Employment Opportunity

Crime Scene Investigator

Houston Forensic Science Center, Houston, Texas

Salary: Not stated

Entry Level

Houston Forensic Science Center’s Crime Scene Section is seeking an entry level Crime Scene Investigator to join a team of highly motivated professionals in our ISO 17025 accredited section. These positions are entry level opportunities where the successful candidates will receive on-site, extensive group, and one on one training in the forensic field of crime scene investigation. 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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Specific duties of that position may include but are not limited to the following:
  • Process complex crime scenes, including the identification, documentation, collection, preservation, and submission of physical evidence and produce detailed offence reports.
  • Process for latent prints
  • Process for touch DNA and other biological fluids
  • Photograph and videotape major crime scenes.
  • Produce detailed crime scene diagrams.
  • Testify in court as needed
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

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


  • A bachelor’s degree in forensic science, Criminalistics, Biology, Chemistry, or Criminal Justice, from an accredited college or university is required. Direct working experience in a Forensic or Criminal Justice environment may be considered in lieu of degree.
  • Although no experience is required, direct working experience in a forensic environment or related criminal justice environment is strongly encouraged and may be compensated as such.
  • 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 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 150lbs.
  • Ability to work unsupervised or in a small group after completion of the appropriate training, completing complex tasks and procedures with minimal or no guidance.
  • Exceptional written and verbal communications skills.
  • Possession or the ability to obtain a Texas Drivers’ License to operate a vehicle loaded with crime scene unit equipment and tools.
  • Proven expertise in Microsoft Office applications, specifically Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook, and Microsoft’s cloud-based service, SharePoint, is required.
  • Ability to work extended hours with little or no advance notice.
  • Ability to meet the following physical requirements with or without accommodations.

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Posted: June 26, 2024

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