To assist with the performance of autopsy examinations; collect, prepare, and process medical-legal evidence; and perform other duties related to coroner/morgue services.
SUPERVISION RECEIVED AND EXERCISED
Receives general supervision from higher-level supervisory staff.
EXAMPLES OF ESSENTIAL DUTIES
Perform a variety of duties related to the services of the Coroner’s Division of the Sheriff’s Office.
Prepare equipment, instruments, and stations for autopsy examinations.
Assist in the performance of autopsies, including opening and closing bodies; obtain blood, fluid, organ, tissue, and other specimens; excise and dispose of organs.
Photograph bodies, develop film, and catalogue and maintain files of case photos; create digital X-ray images of decedents; take fingerprints.
Collect, prepare, and process medical-legal evidence.
Move and transport decedents and specimens to and from crypt storage area.
Complete and maintain logs, charts, files, records, and related documents.
Maintain the safety and sanitation of the facility; clean the autopsy room, equipment, and tools; replenish linens and other necessary supplies.
May testify in court regarding procedures performed.
Perform a variety of clerical work and other duties related to coroner/morgue services.
Build and maintain positive working relationships with coworkers, other County employees, and the public using principles of good customer service.
Perform related duties as assigned.
Work is typically performed in an indoor morgue facility and/or office environment with controlled temperature conditions. Duties are performed in close proximity to human remains, fluids, and wastes, which may include odors, biological/chemical agents, and communicable disease. Incumbents may work odd or unusual hours including nights, weekends, holidays, and/or overtime.
Experience and Training
Any combination of experience and training that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and abilities would be:
Experience: One year of experience in a morgue, hospital, mortuary, or related facility that includes the handling of human remains is desirable.
Training: Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth grade supplemented by college-level coursework in anatomy, biology, forensics, law enforcement, or a closely related field.
License or Certificate: May need to possess a valid driver's license as required by the position. Proof of adequate vehicle insurance and medical clearance may also be required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
Basic human anatomy and physiology related to conducting autopsies.
Basic medical terminology.
Procedures and practices related to the handling and preparing of bodies for autopsy examinations.
Chain of evidence techniques.
Basic principles of photography, radiography, and fingerprinting.
Methods and procedures for sanitation and care of surgical instruments and autopsy equipment.
Modern office procedures, methods, and computer equipment.
On a continuous basis, know and understand operations, procedures, laws, and safety rules related to the Coroner’s Division of the Sheriff’s Office.
Stand for long periods of time; bend, squat, climb, kneel, and twist; perform simple and power grasping, pushing, pulling, and fine manipulation; intermittently lift and move very heavy weight; use an air-purifying respirator as required by OSHA.
Effectively assist in forensic autopsies.
Learn and apply procedures and techniques required to assist physicians/pathologists in autopsy examinations.
Work in close proximity to bodily fluids, wastes, and human remains in various stages of decomposition, which may include odors, biological/chemical agents, and communicable disease.
Work closely with law enforcement personnel.
Maintain accurate logs, charts, files, records, and related documents.
Work with the public under highly emotional and stressful situations.
Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
Length of Probation:
All permanent appointments from open eligible lists to positions in the classified service shall serve a probationary period of twelve (12) calendar months or two thousand eighty (2,080) hours, whichever is more.