Sheriff’s Morgue Technician – Extra Help

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In El Dorado County, the Sheriff is also elected to serve as the Coroner and conducts morgue services. The Sheriff delegates these tasks to a unit of dedicated sworn and professional staff who work under statutory duties. The Coroner Unit investigates the circumstances surrounding all suspicious or unexpected deaths including homicides, suicides, accidental, unattended or unexplained deaths. They are also responsible for establishing the identity of the decedent, notifying the next of kin and safeguarding personal property. 

Serve your community in one of the most unique and rewarding opportunities. Morgue Technicians work closely with Coroner Detectives and Forensic Pathologist, sharing the ultimate goal of bringing closure to family members. 

The selected candidate will have the opportunity to:

  • Assist in the performance of autopsies, including confirming identity, opening and closing bodies; obtaining blood, fluid, organ, tissue, and other specimens; and excising and disposing of organs.
  • Prepare equipment, instruments, and stations for autopsy examinations.
  • Examine photographs and records external identification characteristics of deceased persons such as height, weight, hair, eye color, and scars; creates digital X-ray images of decedents; takes fingerprints.
  • Collect, prepare, and process medical-legal evidence; observe and report conditions found that may be of value in an autopsy investigation; collect and prepare evidence, clothing, and specimens for lab examination; preserve and store tissue samples, clothing, and specimens as directed or according to established procedures.
  • Complete daily logs and activity reports related to morgue/coroner services; prepare death certificates in death registration database. 
  • Compile data from multiple sources to complete and process forms, documents, and reports in accordance with established procedures; research problems and refer them to the appropriate person, agency, department, or unit.
  • Assist the public both in person and by phone; answer phone calls from law enforcement, court personnel, and the public.

For a full description of duties and responsibilities please review the job description here 

The Sheriff’s Office is looking for an individual that has demonstrated professional skill and knowledge to work in the morgue environment. Familiarity with equipment to assist the Forensic Pathologist in conducting thorough autopsies with care and professionalism. The incumbent will have knowledge of the basic anatomy, physiology, dissection, medical terminology, rules of evidence regarding chain of custody, and methods to preserve and safeguard evidence. The incumbent will also be able to exercise independent judgment and display initiative without close supervision. The incumbent will possess a positive attitude and enjoy working as a team to serve community members during traumatic times. Additional certifications or licenses in forensic or medical fields are desirable.
Your application will be assessed by Sheriff’s Human Resources staff to determine if you are minimally qualified using the following minimum qualifications: 

A combination of the required experience, education, and training that would provide the essential knowledge, skills, and abilities is qualifying; however, education may not solely substitute for the required experience.

Equivalent to an associate degree with at least 24 semester units in nursing, mortuary science or laboratory pathology, human anatomy/physiology, or a closely related field; AND 

Two (2) years of experience in a hospital, mortuary, or morgue that would provide a working knowledge of hospital, laboratory, morgue or mortuary sanitation methods and procedures.  

 Licenses and Certifications:

  • Possession of, or ability to obtain and maintain, a valid Driver’s License and a satisfactory driving record.
Apply online by clicking on the ‘Apply’ link at the top of this announcement. When your online application and responses to the required supplemental questions are complete, click ‘Accept’.

If you have any questions regarding this recruitment, contact Samantha Whitlock with the Sheriff’s Office at

Staff will screen all applications to identify qualified candidates. After screening, qualified candidates will be referred to the next step and notified of all further procedures applicable to their status in the recruitment process.

Training and Experience Review (Weighted 100%):  A training and experience review consists of candidates responding to supplemental questions on the job application. A subject matter expert will evaluate each candidate’s responses based on predetermined criteria. The subject matter experts are not granted access to the candidate’s application; therefore, responses to the supplemental questions should be thorough, detailed, and complete.

For more information on the recruitment process click here.

Based on the hiring department’s needs, the selection procedures listed above may be modified. All candidates will be notified of any changes in the selection procedures.

The County of El Dorado is recruiting applicants for Sheriff’s Morgue Technician. This recruitment will establish a list for the purpose of filling current and future extra help vacancies for at least three (3) months. There is currently one (1) extra help vacancy located in Placerville, CA.

Click here for Frequently Asked Questions.

The County of El Dorado is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.

All Sheriff’s employees undergo thorough and lengthy background investigations prior to conditional job offer. Many job classifications also require pre-employment medical screening. Depending on the job classification, medical screening may include testing for drugs, including but not limited to marijuana; a positive test may result in revocation of an employment offer.  

Not just rustic mining towns and historic sites – Today El Dorado County is a year-round vacation destination overflowing with outdoor adventure, inviting agritourism locations, enriching family activities, and a proud Gold Rush history.

Escape the traffic and smog because El Dorado County is just:

  • 40 miles to Downtown Sacramento
  • 50 miles to Sacramento International Airport
  • 129 miles to San Francisco

Here are a few of the many activities and events available throughout El Dorado County:

  • Hiking, Camping, Fishing, Boating, and Watersports
  • Skiing and Snowboarding
  • Live Music and Music Festivals
  • Local Craft Breweries and Wineries 
  • El Dorado County Fair
  • Placerville Speedway Races
  • Farm to Fork Restaurants
  • Local Shopping Gems


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