Employment Opportunity

Forensic Assistant I

Orange County Coroner, Santa Ana, California

Salary: $43,680.00 - $58,344.00 Annually

Final Filing Date: Continuous

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A Forensic Assistant I, in a training capacity, assists the pathologist in performing forensic autopsies; processes, packages, records, discards, and transports evidentiary material; receives (processes), releases, and prepares bodies of deceased persons for autopsy examination and final disposition; assists the Supervisor of Forensic Operations for the Coroner Division in the operation and maintenance of the facility; performs duties such as extensive cleaning, computer data entry tasks, taking and retrieving items to and from an offsite storage warehouse and transporting specimens to other County laboratories; and other duties as assigned. Additionally, Forensic Assistants may, on occasion be asked to assist the other Units within the Division.


  • Possession of a valid California Embalmer's License is highly desired but not required for the position (Embalming apprenticeships cannot be supervised, performed, or completed during employment with the Coroner Division). Computer program skills, such as familiarity with Microsoft Word, Power Point and Excel are desirable but not required.
  • Applicants must not have been convicted of a felony or be on any form of probation and must pass an extensive background investigation to the satisfaction of the Orange County Sheriff-Coroner.
  • Background screening includes completing of a Personal History Form, interview with a background investigator, polygraph test and fingerprinting. Some of the areas considered in the background screening include prior convictions, traffic violations, drug use and credit problems, employment history, professional references and education verification (i.e. degree, license, or official transcripts. Foreign degrees require an evaluation of U.S. equivalency by an agency that is a member of the National Association of Credentials Services (N.A.C.E.S.).
  • Education/Experience: One year of experience which demonstrates possession of the required knowledges and abilities, (Such occupations as medical technician, medical laboratory technician, pathologist's assistant, hospital technician or mortuary technician are examples of experience which may be considered qualifying.) College level education or training which is directly related to the required knowledges and abilities may be substituted for required experience on the basis of three semester units for one month of experience or one hour of training for one hour of experience.
  • Knowledge of: Procedures and techniques in at least one of the following areas: 1) Assisting a pathologist in autopsy examinations; 2) DIGITAL X-ray; 3) Embalming (licensed). Also general knowledge of techniques involved in handling and preparing bodies for autopsy examination; methods and procedures for care of surgical instruments and autopsy equipment; education in the areas of physiology, pathology, anatomy microbiology, biology or related field and medical associated terminology.
  • Ability to: Follow detailed oral and written instructions in performing complex medical technical procedures; effectively prioritize tasks; keep accurate records; and learn to: perform specialized procedures and tests and operate technical equipment required to assist pathologists performing autopsies; work effectively with deceased bodies in an autopsy setting; and maintain appropriate cleanliness and decorum in an autopsy facility.
  • License Required: Possession of California Driver's License, Class C or higher by date of appointment.
  • Mandatory Requirement: Upon hiring, incumbent must be able to successfully pass annual fit testing in order to wear required respiratory protective equipment used in the routine Forensic Assistant duties.

In addition to the above, the ideal candidate should demonstrate the following key competencies:

  • Minimum of two (2) years of college level science courses, specifically biology, anatomy, or physiology
  • Successfully completed the Mortuary Science certificate program and/or passed the California State Board, obtaining and/or holding a current California embalmer's license
  • Computer knowledge and ability in programs such as Excel, Word, and Outlook
Results Oriented:
  • Proactively accomplish day-to-day operational assignments with limited oversight
  • Maintain focus on personal safety and the safety of your coworkers
  • Anticipate and meet the needs of coworkers and those we serve
  • Complete tasks in the most efficient and timely manner, without sacrificing accuracy or integrity
Decision Making/Problem Solving:
  • Organizing and understanding information received prior to making decisions
  • Making decisions based on sound logic
  • Prioritizing needs of the Unit to maximize efficiency
  • Troubleshooting and resolving problems related to a specific assignment
  • Taking responsibility for work product and actions, regardless of the outcome
  • Listen effectively
  • Present ideas clearly, logically, and concisely
  • Share information with the appropriate parties
  • Maintain open and productive dialog with coworkers
  • Act in a mature and businesslike manner
  • Establish and maintain productive and positive working relationships
  • Recognize and respect the chain of command
  • Freely share specialized knowledge with others
  • Remain flexible and accommodating to the fluctuations of the workload
Work Habits:
  • Be punctual and maintain a solid attendance record
  • Demonstrate willingness and acceptance in covering shifts
  • Be discreet, maintaining the confidentiality of the personal information of the cases we handle

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Posted: August 21, 2017

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