The Office of the State Fire Marshal has an opening for an Unclassified Fire Investigator. This position conducts investigations to determine origin and cause of fires and explosions and conducts criminal investigations in to violations of the arson criminal code, including other criminal offenses that impel arson. Investigates, inspects and maintains accurate records on permits and/or licenses issued by the OSFM for those who apply; testifies in court as an expert; conducts and attends training sessions; performs administrative duties such as submitting reports and record keeping; maintains and operates assigned state vehicle and equipment. Extensive travel, including overnight is required of this position.

This position covers Sedgwick, Butler, Greenwood, Wilson, Montgomery, Elk, Chautauqua, Cowley and Sumner counties. Residency within the territory is preferred however; this will be reviewed on a case by case basis.

Salary: $21.13 per hour ($43,950.40 annually).

Minimum Requirements: Two years’ experience in general law enforcement and criminal investigation. A four year college degree in a Criminal Justice field may be substituted for the required experience. Must have a current full-time law enforcement certification issued by the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Commission (KLETC). In order to substitute education for experience, a college transcript must be submitted at time of application. Must have a valid Kansas driver’s license.

Necessary Special Requirements: Must be a United States citizen and at least 21 years of age. At time of offer, candidate must take and pass a drug screening tests approved by the Office of Personnel Services and take a pre-employment physical. Top candidates must take and pass a background check and polygraph. This class requires the use of a firearm for law enforcement duties therefore, candidates cannot have been convicted of, and must be free of any diversions from, a felony or misdemeanor domestic violence crime as set forth in 18 U.S.C. § 922 (d) (9) and (g) (9).

Preferred Qualifications: Prefer applicants with experience in fire and explosive investigations and to have a knowledge of state and local laws, ordinances and regulations; explosive materials and properties, electrical systems; building conduction; chemicals, flammable properties of various substances, char and burn patterns, factors effective fire spread, color and density of smoke, flame and heat material burning rate and heat release characteristics, investigation procedures, rules of evidence and rights of suspects, and criminal court procedures and practices. Ability to plan and conduct investigations, ascertain facts and obtain evidence, establish and maintain favorable relationships with co-workers, professionals and the public. Keep records, prepare reports, speak in public, present evidence and be able to use a camera.

Licenses, Certifications & Registration: Current certification as a full-time law enforcement officer by the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Commission as required by K.S.A. 74-5601a. Must have a current, valid Kansas driver’s license.

Performance Standards: To be successful, the expectation is that a candidate will be able to competently perform the routine tasks of the position with limited supervision within six (6) months of hire date.

HOW TO APPLY: The application process has 3 STEPS:

STEP 1: Register by completing the online Personal Data Form at (Skip this step if you already have an Applicant ID number.)

STEP 2: Complete the official State of Kansas application form at and submit to the Fire Marshal.

STEP 3: Email the additional required documents to .

Include your name and job requisition number on all correspondence when submitting documents.

Your application will be considered incomplete and you will be found ineligible if you fail to submit the required documentation by the closing date of the vacancy announcement.

Required Documents:

Online State of Kansas Application form sent to Fire Marshal

Letter of Interest


College Transcripts, if applicable

Copy of current full-time Law Enforcement certification

Copy of all other Training Certificates and

Valid Kansas Tax Clearance Certificate

send to Brenda Schuette,

PLEASE NOTE: In order to be qualified for this and any position with the Office of the State Fire Marshal the applicant MUST MEET THE MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS for the position. These qualifications MUST BE IDENTIFIED on the application and resume. Failure to include the minimum qualifications on the application and resume may result in disqualification and the applicant will not be considered for the position.


Each applicant applying for a State of Kansas job vacancy must obtain a valid Kansas Certificate of Tax Clearance by accessing the Kansas Department of Revenue’s website at .

A Tax Clearance is a comprehensive tax account review to determine and ensure that an individual’s account is compliant with all primary Kansas Tax Laws. A Tax Clearance expires every 90 days. All applicants, including current State employees, are responsible for submitting a valid certificate with all other application materials to the hiring agency. This is in accordance with Executive Order 2004-03. If you need assistance with the tax clearance, please contact 785-296-3199.

Failure to follow the instructions and submit all required documentation may affect your consideration for this position. If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to call me.

Recruiter Contact Information:

Name: Brenda L. Schuette

Phone: 785-296-0654


How Your Application Will Be Evaluated: Once you complete and submit your application and materials, your application will be reviewed to ensure you meet the minimum and any necessary special requirements. Please indicate all relevant prior experiences and training on your application. Next, your application will be evaluated and rated based on preferred competencies and selection criteria for the position.

What to Expect Next: After your application is evaluated and ranked, you may be contacted for a possible interview. You will be notified of the outcome after the selection process is complete.

Veterans’ Preference Eligible (VPE): Former military personnel or their spouse that have been verified as a “veteran”; under K.S.A. 73-201 will receive an interview if they meet the minimum competency factors of this position. The veterans’ preference laws do not guarantee the veteran a job. Positions are filled with the best qualified candidate as determined by the hiring manager. Additional VPE information can be found at

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to contact the agency recruiter if reasonable accommodations are needed for any part of the application or hiring process.

The Office of the State Fire Marshal is an Equal Opportunity Employer


Posted by Gwen Dorr Romine, KSFFA Webmaster
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