Employment Opportunity

Deputy Coroner

Northampton County Coroner, Nazareth, Pennsylvania

Salary: $50,545.00 Annually

Final Filing Date: March 31, 2022

Duties and Requirements Click to read more


  • Travels to the scene of homicides, suicides, accidental, questionable, and or unattended deaths as required, on behalf of the office of the Coroner, in accordance with established call schedule.
  • Conducts a systematic scene investigation, to assist with determining the cause and manner of death. Understands the difference between jurisdictional and referral case death investigations and the responsibilities that each requires.
  • Takes custody of the remains in accordance with the prescribed protocol and procedure. Performs initial on scene examination of the remains, takes photographs and collects information relevant or related to the cause and manner of death. Conducts external examination of bodies and collects body fluids for the purposes of toxicology testing as may be required in individual cases.
  • Conducts joint investigations with law enforcement agencies and in conjunction with County, State and Federal Agencies, to assist in determining the cause and manner of death. Collects data and prepares reports on death investigations in accordance with pre-established policies and procedures ensuring accuracy and completeness of information.
  • Conducts follow up investigations that may be assigned. Practices appropriate safety, environmental and infectious control methods. Establishes the identity of the deceased individual and notifies the legal next of kin in accordance with established policies and procedures. Oversees and assists with the removal of remains to the attending funeral director and/or morgue facility for the purposes of a forensic examination.
  • Occasionally attends and provides evidence/testimony at pre-trial and/or court hearings, as may be required in individual cases.
  • In the absence of the Coroner and Chief Deputy Coroner, determines any attending physician and his or her willingness to sign the Death Certificate.
  • Addresses community groups, schools and other audiences about the functions of the office, as directed.


  • Possession of a high school diploma or equivalent;
  • AND
  • Completion of Bachelor’s Degree program from an accredited college or university in a related field of study, such as: forensic science; criminal justice; anthropology; psychology; sociology; biological science; nursing; or chemistry. Relevant work experience may be substituted on a year-for-year basis; AND
  • Two (2) years of full-time work experience in medicolegal death investigation is preferred. Two (2) years of full-time related work experience involving investigation and/or wound and pathology experience is required. A Master’s Degree in forensic science or a relevant field may be substituted for the work experience requirement;
  • AND
  • Employees assigned to this title will be required to possess and maintain a valid and current motor vehicle operator’s license with an acceptable driving record;
  • AND
  • Professional certification or licensure in one of the following fields is preferred: ABMDI (American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators), law enforcement, nursing, radiology, EMT/Paramedic, or any forensic concentration.
  • Knowledge of the goals and objectives of the Northampton County Coroner’s Office.
  • Knowledge of death investigation protocol, procedures and standards and the legal/policy requirements for the processing of evidence.
  • Knowledge of related accreditation and certification requirements.
  • Knowledge of bereavement and counseling techniques.
  • Knowledge of cameras and photographic procedures.
  • Knowledge of the procedures involved in detecting, analyzing and interpreting signs and symptoms of trauma and other physical conditions.
  • Skills in the planning, carrying out and documentation of investigations.
  • Skill in fingerprinting cadavers and identifying traumatic wounds.
  • Skill in the use of personal computers and related software applications.
  • Ability to be available for irregular shift work and shift rotations necessary to provide service 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, including weekends and holidays.
  • Ability to operate on a scheduled 24 hour, on call basis.
  • Ability to understand medical/forensic information and terminology.
  • Ability to understand and follow complex detailed technical instructions.
  • Ability to write reports containing technical information.
  • Ability to communicate technical information to non-technical personnel.
  • Ability to maintain quality, safety and infection control standards.
  • Ability to investigate and analyze information and draw conclusions.
  • Ability to search records, interview individuals, develop case histories, interpret findings and draw persuasive conclusions from that evidence.
  • Ability to maintain emotional stability to cope with human suffering, emergencies and other stressors.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with family members, medical officials, representatives of law enforcement and court systems.
  • Ability to read, write, speak, understand, and communicate in English to perform the duties of this position.
  • Ability to make oral presentations before various groups, including giving testimony in hearings and court cases.
  • Telephone or cell phone, personal computer (including word processing and spreadsheet software), calculator, fax machine, copy machine, camera equipment, as well as technical, medical and scientific equipment.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to walk, sit, talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and taste or smell. The work involves considerable exposure to unusual elements such as extreme temperatures, dirt, dust, fumes, smoke, unpleasant odors and loud noise.
  • Must be able to lift, carry, drag, or push an average body weight of 150 to 200 pounds, alone or with assistance. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
WORK ENVIRONMENT - The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee often works in the field. Work will require the use of personal protective equipment and the ability to wear a self-contained breathing apparatus. Work involves occasional exposure to unusual elements such as toxic chemicals, and biohazardous materials. Will work in a death environment with almost constant exposure to noxious odors. Will work with blood or blood borne pathogens and will be required to follow quality and safety and or infection control standards.
  • The noise level in the work environment varies.

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