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Hillsborough County Government

Senior Autopsy Technician (#SATPTEGENL) GENL
$16.20-$25.72 Hourly / $2,808.00-$4,458.13 Monthly / $33,696.00-$53,497.60 Yearly


Performs supervisory and technical procedures assisting a pathologist with autopsies and other forensic procedures.


Graduation from high school or possession of a GED certificate; and
Two years of work experience with deceased humans/patientsĀ as a mortician's assistant, surgical assistant or assisting in performing autopsies; and
Possession of a valid Driver License.


  • 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 techniques and procedures used in autopsy examinations.
  • Considerable knowledge of the functions, services, procedures and regulations of the Medical Examiner's Office.
  • Working knowledge of aseptic procedures and disinfectant procedures.
  • Working knowledge of human anatomy and morphology.
  • Working knowledge of maintenance schedules of equipment.
  • Working knowledge of techniques used to obtain fingerprints from decomposed and burned bodies.
  • Working knowledge of chain-of-custody policies regarding specimens, evidence, and body removal.
  • Working knowledge of Chapter 406, of the Florida Statutes pertaining to the standards required of the Medical Examiner's Office.
  • Some knowledge of methods of transmission of tuberculosis, AIDS, hepatitis and meningitis.
  • Skill in the use of a variety of surgical instruments.
  • Ability to plan, organize and supervise the work of others.
  • Ability and willingness to work with diseased, decomposed, burned or mutilated corpses on a daily basis.
  • Ability to log and maintain work related records using a computer.
  • Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions.
  • Ability to use cameras and other photographic equipment.
  • Ability to follow established procedures.
  • Ability to safely operate a motor vehicle.


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.
  • Assists the pathologist with difficult autopsies which involved decomposed, burned or mutilated bodies.
  • Takes photographs of specific anatomical sites during autopsy.
  • Supervises the work of subordinate staff by scheduling, assigning and reviewing work, providing training and counseling and evaluating performance.
  • Collects hair, nail and fluid samples as required.
  • Requisitions and maintains autopsy room supplies.
  • Monitors the adherence to the body removal contract by outside drivers.
  • Monitors and documents the maintenance schedules for autopsy equipment and tools.
  • Delivers film for processing and delivers evidence to the crime lab and police department.
  • Maintains the microscopic slide filing system.
  • Maintains records and produces reports using a computer.
  • Performs duties of Autopsy Technician to include processing bodies, collecting evidence, and cleaning the morgue area.
  • Performs other related duties as required.

CLASS: SATPTEGENL; EST: 6/22/1999; REV: 5/12/2010;