Employment Opportunity

Deputy Coroner Investigator

San Bernardino County Sheriff/Coroner, San Bernardino, California

Salary: $58,364.80 - $80,246.41 Annually

Final Filing Date: April 19, 2019

The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department, Coroner Division is recruiting for Deputy Coroner Investigators who assume authority at the scene of a death and are responsible for investigations concerning deceased persons whose deaths fall under the jurisdiction of the Sheriff-Coroner.

Positions in this class are characterized by the responsibility to assume complete authority at the scene of death to determine whether criminal, civil and other legal considerations enter into the case and to determine whether further investigation is required. This class is distinguished from Supervising Deputy Coroner-Investigator by the latter's full supervisory responsibility for a technical staff.

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  • Assume authority at scene of death and primary responsibility for determining identity of decedent and cause of death; photographs, examines, and fingerprints decedent; lifts, removes and transports decedents.
  • Initiates investigation to determine cause of death and establishes preliminary classification, such as: non-traumatic, homicide and suicide.
  • Determines whether autopsies should be ordered and performed; requests identification specialists such as anthropologists and odontologists; and requests specialists such as toxicologists and bacteriologists for assistance in arriving at cause of death.
  • Protects property of decedent; collects personal effects; notifies relatives of death; seals place of residence when solitary death occurred in said residence, pending arrival of legally authorized representative of decedent.
  • Prepares investigation reports; reviews autopsy reports; signs certificates of death.
  • Maintains necessary correspondence and reports.
  • Provides vacation and temporary relief as required.


EXPERIENCE (applicants must meet one of the following experience options):
  • Option A: One (1) year of full-time experience in a Medical Examiner/Coroner's environment in which the primary responsibility was conducting death investigations (equivalent to a Deputy Coroner Investigator in San Bernardino County). Individuals currently employed as an Investigator for a California Coroner's office are encouraged to apply.
  • Option B: One (1) year of full-time experience in a law enforcement or coroner's environment in which the primary responsibility was conducting investigations (equivalent to an Investigator/Detective; investigations done as a part of patrol or other duties is not qualifying).
  • Option C: Three (3) years of recent experience (within the last five years) assisting with autopsies in a forensic pathology setting OR successful completion of the San Bernardino County (or other comparable agency) Coroner Investigator Internship/Volunteer Program, with a minimum of 1040 logged investigation hours.
  • Option D: Licensed Embalmer with a current California Embalmer License and three (3) years of recent experience (within the last five years) in embalming.
  • Option E: Three (3) years of full-time recent experience (within the last five years) as a law enforcement patrol officer which included field investigations. Clearly detail experience on the application.
  • Option F: Three (3) years of full-time recent experience (within the last five years) and responsibility for processing crime scenes in the field for a law enforcement agency, including the identification and collection of all pertinent physical evidence.
  • Option G: Three (3) years of recent professional nursing experience (within the last five years) as an R.N. or L.V.N. which involved direct patient care of gravely ill and/or dying patients.
  • Option H: Three (3) years of recent experience (within the last five years) as a Certified Paramedic involved in direct patient care of gravely ill and/or dying patients.

-- AND --

  • Fifteen (15) semester (23 quarter) units of college coursework in forensics, administration of justice, police science, criminal justice, or life science. If a degree has not been conferred, a list of coursework or a readable copy of transcripts must be included with the application.
  • Substitution: One (1) additional year of qualifying experience as described above may substitute for the required education.
Desired Qualifications
  • An excellent candidate understands this position deals with highly sensitive issues, requiring empathy and organizational skills. This ideal candidate will successfully pass an in-depth background investigation and is aware that this position requires working various shifts, weekends, holidays, and overtime.

Experience (paid or volunteer) in a Coroner's office is highly desirable. Include volunteer work in the work experience section of the application.

At the time of appointment, applicants must:
  • Be fingerprinted and pass an intensive background investigation, which will include a drug test, polygraph and psychological evaluation; must not have been convicted of a felony.
  • Meet California P.O.S.T. Commission approved peace officer standards, requiring above average strength, endurance, and agility.
  • Be available to work anywhere in the County and to work various shifts, weekends and holidays, as well as on-call/standby as needed.
  • Possess a valid California Class C driver license and show proof of automobile liability insurance.
Incumbents must:
  • Possess a certificate or successfully complete a California P.O.S.T. basic Coroner's Academy/Death Investigation Course within one (1) year of hire.
  • Possess a P.C. 832 certificate (Laws of arrest, search and seizure) or successfully complete by the end of the probationary period.

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Posted: April 8, 2019

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