PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)
In the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner this class is accountable for performing the basic technical duties related to autopsy and postmortem medicolegal death investigations.
Initially works under the close supervision of the Forensic Technician Supervisor or other employee of higher grade; works more independently with acquired experience.
May lead employees of lower grade as assigned.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
Under supervision prepares bodies for autopsies and subsequent release to funeral directors; assists in performance of autopsies and collection of relevant information; assists in removal and dissection of organs, collection of body fluids and retention of specimens for special studies; prepares fixative solutions; maintains cleanliness and sanitation of autopsy facilities and equipment; assists in maintenance of appropriate records; may take fingerprints and photographs; picks up decomposed and traumatized bodies; takes inventory of and makes receipt for clothing and valuables; maintains chain of custody of body and evidence from crime scenes; may assist in removal of bodies from hospitals and/or secured crime scene areas; may take and develop X-rays; performs related duties as required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY
Some knowledge of human anatomy, laboratory/surgical equipment and terminology; basic interpersonal skills; basic oral and written communication skills; ability to carry out written and oral instructions; ability to follow prescribed procedures; ability to keep technical records and prepare reports.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE
One (1) year's experience in related work in a morgue, laboratory, hospital or funeral home.
1. Incumbents in this class must possess and retain a current Connecticut Motor Vehicle Operator's License.
2. Incumbents in this class may be required to travel. Incumbents must be available for calls on an emergency basis.
Incumbents in this class must be willing to undergo periodic tests or immunizations for communicable diseases as necessary.
Incumbents in this class will be required to lift bodies; will be exposed to strongly disagreeable conditions.
JOB CLASS DESIGNATION
This replaces the existing title of and specification for the class of Forensic Technician in Salary Group HG 12 approved effective January 27, 1989.
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