Company: Josephine County
Location: grants pass
Posted on: May 3, 2021
The Medical-Legal Death Investigator is responsible for
conducting death investigations pursuant to duties outlined in the
Oregon Revised Statutes.
Typical Daily Tasks
(Illustrative Only. Any single position in this classification
will not necessarily involve all of the listed duties below and
other positions will involve duties which are not listed. These
duties represent the essential functions needed of persons in this
- Manage the activities of the medical examiner's office as
prescribed by state statutes, and as directed by the District
Deputy State Medical Examiner, maintain records and process
necessary reports relating to deaths including death notices,
investigative reports, autopsies, laboratory analyses, and
inventories. Prepare and maintain records, reports and statistical
- Conduct investigations of deaths; take custody of body and
personal effects of the deceased; assist local law enforcement to
preserve evidence; obtain medical history and other information
relevant to the death; contact co-workers, funeral homes,
hospitals, law enforcement agencies, District Attorney's office,
relatives and public to aid in the resolution of questionable
- Examine body and environment at the scene of a death; determine
approximate time of death, cause and manner of death; participate
in autopsy; use sound judgment and precautions in situations where
personal health and safety may be compromised such as exposure to
- Notify next of kin and relatives of death; interview witnesses
and relatives; arrange for disposition of body; answer questions
from family, public and/or media.
- Assist the Deputy State Medical Examiners with training,
support, assistance, and coordination of the Deputy Medical
Examiners; act as a liaison between Deputy State Medical Examiner,
District Attorney, State Medical Examiner's Office, law
enforcement, medical community, funeral homes, and/or
- Testify in court regarding death investigations.
- Performs other duties and related work as required.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to
perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed
are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability
required. Must have a working knowledge of effective methods of
medical and criminal investigation and basic forensic photography.
Knowledge of State statures regulating death investigations and
basic rules of legal evidence/chain of custody as well as basic
principles of anatomy, phycology, physiology, pharmacology, and
medical terminology. Must be able to prepare clear, concise and
comprehensive reports; assist persons undergoing emotional stress
or mental disorder while maintaining a professional and objective
posture. Ability to establish and maintain effective working
relations with office staff, court personnel, county officials, law
enforcement agencies, and the general public. Ability to be called
as a State's witness in court.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
An associate's Degree (Bachelor's degree preferred) from an
accredited college or university with significant coursework in
nursing, science, criminology or other health care related fields.
Clinical experience in emergency, trauma, clinical forensic nursing
or death investigations. Any combination of experience and training
that provides the required knowledge and abilities may be
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS
Completion of requirements for Oregon Certified Medico legal Death
Investigator status within one year of hire date. Possession of or
ability to obtain a valid Oregon Driver's License; safe driving
Those employed in this position may be subject to pre-employment
drug testing/physical examination and a background investigation,
including criminal background investigation. Conviction of a crime
will not necessarily disqualify an individual for this
classification. Must pass and maintain Criminal Justice Information
Systems (CJIS) security clearance.
Part-Time - hours vary a week. Position is open until filled.
Applications will be referred on a weekly basis.
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