Forensic Investigator

Job Summary

Under the supervision of the Manager of Investigations and Forensic Supervisor’s, the Forensic Investigator is the entry level position that will initiate and conduct Forensic investigations for the Medical Examiner's Office. This position is responsible for fielding all phone calls to the Medical Examiner's Office, determining jurisdiction of the case, investigating each case, preparing a comprehensive case report, removing and transporting human remains, preparing necessary paperwork, notifying families of the death and retrieving medical records and personal effects of decedents.

Explanatory Comments

This position is responsible for fielding all phone calls to the Medical Examiner’s Office, determining jurisdiction of the case, investigating each case, preparing a comprehensive case report, removing and transporting human remains, preparing necessary paperwork, the notification of families of the death, issuing and serving subpoenas, issuing arrest warrants, performing preliminary arraignments and retrieving medical records and personal effects of decedents.

Training and Experience

Bachelor’s degree in Administration of Justice, Medical Technology, Biological Science or related field OR Four (4) years of experience in a related field. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be substituted.  Applicants selected for employment will be required to attend training and successfully pass the Pennsylvania State Coroner’s Education Board examination.Additionally, a basic knowledge of computers, the ability to type a minimum of thirty-five (35) words per minute, the ability to lift and carry one hundred (100) pounds, a valid Pennsylvania driver's license and the ability to work under very stressful conditions.

Major Duties

  • Fields telephone calls to the Medical Examiner's Office;
  • Investigates cases reported to Medical Examiner and determines jurisdiction status;
  • Visits scene/hospital/residence and transports any remains to Medical Examiner’s Office;
  • Prepares objective and thorough computer generated investigative reports;
  • Establish identification and make notification of death to the next of kin;
  • Processes necessary forms, documents and effects;
  • Accepts probable cause statements;
  • Issues and serves Medical Examiner’s subpoenas;
  • Picks up medical records/evidence;
  • Releases remains to funeral directors;
  • Performs other related duties as required or requested.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Medical Terminology and medical procedures
  • Digital Photography
  • Causes and manners of death and their manifestations with regard to body, scene and history
  • Investigative techniques, principles and practices used in the research of cause and manner of death

Ability to:

  • Lift and carry one hundred (100) pounds
  • Use Microsoft Word and learn to use other software as needed
  • Read and interpret documents such as medial reports and accident reports, etc.
  • Interpret a death scene, identify items of evidence and assess the condition of the body
  • Take proper photographs of scene, body and evidence for documentation
  • Remain calm, even tempered, decisive, accurate, and emotionally unattached
  • Work effectively under stressful conditions
  • Work various shifts and work overtime as required
  • Communicate effectively orally and in writing
  • Fulfill annual continuing education requirements as mandated by the PA State Coroner’s Education Board

The above statements reflect a general description of this position and are not intended to be an all inclusive list of tasks which an employee may be assigned.

In house testing of the candidates abilities may be required prior to any employment offer.