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Forensic Scientist - Firearms & Tool Marks Examiner

Date: Aug 5, 2019

Location: Wichita, KS, US

Company: Sedgwick County

Pay:  $42,361 - $49,046 

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm 


Successfully complete requirements to perform independent case work per accreditation standards.

Examine, test and analyze submitted bullets, cartridge cases and other ammunition components in an effort to determine source.

  • Function test and trouble shoot a wide variety of firearms
  • Safely obtain test fired ammunition components for comparisons
  • Use a comparison microscope
  • Interpret laboratory findings and test results from evidentiary material
    •    Prepare detail notes
    • Compose written laboratory reports
    • Confer with law enforcement and/or attorneys in regard to test results and their interpretation
    • Document and protect evidence according to laboratory procedures, ensuring chain of custody is maintained
    • Continue to increase level of expertise by attending available training courses
    • Provide verifications of comparisons for other scientists
    • Perform administrative reviews of case files
    • Perform technical reviews of case files
  • Participate in internal and/or external proficiency tests
  • Testify as an expert witness in a court of law

Examine and compare submitted tool marks in an effort to determine source.

  • Create test tool marks
  • Take accurate measurements using a variety of measuring devices
  • Make detailed descriptions of observations

Maintenance of lab equipment and inventory of supplies and reference files

    • Maintain laboratory equipment per accepted procedures
    • Maintain inventory of supplies
    • Prepare reagents as needed
    • Maintain the ammunition and firearm reference files
    • Perform validations/ crossover studies as required
    • Provided training on the functions of  lab to other agencies
    • Perform serial number restorations

Minimum Qualifications:

Educational Requirements:   Graduation from a four year college or university in chemistry, bio-chemistry or a related field. A minimum of 2 semesters of chemistry.

Years of Experience:             

Forensic Scientist I – no prior experience
Forensic Scientist II – 2 years of applicable lab experience
Forensic Scientist III – 4 years of applicable lab experience.  

A master’s degree or doctorate in an appropriate field may be substitutable for 1 or 2 years of experience respectively.

License, certifications, etc…  Valid Kansas State Driver’s License

Preferred Qualifications:

Educational Requirements:  Master’s Degree in Forensic Science or other appropriate field.  Documented successful competition of a Firearm and Toolmark training program.

Years of Experience:  5 years

License, certifications, etc…  AFTE Certification

It is the policy of Sedgwick County not to discriminate in its programs or services provided to the general public, including employment and all other activities, on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, citizenship, sex, age, disability, veteran status or any other similarly protected status. Sedgwick County is committed to making the application, interview, and pre-employment testing process accessible to persons with disabilities. If you wish to volunteer information regarding any special assistance you may need, please notify Human Resources by phone at (316) 660-7050, TDD (Kansas Relay at 711 or 800-766-3777). Do not use this phone number for employment questions. This number is provided only for those requiring ADA assistance. You will be contacted should the department feel that you are a qualified candidate.

Nearest Major Market: Wichita