Forensic Pathologist
Shasta County - Redding, CA

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Under the administrative direction of the Chief Deputy Coroner, will perform forensic pathology services, general pathology services, and related medical functions to determine cause and manner of death; and performs other related duties as required. Special note: An individual will be required to pass a background investigation relevant to working in a law enforcement office or facility prior to being hired. This opening is in the Sheriff's Office.


The incumbent in this position is appointed by the Sheriff-Coroner and, as a licensed physician and surgeon specializing in forensic pathology, will be responsible for conducting specialized autopsies to determine cause and manner of death.


Responds to death scenes as required to make preliminary findings as to causes, circumstances, and manner of death; assists in activities concerned with the collection and preservation of evidence; establishes standards for and conducts autopsies to determine the cause, circumstances, and manner of death; interprets reports prepared by physicians, pathologists, and toxicologists; confers with medical and investigative personnel in making determinations as to the cause and circumstance of death; consults with law enforcement officers, the District Attorney, and attorneys in the preparation of court cases; testifies in court; meets with families of deceased to discuss medical aspects of cases; prepares reports of findings; provides administrative direction and oversight to autopsies conducted on a contract basis; carries out departmental operational and administrative policy; train clinical staff.


Any combination of education and experience sufficient to directly demonstrate possession and application of the following:

Knowledge of: Current methods and technology in forensic pathology and related scientific aspects of death investigations; procedures followed in criminal investigative work; principles of training.

Ability to: Perform specialized autopsies to determine cause and manner of death; show compassion and sensitivity in dealing with the kin of deceased; testify articulately and accurately in court; establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with medical, legal, and law enforcement administrators, attorneys, officials, and agencies; train staff; prepare detailed and accurate reports and present findings; work long and irregular hours when needed.


- Possession of a valid California driver license within 30 days of appointment.
- Possession of a valid Physicians and Surgeons Certificate issued by the California State Board of Medical Examiners.


- All new employees are required to have their paycheck directly deposited to a bank account.
- Some positions may require a valid California driver's license and acceptable driving record according to County policy.
- Reasonable accommodations may be made for those persons who are disabled under the Americans With Disabilities Act to perform the essential functions of the position.
- All individuals offered employment with Shasta County must pass a pre-employment physical examination that includes drug and alcohol testing.
- In accordance with Government Code Section 3100, County employees, in the event of a disaster are considered disaster workers and may be asked to respond accordingly.
- Positions in this classification are covered by a collective bargaining agreement between the County and the Mid-Management Bargaining Unit (MMBU).
- Employees in this classification are covered under the CalPERS retirement program. Depending on the provisions of the California Public Employees' Pension Reform Act (PEPRA) and other applicable laws, an employee in this classification will be covered under one of the following CalPERS retirement formulas: (1) 2% at 55, (2) 2% at 60, or (3) 2% at 62. An employee in this classification will also contribute 7% of his/her pay to this plan, or will contribute such other amount to the plan as authorized by PEPRA and other applicable laws. Please visit for additional information regarding benefits and CalPERS coverage information. The provisions in this flyer and on the County's website are for information purposes only. To the extent the provisions of the flyer or the County's website are inconsistent with PEPRA and other applicable laws, PEPRA and other applicable laws shall govern.


Salary: $13,062 - $16,671 per month / $75.36 - $96.18 per hour
Vacation: 10 days/year first 3 years; 15 days/year 4-9 years; 17 days/year 10-15 years; 20 days/year 16 years and thereafter.
Sick Leave: 12 days per year with a generous pro rata payoff at retirement or termination after 5 years of service.
Administrative Leave: 80 hours per year.
Holidays: 12 days per year.
Retirement: PERS 2% at 55 plan, coordinated with Social Security.
Insurance: Major medical and dental plans with the County paying a majority of the employee and a portion of the dependent cost; a vision plan; and a life insurance policy.
Other: Deferred Compensation plan, IRC Section 125 plan, and credit union membership available.


Shasta County covers a large geographic area that includes rivers, lakes, and mountains that offer an abundance of recreational opportunities. An eight-mile river trail, numerous community parks, a local museum alliance and continuous community events contribute to the quality of life. Sacramento is 160 miles to the south and the coast is 150 miles to the west. Shasta Lake, located just a few miles north of Redding, is a play land for water sports enthusiasts and vacationers. Lake Shasta offers 365 miles of shoreline and plenty of opportunities for hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, fishing, sightseeing and wildlife viewing. Shasta County, the heart of northstate California, offers a lifestyle that blends the best of rural and urban features. Please see our website at for more information concerning this wonderful place to live, play, and work.


Shasta County Personnel will accept applications, the required certificate/license, and responses to the supplemental questions until 5:00 p.m., on March 1, 2013. A cover letter and/or resume will be accepted in addition to the application form but will not serve as a substitute for a completed application. Incomplete applications will not be processed. It is not acceptable to complete the application with statements such as, "See/Refer to Resume," or "See Attached." Closing date postmarks or faxes will NOT be accepted. This recruitment will establish a list that may or may not be used by other departments. Prior applicants must reapply to be considered.

Applicants will be screened and those considered best qualified will be invited to appear for an oral and/or written examination. Meeting the announced requirements does not guarantee inclusion into the selection process. Depending upon the number of applications received, the selection process may consist of additional application screening, written and/or practical exam(s), oral interview, or any combination thereof.

Applicants are encouraged to apply on-line at or submit an application to the Shasta County Personnel Office.

Arrangements may be made to accommodate applicants with disabilities. Requests for accommodations may be made to the Shasta County Personnel Office by the filing deadline posted on this bulletin. Shasta County does not discriminate on the basis of disability. If you feel you are being denied service based on a disability, our ADA Coordinator may be reached at (530) 225-5515; relay service (800) 735-2922; fax (530) 225-5345.

Shasta County Personnel
1450 Court Street, Room 348 – Redding, CA 96001; (530) 225-5515

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