Field Investigator (paid-on-call)

US Government, Medical Examiner

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About The Position
As a Field Investigator, you assist forensic pathologists by performing death scene investigations in accordance with Minnesota Stat.§ 390, U.S. Department of Justice Guidelines, and Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office policies and procedures. You presumptively identify decedents, compassionately notify the next of kin, and collect and document death scene evidence so that the forensic pathologist can accurately determine the manner and cause of death.
These part-time, temporary, on-call positions are located throughout various counties in Minnesota.
Pay and Benefits

  • Salary: $100 per scene visit/investigation. $3.00 per hour on-call pay. 
  • Mileage reimbursement at current IRS standard mileage rates.
  • Flexible schedule.
  • Employee Assistance Program.
  • Advancement/professional development opportunities.

Learn more about our robust benefits package by going to our website.
Duties and Responsibilities
 These examples are not all inclusive and are intended to be illustrative of primary responsibilities of an Anoka County Field Investigator.

  • Respond to death scenes in a timely manner, on an on-call basis for a specific area especially for unexpected deaths. Perform detailed inspection and appropriate photographs of the body and surrounding area. 
  • Make presumptive identification and take steps to facilitate positive identification.
  • Obtain demographics, and medical and social history by performing interviews of neighbors/friends, family, nursing staff, or primary physician including interview family and providing support in times of grief. 
  • Make preliminary determination of cause and manner of death at scene, determine if forensic autopsy is warranted, and assumption or declination of jurisdiction and confer with pathologist as needed.
  • Assess body position, weapon position, wound types, physical postmortem changes and other pertinent factors; evaluate for consistency with scene and decedent’s reported history. Ensure decedent’s private property is secure prior to vacating death scene. 
  • Photograph and accurately document scene and circumstances. Provide timely, concise and thorough written reports documenting investigation and findings, including photos and sketches as needed. 
  • Collect, inventory and package property/evidence to be removed from the scene, maintaining strict chain of custody.
  • Coordinate and interact with all appropriate law enforcement and other investigative agencies on scene in a professional and courteous manner.
  • Maintain a high level of confidentiality.
  • Stay up to date with policy and procedure changes as well as general department updates through consistent monitoring of your email.

Required Qualifications

  • Two years of job-related experience and a bachelor’s degree


  • Four years of job-related experience and an associate degree


  • Six years of job-related experience and a high school diploma or equivalent education.


  • Must have a computer with reliable internet access, a working cell phone, valid driver’s license and vehicle available for business use.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Degree in Physical or Social Sciences or Criminal Justice or related field.
  • Certified ABMDI Medicolegal Death Investigator, EMT, nursing license or POST-Board certification.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities needed:

  • Demonstrated ability to maintain high degree of confidentiality.
  • Demonstrated skill and ability (both orally and in writing) to investigate, collect, interpret and report information regarding: death scenes (interviews, photographic documentation, specimen procurement devices); medical history (diagnoses, diagnostics, intervention, therapeutic accidents, prognoses, medical reference materials).
  • Demonstrated skill and ability to effectively communicate and respond to; grieving/highly distraught individuals, medical community, law enforcement, public safety agencies, funeral homes, community.
  • Demonstrated ability to organize and manage multiple activities while maintaining a high degree of precision. 
  • Knowledge of pharmacological and medical terminology and disease processes helpful.

About Anoka County
As the fourth largest county in Minnesota, we depend on the diversity, dedication, determination, and innovation of our employees. We offer a wide range of career opportunities for people with a variety of personalities, abilities, knowledge, and life experiences who can come together for the single purpose of serving Anoka County’s 345,000 citizens in a respectful, innovative, and fiscally responsible manner. If your career aspirations resonate with our mission, we invite you to Find Your Path with Anoka County!
If you are requesting an exam accommodation, would like to submit Veterans’ Preference information or have any other questions regarding this job posting, please call the Anoka County Human Resources Department at 763-324-4300 and reference the posting title and number.
Selection Process
The selection process for this classification will consist of the review and scoring of your training and experience from the application materials submitted. Resume and cover letter submissions are optional and cannot be used in lieu of the application. Background checks are required upon all offers.
Include responses to all supplemental questions with your application no later than 4:30 p.m. on the closing date of the position. A complete application is required for you to be considered
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