Employment Opportunity

Crime Scene Investigator

Palm Beach County Sheriff Office, West Palm Beach, Florida

Final Filing Date: September 29, 2023

Duties and Requirements Click to read more


  • Responsible for the documentation, search, and collection of evidence at crime scenes that may include preparing sketches and diagrams, taking measurements and photographs, powder/chemical processing for detection/collection of latent prints, and the collection of potential DNA.
  • Completes narrative reports following procedural collection techniques and presents expert testimony in a court of law.
  • Operates a computer to enter, retrieve, review or modify data, verifies accuracy of entered data, and makes appropriate corrections.
  • Utilizes criminal information databases, word processing and spreadsheet business software applications.
  • Additional functions may require exposure to adverse environmental conditions, such as dirt, dust, odors, noise variation, fumes, temperature extremes, machinery, traffic hazards, toxic agents, disease, pathogenic substances, bio hazardous substances, or bright/dim lights.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

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


  • Associate's degree in Crime Scene Technology, Forensic Science or closely related field from an accredited college or university.
  • A minimum of 6 months work experience with a law enforcement agency (on the job and/or internship in crime scene investigation),
  • OR
  • Equivalent combination of education and experience: Bachelor's degree in Crime Scene Technology, Forensic Science or closely related field supplemented with 3 months of work experience and/or internship in crime scene investigation.

  • Requires knowledge of common methods, procedures, and skill in crime scene documentation, crime scene processing, photography, evidence collection, and latent print processing using powder/chemical methods. Must be detail oriented, familiar with personal computers, and possess excellent oral/written communication skills.
  • Must perform shift work as required.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain crime scene certification from an accrediting organization such as the International Association for Identification within three (3) years of employment.
  • Must possess or be able to obtain and maintain a valid Florida driver's license prior to employment.
  • BA/BS degree in Crime Scene Technology, Forensic Science, or closely related field from an accredited college or university.
  • Crime scene certification from an accrediting organization.
  • Tasks require the ability to exert moderate, though not constant physical effort, typically involving some combination of climbing and balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, and crawling, which may involve some lifting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling of objects and materials of moderate weight (12-20 pounds) and occasionally heavier items.

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Posted: September 14, 2023

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