relevant experience as a crime scene investigator may be considered in lieu of a degree. A current IAI (International Association for Identification) Certification as a crime scene investigator or analyst is strongly preferred; the successful applicant must be able to achieve certification within one year of hire. Certification must be maintained throughout employment with Houston Forensic Science Center.
  • A minimum of two years of direct experience performing the duties of a crime scene investigator is required.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with the demonstrated ability to interact effectively with citizens or family members who are experiencing traumatic events such as a horrific crime.
  • Ability to work unsupervised or in a small group after the completion of appropriate training, completing complex tasks and procedures with minimal or no guidance.
  • Ability to stand and walk around for extended periods of time.
  • Ability to complete tasks regardless of the weather or temperature.
  • Ability to complete tasks regardless of foul odors or insect activity.
  • Ability to lift and carry, push or pull up to 150 lbs.
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills.
  • Possession or ability to obtain a Texas driver’s license.
  • Ability to operate a large vehicle loaded with Crime Scene Unit equipment and tools.
  • Proven expertise in Microsoft Office applications, specifically Word, Excel, and Outlook, is required. Working knowledge of a Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) and Microsoft Access is preferred.
  • Ability to meet the physical requirements with or without accommodations.
  • Willingness to work extended hours with little or no advanced notice.

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Posted: July 7, 2021

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