Forensic Morgue Technician

US Government, Institute of Forensic Sciences


The Mission of the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences is to provide medical examiner and crime laboratory services of the highest quality in an unbiased manner with uncompromised integrity.



  • To provide consistent, quality death investigation and laboratory analysis for the benefit of the entire community.

  • To create a technological strongpoint for legal agencies to facilitate justice in criminal and civil proceedings.

  • To establish an academic environment for training in the field of Forensic Science.


Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Assist pathologists during post-mortem examination including opening the thoracic, abdominal and cranial cavities.

  • Closes post-mortem incisions and facilitates storage of decedents.

  • Fingerprints decedents following post-mortem examination

  • Accepts, preserves and is accountable for clothing, property, and valuables belonging to decedents.

  • Performs x-rays as needed for forensic studies.

  • Works the morgue control desk as needed to include releasing decedents and personal property to establishments bearing authority from next of kin and accurately enters information into the database.

  • Records and reconciles decedent inventory on a daily basis.

  • Maintains the safety, sanitation, and custodial conditions of the morgue on a daily basis.

  • Participates in special studies of the morgue as directed by the Director of Morgue & Histology Services.

  • Provides assistance to other Medical Examiner staff as needed or requested by the Director of Morgue & Histology Services or Morgue Services Supervisor.

  • This Job Description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this position.

  • Management may, at its discretion, assign, or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Harris County is an Equal Opportunity Employer
 If you need special services or accommodations, please call (713) 274-5445 or email

 This position is subject to a criminal history check. Only relevant convictions will be considered and, even when considered, may not automatically disqualify the candidate.

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