Medical Examiner Investigator I/II/Senior

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). 
  • Reimbursement for Membership Fees – Any employee employed full time in the classifications of Medical Examiner Investigator I, Medical Examiner Investigator II or Senior Medical Examiner Investigator shall be eligible for reimbursement of membership fees for the National Association of Medical Examiners not to exceed $90.00 per fiscal year.
  • Annual Leave Accrual – New regular, full-time employees shall accrue approximately 20 days of annual leave a year for the first 10,400 hours or 5 years of service; annual leave accruals increase at 5, 11, 12, 13, 14, and 15 years of service topping out at 30 days a year and a maximum of 600 hours of annual leave hours banked. 
  • Annual Leave Redemption – An employee may elected to “cash in” or redeem up to 80 hours of annual leave accrued in the same year after using 80 hours of annual leave in the preceding 12 months. Those employees with more than 10,400 hours of continuous service may “cash in” up to 100 hours of annual leave. 
  • Advanced Annual Leave Credit – Full time regular employees will be advanced at hire of 43.064 hours which will be balanced at the completion of 560 hours of continuous service or termination if sooner. 
  • 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 $447 per biweekly pay period, tier two for employee plus one is $522 per biweekly pay period and tier three for employee plus family is $547 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 – 11 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. 

The Medical Examiner Investigators, under direction investigate deaths reported to the Medical Examiner.

Each successive level in the Medical Examiner Investigator series is distinguished by the scope of independence and responsibility. The level of the position within the series is commensurate with the complexity of the assigned tasks.

Medical Examiner Investigator I is the entry level classification in this job series. Incumbents perform routine investigations and related work under supervision.

Medical Examiner Investigator II is the journey level of the Medical Examiner Investigator series.  Incumbents perform routine and complex investigations with a thorough working knowledge of Medical Examiner investigative practices including anatomy, physiology and medical terminology.

Senior Medical Examiner Investigator is the advanced journey and/or lead level of the Medical Examiner Investigator series. This level performs the most complex investigations with a thorough working knowledge of Medical Examiner investigative practices including anatomy, physiology, and medical terminology. While a Senior Medical Examiner Investigator may perform lead worker functions when assisting in the training of lower-level Medical Examiner Investigators, this classification does not have supervisory responsibility or authority.

The Medical Examiner Investigator series incumbents conduct investigations of death which require knowledge of medical terminology, medical record review, forensic medicine, basic pathology of death, and the ability to notify next of kin of a family member’s death. 

Medical Examiner Investigator I:  $33.17 to $45.83 per hour
Medical Examiner Investigator II:  $34.62 – $48.21 per hour
Sr. Medical Examiner Investigator:  $41.72 – $55.93 per hour

Medical Examiner Investigator I, II, and Senior are represented by the Specialized Peace Officers Association of Ventura County (SPOAVC) and are eligible for overtime compensation.

OPENING DATE: November 2, 2022
CLOSING DATE: Continuous

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