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Senior Coroner Technician

Sacramento County Coroner, Sacramento, California

Salary: $46,207.44 - $56,167.20 Annually

Final Filing Date: This is a continuous filing exam with Bi-annual cut-offs on the second Wednesday of July and January.

Duties and Requirements Click to read more


Under general supervision, leads, plans, schedules and oversees the work of Coroner Technicians while performing the same and/or more complex duties of those being led. These duties include assisting forensic pathologists to prepare bodies of deceased persons for autopsy examination and final disposition; receiving, identifying, and releasing bodies; and performing a variety of related clerical work and morgue services functions.


Knowledge of
  • Principles of lead work.
  • Customer service principles and techniques.
  • Human anatomy and physiology as applied to conducting autopsies.
  • Medical terminology.
  • Chain of evidence techniques.
  • Purpose and objectives of a coroner's office.
  • Universal safety precautions and aseptic techniques.
  • Techniques involved in handling and preparing bodies for autopsy examination.
  • Methods and procedures for care of surgical instruments and autopsy equipment.
  • Radiographic techniques, operations, film processing and development; maintenance of radiographic equipment.
  • Principles of photography.
  • Modern office technology and equipment.
Ability to
  • Complete complex and varied tasks required to assist a pathologist in an autopsy exam.
  • Perform technical procedures requiring exacting skills.
  • Perform radiographic techniques, methods, and operation; maintain radiographic equipment and develop film.
  • Photograph bodies.
  • Make independent decisions to evaluate and implement changes to work methods and procedures.
  • Handle death in a mature and respectful manner.
  • Tolerate unpleasant aspects associated with traumatic death, bodies of deceased persons in various stages of decomposition, odors, and larva.
  • Maintain accurate records; perform routine clerical work and data entry.
  • Work with law enforcement staff on high profile cases.
  • Maintain confidentiality.
  • Work with the public under highly emotional and stressful situations.
  • Present a demeanor of dignity and sensitivity when interacting with distraught persons and grieving family members.
  • Interact with people of various cultural, ethnic, and religious backgrounds.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.
Minimum Qualifications
  • Two years of full-time paid experience employed by the County of Sacramento in the class of Coroner Technician.
  • OR:
  • Three years of full-time paid journey level experience assisting pathologists in performing autopsies using a variety of techniques to prepare specimens and/or evidence.
  • Note: The word "experience" referenced in the minimum qualifications means full-time paid experience unless the job announcement states that volunteer experience is acceptable. Part-time paid experience may be accumulated and pro-rated to meet the total experience requirements.
Criminal History and Background Checks:
  • The County may access criminal history information on candidates who have accepted a conditional offer of appointment for the above class consistent with the provisions of Board of Supervisors Resolution No. 82-602, Personnel Policies and Procedures B-5 and applicable federal and state law. The County shall not consider for employment any candidate who has been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor that relates to or impacts the candidate's ability to perform the job duties of this class unless it is determined that mitigating circumstances exist. For purposes of accessing criminal history information, the candidate will be fingerprinted. A subsequent arrest notification may be obtained.
  • The County may also conduct a background check on the candidate prior to appointment to a position within this class. The background check may include personal and professional reference checks, credit history checks, Social Security Number verification, professional license/registration verification, military service information and driving history. Information obtained in the course of this background check will be considered by the appointing authority in the selection process. In obtaining such information, the County will comply with applicable consent and disclosure practices in the Fair Credit Reporting Act and the California Investigative Consumer Reporting Agencies Act.
License Requirements:
  • A valid California Driver License, Class C or higher, is required at the time of appointment. Failure to obtain or maintain the appropriate valid California Driver License constitutes cause for personnel action in accordance with Civil Service Rules or applicable bargaining agreement. Individuals who do not meet this requirement due to disability will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
Physical Requirements
  • Positions in this class require the incumbent to be able to:
    • Lift and move bodies weighing up to 150 pounds with assistance.
    • Assist with carrying dead bodies up and down stairs and steep levees, and in confined areas.
    • Stand for long periods of time.
    • Engage in continuous active work requiring moderate physical exertion and manual dexterity in handling bodies and equipment.
    • Constantly hold, reach, grasp, write, and perform repetitive motion.
    • Use an air-purifying respirator required by OSHA.
  • Individuals who do not meet this requirement due to disability will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
Working Conditions - Positions in this class require the incumbent to be able to:
  • Collect specimens of human fluids and wastes including blood, urine, and organ tissue from deceased bodies and may encounter specimens containing communicable disease.
  • Work in the presence of biological/chemical agents and fumes.
  • Work irregular shifts (swing and graveyard), weekends, and holidays.
Other Requirement:
  • Medical evaluation to determine ability to use a respirator.
Probationary Period:
  • The probationary period for this classification is six (6) months.

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Posted: December 12, 2016

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