Employment Opportunity

Forensic Investigator/Emergency Operations Coordinator

Institute of Forensic Sciences, Houston, Texas

Salary: Depends on Qualifications

Final Filing Date: October 1, 2021

The Forensic Investigator / Emergency Operations Coordinator responds to medicolegal death scenes to document, recover, and identify human remains; collects and preserves physical and biological evidence; and assists in the Department's Emergency Management program with development and maintenance of emergency management preparedness plans and training, and coordination of Department staff prior to and throughout emergency conditions.

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Job Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Responds to death scenes to document, recover, and identify human remains, and collect and preserve physical and biological evidence. While on scene, responsible for assisting Decedent Transporters in helping with manipulation of the decedent, property collection, and evidence collection at scenes or hospitals.
  • Consults with other Department Divisions (i.e., photography, trace) as requested or required by the circumstances of a case to ensure a coordinated Department response.
  • Testifies in court proceedings regarding investigation when necessary.
  • Locates and notifies families of decedents.
  • Responds to inquiries from law enforcement agencies, the media, and the public.
  • Provides for complete transition of information from shift to shift and team to team.
  • Prepares and submits reports.
  • Assists with drafting and maintaining emergency management standard operating procedures and implementing training and exercise programs.
  • Coordinates with Department divisions / staff prior to and during emergencies to ensure operations are able to continue throughout all emergency conditions, including providing staff with vital information and managing inventory and rotation of incident response equipment and materials. (It is assumed this position will spend more time on this responsibility during emergency situations.)
  • Assists in identifying and drafting disaster preparedness grants in support of both disaster and mass fatality preparedness.
  • Manages preparedness grants in compliance with federal, state, and local guidelines and requirements.
  • Serves as liaison with local and regional partners and attends various Committee meetings as requested.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Emergency Management, Disaster Preparedness, Public Administration, Criminal Justice, Forensic Science, Biological Sciences, or related field.
  • Two (2) years of experience as a Forensic Investigator or equivalent.
  • Experience in broad-based emergency coordination, training program development, and / or emergency training and exercise coordination.
  • Current ABMDI certification.
  • Maintain a valid Texas Driver's License and ability to safely operate a motor vehicle.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Knowledge of crime scene investigation, photography, fingerprints, and basic human anatomy.
  • Emergency management planning, training, and exercise coordination and development knowledge.
  • Fundamental understanding of local, state, federal government processes.
  • Experience in the management of logistics and inventory of emergency-dedicated equipment and materials.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills with effective organization and time management skills.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision, prioritizing and handling multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Basic computer skills including Microsoft Office.
  • Natural ambulation and manual dexterity skills due to the essential physical demands of continually manipulating bodies as part of the investigation process and loading / unloading bodies for transport.
Physical Demands:
  • Heavy work. Requires physical strength to lift up to 200 pounds.
  • Ability to climb stairs, including industrial and commercial structures.
  • Ability to board ships; and spend whatever time necessary on one’s feet to investigate and recover human remains.
  • Master Exercise Practitioner (MEP) Certificate.
  • Certificate in Emergency Management (CEM).
  • Multi-lingual ability.

General Information

  • Office / field / morgue setting
  • Routine exposure to deaths of adults and children that resulted from violence, natural disease, environmental hazards, and toxins
  • Work involves exposure to unusual elements, such as extreme temperatures, dirt, dust, fumes, smoke, unpleasant odors, and/or loud noises
  • May come into contact with blood and/or blood borne pathogens, requiring training in universal precautions.
  • Reports To: Director, Forensic Investigations; and Director, Forensic Anthropology and Emergency Management.
  • Full time - Variable schedule.
  • May include nights, weekends, and holidays.
  • Hours may vary based on needs of Department.
  • Must be available to work on site during severe weather events or other emergencies.

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Posted: September 3, 2021

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