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Deputy Coroner I/II

Merced County Sheriffs Department, Merced, California

Salary: $22.37 - $30.02 Hourly

Final Filing Date: Continuous

This recruitment is being established to obtain a current eligible list for both full-time and Extra-Help vacancies. Extra-Help are not entitled to county benefits and are limited to a maximum of 25 hours per week. Extra-Help pay is $22.37 - $24.67 per hour.

Duties and Requirements Click to read more


Duties may include, but are not limited to the following:
  • Arrange and/or remove bodies from death scene and delivers to morgue or other facilities.
  • Notify and coordinate information with representatives of other criminal justice agencies.
  • Locates and notifies next of kin.
  • Interviews witnesses and relatives to obtain information about the decedent and circumstances of death.
  • Works with families of organ donors; prepares toxicology samples.
  • Requests various specialists such as forensic pathologist, toxicologists, bacteriologists and other skilled persons to aid in arriving at exact cause of death within defined procedural limits.
  • Completes final cause of death and signs death certificate.
  • Cleans autopsy room and sterilizes instruments and handles other facets of janitorial duties.
  • May have to testify in court or under deposition regarding the findings of an investigation.
  • Assist at autopsies and post-mortem examinations. Handle decomposed bodies.
  • Write reports of investigative findings. Maintaining logs and supplies.
  • Understand medical and legal terminology.
  • Operate a personal computer and other office equipment.
  • Communicate effectively with others in person and over the telephone.
  • Analyze data, interpret directions, procedures and regulations, and develop appropriate responses.
  • Perform job duties under stressful conditions and respond appropriately to situations.
  • Maintain confidential information in accordance with legal standards and/or County regulations.
  • Lift and move with help objects weighing over 100 pounds.
  • Conduct activities on uneven surfaces under various environmental conditions.
  • Frequent use of depth perception, peripheral vision and color perception.
  • Frequently lift, carry, reach, push, pull, twist and manipulate large and small objects.
  • Kneel, bend, twist, squat, balance and crawl.
  • Normal dexterity, frequent holding and grasping; including repetitive hand and arm motion.
  • Regular attendance is an essential function.


Knowledge of:
  • Health and Safety and Government Code laws and the California Code as related to the duties of a Coroner.
  • Hygienic methods and practices, including aseptic and antiseptic procedures.
  • Surgical instruments and equipment used in the performing an autopsies.
  • Techniques involved in handling and preparing bodies for post-mortem examination or burial.
  • Interviewing techniques.
  • Investigative principles and techniques.
  • Medical terminology.
Ability to:
  • Maintain confidential information according to legal standards and/or County regulations.
  • Work effectively under unpleasant conditions to deal with distraught persons.
  • Analyze facts and situations and take action.
  • Prepare reports as to cause of death.
  • Use post-mortem techniques and procedures.
    Level I
    • One (1) year experience in a health care position or in emergency services preferably dealing with the deceased and their bereaved relatives.
    • OR
    • Completion of sixty (60) college units with an emphasis in administration of justice, health or physical sciences or nursing.
    Level II
    • One (1) year of increasingly responsible experience in a Coroner's Office, in a position equivalent to a Deputy Coroner I.
    • Possess a valid California driver's license at time of appointment and maintain.

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Posted: July 21, 2021

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