Employment Opportunity

Medicolegal Death Investigator

Office of the Medical Examiner, Taylorsville, Utah

Salary: $19.18 Hourly

Final Filing Date: May 6, 2021

Do you have investigation experience? The Office of the Medical Examiner (OME) seeks you as a PART TIME Medicolegal Death Investigator to cover nights, weekend and holiday shift in Salt Lake County. In this role you will be responsible to provide scene and telephonic response to deaths reported to the OME. The Investigations section is responsible for the investigation of all deaths falling under the jurisdiction of the Office of the Medical Examiner under Utah Code 26-4-7, including initial scene response as well as coordinating transportation of decedents, processing evidence, identifying decedents, and follow-up on investigations to aid in the determination of cause and manner of death. You will not be required to respond to situations that involve threats to public safety. Due to the nature of this position, compliance to the Utah Department of Health Employee Immunization policy is required. Travel is required. You will need to be able to respond to a call within 30 minutes anywhere within Salt Lake County.

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As a Medicolegal Death Investigator you will:
  • Perform scene investigations which include researching and gathering information, interviewing witnesses, and writing investigative findings as documentation for the Utah Medical Examiner Database; and the determination of jurisdiction of deaths reported to the OME.
  • Assist medical examiners/forensic pathologists with complete documentation of evidence collected and recorded chain of custody, reports, and records gathering and review, and other requests as needed.
  • Be familiar with laws and regulations regarding death investigation in Utah.
  • Respond to incoming questions and complaints, provide information as allowed by law, explain policies and procedures, and facilitate resolution of issues as they arise.
  • Facilitate information exchange between investigators and organ and tissue donation coordinators to allow for timely donation of organs and tissues.
  • Coordinate information exchanges with law enforcement entities, treating physicians, attorneys and families.


The Ideal Candidate
  • Has experience as a medicolegal death investigator.
  • Has a certification by the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators (ABMDI).
  • Has strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Has a medical degree or training (PA, NP, RN, paramedic, EMT, etc.) and current certification.
  • Has a Bachelor's or Master's degree in forensic science, medical/nursing, or science.
Working Conditions:
  • The working conditions vary based on the time of year, weather, and location of the investigation scene. This position requires the use of special safety precautions and/or equipment.
  • The OME operates 24/7. The shifts vary from Monday- Saturday, 7:00 pm to 7:00 am. Nights, weekends, and holiday coverage.
Physical Requirements
  • This position requires physical exertion. You may be required to stand for long periods of time, hike mountainous terrain, or to walk over rough surfaces. In addition, you may be required to bend, crouch, stoop, stretch, reach, or lift moderately heavy items (up to 50 lbs.) in a recurring manner or for long periods of time.

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Posted: April 28, 2021

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