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Medical Examiner - Coroner Investigator

Santa Clara County Medical Examiner - Coroner, San Jose, California

Salary: $93,248.48 - $113,337.12 Annually

Final Filing Date: October 16, 2017

Under direction, to conduct investigations into the cause, manner, and circumstances of death in cases of unattended natural death, accident, suicide, or homicide.

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  • Conducts investigations into the cause, manner, and circumstances of death, and works closely with physicians to make determination;
  • Responds to calls from law enforcement agencies, hospitals or private citizens concerning unattended or traumatic deaths, and authorizes removal of bodies from death scenes;
  • Interviews witnesses, physicians, police officers, and family members to obtain facts concerning the deaths;
  • Takes or orders photographs be taken;
  • Makes positive identification of deceased and may take fingerprints for identification purposes;
  • May personally notify family of deceased;
  • Discusses findings with law enforcement, laboratories, and others to determine circumstances surrounding death;
  • Reports findings to Chief Medical Examiner-Coroner Investigator and/or Assistant Medical Examiners;
  • Discusses findings with District Attorney's Office where criminal prosecution is indicated;
  • Prepares written case reports;
  • Takes charge of personal property and evidence found at death scenes;
  • Maintains chain of evidence;
  • Appears as witness in criminal and civil proceedings and at industrial accident boards to testify to facts gathered during investigation;
  • Investigates requests for indigent disposition;
  • May release information to news media on Medical Examiner-Coroner's Office cases;
  • May be assigned as a Disaster Service Worker, as required;
  • Performs other related duties as required.


Sufficient training and experience to demonstrate the ability to perform the above tasks and attainment of the knowledge and abilities listed below.
  • Training and Experience Note: Training and experience equivalent to possession of an Associate's Degree from an accredited college in General Education, Criminal Justice, Mortuary Science or a related field;
  • -AND-
  • One (1) year of experience in a medical, nursing, or investigative field, Medical Examiner's Office or Coroner's Office, which must include working with deceased persons and/or their families, investigating, interviewing individuals, and preparing detailed written reports for law enforcement, medical, or other related agencies.
  • Completion of an approved course of instruction in death investigation, such as California POST Coroner's Death Investigation course or equivalent, is preferred, and may substitute for six (6) months of the experience.
  • Strong preference may be given to candidates in possession of a valid diplomate or board certificate through The American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators (ABMDI).
Special Requirements:
  • Possession of a valid California Driver's License prior to appointment and the ability to obtain and maintain a County driver's authorization.
Knowledge of:
  • Investigative techniques and practices;
  • Rules of evidence regarding chain of custody and methods to preserve and safeguard evidence;
  • Laws, ordinances, and regulations governing the operation of the Medical Examiner-Coroner's Office;
  • Office computer applications such as word processing, spreadsheets and email.
Ability to:
  • Learn basic anatomy and physiology;
  • Work closely with physicians when investigating cause, manner, and circumstance of unattended or traumatic death;
  • Read and understand medical charts;
  • Deal tactfully with persons especially under emergency and emotional situations;
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships;
  • Write and type accurate and comprehensive reports on the findings of an investigation;
  • Gather and evaluate evidence;
  • Testify in court;
  • Demonstrate effective interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Work alone and independently.
Physical Requirements
  • Work under unpleasant conditions, such as decomposed bodies, bodies with extensive physical injuries, and other similar conditions;
  • Work rotating shifts, weekends, holidays, and odd or irregular hours;
  • Be able to manipulate/maneuver up to 100 pounds of body weight.

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Posted: October 3, 2017

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