NOTICE OF VACANCY – Fire Investigator – Requisition #192020 – Vacancy closes 2/19/2019

The Office of the State Fire Marshal has an opening for an Unclassified Fire Investigator.

Duties will include, but are not limited to the following:

  • conducts investigations to determine origin and cause of fires and explosions;
  • 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 the counties of Shawnee, Jackson, Jefferson, Leavenworth, Wyandotte, Douglas and Johnson.  Residency within the territory is preferred however; this will be reviewed on a case by case basis.

Pay Rate:  $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.  In order to substitute education for experience, a college transcript must be submitted at time of application.
  • Must have a current full-time law enforcement certification issued by the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Commission (KLETC).  Out of state certifications will be considered on a case by case basis.
  • Must have a valid 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 position 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:

  • experience in fire and explosive investigations;
  • 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 that affect 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;
  • 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.  Out of state certifications will be considered on a case by case basis.
  • Must have a current, valid 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  (Skip this step if you already have an Applicant ID or Employee ID number).
STEP 2:  Complete the official State of Kansas application form  (include all employment and experience) 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. 

Required Documents:

  • Completed Online State of Kansas Application form sent to Fire Marshal
  • Letter of Interest
  • Resume
  • 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

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


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.  Your application will be considered incomplete if not submitted by the closing date of the job posting.

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.  Applicants, including current State employees, are responsible for submitting a valid and up to date 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.

Your application will be considered incomplete if an ACTUAL COPY of your certificate is not submitted on or before the vacancy closing date.

Contact Information:
Name:  Brenda L. Schuette
Phone: 785-296-0654

Process for Selection:  Upon receipt of your complete application packer, an evaluation of your qualifications will be conducted, and your status based on the established minimum requirements, necessary special requirements, and preferred selection criteria for the specific vacancy will be determined.  Based on your ranking in comparison with other applicants, you may/may not be referred for further consideration and/or possible interview.  If you are not selected for the vacancy, you will be notified within 30 days of the position being filled.

Reasonable Accommodation Policy Statement:  The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 ensures you the right to reasonable accommodations.  A request for an accommodation will not affect your opportunities for employment with the State of Kansas.  Arrangements will be made if you have a disability that requires an accommodation for completing an application form, interviewing or any other part of the employment process.  It is your responsibility to make your needs known to the OSFM Recruitment Office at 785-296-0654.

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



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