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Hillsborough County Government

Forensic Investigator II (#FCINV2GENN) GENN
$18.35-$29.13 Hourly / $3,180.67-$5,049.20 Monthly / $38,168.00-$60,590.40 Yearly


Performs duties investigating deaths to assist the Medical Examiner in establishing the means and cause of deaths.


Licensed in the State of Florida as a Registered Nurse or Physician Assistant; and
Two years of in-patient hospital experience; and
Possession of a valid Driver License.

Or any equivalent combination of education, training and experience that would reasonably be expected to provide the job-related competencies noted below.


  • Customer Commitment - Proactively seeks to understand the needs of our customers and provide the highest standards of service.
  • Dedication to Professionalism and Integrity - Demonstrates and promotes fair, honest, professional and ethical behaviors that establishes trust throughout the organization and with the public we serve.
  • Organizational Excellence - Takes ownership for excellence through one's personal effectiveness and dedication to the continuous improvement of our operations.
  • Success through Teamwork - Collaborates and builds partnerships through trust and the open exchange of diverse ideas and perspectives to achieve organizational goals.


  • Considerable knowledge of modern principles, practices, instruments and methods used in the collection and preservation of death scene and post mortem evidence, and chain of custody.
  • Considerable knowledge of medical terminology.
  • Considerable knowledge of the policies and procedures in receiving, identifying, storing and releasing bodies.
  • Considerable knowledge of death investigative procedures.
  • Considerable knowledge of critical care evaluation and treatment methods.
  • Considerable knowledge of the contents and interpretation of medical records and reports.
  • Working knowledge of toxicology and ballistics relevant to death scene investigations.
  • Working knowledge of state and federal statutes related to medico
  • legal death investigation.
  • Working knowledge of statutory requirements for issuance of death certificates.
  • Working knowledge of the principles of forensic photography.
  • Working knowledge of statutes and departmental guidelines related to jurisdiction of the Medical Examiner.
  • Skill in the use of photographic equipment.
  • Skill in the use of personal computers and related software.
  • Ability to read and interpret hospital records.
  • Ability to deal with bereaved family members.
  • Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to present facts and findings in court in a logical manner.


NOTE: The following duties are illustrative and not exhaustive. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position. Depending on assigned area of responsibility, incumbents in the position may perform some or all of the activities described below.
  • Responds to initial death reports and determines or consults with Medical Examiner on statutory jurisdiction.
  • Conducts telephonic or on scene investigations of medically complex deaths by interviewing witnesses, taking photographs, inspecting bodies, and conducting death scene area searches to collect and document evidence.
  • Reviews medical records and reports to determine cause of death.
  • Compiles information obtained from personal inquiries, reports and records and prepares reports.
  • Coordinates the removal and transportation of bodies.
  • Assumes custody of personal effects, medications or narcotics and coordinates their release to relatives, law enforcement, toxicologists, or any other authorized personnel.
  • Interviews witnesses, relatives, police investigators, paramedics, nurses and physicians to obtain information on cause of death.
  • Meets with next of kin to execute legal identification documents.
  • Prepares death certificates, maintains files and summaries, and performs other administrative duties as needed.
  • Answers inquiries from relatives, attorneys and agencies.
  • May testify in court on death investigation findings.
  • Performs other related duties as required.

CLASS: FCINV2GENN; EST: 10/15/1999; REV: 1/17/2012;