Employment Opportunity

Firearms Examiner

Raleigh/Wake City-County Bureau of Identification, Wake County, North Carolina

Salary: $20.88 - $31.25 per hour

Final Filing Date: October 13, 2017

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  • The Firearms Examiner performs sophisticated collection, analysis, and evaluation of firearm related evidence utilizing standardized and industry accepted techniques to classify, compare, and identify a variety of firearms, cartridges, cartridge cases, bullets, and similarly related evidence.
  • The position conducts complete scientific tests of firearms evidence utilizing chemical and microscopic techniques and instrumentation which may include comparison microscopes, forensic photography, and computer networks linked to federal, state and local databases; documents findings; prepares technical written reports of laboratory examinations and communicates directly with law enforcement, attorneys, and various agencies regarding results found.
  • The position prepares evidence in order to provide expert court testimony as to findings; maintains records and files, stores evidence, keeps abreast of scientific advancements in forensic fields by attending conferences, reading technical journals, seminars, and training sessions.


Minimum Requirements
  • Associate's degree in Criminal Justice, Natural/Forensic Science, or related field and two years of experience in firearms examinations or equivalent.
  • Membership in the Association of Firearm and Tool Mark Examiners (AFTE) within 24 months of eligibility and/or employment.
  • A valid driver license and a "safe" driving record required.
Preferred Experience, Skills and Training (beyond the minimum requirements defined by the class)
  • Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice, Natural/Forensic Science, or related field.
  • Membership in the Association of Firearm and Tool Mark Examiners (AFTE).
  • Employment experience in the analysis, identification, and/or comparison of fingerprints.
  • Current employment experience with a ISO accredited crime laboratory.
  • The operations and safe handling of firearms and ammunition.
  • The makes, models, and characteristics of domestic and foreign firearms and ammunition.
  • The equipment used to test and identify firearms and ammunition.
  • The principles and practices of firearms and ammunition identification and comparison.
  • Current practices and principles of firearms identification.
  • Federal, state, and municipal laws governing firearms.
  • Laboratory techniques used in the performance of microscopic examinations as they pertain to firearms and ammunition.
  • ISO quality standards for testing and calibration laboratories.
  • The rules, procedures and laws of evidence.
  • The care and operation of laboratory equipment, especially microscopes, scales and firearm testing devices.
  • Identifying firearms and ammunition.
  • Providing expert testimony in firearms identification.
  • Make precise and accurate microscopic comparative examinations.
  • Fire a variety of weapons safely.
  • Disassemble firearms and restore to original condition.
  • Make accurate scientific conclusions.
  • Prepare and maintain precise records and reports.
  • Conduct searches in firearms databases.
  • Use photographic equipment to document evidence.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with the public and associates.

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Posted: September 12, 2017

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