Employment Opportunity

Deputy Coroner I/II

Tehama County Sheriff's Department, Red Bluff, California

Salary: Deputy Coroner I: $2,934 - $3,574, Deputy Coroner II: $3,403 - $4,144 per month

Final Filing Date: June 18, 2018

Under the direction of the Sheriff/Coroner or designee, investigates routine deaths within jurisdiction of the department; locates and secures personal property and assists in administration of estates as assigned.

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  • Conducts timely investigations of routine Coroner cases as appropriate within department jurisdiction.
  • Visits death scenes in local and remote areas of the County; photographs death scenes for evidence and examination; removes remains from place of death.
  • Examines remains and secures physical evidence; assists pathologists with autopsies; arranges for the testing and safe transportation of toxicology samples; gathers and reviews information from physicians, witnesses, medical records and other sources; determines the mode and manner of death and prepares death certificates and related reports.
  • Inventories and secures property of decedent; releases remains to appropriate representative.
  • Determines name and address of next-of-kin and makes appropriate notifications.
  • Cleans morgue facility and equipment.
  • Consults with the news media regarding cases as needed.
  • Cooperates with law enforcement personnel in criminal cases; testifies in court as necessary regarding assigned cases.
  • Performs various administrative/office duties as necessary, including answering the telephone, preparing routine reports, preparing billing invoices, copying and filing documents, etc.
  • Performs related work as required.


  • Basic toxicology, physiology, human anatomy, medical terminology, standard abbreviations and basic pathology of death; procedures involved in assisting a physician/pathologist in post-mortem examinations; techniques involved in the handling and examination of bodies for trace evidence; hygienic methods and practices as applicable; interview techniques; various health and safety codes, government and penal codes as they pertain to the function of the Coroner; applicable Federal, State, County, Department, and Division laws, regulations, policies and procedures; modern office practices, methods and computer equipment/applications; record keeping principles and procedures; techniques for dealing effectively with and providing a high level of customer service to all individuals contacted in the course of work.
  • Work under unpleasant or stressful conditions such as in the presence of dead bodies, under police and news media scrutiny, and with emotionally distraught family and friends of the decedent; handle human remains; perform postmortem external examinations and obtain tissue and fluid samples from bodies; compose accurate, comprehensive, and objective reports; testify in court; organize and prioritize a variety of projects and multiple tasks in an effective and timely manner; organize own work, set priorities and meet critical time deadlines; operate modern office equipment including computer equipment and specialized software applications programs; assemble and analyze information and prepare written reports in a clear and concise manner; make accurate arithmetic, financial and statistical computations.
Education, Experience & Licenses - Any combination of training and experience which would provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required qualifications would be:
  • Equivalent to the completion of twelfth (12th) grade.
  • Deputy Coroner I - One (1) year of experience in coroner, medical or other related field is preferred. Requires the ability to obtain a Peace Officers' Standards and Training (POST) approved Coroner's Death Investigation certification within one (1) year of employment.
  • Deputy Coroner II – Requires two (2) years of experience in coroner, medical, or other related field. Requires the ability to obtain a Peace Officers' Standards and Training (POST) approved Coroner's Death Investigation certification within six (6) months of employment.
  • Additional education may be substituted for experience for both positions
  • Requires a valid California driver's license
  • Must be able to pass an extensive background investigation prior to employment.
  • Frequently is required to walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls
  • Stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; occasionally required to stand, reach with hands and arms, climb or balance, and smell
  • Frequently lift and/or move up to 100 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move more than 100 pounds.
  • Walk and carry dead weight on rough and/or uneven terrain and move/lift dead persons
  • Operate assigned equipment and vehicles; to perform semi-skilled repetitive movements such as data entry
  • Maintain effective audio-visual discrimination and perception required for making observations and communicating with others
  • Work long hours as scheduled.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee occasionally works near moving mechanical parts; in high, precarious places; and in outside weather conditions and is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, risk of electrical shock, risk of radiation, and vibration.
  • Death investigations on the scene can be done in adverse weather conditions and can be anywhere, e.g., in a well or cave, in water, in a tree, on or under heavy equipment or other locations.
  • Every effort is made to make the death scene as safe as possible by emergency response personnel.
  • Equipment and protective clothing are used to prevent exposure to diseases.
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

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Posted: May 17, 2018

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