Employment Opportunity


Coroner Investigator

Douglas County Coroner, Castle Rock, Colorado

Salary:

  • Coroner Investigator I - $3,835 - $4,793 per month
  • Coroner Investigator II - $4,248 - $5,310 per month
  • Coroner Investigator III - $4,743 - $5,929 per month

Final Filing Date: September 20, 2019

This is professional and technical work investigating deaths occurring within the jurisdiction of the Douglas County Coroner's office.

Based on applicant's qualifications, this position can be filled at level I, II or III. Please review the entire job description for more information.

Duties and Requirements Click to read more

Duties:

  • Responds to scene of death. Examines bodies to determine identification, physical description, injuries, condition and placement. Analyzes information gathered by investigation and prepares investigative reports for determination of cause and manner of death.
  • Interviews family, friends, witnesses, professionals and other contacts associated with the deceased during the death investigation.
  • Obtains statements, documents and related factual evidence. Confers with medical, social services and law enforcement agencies related to the investigation.
  • Administers proper procedures for collection of personal property, medications and evidence.
  • Administers proper procedures for notifying next-of-kin and releasing personal property.
  • Transports the body to morgue.
  • Processes body; takes X-rays and photographs, and takes fingerprints.
  • Serves as the Pathology Assistant during autopsies.
  • Arranges for release of body to funeral home.
  • Prepares toxicological samples for transport to laboratory.
  • Answers questions from public, either in person or by telephone.
  • Maintains personal and departmental equipment in satisfactory condition.
  • OTHER DUTIES: Prepares and cleans morgue before and after autopsy; enters various data into computer database; takes photographs; collects and processes specimens; inventories and cleans property; releases personal property; keeps supplies stocked; assists with maintenance of office files; assists with CMS scanning; assists Office Manager with various reports and documents.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Requirements:

Coroner Investigator I - Monthly Salary: $3,835 - $4,793
  • EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE: A high school diploma or GED equivalent supplemented by specialized course work in medicine (i.e. paramedic, LPN, RN), and/or medicolegal investigations, and two years of related experience OR any equivalent combination of education and experience. College degree is preferred.
  • LANGUAGE SKILLS: Ability to read, analyze and interpret general technical procedures and governmental regulations. Ability to write concise and accurate reports. Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.
  • CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS: Ability to obtain a Medicolegal Death Investigator certification within first year of employment. Must possess a valid State of Colorado Driver's License.
  • OTHER SKILLS and ABILITIES: Ability to obtain information and evidence by observation, record examination and interviews. Ability to analyze and evaluate all information obtained during investigations. Ability to interpret and comply with laws and regulations governing investigations. Working knowledge of methods, procedures and
Coroner Investigator II - Monthly Salary: $4,248 - $5,310
  • EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE: A high school diploma or GED equivalent supplemented by specialized course work in medicine (i.e. paramedic, LPN, RN), and/or medicolegal investigations, and two years of related experience OR any equivalent combination of education and experience. College degree is preferred.
  • LANGUAGE SKILLS: Ability to read, analyze and interpret general technical procedures and governmental regulations. Ability to write concise and accurate reports. Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.
  • CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS: Must possess Medicolegal Death Investigator certification (D-ABMDI). Must possess a valid State of Colorado Driver's License.
  • OTHER SKILLS and ABILITIES: Ability to obtain information and evidence by observation, record examination and interviews. Ability to analyze and evaluate all information obtained during investigations. Ability to interpret and comply with laws and regulations governing investigations. Working knowledge of methods, procedures and techniques used in law enforcement investigations. Working knowledge of medical terminology, physiology, and anatomy. Ability to exercise mature judgment and react effectively in emergency and stressful situations. Ability to drive County vehicles in adverse conditions. Highly encouraged to excel in a field of forensic science.
Coroner Investigator III - $4,743 - $5,929:
  • EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE: A high school diploma or GED equivalent supplemented by specialized course work in medicine (i.e. paramedic, LPN, RN), and/or medicolegal investigations, and two years of related experience OR any equivalent combination of education and experience. College degree is preferred.
  • LANGUAGE SKILLS: Ability to read, analyze and interpret general technical procedures and governmental regulations. Ability to write concise and accurate reports. Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.
  • CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS: Must possess Medicolegal Death Investigator certification (F-ABMDI). Must possess a valid State of Colorado Driver's License.
  • OTHER SKILLS and ABILITIES: Ability to obtain information and evidence by observation, record examination and interviews. Ability to analyze and evaluate all information obtained during investigations. Ability to interpret and comply with laws and regulations governing investigations. Working knowledge of methods, procedures and techniques used in law enforcement investigations. Working knowledge of medical terminology, physiology, and anatomy. Ability to exercise mature judgment and react effectively in emergency and stressful situations. Ability to drive County vehicles in adverse conditions. Highly encouraged to excel in a field of forensic science.

Supplemental Information

SUPERVISION RECEIVED:
  • Works under the general supervision of the Coroner.
  • Works under the supervision of the Chief Deputy Coroner during investigations and in the absence of the Coroner.
SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES:
  • None.
CONSEQUENCE OF ERROR:
  • Work involves reviewing and monitoring all investigative activities related to deaths. Consequence of error could result in incomplete investigations, mix up or release of wrong bodies and improper handling of death scene evidence that could impact civil or criminal investigation, and result in liability to Douglas County Coroner's Office and Douglas County. Error could also result in injury to self or others.
INDEPENDENT JUDGEMENT:
  • Must have the ability to assess situations and problems and determine appropriate course of action.
  • Must also know when to contact supervisors.
CONTACTS:
  • This position has regular contact with law enforcement, media, medical and social agencies and families of deceased.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS:
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk, see and hear clearly.
  • The employee frequently is required to walk, reach with hands and arms, climb or balance, and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.
  • The employee is occasionally required to stand and sit for long periods of time.
  • The employee must regularly lift and/or move more than one hundred (100) pounds.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include the ability to adjust focus and distinguish colors.
SHIFT WORK:
  • Schedule is 40 hours per week; and may include either four ten hour shifts, a three day work week of two 14 hour shifts and one 12 hour shift, or a flex shift of 40 hours covering any shift, 24/7/365.
WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.
  • Work may occur in a typical office setting, morgue, private residence, on highways, at mountain terrain or a variety of other settings.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee may work in various types of inclement, outside weather conditions and may be exposed to fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, environmental hazards, biohazards or blood borne pathogens.
  • Must be able to tolerate working with formalin fixative.
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:
  • Successful completion of the following is required prior to commencing employment:
  • Criminal background check through the CBI (Colorado Bureau of Investigation)
  • Post-offer employment drug screen may be required
  • Must be able to be bonded
AVAILABILITY/ACCESSIBILITY:
  • This position requires the incumbent to remain available via mobile cellular device/email access during and after normally scheduled business hours.
  • In the event of an emergency/disaster in or near the County, all County employees are expected to make every effort to be available to assist the County Manager, Elected/Appointed Officials and Department Directors to ensure the continued operation of any and all necessary County functions. This may mean being available to perform additional duties and hours beyond what is normally required. In the event that an exempt employee does work more than 40 hours a week in support of County operations during an emergency, such employee may receive overtime or other appropriate wage compensation in accordance with existing County policies or at the discretion of the County.

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Posted: September 7, 2019


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