Forensic Specialist III, DNA Section Criminalist

Kansas City Police Department Crime Laboratory, Kansas City, MO, US


Job Objective:

  • To examine, identify, and analyze various types of evidence and produce written reports of findings.
  • To testify as an expert witness in court.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Conduct physical, microscopic, and instrumental analysis of biological evidence in a scientific and legally accepted manner.
  • Comprehend training and satisfactorily complete competence testing and maintain proficiency.
  • Prepare written reports on the results of examinations, perform reviews of casework and render credible expert witness testimony in depositions and in a court of law.
  • Possess strong communication, time management, writing, analytical and decision-making skills. Incumbent is required to consistently exercise discretion, sound judgment, and must comply with all accreditation mandates to assure quality of results and analysis. Failure of any quality assurance mandates must be reported, whether it is of their own or another analyst.
  • Maintain and perform operational checks on equipment; oversee inventory supplies.
  • Provide information, training, and assistance to law enforcement, attorneys, and the community concerning forensic science topics.
  • Continue advancing skills through research, attendance to educational conferences and relevant courses or workshops.
  • Regular and reliable attendance is essential and must have the ability to work mandatory overtime, flexible hours, nights, and weekends and/or holidays when necessary.
  • Must have the ability to work outside in all types of weather conditions. Assist in crime scene investigations where appropriate.
  • Perform other duties as required.

This case specification should not be interpreted as all inclusive. It is intended to identify the essential functions and requirements of this job. Incumbents may be requested to perform job-related responsibilities and tasks other than those stated in this specification. Any essential function or requirement of this class will be evaluated as necessary should an incumbent/applicant be unable to perform the function or requirement due to a disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as amended by the Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA); and the Missouri Human Rights Act (MHRA).


The incumbent is required to have:

  • Bachelor of Arts degree, Bachelor of Science degree, or an advanced degree or its equivalent in a biology, chemistry, or forensic science related area
  • Minimum of three courses covering the subject areas of biochemistry, genetics, molecular biology, and college course work or training that covers the subject areas of statistics and/or population genetics (per the FBI Quality Assurance Standards for Forensic DNA Testing Laboratories)
  • Close attention to detail and a high degree of accuracy
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Agreement to submit a DNA standard for quality control purposes
  • Ability to perform moderate lifting (up to 50 pounds) and extended periods of sedentary work
  • Ability to differentiate colors
  • Willingness to have exposure to hazardous materials, noise levels, and working conditions exist; work may involve decomposing corpses, body fluids, exposure to contagious diseases, and potentially deadly unknown materials
  • Residence within 30 statute (air) miles of the nearest Kansas City, Missouri city limit during the full term of their employment with the Department


Starting Monthly Salary: $3,842 to $6,908

Benefits include:

  • Pension Program
  • 11 Paid Holidays
  • 20 Paid Vacation Days
  • 10 hours of Sick Leave per month
  • Overtime Opportunities
  • Flexible Work Schedule
  • Competitive Health/Dental Insurance
  • Additional Pay for College Degrees (up to $1200 per year)

How to apply

Submit a cover letter, resume and college transcripts to