Employment Opportunity

Forensic Scientist I - Firearms Examiner

Sedgwick County, Wichita, Kansas

Salary: $42,890.00 annually

Final Filing Date: Open until filled

Performs various analytical tests within the Firearms Section related to criminal investigations. Interprets complex data, formulates conclusions, and prepares results of findings to provide an expert opinion in criminal justice proceedings. Adheres to quality control procedures, performs quality assurance verifications, assists with the maintenance and calibrations of laboratory instrumentation, and participates in research and validations as necessary.

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Firearms Casework:
  • Documents, collects, and preserves physical evidence according to laboratory procedures, to ensure chain of custody is maintained.
  • Function test and trouble shoot a wide variety of firearms.
  • Safely obtain test fired ammunition components for comparisons.
  • Perform serial number restorations.
  • Examine, test and analyze submitted bullets, cartridge cases and other ammunition components in an effort to determine source.
  • Use a comparison microscope.
  • Prepare detailed notes.
  • Compose written laboratory reports.
  • Interpret laboratory findings and test results from evidentiary material.
  • Provide verifications of comparisons for other scientists.
  • Perform administrative and technical reviews of case files.
  • Confer with law enforcement and/or attorneys pertaining to test results and interpretations.
  • Testify as an expert witness in a court of law.
Quality Assurance:
  • Follows quality control procedures and ensures all work performed is in accordance with current standard operating procedure and accreditation standards.
  • Participates in proficiency test program.
  • Prepares reagents and verify/document reagent performance.
  • Maintain laboratory equipment per accepted procedures.
  • Perform validations/crossover studies as required.
  • Continue to increase level of expertise by attending available training opportunities (professional meetings, current literature, and/or continuing education).
  • Provide technical training to staff and new scientists.
  • Provide training on the functions of the laboratory to other agencies.
  • Provide training to members of the criminal justice community and general interest groups.


Minimum Qualifications:
  • A baccalaureate degree with a minimum of two semesters of chemistry.
  • Must possess a valid Kansas driver’s license or obtain one within 90 days of employment.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Master’s Degree in Forensic Science or other appropriate field.

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Posted: November 20, 2020

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