Crime Scene Investigation

tbi special agent


Responsible for analyzing physical, biological, or chemical evidence submitted to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation; and composing technical laboratory reports describing the results of tests. 


Uses and maintains advanced scientific instrumentation. Consults with criminal court attorneys, and testifies in local, state, and federal courts on the results of forensic analysis. Serves as a consultant to law enforcement investigators across the state.


Responsible for crime scene investigation requiring 24/7 on-call status on a rotating basis.

minimum qualifications

  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry, or other natural or physical sciences; forensic science, or other forensic related areas; including a minimum of thirty-six quarter hours (twenty-four semester hours) in chemistry.

  • A transcript with all chemistry credits is required to be uploaded with an employment application in order that the agency is able to properly evaluate a candidate's eligibility for a position in this classification.

  • Forensic Biology Applicants must also have completed additional college coursework in Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Genetics, and Statistics.

selection timeline

These dates are subject to change, but here's a rough overview of our upcoming hiring process.

May 19th - June 8th
Our Special Agent/Forensic Scientist positions will be posted on the Tennessee Department of Human Resources website. Interested candidates will need to complete an online application to begin the selection process.

June 9th

Candidates will receive preliminary selection questions to complete in an online form.

June 20th

We'll email invitations for those selected for 1st Round interviews.

June 27th - July 1st

1st Round interviews will be held virtually.

July 5th

We'll email invitations for those selected for a second in-person interview.

July 11th - 13th

2nd Round interviews will be held at TBI Headquarters in Nashville.

July 15th

Conditional offers will be extended to selected candidates. We'll also notify those not selected to continue in the hiring process via email.

July 25th - August 22nd

We'll conduct background checks and polygraphs on those conditionally selected for employment.

September 7th - 21st

Candidates will participate in a pre-employment psychological examination.

October 10th - 14th
We'll extend official job offers to selected candidates.

October 31st
Our new Special Agent/Forensic Scientists will begin their employment with TBI.

Applicants: what to expect

Working on Laptop
A Thorough
Background Investigation

If conditionally offered a position as a TBI Special Agent/Forensic Scientist, candidates will be subject to an intense background investigation, which includes, but is not limited to, a check of state and federal criminal records, driving history, social media accounts, credit history, education, military record, previous employment, drug use, and reference verification.

Candidates will also be subject to a pre-employment polygraph examination as part of the background process.

Direct & Sometimes Difficult

Credibility is a cornerstone of being a TBI Agent, so candidates should expect some potentially personal questions during the interview process.


A candidate must not have been convicted of, pleaded guilty to, or entered a plea of nolo contendre to a number of crimes to include, but not limited to: force, violence, theft, dishonesty, gambling, DUI, or controlled substances. This includes a sufficient number of misdemeanors, of any nature, to establish a pattern of disregard for the law.


Violations considered "youthful indiscretions" or experimentation (domestic related offenses excluded) may be considered on a case by case basis.

Frequent Communication Through The Process

We're committed to making sure your experience of applying for a job with TBI is a pleasant one. 

We're committed to communicating, as we can, about the status of your application. We do, however, expect to receive more than 1,000 applications for these open positions, so we'll provide updates as we can, and prefer to do so via email.

If hired, Agents can expect a detailed onboarding process, designed to efficiently and thoroughly acclimate you to employment with the State of Tennessee and the TBI.

If Hired, Extensive

Details coming soon.

questions? let us know!