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Forensic Technician

Miami-Dade Medical Examiner Office, Miami, Florida

Salary: $36,889.06 - $60,732.10 per year

Final Filing Date: March 7, 2021

This is technical work in the conduct of autopsies and related forensic procedures for the County Medical Examiner. Employees in this class are responsible for performing a variety of technical tasks in assisting medical examiners in the conduct of autopsies and related diagnostic analyses to determine cause of death. Emphasis of the work is on completion of a large volume of gross autopsy procedures and related necrodactylographic and cytology-histology techniques. Duties include assisting medical examiners during gross autopsies and in completing forensic procedures including fingerprinting, palm printing, x-ray, photography and may include the embalming of bodies of indigent residents. Employees experience hazardous and difficult working conditions since bodies are received for autopsy where pathogens may be present and not diagnosed, and where cadavers may be in decomposed, mutilated, burned or other conditions due to the nature of the terminal episode. Incumbents must exercise care since medical examiners are legally and medically responsible for determination as to cause of death and employees closely assist the medical staff in these determinations. Supervision is received from medical and technical superiors who review work for quality of results.

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  • Admits and properly registers human and/or nonhuman remains in accordance with established operational policies and procedures; obtains and records information pertinent to the identification and classification of the deceased such as observable markings or scars, height and weight; documents and secures valuables and other personal property belonging to the deceased.
  • Prepares remains for examination by the pathologist; recognizes and preserves evidence which may be relevant to the cause and manner of death.
  • Assists pathologists in the performance of autopsies; opens body cavities and removes various tissues, organs and systems such as optic tissue, adrenal glands, brain, and spinal column, as directed.
  • Prepares remains for transportation to funeral homes or other facilities utilizing methods which insure minimal public contact with body excretions and other constituents which may be hazardous.
  • Participates in various research projects by recording data, preserving specimens and aiding physicians, and personnel of local police agencies.
  • Assures the proper disposition or disposal of tissues which may contain harmful organisms.
  • Prepares solutions such as formaldehyde and buffering agents to be used as fixation agents for anatomical specimens.
  • Collects and preserves specimens for laboratory analyses.
  • Performs major and minor restorations for identification purposes; restores remains to suitable appearance for public viewing or photography purposes.
  • Fingerprints all bodies received at appropriate time in correlation with preservation of evidence, for verification of identity.
  • Takes photographs of remains upon admittance and of specific anatomical sites during postmortem operations.
  • Under state license or under direct supervision, participates in the embalming of bodies in preparation for burial through the injection of preserving chemicals at prescribed flow rates.
  • Takes and develops x-rays as necessary to assess the presence, location and number of foreign objects in a body.
  • Properly retains and labels clothing and other evidence and assures its proper disposition.
  • Maintains and regulates hygienic conditions through the use of germicidal chemicals and procedures in order to promote a sanitary working environment.
  • Testifies in judicial proceedings concerning Medical Examiner cases, as required.
  • Performs related work as required.


  • Considerable knowledge of gross autopsy procedures used in pathological examinations.
  • Considerable knowledge of normal and abnormal anatomical pathology.
  • Considerable knowledge of forensic fingerprinting, palm printing, and x-ray procedures.
  • Considerable knowledge of aseptic and decontamination procedures for the morgue area.
  • Considerable knowledge of maintenance of morgue instruments and equipment.
  • Knowledge of cytology, chemical, and histology procedures related to autopsy for forensic purposes.
  • Some knowledge of modern embalming methods and techniques.
  • Ability to demonstrate a mature and respectful approach to disagreeable phases of medical examiner work.
  • Ability to complete diagnostic tests accurately.
  • Ability to work with cadavers in decomposed, burned or mutilated states.
  • Ability to complete autopsies with required speed.
  • Ability to deal effectively with the medical staff in a close working relationship.
  • Ability to lift and move cadavers.
  • Skill in the use of a variety of surgical instruments.


  • High school diploma or GED.
  • One year of experience in forensic pathology and autopsy procedures is required;
  • OR
  • Completion of vocational or technical coursework to include 3 semester credits in Health Science or Mortuary Science are required.

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