Employment Opportunity

Forensic Autopsy Technician

Pima County Forensic Science Center, Tucson, Arizona

Salary: $16.17 Hourly

Final Filing Date: February 22, 2019

Forensic Autopsy Technicians participate in the medico-legal activities of the Office of the Medical Examiner by assisting in procedural examinations and other morgue related activities.

Duties and Requirements Click to read more


  • Assists pathologist with clinical pathological procedures;
  • Receives, prepares, stores, and releases cadavers;
  • Records physical information about cadavers such as height, weight, and temperature;
  • Participates in autopsy procedures by making and closing incisions, eviscerating organs, fingerprinting, and collecting specimens at the direction of a pathologist;
  • Verifies and documents all human remains, property, and evidence received;
  • Obtains and labels trace collections, specimens, and evidence for law enforcement agencies;
  • Takes clinical, surgical, and other photographs as directed by the pathologists;
  • Maintains sanitary conditions of the facility, equipment and instruments, and ensures safe disposal of biological and biohazardous materials;
  • Operates various equipment such as scales, autopsy saw, aspirator, x-ray machine, cameras, scalpels, and forklift;
  • Maintains inventory of supplies, keeps records and files, and performs other routine clerical duties.


Knowledge of:
  • human visceral anatomy, physiology, and pathology;
  • autopsy procedures;
  • special instruments and equipment used in a forensic laboratory including standard x-ray procedures and darkroom techniques;
  • procedures and techniques used to collect, process, and store specimens.
Skill in:
  • assisting pathologists with technical autopsy procedures;
  • understanding and following oral and written instructions;
  • communicating effectively, both orally and in writing;
  • working with medical instruments and laboratory equipment;
  • maintaining logs and records;
  • basic computer data entry.


  • One year of experience in a medical setting assisting with surgeries or autopsies, pathological laboratory, funeral home, criminal justice, veterinarian work, emergency medicine, organ recovery or a closely related field.
  • OR
  • A high school diploma/GED or higher with nine (9) college or technical school semester credits in courses that focus on biology, human anatomy, physiology, zoology or criminal justice.
Special Requirements:
  • Ability to independently move and manipulate heavy objects of up to 100 pounds and work with noxious odors.
Licenses and Certificates:
  • Valid driver license is required at time of application. Valid AZ driver license is required at time of appointment. The successful applicant will be subject to a 39-month DOT Motor Vehicle Record review to determine applicant's suitability to operate county vehicles in accordance with Pima County administrative procedures. Failure to obtain and maintain the required licenses and certifications shall be grounds for termination. Any offer of employment resulting from this recruitment is contingent upon Risk Management's review and approval of the candidate's driving record.
Special Notice Items:
  • Department of Labor regulation CFR Part 1910.1030 requires notification that this category may have a high risk of exposure to bloodborne pathogens. In accordance with OSHA and Pima County guidelines and regulations, Hepatitis B vaccine, tuberculosis screening, and respiratory protection training and safety equipment will be provided.
Physical/Sensory Requirements:
  • Physical and sensory abilities will be determined by position.

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Posted: February 8, 2019

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