Employment Opportunity

Firearms Examiner

Houston Forensic Science Center, Houston, Texas

Salary: Houston Forensic Science offers a competitive salary and employee benefits package.

Final Filing Date: Open until filled

The primary job duties of the Firearms Examiner are to examine and interpret firearms evidence associated with alleged criminal acts.

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Specific duties of the Firearms Examiner may include, but not be limited to performing the following duties with little or no direct supervision:
  • Examination and test firing of firearms
  • Comparisons of fired bullets and cartridge cases
  • Entering specimens into NIBIN and reviewing correlations
  • Acting as a second/reviewing examiner on cases completed by other examiners
  • Conducting administrative and technical reviews of case records
  • Restoration of obliterated serial numbers on firearms
  • Testifying in courts of law regarding analyses performed


  • The position requires a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in forensic science or a chemical, physical, or biological science from an accredited college or university (transcripts required). College coursework should meet the requirements for the Texas Forensic Science Commission Forensic Analyst license. As a result, completion of college-level Statistics or the ability to complete a Statistics course within the 6 months of hire is also required.
  • The successful candidate must be able to gain Forensic Analyst licensure from TFSC within the first six months of employment.
  • Certification in Firearms Examination through AFTE strongly preferred.
  • Active licensure or direct work experience as a Firearms Examiner may be considered in lieu of the education requirement.
  • Experience in a Forensic Firearms environment is required:
    • Prior successful completion of a formal training program for firearms examination in an accredited laboratory is required. A minimum of two years of examiner experience (after the training) in an accredited laboratory is strongly preferred.
    • Training and experience as a NIBIN technician (or a similar job function) in an accredited laboratory may be considered in lieu of the formal firearms examination training.
  • Knowledge of firearms examination practice and procedure
  • Knowledge of ISO-17025 accreditation standards
  • Demonstrated skill in oral and written communication
  • Demonstrated skill in using computers and related software applications
  • Demonstrated skills in handling multiple tasks and prioritizing work assignments
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively handle conflict and uncertain situations
  • Demonstrated ability to work with frequent interruptions and changing priorities
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective communications and working relationships with fellow employees, internal customers, and external customers.

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Posted: February 23, 2022

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