STATE OF CONNECTICUT EXECUTIVE BRANCH JOBS

Forensic Technician 1 (28 Hours)

Part-Time

Recruitment #240223-3991HN-001

Introduction


The State of ConnecticutOffice of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) is a free-standing, modern facility located on the UCONN Health Center Campus in Farmington, CT.  The office is a state-wide medical examiner system charged with the investigation of sudden and unexpected deaths that, by statute, fall under our jurisdiction. 

We are recruiting for one (1) part-time, Forensic Technician 1, to work the following schedule:

  • Work Hours: 9:00am - 4:30pm, weekends 8:00am - 3:30pm
  • Week 1 - Friday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
  • Week 2 - Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday

  • NOTE:  On call and holiday coverage is also required.

    WHAT WE CAN OFFER YOU:
  • A chance to work for a Forbes top company: ‘Forbes’ State of Connecticut Ranked One of the Best Employers of 2023 State of CT Receives National Recognition for Offering Job Growth, Competitive Benefits, and Flexible Schedule 
  • State of Connecticut is an eligible Public Service Loan Forgiveness employer, meaning you may be eligible to have qualifying student loans forgiven after 10 years of service.  Click here for more information.
  • Industry leading health benefits, including medical and dental coverage
  • State Employee Retirment System (SERS) Tier IV (new hires after 7.17.23)
  • Voluntary Deferred Compensation 45 Plan through Empower (formerly Prudential)
  • Paid time off - including 13 holidays per calendar year
  • Dedicated employee parking

  • Forensic Technicians work under supervision, and in this role:
  • Prepares bodies for autopsies and subsequent release to funeral directors; 
  • Assists in the performance of autopsies and collection of relevant information;
  • Assists in removal 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;
  • Handles the removal of bodies from hospitals and/or secured crime scene areas;
  • May take and develop X-rays;
  • Performs related duties as required.

  • Note:  In addition to the checking of references and facts stated in the application, a thorough background investigation will be completed before the candidate is certified for appointment.

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    Selection Plan

    For current state employees, salary calculations are not necessarily comparable from one of the three branches of state government (i.e., Executive, Legislative, Judicial) to the other.

    In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process.  Applicants invited to interview may be required to submit additional documentation, which supports their qualification(s) for this position.  These documents may include:  a resume, performance reviews, supervisory references, college transcripts, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency.

    This posting may require completion of additional referral questions (RQs). You can access these RQs via an email that will be sent to you after the posting's closing date or by visiting your JobAps Personal Status Board (Certification Questionnaires section). Your responses to these RQs must be submitted by the question's expiration date. Please regularly check your email and JobAps Personal Status Board for notifications. Please check your SPAM and/or Junk folders on a daily basis in the event an email provider places auto-notification emails in a user's spam.

    Although applicants will receive correspondence via email, as a backup they are also encouraged to sign onto their Personal Status Board daily to monitor their status, view all emailed notices and complete tasks required in the recruitment process.

    All application materials must be received by the recruiting agency by the time specified on the job opening for the position for which you are applying. Late applications may not be submitted and will not be considered. Exceptions are rare and limited to documented events that incapacitate a candidate during the entire duration of the job posting time period.  It is the candidate’s obligation and responsibility to request an exception and provide a legally recognized justification to accommodate such exception.  Requests should be made to drobitaille@ocme.org.

    Should you have questions pertaining to any phase of this recruitment, please contact the hiring agency's human resources office: drobitaille@ocme.org, 860-679-3982.

    NOTE: The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.

    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.

    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;
    • 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 take fingerprints and photographs;
    • 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

    • Knowledge of human anatomy, laboratory/surgical equipment and terminology;
    • Skills
      • interpersonal skills;
      • oral and written communication skills;
    • Ability to
      • carry out written and oral instructions;
      • follow prescribed procedures;
      • keep technical records and prepare reports.

    MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE

    One (1) year of experience in related work in a morgue, laboratory, hospital or funeral home.

    PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

    • One (1) year experience in related work in a morgue, laboratory, hospital or funeral home; 
    • Possess and retain a current Connecticut Motor Vehicle Operator's License and be available for calls on an emergency basis;
    • Able to physically perform lifting of bodies of weights and sizes;    
    • Undergo periodic test or immunizations for communicable diseases as necessary.

    SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

    • Incumbents in this class must possess and retain a current Connecticut Motor Vehicle Operator's License.
    • Incumbents in this class may be required to travel. Incumbents must be available for calls on an emergency basis.

    PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

    Incumbents in this class must be willing to undergo periodic tests or immunizations for communicable diseases as necessary.

    WORKING CONDITIONS

    Incumbents in this class will be required to lift bodies; will be exposed to strongly disagreeable conditions.

    Conclusion

    AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

    The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.

    ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

    As defined by Sec. 5-196 of the Connecticut General Statutes, a job class is a position or group of positions that share general characteristics and are categorized under a single title for administrative purposes. As such, a job class is not meant to be all-inclusive of every task and/or responsibility.