Forensic Pathology Trainee/Technician

US Government, Medical Examiner's Office


  • Educational Incentive – An educational incentive of 2.5% for completion of an associate’s degree, 3.5% for completion of a bachelor’s degree, OR 5% for completion of a graduate’s degree.
  • Bilingual Incentive – Proficiency levels by exam are $.65 per hour (Level I), $.80 per hour (Level II), or $1.10 per hour (Level III).
  • Vacation Accrual – New regular, full-time employees shall accrue approximately 14 days of vacation a year for the first 10,400 hours or 5 years of service; vacation accruals increase at 5, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 and 20 years of service topping out at 26 days a year and 400 hours of vacation hours banked. 
  • Annual Leave Redemption – After 10,400 hours of continuous service an employee may elected to “cash in” or redeem up to 80 hours of vacation accrued in the same year after using 80 hours of vacation in the preceding 12 months. 
  • Sick Leave – Full time regular employees accrue 3.08 hours of sick leave per pay period with an advance at hire of 40.04 hours which will be balanced at the completion of 13 bi-weekly pay periods. 
  • Deferred Compensation – Eligible to participate in the County’s 401(k) Shared Savings Plan and/or the Section 457 Plan. This position is eligible for up to a 2.5% match on your 401(k) contributions. 
  • Health Plans – Full time employees are afforded a flexible credit allowance for purchasing medical, dental, and/or vision insurance from a group of authorized plans: Tier one for employee only is $497 per biweekly pay period, tier two for employee plus one is $678 per biweekly pay period and tier three for employee plus family is $825 per biweekly pay period.
  • Flexible Spending Accounts – Choice of participation in the Flexible Spending Accounts which increase spending power through reimbursement of pre-tax dollars for IRS approved dependent care and health care expenses. 
  • Pension Plan – Both the County and employees contribute to the County’s Retirement Plan and to Social Security. If eligible, reciprocity may be established with other public retirement systems, such as PERS. 
  • Holidays – 12 paid days per year which includes a scheduled floating holiday.

The County’s 1,873 square miles include 1,846 square miles of land with 42 miles of coastline which is home to the fol­lowing cities and points of interest: Camarillo, Fillmore, Moorpark, Ojai, Oxnard, Port Hueneme, Santa Paula, Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks, and Ventura as well as national protected areas such as parts of the Angeles National Forest, Channel Islands National Park, and the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.
Ventura County is a “general law” county, governed by a five-member, elected-by-district Board of Supervisors. The Supervisors appoint a County Executive Officer (CEO) to oversee the County budget, day-to-day operations, and to advise, assist, and act as an agent for the Board of Supervisors in all matters under the Board’s jurisdiction. It focuses on serving its residents by promoting engagement, strategy, execution and accountability to include diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives to ensure that all employees are treated with respect and without discrimination, and to improve culturally appropriate outcomes for community members.   

The general purpose of the Medical Examiner Office (MEO) is to investigate all deaths that are suspicious, unexpected, sudden and unattended.  Investigations are conducted primarily to determine the cause and manner of death.  Autopsies are done for the same purpose when indicated.  The medical examiner findings are used to issue accurate death certificates, monitor certain types of deaths and the public health, serve as evidence in criminal and civil legal actions, assist with family genetic counseling; and provide information related to insurance settlements. These are just examples of the many uses.  

It is the policy of the Medical Examiner to cooperate with family members, public agencies, private concerns, and other members of the public who have reasonable, legitimate interests in deaths requiring investigation.  Such cooperation must, of necessity, be limited by the constraints of available staff, equipment, expertise and time. 

Under direct supervision at the Trainee level and general supervision at the Technician level, this individual assists the board-certified forensic pathologists or board-certified pathologists in the performance of medico-legal autopsies under the jurisdiction of the Medical Examiner. Other responsibilities include assisting in the collection and legal preservation of evidence, clothing, toxicology samples, and biologic samples for toxicologic, serologic, and microbiologic testing and assisting the forensic pathologist in identification, including badly decomposed bodies. 

The Trainee (Technical Specialist III-PH) is the entry level allowing for training to be obtained in the assigned duties. 

Technical Specialist III – PH
Forensic Pathology Technician

Technical Specialist III – PH:          $18.06 to $25.28 Hourly
Forensic Pathology Technician:    $23.70 to $ 30.25 hourly

The Technical Specialist III – PH and the Forensic Pathology Technician classifications are represented by the Service Employees International Union and are eligible for overtime compensation.

CLOSING DATE: Continuous and may close at any time; therefore, the schedule for the remainder of the process will depend upon when we receive a sufficient number of qualified applications to meet business needs.

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