Employment Opportunity

Forensic Autopsy Technician

Stanislaus County Modesto, California, Modesto, California

Salary: $36,337.60 - $44,158.40 Annually

Final Filing Date: December 12, 2017

This recruitment is being conducted to fill a vacancy for the Sheriff's Department and to establish an eligible list to fill future full-time and part-time vacancies.

The Forensic Autopsy Technician will assist with autopsies and post-mortem examinations, keep morgue/autopsy room and equipment in clean and orderly condition and perform other duties as assigned. This position is subject to shift work, weekend, overtime, and standby assignments.

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  • Receive, identify, release and move deceased persons from refrigeration unit; and prepare deceased persons for autopsy exam and final disposition;
  • Assist pathologist in performing medico-legal autopsies to include preparing instruments, opening the body, removal of internal organs, prove suction or flush of body fluids, holding or retracting tissue as needed and by cleaning and closing the body following completion of the autopsy;
  • Maintain morgue and autopsy room in a clean, sanitary and orderly manner; clean and sterilize equipment; and, check for proper ventilation and condition of equipment;
  • Prepare decedent for post-mortem examinations and pathological study by cleaning the body and using necessary solutions, and by maintaining a sanitary working environment;
  • Examine x-ray photograph and record external identification characteristics of deceased persons such as height, weight, hair, and eye color and print digital photographs;
  • Observe and report conditions found that may be of value in an autopsy investigation;
  • Collect and prepare evidence, clothing and specimens for lab examination; preserve, store and discard evidence, clothing and specimens as directed or according to established procedures;
  • Maintain inventory of coroner/morgue supplies, equipment and chemicals, and order supplies as necessary;
  • Inventory, secure, seal and/or store real and personal property of deceased;
  • Prepare bodies for release to mortician after post-mortem examination, ensuring mortuaries remove the correct bodies with any property;
  • Clean autopsy room, refrigeration and storage rooms, and sterilizes instruments and equipment;
  • Keeps field equipment clean, stocked and in good condition;
  • Notify the Chief Deputy Coroner of any needed repairs to the autopsy room area; and
  • Serve as witness in Coroner cases as required.


  • Process and preserve deceased persons for autopsies;
  • Maintain facility and equipment in a sterilized manner;
  • Follow written and oral instructions;
  • Prepare clear and concise reports when necessary and keep accurate records;
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those encountered in the course of work;
  • Work in all types of weather conditions;
  • Handle bodies of deceased persons to include those associated with traumatic deaths and those infested with insects and vermin;
  • Tolerate unpleasant odors such as those from decomposed bodies and preservative chemicals;
  • Operate and maintain surgical instruments, equipment and supplies when assisting in performing medico-legal autopsy examinations;
  • Operate a variety of office equipment, such as a multi-function phone system, copying machine, fax machine, Dictaphone and tape recorder used in the performance of death investigation work;
  • Operate a motor vehicle;
  • Operate a hydraulic lift;
  • Lift and move objects, including cadavers, weighing at least 150 pounds;
  • The procedures and techniques involved in assisting the pathologist in post-mortem examinations;
  • Surgical instruments, equipment, supplies and procedures used to assist a pathologist in performing medico-legal autopsy examinations;
  • Basic anatomy, physiology, dissection and medical terminology;
  • Rules of evidence regarding chain of custody and methods to preserve and safeguard evidence;
  • Laws, regulations and policies relating to the Sheriff-Coroner function which may involve use of the Health and Safety Code, Government Code, California Penal Code, Vehicle Code and Probate Code as they relate to the Coroner's office; and
  • Hygienic methods and practices, including septic and antiseptic procedures.
    • Successful completion of twelve (12) semester units from an accredited college or university in biology, anatomy or curriculum that would provide knowledge of principles and techniques in cause-of-death investigations, post-mortem examinations or closely related work; OR
    • At least six (6) months of experience involving autopsies, embalming, grief counseling or experience in providing relevant investigation assistance in a medical or law enforcement function; AND
    • Applicants must possess and maintain a valid California Driver's License and remain free from repeated preventable accidents.
    • Proof of education is required for verification purposes at the time of application. Applicant who are unable to submit proof must call 209-525-7044 to make other arrangements before 5 pm on the final filing date. Failure to submit proof or make other arrangements before the final filing deadline will result in disqualification.
    • A minimum of six (6) months of current or recent (within the last two (2) years) work experience performing autopsies, embalming, or experience in providing relevant investigation assistance in a medical or law enforcement setting.
  • Pass County-paid pre-employment drug screening and job-related background investigation.
  • Perform job duties in a manner assuring a safe working environment for oneself and others.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with the general public, co-workers, supervisors, and members of diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds regardless of race, color, national origin, ancestry, political affiliation, sex, sexual orientation, religion, marital status, age (over 40), pregnancy related condition, medical condition (cancer related), physical (including AIDS) or mental disability.
  • Maintain confidential information according to the legal standards and/or County regulations as required.

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Posted: December 7, 2017

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