Medicolegal Death Investigator - Coroner...
Adams County - Brighton, CO

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Job Title:
Medicolegal Death Investigator - Coroner's Office

Closing Date/Time:
Fri. 11/30/12 4:30 PM Mountain Time

$4,043.55 Monthly

$48,522.59 Annually

Job Type:
Regular Full-Time

Brighton, Colorado

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Primary Responsibility

We are seeking a candidate to perform a variety of forensic and analytical duties in the investigation of deaths and write complete, accurate, and comprehensive statements of the investigation.

Examples of Important and Essential Duties:
Work is characterized by independent planning, logical reasoning, and problem solving. Investigator must take initiative, exercise good judgment, pay strict attention to detail, and be able to multi-task. Work involves a variety of sensitive and highly confidential material. The ideal candidate is organized, self motivated, adaptable, detail oriented, mature, dedicated, and able to work under heightened emotional situations and unpleasant conditions. The Investigator is a representative of the Office of the Coroner and is involved in a myriad of interpersonal contacts. Such contacts require a high degree of interpersonal and communication skills, professionalism, tact, discretion, etiquette, and good judgment.

The following duty statements are illustrative of the essential functions of the job and do not include other non essential or marginal duties that may be required. The Chief Coroner reserves the right to modify or change the duties or essential functions of the job at any time. Working under the general supervision of the Chief Deputy Coroner, the Investigator:

  • Gathers, reviews, and/or interprets a variety of written documents; independently or at the direction of management. Documents include, but are not limited to: scene reports, medical/ psychological records, legal documents, police/EMS records, toxicology records, and autopsy reports.
  • Writes complete, accurate, and comprehensive reports.
  • Establishes jurisdiction and responds to death scenes. May pronounce the death, and takes custody of the deceased.
  • Conducts thorough scene and death investigations into the manner and cause of death. Including photographing the death scene and the deceased, and conducting interviews.
  • Coordinates with law enforcement agencies in the preservation and collection of evidence, maintenance of chain-of-custody and processing of the death scene.
  • Identifies the deceased and locates the decedent's primary next-of-kin. Notifies the next-of-kin of the death and interviews the next-of-kin.
  • Acts as a liaison to the bereaved: advises, answers questions, and provides support.
  • Interacts with a myriad of agencies and representatives to conduct investigation follow-up.
  • Collects, inventories, and secures the decedent's medications and property.
  • Performs radiographs and external examinations on the deceased.
  • Conducts, obtains, or assists with the intake, collection, maintenance, and/or disposition of: biohazardous materials/waste, fingerprints, property, evidence, toxicology, histology, medications, specimens, and the deceased.
  • Maintains and inventories investigative equipment and supplies.
  • Cleans and maintains office, morgue, vehicles, and equipment.
  • Operates and maintains scene, morgue, and autopsy equipment: vehicles, prams, body lift, fork lift, autopsy stations, surgical equipment, cameras, and other analytical devices.
  • Operates a variety of office equipment: computers, printers, fax machines, scanners etc.
  • Answers telephone calls.
  • May assist with autopsies and associated cleaning duties.
  • May be called upon to testify in court proceedings.
  • May greet public and perform clerical tasks.
  • May instruct and direct interns and volunteers.
  • May attend or present at public outreach events and public education functions.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
Minimum requirement: A high school diploma or GED equivalent AND at least five years of related experience (such as death/crime scene investigation, autopsy/surgical assisting, law enforcement, emergency medical services, nursing, organ/tissue procurement), in the last ten years.


An Associate's Degree with a concentration in a human science field from an organization with an accredited agency recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation or the Department of Education AND at least three years of related experience (such as, death/crime scene investigation, autopsy/surgical assisting, law enforcement, nursing, emergency medical services, organ/tissue procurement), in the last ten years. ~OR~ A Bachelor's Degree, in Biology, Pre-Medicine, Forensic Science, Criminalistics, Nursing, or Anthropology from an organization with an accredited agency recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation or the Department of Education. ~OR~ A Bachelor's Degree, in any field, from an organization with an accredited agency recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation or the Department of Education, and satisfactory completion of the following human science college courses: -Biology I with lab (for science majors) -Biology II with lab (for science majors) -Chemistry I with lab (for science majors) -Anatomy I and II with lab (for science majors) -Physiology I and II with lab (for science majors)

  • Must pass criminal background check. *Must possess a valid Colorado driver's license.
  • Must be able to lift at least 100 lbs.
  • Must be able to work a changing and rotating schedule: days, evenings, graveyard shifts, weekends and holidays; additionally: on-call, overtime, emergent response, and extra shifts as needed.
Special Requirements:
  • Must be able to work during inclement weather and stressful circumstances.
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4430 South Adams County Parkway | Brighton, Colorado 80601 | 303.659.2120 | 800.824.7842

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