Tarrant County, Texas Office of Chief Medical Examiner

Senior Firearm/Toolmark Examiner (Senior Criminalist - Firearms)

Closing Date

Posting may close at any time


$69,958.46/year hire-in

Job Description

This position involves the independent application of laboratory techniques, materials, equipment, and instrumentation in the performance of laboratory examinations of evidence, the preparation of reports, and the rendering of expert testimony in courts of law regarding firearm/toolmark evidence.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Performs advanced sophisticated collection, analysis and evaluation of firearm/toolmark evidence utilizing standardized and industry acceptable techniques
  2. Reports results to agencies
  3. Performs routine preventative maintenance on equipment and utilizes quality control procedures
  4. Maintains sufficient inventory of supplies needed for workload in a timely manner
  5. Conducts educational instruction on lab procedures used by the County
  6. May participate in independent research
  7. May provide technical assistance to law enforcement agencies
  8. May recommend changes to lab procedures.
  9. Prepares written reports and testifies at court proceedings
  10. Prepares monthly or special reports of activities
  11. Trains or ensures training of work group in laboratory procedures
  12. Performs other related duties involved in the operation of the Medical Examiner's Office as assigned or required

Required Education and Experience

A Bachelor's degree in a natural science with seven (7) years of laboratory experience or Master's degree in a natural science with five (5) years of laboratory experience is required. Must have advanced level knowledge of fundamental concepts, practices and procedures in the field of firearm examination and direct experience as a court-qualified expert in firearm examination. The applicant 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. The ability to use PC and applicable software is required. This position is given advanced professional latitude to exercise judgment and discretion within defined parameters of County and departmental policies and procedures and then determine course(s) of action.

To Apply

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