Crime Scene Investigator

City Of Carlsbad   Carlsbad, NM   Full-time     Law Enforcement / Security
Posted on May 13, 2024
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Crime Scene Invesigator

This position will be full-time, working no less than 40 hours per week Monday-Friday.

Job Duties:

  •  Being on call every other week.  
  • Responding to high-profile crimes and major traffic accidents, evaluate the scene(s), and conduct searches for evidence utilizing disciplines related to crime scene investigation.
  • Respond to crime and accident scenes, evaluate the scene, and conduct searches for evidence utilizing disciplines related to crime scene investigation.  
  • Measures and/or photographs crime scenes, evidence, etc.  
  • Documents, collects, packages, preserves, and processes evidence.
  • It utilizes alternate light sources, chemical and physical processes, scientific methods, and equipment to detect and collect evidence.  
  • Processes evidence and crime scenes for latent fingerprints, utilizing chemical and powder processes.
  • Writes and completes reports and/or documentation of work completed.  
  • Enters and modifies information in LERMS.
  • Assists other law enforcement agencies with crime scene processing.
  • Maintains the crime lab in an orderly fashion.  
  • Process DNA Samples into a local database (Rapid DNA).  
  • Testifies as an expert witness in court regarding analysis and procedures after being declared an expert in their field of crime scene investigation by the judge.


  • Skill in oral and written communication.
  • Use computers and related software applications.
  • Handling multiple tasks and prioritizing.
  • Handling conflict and uncertain situations.
  • Data analysis and problem-solving.
  • Lift and move objects weighing up to 50 pounds.  
  • Balance, climb, crawl, crouch, walk, stand, kneel, stoop, sit, hear, feel, finger grasp, handle, reach, pull, push, speak, see and talk.
  • Work well with frequent interruptions and changes in priorities.
  • Maintain confidential, sensitive material.  
  • Quickly recognize and analyze irregular events.  
  • Establish and maintain effective communication and working relationships with city employees and the public. 


  • Associate degree in Criminal Justice, Forensics, Biology, Chemistry, Natural Sciences, or other closely related field or three (3) years of investigative experience.
  • Knowledge of photographic and identification techniques used in law enforcement, fingerprint, and DNA collection, and an understanding of trace evidence collection techniques.
  • Previous experience in a law enforcement agency is preferred.   
  • Must possess and maintain National Crime Information Center (NCIC) certifications within three months of employment.  
  • Two (2) years of property room experience or managing confidential records preferred.
  • Two (2) years of experience in property evidence management or completion of a course in property evidence management is preferred but not required.
  • Valid New Mexico driver’s license with a clean driving record for the past three (3) years.
  • Excellent attendance record. 

Starting hourly rate of $28.48.


  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Retirement plan

To be considered for this position, apply at the City Municipal Building, 101 N. Halagueno, or respond to the City of Carlsbad, Personnel Department, P.O. Box 1569, Carlsbad, NM 88221, or via email to Applicants must include a completed City of Carlsbad Employment application. Resumes are not required but may be included if desired.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.


City Of Carlsbad

602 W Mermod St
Carlsbad , NM