Employment Opportunity

Deputy Medical Examiner

Multnomah County Medical Examiner, Portland, Oregon

Salary: $27.61 - $33.80 Hourly

Final Filing Date: Open Until Filled

This recruitment will be used to fill multiple positions, including full and on call positions. This recruitment is open until filled. If interested, apply immediately!

The Multnomah County Medical Examiner Program investigates and determines the cause and manner of deaths which occur under specific circumstances in Multnomah County as required under Oregon Law (ORS Chapter 146). Investigation includes evaluation at the site where the death occurred, review of records, and an autopsy by a pathologist if necessary. The medical examiner may also determine who caused the death, and if it resulted from criminal means. ME Office staff are directly involved with the families and loved ones of deceased individuals as well as the responder community (police, fire, mortuary services, accident investigators) on a daily basis. The Multnomah County Medical Examiner Program operates in partnership with the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office.

Duties and Requirements Click to read more


As a Deputy Medical Examiner you will:
  • Investigate deaths as prescribed by Oregon statutes, to include homicides, suicides, accidents, natural deaths and any death in which there are questionable or unexplained circumstances;
  • Conduct investigations to determine the manner and cause of deaths, and whether they resulted from overt or natural causes; respond to media, notify next of kin and coordinate with health care professionals, paramedics, firefighters and law enforcement personnel.


  • Equivalent to an Associate of Arts degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in human anatomy, biology, forensic pathology or a related field demonstrating the capacity for the required knowledge and skills. Paramedic or forensic nursing training highly desirable; AND
  • Two years of responsible medical or law enforcement investigation experience.
License or Certificate:
  • Must be able to pass a Background check.
  • Must have a valid Driver's License.
  • Ability to Board Register with ABMDI w/in first 18 months of hire.
  • Successful completion of Oregon Certified Medicolegal Death Investigator (OCMDI) course within 18 months of hire.
  • CJIS clearance within first six months of hire.
  • Knowledge of state and local laws regarding death investigations and human remains.
  • Knowledge of crime scene investigation, processing, and evidence collection techniques.
  • Thorough knowledge of human anatomy and medical terminology, especially as it pertains to pathology.
  • Knowledge of weapons (and safe unloading), drugs, and legalities of securing possessions.
  • Thorough knowledge of first responder health and safety requirements including basic firearms safety.
  • Ability to secure, control, and account for property taken into custody, including pets.
  • Ability to prepare clear, concise, accurate reports.
  • Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of work and a variety of people from diverse backgrounds.
  • Ability to communicate sensitive information effectively, both orally and in writing to diverse audiences including emotional family members.
  • Ability to examine and handle mutilated, decomposed, and partial human remains.
  • Ability to lift and maneuver dead bodies.
  • Ability to obtain biological specimens as required without mutilation of remains and to accurately describe remains.
  • Ability to locate and notify next-of-kin expeditiously and compassionately.
  • Ability to work in unfavorable conditions such as inclement weather and rough environmental terrain. Skilled in problem-solving and conflict resolution.

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Posted: February 20, 2021

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