Employment Opportunity

Senior Criminalist - Firearm Examiner

Tarrant County Medical Examiner, Fort Worth, Texas

Salary: $65,188.50 - $71,707.48 Annually

Final Filing Date: Open until filled

Duties and Requirements Click to read more


  • Performs advanced sophisticated collection, analysis and evaluation of evidence utilizing standardized and industry acceptable techniques
  • Reports results to agencies
  • Performs routine preventative maintenance on equipment and quality control procedures
  • Maintains sufficient inventory of supplies needed for workload in a timely manner
  • Conducts education instruction on lab procedures used by the County
  • May participate in independent research
  • May provide technical assistance to law enforcement agencies
  • May recommend changes to lab procedures.
  • Prepares written reports and prepared to testify at court proceedings
  • Prepares monthly or special reports of activities
  • Trains or ensures training of work group in laboratory procedures
  • Performs other related duties involved in the operation of the Medical Examiner's Office as assigned or required


  • TO APPLY, must have a Master's degree or higher + Five (5) full-time years of related work experience
  • OR
  • TO APPLY, must have a Bachelor's degree + Seven (7) full-time years of related work experience.
  • Note: Preference will be given to applicants with life science and forensic science degrees.

  • TO APPLY, must have direct experience as a court-qualified expert in firearms and toolmark examination.
  • Candidates must be able to pass a competency examination given by the supervisor prior to hiring or within six (6) months from the date of hire.
  • Elected membership in learned scientific societies in the particular area of expertise is desirable.
  • Must have advanced level of knowledge of fundamental concepts, practices and procedures of field of specialty.
  • Requires successful completion of annual externally administered proficiency testing.
  • Must maintain knowledge of up to date technology and practices in the field of specialty. Ability to use PC and applicable software.
  • Must have advanced-level oral and written/presentation and communication skills.
  • Ability to make independent judgment.
  • Must have advanced skills in laboratory protocols/procedures, techniques and knowledge of evidence handling and testing procedures.
Physical Demands and Work Environment & Other Requirements:
  • While performing the duties of this position, the incumbent is regularly required to sit, walk, climb, grasp, stoop, lift, push and pull.
  • Occasional lifting of heavy laboratory equipment is required.
  • The hazards associated with this position may include handling physical evidence from evaluating loaded firearms and explosives, to dealing with dangerous chemicals and blood borne pathogens.

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How to apply: Apply online

Posted: October 27, 2018

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