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Arson Investigator

Date Posted:  Oct 6, 2021
Requisition ID:  262743

Elkhart, IN, US, 46514

Work for Indiana

Grow your career with the State of Indiana! With more than 50 executive branch agencies, the State of Indiana is a diverse workforce offering employees stimulating and challenging projects across a broad scope of career opportunities. As a State of Indiana employee, you impact the well-being of Indiana’s communities every day.


At the State of Indiana, we don’t just talk about diversity and inclusion – Our goal is to create a welcoming, accessible, and equitable workplace, with a workforce that is representative of the State of Indiana population. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer.


About the Indiana Department of Homeland Security:

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) leads Indiana's emergency planning and operations, first responder training, and fire and building safety. The Indiana State Fire Marshal leads the Division of Fire and Building Safety (within IDHS), which oversees the enforcement of building codes and includes a fire investigations unit. The agency certifies and trains thousands of first responders and also hosts state-level exercises each year. IDHS also supports the state Emergency Operations Center (EOC), which leads response and coordination efforts for large-magnitude incidents.


Salary Information:

The salary for this position starts at $42,016.00 annually.


About the Job:

As the Arson Investigator, you will perform duties related to the enforcement of arson law and investigation of suspected arson cases.

A Day in the Life:

The essential functions of this role are as follows: 

  • Conducts investigation of fires and explosions of suspect origin.
  • Conducts investigations of deaths resulting from fires or explosions.
  • Operates investigative tools such as polygraph, breath analysis, fingerprints, cameras, tape recorders, data processing output and chemical analysis to detect and document criminal evidence.
  • Interrogates suspected arsonists and prepares subsequent statements.
  • Gathers and prepares evidence for court proceedings and investigative reports.
  • Presents evidence to prosecutors in both written and oral form.
  • Testifies in court proceedings.
  • Arrests individuals when findings warrant.
  • Exercises full police powers in assisting other law enforcement agencies in emergency situations.

The job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time. 

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to interview and to perform the essential functions of this role.

What You'll Need for Success:

  • Specialized knowledge of criminal law, criminal procedural law and criminal rules of evidence as they apply to arson and related crimes.
  • Specialized knowledge of the cause, origin and chemistry of fire.
  • Considerable knowledge of, and ability to apply, methods, techniques and procedures of criminal investigations.
  • Knowledge of, and ability to perform, various chemical tests, operate specialized investigator equipment such as polygraph, fingerprints, cameras, etc.
  • Ability to analyze various findings and reports in order to proceed with investigations.
  • Graduation from the Police or Fire Academy.
  • Effectively communicate both orally and in writing.
  • Must hold a valid Indiana Driver’s or Chauffeur’s License.
  • Must be able to travel including trips which may require more than one day in length.
  • Must attend the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy Basic Course within one year of hiring date.
  • Must obtain Certified Fire Investigator (CFI) certification through the International Association of Arson Investigator’s within a minimum of two years but not to exceed five years of hiring date and must maintain certification while employed with the Investigation Division.
  • Must maintain twenty four (24) hours continuing education in the topic related to fire investigations per year. Eight hours of the required training must be completed at an approved training agency outside the office.
  • Must complete 5 CFITrainer.net modules per year.
  • Must maintain Hazardous Material Awareness Level training and qualify twice a year in each approved qualification and tactical range courses using department issued weapons.

Supervisory Responsibilities/Direct Reports:

This role does not provide direct supervision to direct reports.


Benefits of Employment with the State of Indiana:

The State of Indiana offers a comprehensive benefit package for full-time employees which includes:

  • Three (3) medical plan options (including RX coverage) and vision/dental coverages
  • Wellness program (offers premiums discount for the medical plan)
  • Health savings account (includes bi-weekly state contribution)
  • Deferred compensation account (similar to 401k plan) with employer match
  • Two (2) fully-funded pension plan options
  • Group life insurance
  • Employee assistance program that allows for covered behavioral health visits
  • Paid vacation, personal and sick time off
  • Competitive leave policies covering a variety of employee needs
  • 12 company paid holidays, 14 on election years
  • Qualified employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program
  • New Parent Leave
  • Free Parking
  • Free LinkedIn Learning

If this is an Intermittent position, the position does not offer benefits and is limited to 180 working days in an eleven (11) month continuous period.


This position is typically filled at a salary of 42,016.00.


Equal Employment Opportunity:

The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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Nearest Major Market: Elkhart
Nearest Secondary Market: South Bend