Special Agent (Kansas Bureau of Investigation)


Important Recruitment Information for this vacancy:

  • Job Posting Closes: Position is Open Until Filled

Kansas Bureau of Investigation:
The Kansas Bureau of Investigation is the premier criminal investigative agency in the state of Kansas. The KBI is committed to its critical mission of preventing crime and enhancing public safety in Kansas. We employ individuals who exemplify the highest standards of integrity, service, and dedication. Come feel like you're part of something bigger at the KBI. For more information, visit the Kansas Bureau of Investigation.

About the Position:

  • Who can apply: Anyone
  • Classified/Unclassified Service: Classified
  • Full/Part-time: Full-Time
  • Regular/Temporary: Regular
  • Eligible to Receive Benefits: Yes
  • Veterans' Preference Eligible: Yes
  • Search Keywords: KBI, Special Agent


  • Hourly Pay Range: $30.46

Employment Benefits:

  • Comprehensive medical, mental, dental, vision, and additional coverage
  • Sick & Vacation leave
  • Work-Life Balance programs: parental leave, military leave, jury leave, funeral leave
  • Paid State Holidays
  • Fitness Centers in select locations
  • Employee discounts with the STAR Program
  • Retirement and deferred compensation programs

Visit the Employee Benefits page for more information.

Position Summary & Responsibilities
Position Summary:
The KBI is seeking to fill Special Agent positions. The positions may be stationed anywhere in the State.

Job Responsibilities may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Protects and processes crime scenes by identifying and collecting physical evidence using photography, various measuring techniques and diagramming; lifting fingerprints, casting impressions, and properly tagging, packaging and transporting evidence for forensic examinations.
  • Conducts interviews with victims, witnesses and suspects to obtain relevant case information in accordance with rules of evidence.
  • Prepares appropriate administrative and investigative reports and forms required by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation.
  • Employs appropriate surveillance techniques including undercover surveillance by observing suspected persons and determining their involvement in criminal activities; conducts electronic surveillance by legally installing and operating electronic surveillance equipment.
  • Confers with prosecutors for preparation and presentation of evidence in courts of law and other legal proceedings; presents evidence in order to obtain subpoenas, search and arrest warrants.
  • Participates in raids to seize evidence or apprehend suspects.
  • Performs related work as speaking to civil groups on crime prevention and law enforcement topics; providing physical security for witnesses and dignitaries and verifying the safety of situations that will be encountered prior the arrival of dignitaries.

Licensing & Certification:

  • Current law enforcement certification and six (6) years law enforcement experience.
  • Possess valid driver's license.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Pursuant to K.S.A. 74-5605, applicants must be United States citizens and at least 21 years of age.
  • This position requires the use of a firearm for law enforcement duties. Therefore, to be eligible for appointment, candidates cannot be prohibited from shipping, transporting, possessing or receiving a firearm or ammunition under 18 U.S.C. § 922(g) or (n), K.S.A. 2013 Supp. 21-6301 or K.S.A. 2013 Supp. 21-6304.
  • Must be certified by or eligible for certification by the Kansas Commission on Peace Officers' Standards and Training. This means, among other requirements, that the candidate must:
    • Be a United States citizen and at least 21 years of age.
    • Not have been convicted of a crime that would constitute a felony under the laws of the state, a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence, or a misdemeanor offense that the Kansas Commission on Peace Officers' Standards and Training determines reflects on the honesty, trustworthiness, integrity or competence of the applicant as defined by rules and regulations of the Commission.
      As used in this section, "conviction" includes rendering of judgment by a military court martial pursuant to the uniform code of military justice, by a court of the United States or by a court of competent jurisdiction in any state, whether or not expunged; and any diversion agreement entered into for a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence and any diversion agreement entered into on or after July 1, 1995, for a felony.
    • Have graduated from a high school accredited by the Kansas state board of education or the appropriate accrediting agency of another state jurisdiction or have obtained the equivalent of a high school education as defined by rules and regulations of the Commission.
    • Be of good moral character sufficient to warrant the public trust in the applicant as a police officer or law enforcement officer.
  • Be able to effectively testify in court. Certified law enforcement applicants must not have any Brady/Giglio material in background to be eligible for hiring.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • The KBI will give preference to candidates with two (2) years felony-level investigative experience, particularly in the areas of major violent crimes, crimes against children, cyber crimes, and/or drug, human or other trafficking organizations. Preference will also be given to candidates who have a bachelor's degree or graduate degree from an accredited college or university.


  • The Special Agent in this position is expected to travel to the locations required to competently and diligently discharge the assigned duties. Regular in-state and limited out-of-state travel may be required. A valid driver's license is required when operating a state vehicle, a private vehicle, or a rental vehicle for the benefit of the State.

Post-Offer, Pre-employment Requirements:

  • Candidates are subject to a pre-employment process to include a physical ability assessment, polygraph examination, drug-screening test, physical examination, psychological testing and a complete background investigation, including reference check of past and present employers. The pre-employment polygraph and background investigation process will be waived for current KBI personnel who have previously completed the requirements.

Recruiter Contact Information:

Required documents for this application to be complete:

  • On the My Job Applications page, verify these documents are present and valid. Upload or delete and upload new if needed.
    • Transcripts
    • Specify attachments that could be required for other job postings
    • DD214 (if you are claiming Veteran's Preference)
  • Inside your Job Application upload these documents:
    • Resume (or choose existing if you have one)
    • Cover Letter

Job Application Process:

  • Sign in to your existing account or Register for a new one to apply.
  • Complete or review your contact information on the My Contact Information page.
  • Upload documents listed in the Required Documents section of the job posting to the appropriate location.
  • Check your email and My Job Notifications for written communications from the Recruiter.
    • Email - sent to the preferred email listed on the My Contact Information page
    • Notifications - view the Careers - My Job Notifications page

To complete your application online, please visit the Kansas State Employment Center & Careers Portal.

How to Claim Veterans' Preference:

  • 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 the position. The veterans' preference laws do not guarantee the veteran a job. Positions are filled with the best qualified candidate as determine by the hiring manager. Click here to learn more about claiming Veterans' Preference.

Equal Employment Opportunity
The State of Kansas is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We value diversity, equity, and inclusion as essential elements that create and foster a welcoming workplace. All qualified persons will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, political affiliation, disability or any other factor unrelated to the essential functions of the job. If you wish to identify yourself as a qualified person with a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act and would like to request an accommodation, please address the request to the recruiter.