Employment Opportunity

Forensic Investigator

Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences, Houston, Texas

Salary: Depends on Qualifications

Final Filing Date: July 3, 2023

The Forensic Investigator responds to death scenes to document, recover and identify human remains, and collect and preserve physical and biological evidence. Answers and records death calls and prepares written and verbal reports in accordance with Sec. 49.25, Texas Code of Criminal Procedure. Consults other HCIFS Divisions (i.e. anthropology, trace) as requested or required by the circumstances of a case.

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Duties & 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 directing decedent transport staff 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 decedent transport staff both at scenes and in the office.
  • Coordination with Forensic Transporters and Forensic Transporter II's 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 of Forensic Investigations, and/or Assistant Deputy Chief Medical Examiner of special problems or interests.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the Supervisor, Director of Forensic Investigations and/or Assistant Deputy Chief Medical Examiner.
  • Other duties as assigned.

 Earn a Degree in Crime Scene Investigation, Forensic Science, Computer Forensics or Forensic Psychology


  • Bachelor of Arts/Science degree from an accredited college or university in Criminal Justice, Forensic Science, Anthropology, Biological Sciences, or an equivalent field
  • Valid Texas Driver's License (Texas within two weeks of employment)
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
  • 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.
  • 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, including the ability to climb stairs, and industrial and commercial structures; ability to board ships; and the ability to spend whatever time necessary on one's feet to investigate and/or recover human remains


  • Master’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • Previous experience (employment or internships) in a Medical Examiner's Office
  • Previous experience (employment or internships) with Exposure to Human Remains
  • Current registry (diplomate) level certification by the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators (ABMDI)

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Posted: May 17, 2023

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