Employment Opportunity

Coroner's Investigator

Butte County Sheriff-Coroner's Office, Oroville, California

Salary: $55,473.60 - $74,318.40 Annually

Final Filing Date: March 3, 2021

Under general supervision, conducts death investigations to determine the cause and manner of death, as well as identify the deaths falling under the jurisdiction of the Sheriff-Coroner's Office. Coordinates autopsies and external examinations performed by a Forensic Pathologist, and performs other duties as assigned.

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Essential Job Functions
  • Answers, responds to, and appropriately investigates calls involving deaths of human beings by; lifting, moving and transporting the deceased; collecting relevant information in the course of an investigation so to make determinations as to the cause, circumstances and manner of death.
  • Ensures scene photography when necessary; securing, collecting and preserving the property of the deceased then releasing it to the next of kin; documenting all relevant information respective to the death investigation; obtaining relevant medical information, evidence and specimens; interviewing witnesses and cooperating with other law enforcement agencies and the medical community.
  • Assist in the collection and preservation of clothing, physical and biological evidence for forensic analysis, including but not limited to gunshot residue collection, fingernail scrapings, sexual assault specimen collection, forensic toxicology, clinical chemistry, serology, and microbiologic testing; package and prepare evidence and specimens for storage or transport within a legal chain of custody; ensure proper biohazard waste disposal regulations according to protocol.
  • May provide testimony in court or when deposed through a legal process; establishing the identity of the deceased through the searching for and obtaining of any and all available information relevant to their identify, and by obtaining fingerprints and by documenting their distinguishing physical characteristics; identifying individuals who are responsible for the custody and final disposition of the deceased, assists in ordering autopsies and helps arrange for services of forensic or medico specialists.
  • Prepares written reports of each case investigated, describing the circumstances surrounding the death, including the probable method and manner (accident, homicide, suicide, or natural), and other pertinent facts, including summaries of information from hospital charts.
  • Prepares for and assists with inquests; subpoenas jurors and witnesses.
  • May assist pathologist in autopsies, makes incisions and sutures, evidence collection, labeling, photography, specimen collection and maintains cleanliness and sanitation of the morgue.
  • May act as a liaison between the Sheriff-Coroner and the Public Guardian/Administrator to ensure the transference of the decedent's assets to the Public Administrator, and assists in maintaining the inventory of property belonging to the deceased.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications
  • Possession of a bachelor's degree in biological science, forensics, nursing, anthropology or other closely related field.
  • OR
  • Possession of a current valid embalmer's license issued by the California State Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers
  • OR
  • Diplomate Certification issued by the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators
  • OR
  • One year of verifiable experience in medical, nursing, medical examiner, coroner or investigative field. This experience must include working with deceased persons and their families.

  • Valid State of California driver's license is required.
  • Must pass an extensive background investigation, including psychological evaluation, polygraph, and pre-employment medical screening.
  • Experience in Coroner or Medical Examiner investigations is highly desirable.
  • No conviction by any state, the federal government, or a foreign government of a crime, which could have been punishable by imprisonment in a Federal Penitentiary or a State Prison. All applicants must be United States citizens (Government Code 24103).
Environmental Factors and Conditions/Physical Requirements
  • Physical ability to lift dead bodies weighing a minimum of 160 lbs. and remove them from the scene of death using acceptable removal techniques.
  • Work is performed in internal and external environments with exposure to inclement weather, and varying temperatures.
  • May be exposed to hazardous chemicals, drugs, and infectious and communicable diseases.
  • Subject to extended periods of intense concentration in review of crime scenes, investigations and preparing law enforcement reports.
  • Subject to standing, walking, sitting, bending, reaching, kneeling, running, and lifting heavy objects such as dead bodies, equipment, files, and evidence.
  • Applicants must be in excellent physical condition with above average strength, endurance and agility and must meet Commission on POST approved peace officer standards.

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Posted: February 20, 2021

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