Experienced Crime Scene Investigator

    • Job Tracking ID: 512788-733229
    • Job Location: Houston, TX
    • Job Level: Mid Career (2+ years)
    • Level of Education: BA/BS
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: June 01, 2020
    • Years of Experience: 2 - 5 Years
    • Starting Date: ASAP
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Job Description:

The Crime Scene Investigator is responsible for identifying, documenting, collecting, and interpreting evidence from complex and high-profile crime scenes, typically in conjunction with an ongoing police investigation. The qualified candidate must have the ability work any shift as the crime scene unit is a 24X7 operation.  Principal responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Process complex crime scenes, including the identification, documentation, collection, preservation, and submission of evidence and produce detailed offence reports.
  • Photograph and videotape major crime scenes.
  • Produce detailed crime scene diagrams.
  • Subject to on-call during off shift hours when necessary.
  • Complete specialized classroom and on-the-job training as required.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Experience and Skills:


 A bachelor’s degree in a related physical science, criminal justice, or forensic science is required. Relevant experience as a crime scene investigator may be considered in lieu of a degree. A current IAI (International Association for Identification) Certification as a crime scene investigator or analyst is strongly preferred; the successful applicant must be able to achieve certification within one year of hire. Certification must be maintained throughout employment with Houston Forensic Science Center.


 A minimum of two years of direct experience performing the duties of a crime scene investigator is required.



  • 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 work unsupervised or in a small group after the completion of appropriate training, completing complex tasks and procedures with minimal or no guidance.
  • 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 150 lbs.
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills. 
  • Possession or ability to obtain a Texas driver’s license.
  • Ability to operate a large vehicle loaded with Crime Scene Unit equipment and tools.
  • Proven expertise in Microsoft Office applications, specifically Word, Excel, and Outlook, is required. Working knowledge of a Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) and Microsoft Access is preferred.
  • Ability to meet the physical requirements with or without accommodations.
  • Willingness to work extended hours with little or no advanced notice.


Houston Forensic Science Center offers a competitive salary and benefit package.