Job: Forensic Specialist - Crime Scene Investigator

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Job Description

Overall Job Objective

Summary of Job Duties

*This posting is scheduled to close on Friday, March 16, 2018 at 12 noon, however is subject to close at any time without prior notice. Thank you.**

The City of Aurora Crime Lab is looking for a highly qualified candidate who will perform a variety of technical work to investigate crime scenes and assess and prepare physical evidence to support the investigations function of the Aurora Police Department.

City of Aurora, Colorado
It is an exciting time to work for the City of Aurora, we're growing and looking for dedicated and collaborative individuals to join our team of talented and valued employees. Excellent organizations have a set of principles, or core values, that are used to implement their mission and vision. Those values represent the touchstone for the organization, guiding the decisions of the individuals and the organization. At the City of Aurora, we demonstrate our excellence by modeling the CORE 4 Values of:  IntegrityRespect, Professionalism, and Customer Service, and we welcome all who share these values to apply.

Why Work for Aurora?

  • Make a difference in the lives of real people every day
  • Diverse community
  • Competitive total compensation package
  • Well-Funded General Employees Retirement Plan
  • Light rail station minutes away
  • On-site fitness center and overall employee well-being programs
  • Internal educational programs to assist with career advancement
  • Access to innovation work spaces

The Aurora Police Department
The Vision of the Aurora Police Department is to be the safest largest city in America.  In 2014 we moved one step closer to our vision by being named the Safest Largest City in Colorado and the 16th overall safest city in the nation.  Within the Aurora Police Department there are four separate divisions:  Operations; Metro; Compliance and Professional Standards; and Business Services and employees over 800 Civil Service and Career Service employees whose mission is to Make Aurora Safer Every Day.  

To be employed by the Aurora Police Department you will need to successfully pass a background test, polygraph test, and fingerprint screening, along with other conditions of employment; drug test and verification of employment.  Because of this, there is a longer recruitment process, we thank you in advance.  

Despite changes in the Colorado law, the City of Aurora maintains a drug free workplace.  A positive test for marijuana is grounds for disqualification or termination once hired.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assists in investigating crime scenes
  • Locates, identifies, classifies collects and preserves crime scene evidence
  • Prepares detailed reports on investigations
  • Photographs and videotapes crime scenes and evidence
  • Assists coroner at death scenes
  • Attends autopsies to collect evidence and photograph examinations
  • Measures evidence at crime scenes using a variety of manual, electronic and computerized measuring devices and creates scaled drawings/diagrams
  • Processes evidence in the laboratory using special powders, chemical solutions, forensic light sources and various camera lenses and filters in order to develop and preserve evidence
  • Testifies in court as required
  • Documents evidence for submission to the Property Unit for storage
  • Maintains proper chain of custody on evidence and proper packaging to preserve and prevent contamination
  • Performs additional duties as required

Minimum Qualifications


  • Associates Degree in criminal justice, biology/chemistry science, police science or a directly related field

  • 2 years experience in Criminal Justice or related field that includes Crime Scene Investigation and laboratory work

An equivalent combination of education, training and experience that demonstrates required knowledge, skills, and abilities may be considered.

Licenses and Certifications:  
  • None required
  • Knowledge of basic chemistry; photography; procedures and techniques of evidence collection and preservation; and crime scene investigation and photography.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees and citizens; handle stressful situations with tact and diplomacy; communicate effectively both orally and in writing; work under stressful conditions in any weather condition and under adverse physical circumstances; ability to work various shifts, nights, holidays, and weekends; ability to respond to Aurora Police Department within one hour of notification.
  • Strong technical and analytical skills.

Working Conditions

Physical Demands

  • Light to moderate physical work requiring ability to lift 50 pounds with or without assistance
  • Regular lifting and carrying of 10 to 20 pounds of equipment and/or evidence Regular standing and walking to investigate crime scene
  • Hand/eye coordination to operate computer, laboratory instruments and video equipment
  • Foot/eye coordination to operate motor vehicle
  • Visual acuity correctable to 20/40 with no color impairment to interpret data
  • Speech and hearing to maintain communications with other employees and citizens
Work Environment
  • Works indoors and outdoors at crime scenes in all weather conditions; works in a laboratory environment; possible exposure to biohazard contamination, chemicals, odors and noise
Equipment Used
  • Frequently uses standard office equipment including computer, calculator, multi-line telephones, and copy/fax machines
  • Camera, laboratory instruments, video equipment
  • This position may require the incumbent to occasionally use personal equipment (e.g. vehicle, cell phone, tools, etc.) in the course of their employment
For Veterans points:  Please show all of your employment history, including military service and related documentation (DD214) on the application.
The City of Aurora is an equal opportunity employer.  We are required by state and federal agencies to keep certain statistical records on applicants.  It will not be used in any way to discriminate against you because of your sex, race, age, sexual orientation, creed, national origin, disability or military status, gender identity, unless related to a bona fide occupational qualification as defined by the Colorado Civil Rights Commission and the Equal Opportunity Commission.
If you need assistance in completing this application, please feel free to contact our office at:  303-739-7225 or visit us at 15151 E Alameda Pkwy., Suite 3500, Aurora, CO 80012.

Despite the changes in Colorado law, the City of Aurora maintains a drug free workplace.  A positive test of marijuana is grounds for disqualification and ineligibility for employment with the city for one year or termination once hired.
Drug Testing, Thorough Criminal Background Check, and Employment References:
As a condition of employment, all applicants selected for employment with the City of Aurora must undergo a thorough criminal background check and drug screening. Employment references will be conducted on finalists for City of Aurora vacancies.


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