Employment Opportunity

Coroner Technician I/II

Sacramento County Coroner, Sacramento, California

Salary: $44,892.00 - $57,273.84 Annually

Final Filing Date: October 7, 2022

This is a single classification with two (2) salary levels. Level I is the level at which initial appointments to Coroner Technician are typically made; and advancement from the lower to the higher level of the class is at the discretion of the appointing authority, provided the minimum qualifications are met.

Duties and Requirements Click to read more


Under general supervision
  • Assists forensic pathologists with autopsy examinations by performing technical procedures as directed by providing tools, equipment, and solutions;
  • Preparing bodies before and after the autopsy by disposing of organs, tissues and fluids;
  • Using a variety of techniques to prepare medical-legal evidence;
  • Identifying and releasing bodies;
  • Maintaining facility in a safe sanitary condition;
  • Performing a variety of clerical work; and
  • Completing other duties related to morgue services.

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Knowledge of
  • Basic human anatomy and physiology as applied to conducting autopsies.
  • Basic medical terminology.
  • Basic radiographic techniques, methods, operations; film processing and development; maintenance of radiographic equipment.
  • Basic principles of photography.
  • Procedures and practices related to the receipt and release of the dead human body.
  • Chain of evidence techniques.
  • Purpose and objectives of a coroner's office.
  • Universal safety precautions and aseptic techniques.
  • Techniques involved in handling and preparing bodies for autopsy examination.
  • Methods and procedures for care of surgical instruments and autopsy equipment.
  • Modern office technology and equipment.
  • Customer service principles and techniques.
Ability to
  • Handle death in a mature and respectful manner.
  • Tolerate unpleasant aspects associated with traumatic death, bodies of deceased persons in various stages of decomposition, odors, and larva.
  • Learn and apply procedures and tests required to assist pathologist in an autopsy exam.
  • Photograph bodies.
  • Maintain accurate records; perform routine clerical work and data entry.
  • Work with law enforcement staff on high profile cases.
  • Maintain confidentiality.
  • Work with the public under highly emotional and stressful situations.
  • Interact with people of various cultural, ethnic, and religious backgrounds.
Minimum Qualifications
  • Either: Successful completion of 30 semester or 45 quarter units in natural science, Emergency Medical Technology, Paramedicine, or other coursework in a field related to the intent of the class, from an accredited college or university.
  • OR: One year of full-time experience, paid or volunteer, assisting pathologists in performing autopsies using a variety of techniques to prepare specimens and/or evidence.

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Posted: April 15, 2022

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