We’re Hiring! Announcing a Job Opening at Colibri

The Colibrí Center for Human Rights is a respected nonprofit organization working at the intersections of human rights, forensic science, and immigration advocacy. Founded in 2013 with roots tracing back to 2006, Colibrí has served thousands of migrants and their families and currently manages the largest and most comprehensive database of missing and deceased individuals believed to be migrants for the US-Mexico border.

Colibrí is seeking a highly motivated individual to join our small, hardworking team as our Forensic Specialist.

Please refer to the following for a detailed description and information on applying:

Forensic Specialist

Full Time Position
Salary Commensurate with Experience
Full Benefits (health, dental and vision insurance, 401k)
Located in Tucson, Arizona
2 weeks paid vacation per year
10 sick days per year

The Forensic Specialist will lead the implementation, facilitation, and development of a multi-year DNA Program aimed at identifying the remains of hundreds of unidentified people who died in Arizona while crossing the border. This project will require extensive travel, highly developed organizational skills, and collaboration with multiple actors.


Master’s degree or higher in Forensic Anthropology or comparable field
Fully bilingual in Spanish and English (native speakers preferred)
Ability to relocate, if necessary, to Tucson, Arizona
Ability to travel extensively
Strong organizational skills
Ability to speak in Spanish with compassion, sensitivity, and professionalism
Ability to handle emotionally heavy subject matter related to death, grief, and human remains
Ability to collaboratively implement a massive, multi-year project
Ability to delegate tasks, manage interns and other staff, and provide critical feedback and performance reviews
Experience with DNA testing and genetics a plus but not required
Experience in maintaining chain-of-custody relevant to biological samples

Job Description

Utilize Colibrí’s database of over 2,500 missing person reports to contact families of the missing, track their relationships to the missing person, and map their locations
Create a plan for DNA collection using the maps produced by family calls in order to strategically carry out sampling trips
Coordinate with local NGOs and consular officials once collection sites are determined in order to set up sampling meetings
Publicize the event and get RSVP’s from families who plan to attend
Collect Family Reference Samples (FRS) and ensure chain of custody
Facilitate DNA collection, shipping, and tracking
Track DNA reports and matches in Colibrí database
Communicate with forensic scientists and families about DNA results
Notify families of positive identifications

Colibrí is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity as central to our work serving underrepresented communities, and we encourage candidates from a wide range of backgrounds to apply.

How to Apply

Please send a cover letter and resume (CV if applicable) to [email protected] by August 31st, 2016.

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