Placer Employment Opportunities

Forensic Pathologist - Board Eligible/Board Certified

Placer County Sheriff's Office

Recruitment #2023-11825-01


This is an extraordinary career opportunity to join a progressive and innovative County located in scenic Northern California. Placer County is an award-winning organization. The County seeks to attract highly qualified candidates for consideration that bring credibility, passion, and an innovative approach to the delivery of services to the community.

The Placer County Sheriff’s Office’s new state-of-the-art Coroner’s facility spans 20,000 square feet. It includes an 1,800 square foot autopsy complex with five autopsy stations along with an observance deck for Sheriff’s Office staff. We understand the amount of stress and grief family members exhibit when losing their loved one. The new facility features a dedicated family meeting space. Providing the highest level of public service to our community and families is the number one priority for the Placer County Sheriff’s Office. We are honored and proud to be able to continue being good advocates through more sophisticated forensic technologies and significantly expanded building capacity. 

The best-qualified candidates will have graduated from an accredited Forensic Pathology Fellowship Program. To be eligible for hire as a Forensic Pathologist - Board Eligible it is required that the applicant have training in the specialty of forensic pathology and is qualified to take the examination to obtain Board Certification in Forensic Pathology. To be eligible for hire as a Forensic Pathologist - Board Certified possession of Board Certification in Forensic Pathology is required.

To view the recruitment brochure for this exciting opportunity and its associated salary and benefits, please click here.


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This position is unclassified and, as such, serves at the pleasure of the Appointing Authority. 


Placer County offers a comprehensive benefits package to employees, including:

  • Holidays: 14 paid holidays per year, 2 of which are floating holidays*
  • Vacation leave: 10 days/year with ability to accrue 25 days/year
  • Sick leave: 12 days/year*
  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance available for employees and dependents
  • $50,000 life insurance policy at no cost to employee
  • CalPERS retirement plans
  • Retiree medical insurance
  • Deferred compensation
  • Education allowance: up to $1,200 per year
  • Bilingual incentive: incumbents may be eligible for bilingual incentive pay depending upon operational needs and certification of proficiency.

*Amounts will be prorated for part-time employees and employees hired after the first of the year.

The information above represents benefits currently available to permanent Placer County employees and may be subject to change. Applicants should inquire about the most current benefit package during hiring interviews or by contacting the Human Resources Department. For a detailed listing of benefits, please click here to view Unclassified benefits.

For more information regarding the benefits Placer County has to offer please visit Placer County's Human Resources website.


Forensic Pathologist - Board Eligible: training in the specialty of forensic pathology and qualified to take the examination to obtain Board Certification in Forensic Pathology.

Forensic Pathologist - Board Certified: Possession of Board Certification in Forensic Pathology.


Prior to the date of hire, applicants must undergo a fingerprint test by the Department of Justice, pass a medical examination (which may include a drug screening and possibly a psychological evaluation), sign a constitutional oath, and submit proof of U.S. citizenship or legal right to remain and work in the U.S.  For some positions, applicants may also be required to submit proof of age, undergo a background investigation (which may include a voice stress analysis and/or a polygraph), and/or be bonded. Additionally, positions in law enforcement classifications and those supporting law enforcement functions will be required to complete a conviction history questionnaire prior to or during the interview process. Applicants for positions with access to Medi-Cal billing software or who are licensed providers must clear the Federal Exclusion List, credentialing, and social security verification. Failure to clear these requirements may result in an employment offer being withdrawn.


Thank you for your interest in employment with Placer County. Placer County is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to an active nondiscrimination program. It is the stated policy of Placer County that harassment, discrimination, and retaliation are prohibited and that all employees, applicants, agents, contractors, and interns/volunteers shall receive equal consideration and treatment. All terms and conditions of employment, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, transfer, and promotion will be based on the qualifications of the individual for the positions being filled regardless of gender (including gender identity and expression), sexual orientation, race (including traits historically associated with race, including, but not limited to, hair texture and protective hairstyles such as braids, locks, and twists), color, ancestry, religion (including creed and belief), national origin, citizenship, physical disability (including HIV and AIDS), mental disability, medical condition (including cancer or genetic characteristics/information), age (40 or over),  marital status, military and/or veteran status, sex (including parental status, pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, and related medical conditions), reproductive health decision making, political orientation, or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local law. Please contact the Human Resources Department at least 5 working days before a scheduled examination if you require accommodation in the examination process. Medical disability verification may be required prior to accommodation.

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