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Sheriff-Coroner Investigator I

Santa Cruz County Sheriff-Coroner, Santa Cruz, California

Salary: $6,496 - 8,219 per Month

Final Filing Date: Continuous

Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. This recruitment may close once a sufficient number of qualifying applications have been received.

Duties and Requirements Click to read more


Under general supervision,
  • Conducts investigations to identify deaths that fall under the jurisdiction of the Coroner’s Office and to determine the cause and manner of deaths;
  • Determines the identification of the deceased and notifies the next of kin;
  • Collects and preserves forensic evidence;
  • Collects and reviews medical records;
  • Safeguards the personal effects of the decedent;
  • Prepares and submits reports on the death investigation to the Forensic Pathologist;
  • Works closely with all agencies concerned with the decedents death; and
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.


THE REQUIREMENTS: Any combination of education and experience which would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying, unless otherwise specified. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:
  • Graduation from High School or G.E.D certificate and a minimum of an associate degree in forensic science, criminal justice, nursing, or other related fields.
  • AND
  • One year of experience in a medical, nursing, or investigative field.
  • Successful completion of the Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Coroner's Death Investigation Course and PC 832 Arrest Course, within twelve months of appointment. Successful passage of the Registry Certification (Basic) examination from the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators (ABMDI), must be completed within two years of appointment.
  • Capable of performing all the classification’s essential functions, as summarized in the typical tasks section of this job specification with or without reasonable accommodations. Tasks require the ability to manipulate/maneuver up to 100 pounds of body weight, often combined with bending, twisting, or working on irregular surfaces; typically involves some combination of climbing and balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, and crawling; occasionally requires hiking in mountainous terrain while carrying equipment.
Sensory Requirements:
  • Requires the ability to recognize and identify similarities and differences between shade, degree or value of colors, shapes, forms, textures, or physical appearance associated with job-related objects, materials, tasks, or people; occasionally requires ability to differentiate sounds and odors.
Environmental Factors:
  • Exposure to variable temperatures, confined workspaces, and heights; strong unpleasant odors; infectious bio-hazardous materials, such as blood, urine, and semen, which might cause chronic disease or death; dust, pollens, chemical irritants; toxic substances; individuals who may be hostile and abusive; evidence that may be disturbing, such as homicide evidence.
  • Hours: May be required to work flexible hours, shifts, weekends, and holidays and be subject to holdover and callback duty; and to provide a telephone number or means by which employee can be reached.
License Requirement:
  • Possession and maintenance of valid Class C California Driver License issued by the California State Department of Motor Vehicles by the time of appointment.
Background Investigation:
  • Ability to pass a full background investigation.
  • Some knowledge of basic anatomy, physiology, and medical terminology; California Penal Code, Government Code, Health and Safety Code, and Welfare and Institutions Code relating to the function, jurisdiction and authority of the Coroner's Office; principles and techniques of death investigations including interviewing methods and techniques; rules of evidence regarding chain of custody and methods to preserve and safeguard evidence; office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and applicable software applications, such as word processing, spreadsheets, email, and databases.
Ability to:
  • Work closely with Forensic Pathologist when investigating cause, manner, and circumstances of unattended or traumatic deaths; read and understand medical charts; maintain professionalism in tragic and emotional situations; establish and maintain effective working relationships; create accurate and comprehensive reports of the findings of a death investigation; gather, analyze, correlate, and preserve forensic evidence; testify in court; demonstrate effective interpersonal and communication skills; work alone and independently; use critical thinking skills in problem solving; and perform strenuous physical activities including lifting and moving dead bodies.

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Posted: October 16, 2021

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