Forensic Autopsy Specialist-22482008

US Government, Medical Examiner, County


Future Salary Increases
Employees in this job class are scheduled to receive future Across-the-Board increases:
** July 2023 – 2.75% increase to base pay
** July 2024 – 2.75% increase to base pay
Forensic Autopsy Specialist
Are you a licensed California embalmer looking for a career in medico-legal death investigations? Are you interested in assisting with autopsies determining the causes of sudden, unexpected deaths? Don’t let this opportunity pass you by – Apply Now!

The Medical Examiner’s Office has an immediate opening for a Forensic Autopsy Specialist. As a Forensic Autopsy Specialist, you will assist Deputy Medical Examiners with autopsies and accept, process, and release deceased persons.

Required Licenses and Experience

  1. Possession of a current, valid California Embalmer’s License; AND,
  2. Experience as a journey level embalmer, having embalmed approximately 150 cases within the past five (5) years, including coroner-type cases (motor vehicle fatalities, homicides, suicide, decomposed bodies), AND, experience in pathological/forensic techniques, OR,
  3. At least two (2) years of experience working with a medical examiner/coroner’s office, assisting with autopsies, which involved frequent direct contact with deceased persons.
A valid California Class C driver’s license, which must be maintained throughout employment in this class, is required at time of appointment, or the ability to arrange necessary and timely transportation for field travel. Employees in this class may be required to use their own vehicle.
Click HERE to view the complete job description for Forensic Autopsy Specialist.

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The most highly qualified candidates, based on the evaluation results, will be referred for an interview.  Be sure to include your experience in meeting the minimum requirements in both the Work Experience section and the Supplemental Questionnaire section of the Application.
 Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of the application Work History and/or supplemental questionnaire.

Condition of Employment

As part of the County of San Diego’s pre-employment process, prospective candidates will undergo a background check (including fingerprinting) and a pre-employment medical screening prior to beginning County employment. Additional types of background investigations may be conducted based on the job-related activities of the position.

Interviews and Hiring Process
Applicants are encouraged to apply a soon as possible.  First interviews are anticipated to occur in September 2022. The department will be reaching out to candidates to invite them to participate in an interview.

Qualified candidates will be placed on a twelve (12) month employment list based on scores received during the evaluation of information contained in their employment and supplemental applications. Please ensure all information is complete and accurate, as the responses you provide on the supplemental application questionnaire will be reviewed using an automated evaluation system. If you are successful in the initial screening process, your application will be reviewed individually to confirm that the information you provided is accurate and qualifying.


Note: Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable a qualified individual with a disability to perform the essential functions of a job, on a case-by-case basis.  

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