Employment Opportunity

Forensic Photographer I - Digital Media Specialist

Institute of Forensic Sciences, Houston, Texas

Salary: Depends on Qualifications

Final Filing Date: June 21, 2023

The Forensic Photographer / Digital Media Specialist produces postmortem examination photographs for the Medical Examiner's Office in accordance with Department standard operating procedures; ensures all photographs are logged and archived for future review and reproduction; and assists with other photographic needs of the office as requested. The Forensic Photographer / Digital Media Specialist also assists with design and production of Department materials, brochures, web graphics, and presentation templates using graphic design applications; and assists with audio/video equipment during trainings and conferences.

Duties and Requirements Click to read more


Duties & Responsibilities:
  • Produces postmortem examination photographs using professional digital cameras to document pertinent findings as determined by the forensic pathologists, provides photographic coverage of trainings and events as needed
  • Logs and archives photographs acquired at death scenes and during postmortem examinations by case number to ensure that all images are properly stored and secured; maintains archive of supplemental digital files related to cases including radiographs, video, and images from other agencies
  • Participates in the design and development of website and intranet sites, provides graphic design for print and digital media including conference materials, Department newsletter, and annual report
  • Provides A/V assistance during trainings and conferences including setup, recording, and streaming; and provides "troubleshooting" assistance to Department staff who utilize A/V equipment within the facility
  • Other Duties as assigned: This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are requested of the employee for this position. Management may, at its discretion, assign, or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.


  • Bachelor of Arts/Sciences degree in Photography, Communications, Graphic Design, Multimedia Art, or a related degree from an accredited college or university
  • Advanced photography coursework
  • Experience in creating newsletters, flyers, posters, invitations, websites, and illustrations
  • Maintain a valid Texas Driver's License and ability to safely operate a motor vehicle
Additional Requirements:
  • Must provide portfolio of original photographs and graphic design work when selected for interview
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
  • Knowledge of composition, exposure, optics, photochemistry, lighting, ultraviolet and infrared filters, image enhancement techniques, and digital software to provide high-resolution images in varying conditions and circumstances
  • Strong photography, graphic design, and audio/visual production skills; strong understanding of creative design and the ability to translate information and abstract concepts into compelling visuals including charts, graphs, informational graphics, and graphical design elements
  • Knowledge of the importance of branding and experience creating a strong organization identity
  • Ability to effectively express and present ideas, actively listen, and accept and effectively incorporate creative and constructive feedback
  • Ability to adapt quickly to new applications and challenges, work in a team environment, prioritize tasks, and meet deadlines
Preferences - Experience:
  • Two (2) years of professional photography experience
  • Photography experience in a hospital, morgue, law enforcement agency, crime lab, medical examiner office, or related setting
Work Environment:
  • Office / Morgue setting. Routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets, and fax machines
  • Possible outdoor work environment (including rain/wind) during scene photography
  • Work involves exposure to unpleasant odors and/or loud noises
  • May come in contact with blood and/or blood borne pathogens and will require training in Universal Precautions

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Posted: May 24, 2023

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