Special Agent - Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons (MMIP)

Special Investigations Division



Apply by 06/27/2024


$33.40 – $50.11 Hourly

$69,479 – $104,219 Annually

This position is a Pay Band PI

Posting Details

The New Mexico Department of Justice (NMDOJ) represents the legal and criminal interests and sovereignty of the people of the State of New Mexico and the State of New Mexico itself. The NMDOJ exercises the responsibilities delegated by the New Mexico Constitution, statutes enacted by the New Mexico Legislature, and the common law. The Attorney General has primary authority for enforcement of consumer protection and antitrust laws, prosecution of criminal appeals, governmental conduct,  complex white-collar crimes, natural resource and environmental matters and any other matters as deemed necessary by the Attorney General. The  NMDOJ employs certified law enforcement officers in General Investigations, Organized Retail Crime, Internet Crimes Against Children, MMIP, Human Trafficking and Cold Case Units.  Additionally, the NMDOJ works concurrently with New Mexico’s 13 District Attorneys and other local, state and federal law enforcement authorities to carry out its criminal justice responsibilities and activities.

Interviews are anticipated to be conducted within two weeks of closing date.

Why does the job exist?

The Special Agent for the Special Investigations (MMIP) exists to conduct criminal investigations in furtherance of  locating Missing and Murdered Indigenous person and victims of unsolved violent crimes, and to ultimately solve those cases. This potion will work in conjunction with tribal and federal and local law enforcement  affiliates.

How does it get done?

The Special Agent for the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons (MMIP) assumes case responsibility over investigations initiated by the NMDOJ, or by other state, tribal, and federal law enforcement agencies, jurisdictional District Attorneys’ offices, municipal police departments and county sheriff’s offices that are deemed complex, specialized, perceived as conflicts,  or otherwise outside of the capabilities of their agency; to include conducting specialized criminal investigations related to criminal violations of the New Mexico State Statutes as it relates to MMIP and cold cases. Agents will collaborate with department of public safety, including the department’s missing persons clearinghouse, the United States Bureau of Indian Affairs; the Federal Bureau of Investigations, the New Mexico Police and Sheriffs’ Association; municipal police departments throughout the State of New Mexico, and all other individuals deemed necessary as it relates to the MMIP Task Force and in an effort to locate missing persons,  and conduct criminal investigations as they relate to victims of violence. This position prepares criminal investigations for prosecution,  initiates search and arrest warrants, conducts interviews and interrogations, conducts physical arrests, and testifies in court hearings.

Who are the customers?

The State of New Mexico and its citizens, indigenous missing and murdered persons throughout the State of New Mexico, victims of homicide and other acts of violence throughout the State of New Mexico.

Ideal Candidate

A successful candidate will posses a NM State Law Enforcement certification, have experience conducting missing persons and homicide investigations, have previous experience in working with tribal police, municipal police and sheriffs offices, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and have the ability to travel throughout the State of New Mexico. Ideal candidate will also have report writing experience, the ability to use basic computer applications; posses excellent time management skills and the ability to multi-task and prioritize work; Excellent written and verbal communication skills; Strong organizational, planning and problem solving skills.

Minimum Qualification

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Business or Public Administration, Accounting, Finance, Economics, Criminology, Criminal Justice, Police Science, or other related field with five (5) years of experience in law enforcement, criminal investigation, white-collar or economic/financial fraud investigation. Currently carry a valid New Mexico law enforcement certification or be eligible for certification by waiver of training. Combination of years of experience and education (Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution) can be combined with post-secondary education/advanced or specialized training (i.e., C.F.E/Forensic interviewing/ Operational planning/ Certification as an instructor) to meet requirements.

Employment Requirements

This position is designated a safety sensitive. Employment is subject to pre-employment and random testing, in accordance with all terms and conditions of federal and state law, rules and regulations in relation to alcohol and/or drug testing.  Employment requires successful completion of post offer pre-employment physical and is subject to criminal background check and is conditional pending results of criminal background check. Be of good moral character and not have been convicted of a felony offense by a court of this state, any other state or the United States. Must possess and maintain a valid New Mexico Driver’s License as some statewide travel is required.

Working Conditions

Office setting, exposure to Visual/Video Display terminal (VDT) and extensive personal computer and telephone usage with extended periods of sitting, including during public meetings and hearings. Must be able to lift 50 lbs, and some sitting, standing, bending and reaching may be required. Some occasional travel, including overnight travel, may be required in and out of state. Working in a law enforcement environment and exposure to law enforcement investigations.

Supplemental Information


Agency Contact Information: Dean Woulard

For information on Statutory Requirements for this position, click the Classification Description link on the job advertisement.


Bargaining Unit Position

This position is not covered by a collective bargaining agreement.