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Forensic Scientist I - Firearms Examiner

Date: Nov 13, 2020

Location: Wichita, KS, US

Company: Sedgwick County

Department:  FSC 

Pay:  $42,890.00 annually 

Work Schedule: Monday to Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM 


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.

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.

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

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