Employment Opportunity

Coroner Technician

Riverside County Sheriff's Department, Indio, California

Salary: $41,098.93 - $62,936.02 Annually

Final Filing Date: April 12, 2021

The Riverside County Sheriff's Department seeks to fill the Coroner Technician position located in Indio. Under general supervision, transports deceased persons from the place of death to a Coroner's Bureau facility; manages the intake and release of deceased persons by performing all duties related to preparing the deceased persons for autopsies; assists Forensic Pathologists with autopsies and photographs autopsy procedures; maintains entire morgue area and equipment in a clean, orderly, and sanitary condition; performs clerical work functions and ensures morgue and vehicles are stocked with necessary supplies; and performs other related duties as required.

Duties and Requirements Click to read more


  • Recover and transport bodies to a Coroner's facility throughout the County; pick up specimens and/or records from hospitals and nursing homes.
  • Assist in gathering and protecting physical, scientific, and pathological evidence (e.g., clothing, weapons, drugs, and bodily fluids) from the scene of death; photograph scenes of death and autopsy procedures.
  • Assist Forensic Pathologists in performing autopsies; set up equipment, instruments and solutions; open and close bodies, obtain blood and other fluid samples, excise and weigh organs and record figures; accurately label and store specimens; prepare tissue specimens; and prepare all specimens for transportation to toxicology and histopathology laboratories.
  • Maintain vehicles, facilities and all instruments/equipment in a clean, orderly, and sanitary condition.
  • Photograph deceased persons at the scene of death and autopsy using digital cameras.
  • Receive, log, and process bodies including weighing, undressing, fingerprinting, and x-raying as they arrive at a Coroner facility.
  • Inventory personal property of the deceased; receive reports of death within established guidelines, and determine whether a case falls within the Coroner's jurisdiction.
  • Dispatch Deputy Coroners and Coroner Technicians, and maintain radio and telephone contact with them while they are in the field; receive telephone inquiries and documents any information received over the telephone from families, law enforcement, mortuary staff, doctors, lawyers, and medical and legal personnel.
  • Release deceased persons to mortuary or authorized persons upon completion of the Coroner's investigation.
  • Prepare and maintain routine investigative files, facility forms, and statistical and daily activity reports.
  • Under direction, may tactfully provide information to next of kin.
  • May serve as a witness in criminal or civil courts on Coroner's cases.


  • Possession of a high school diploma or equivalent (e.g., GED).
  • None required.
Knowledge of:
  • Computers and other office equipment; digital cameras; inventory principles and fingerprinting techniques; basic rules of evidence; basic anatomy; medical terminology; fingerprinting, photography, and x-raying.
Ability to:
  • Learn procedures for gathering information; understand basic rules of evidence; understand basic anatomy and medical terminology; fingerprint photograph, and x-ray; learn the techniques, procedures, equipment, and instruments used in assisting with autopsies; read and interpret government and health and safety codes; deal effectively with distraught persons; prepare clear and concise reports and forms; read a Thomas Brothers map; follow written and oral directions.

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Posted: April 7, 2021

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