Employment Opportunity

Medical Examiner Investigator I

San Diego County Medical Examiner, San Diego, California

Salary: $43,950.40 - $59,467.20 Annually

Final Filing Date: April 25, 2019

The County of San Diego Medical Examiner's Department is currently recruiting for Medical Examiner Investigator I. If you have an interest in conducting investigations into the circumstances of death, this is the job for you. Don't miss the opportunity to begin an exciting career with an award winning agency and work at a state of the art facility.

Positions in this class are allocated to the Medical Examiner’s Office. Medical Examiner Investigators are responsible for conducting investigations regarding the mode of death (e.g., suicide, homicide, or natural causes). The investigative work performed is distinguished from that of other law enforcement officials or medical personnel, which focus on criminal evidence, violations of law, or the biological cause of death. Positions in this classification are not sworn peace officers.

This is the entry level class in the Medical Examiner Investigator series. Incumbents work under immediate supervision and are expected to progressively perform investigative work in a more independent manner.

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  • Inquires into the manner, circumstances, and mode of any violent, traumatic, or unusual deaths occurring within the geographic boundaries of the County of San Diego.
  • Conducts visual inspection of the deceased and makes written notes of the bodies’ condition (i.e., degree of rigor mortis, lividity, visual bruises or lacerations, temperature, purge, clothing, position).
  • Interviews and solicits statements from relatives and persons last in attendance or present at the time of death.
  • Searches for and impounds physical evidence which may have contributed to the death (i.e., drugs, weapons, suicide notes).
  • Works closely with law enforcement officials to identify the unknown dead.
  • Locates and notifies next of kin.
  • Secures the decedent's property.
  • Documents information gathered during the field investigation and utilizes toxicology reports, autopsy reports and decedents medical history in order to write a report of all deaths investigated for the Medical Examiner's case files.
  • Prepares written authorizations needed for the legal disposition of the decedent's body and property.
  • Prepares preliminary reports for the Public Administrator.
  • Prepares detailed descriptions of the unknown dead.
  • Answers inquiries regarding information obtained during field investigations and information contained in the Medical Examiner's case files.
  • Cooperates with other government officials.
  • Provides courteous, high quality service to members of the public by personally responding to requests for service or making appropriate referral.
  • Acts as community liaison giving orientations and conducting tours of the Medical Examiner's facilities.


  • One (1) year paid experience as a Medical Examiner Investigator, Deputy Coroner, Forensic Autopsy Specialist, Forensic Embalmer, or Forensic Technician in a Coroner or Medical Examiner's facility;
  • OR,
  • Two (2) years paid experience as any of the following: full-time Peace Officer, Paramedic, Registered Nurse, or served in a medical capacity dealing with patient care, within a medical facility;
  • OR,
  • Possession of an associate's degree or completion of 60 semester units from an accredited U.S. college or university, or a certified foreign studies equivalency. Coursework must have included 15 semester units in medical terminology, anatomy, biology, chemistry, investigations, forensics, or physiology.
Knowledge of:
  • Methods of collecting and preserving evidence
  • Post-mortem changes to establish mode of death
  • Techniques of interviewing and investigation
  • Department and County policies and procedures
  • Anatomy, Physiology, and Toxicology
  • Medical terminology and their standard abbreviations
  • Pharmacology, therapeutic dosages, length of drug action, and contradictions
  • Applicable State and local laws pertaining to Medical Examiner and Coroner investigations
  • Telephone, office, and online etiquette
  • County customer service objectives and strategies
Skills and Abilities to:
  • Effectively maintain interpersonal and public relations
  • Effectively communicate in both oral and written English
  • Read and follow street maps
  • Research and analyze data or information
  • Communicate effectively with a variety of individuals representing diverse cultures and backgrounds and function calmly in stressful situations, which require a high degree of sensitivity, tact and diplomacy
  • Treat County employees, representatives of outside agencies and members of the public with courtesy and respect
  • Assess the customer’s immediate needs and ensure customer’s receipt of needed services through personal service or making appropriate referral
  • Provide prompt, efficient and responsive service
  • Exercise appropriate judgment in answering questions and releasing information; analyze and project consequences of decisions and/or recommendations
  • Establish effective working relationships with management, employees, employee representatives and the public representing diverse cultures and backgrounds

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Posted: April 8, 2019

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