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Morgue Technician
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Working Titles:
Morgue Technician/Forensic Technician
Reports to: Morgue Supervisor, Forensic Pathologists 
  Revised 12-2009
Job Category Medical & Technical
Department MORGUE/HISTOLOGY
Position Description Under general supervision, eviscerates cadavers; prepares reports; secures and transfers valuables/evidence/specimen/ histology samples. Working conditions are in a morgue, histology laboratory with exposure to temperature variations, damp-wet surfaces, decomposing cadavers, infectious diseases, and unfavorable odors; must have valid Ohio Drivers license. Shifts may be fixed or rotating at management’s discretion.  
Major/Essential Functions 1. Prepare for autopsy and assists pathologist during autopsies by taking photographs and X-rays, evidence collection and documentation, and other duties as needed. Perform dissection, eviscerate body, open the calvarium, label, store, secure and deliver toxicology/histology specimens.
2. Process and act on information related to morgue duties.
3. Ensure proper identification of human remains.
4. Ensures safe and effective working environment by maintaining clean work areas, equipment and instruments. 
5. Organize, archive, send and receive histology samples, slides and block. Receive histology documentation.
6.  Accept and release bodies.
Occasional Duties 1. Assist with educational activities.
2. Assist with inventory of supplies, evidence, and tissue specimens.
3. Special projects as assigned.  
Qualifications The ideal candidate has one year experience in autopsy skills; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Must secure and maintain a favorable background investigation from Ohio BCI and the Franklin County Sheriff’s office; must acquire and maintain valid Ohio driver's license. Ability to effectively respond to inquiries, conflicts and public relations issues; ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing; ability to maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, County employees, government agencies, outside organizations, the news media, and the general public. Knowledge of ORC 313 and related sections; knowledge of evidence collection and transfer techniques; knowledge of human anatomy; knowledge of criminal justice system; knowledge of medical terminology; knowledge of health and safety standards and practices. Ability to secure work area; ability to operate personal computer, facsimile, copier, digital cameras. English is the official language of this position.
Preferred Qualifications Bachelor’s degree in related health care or forensic field or equivalent experience.
Security Sensitive? Yes  
Physical Demands Physical requirements include lifting-carrying of 100-250 lbs. constantly; visual acuity, speech and hearing; hand and eye coordination and manual dexterity necessary to operate computer keyboard. Subject to smelling, handling, walking, sitting, standing, bending, reaching and twisting to perform the essential functions.
Voluntary Internship Opportunity
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The FCCO is recruiting an intern to work with the Public Records Coordinator in an archiving project.  The primary role of the intern is a aupport function, i.e. clerical, data entry, and filing.  They will identify, organize, scan, and inventory archived documents, and other tasks as needed,

Salary
This is an unpaid educational/work experience opportunity.

Duration
This is a Summer 2019 part-time internship for 20-30 hours per week.  Volunteer may request a
schedule of their choice between the hours of 8:30-4:30 Monday-Friday.

Learning Objectives
-Familiarity with the field of Forensic Science.
-Familiarity with principles involved in public records management and the role of compliance.
 You will develop expertise in the basic concepts used to identify, evaluate, organize and release
 records.

Qualifications
-Must have the ability to work independently
-Ability to multitask, take direction and initiative with the assigned projects
-Excellant inter-relations, oral and written communication skills
-Must have the ability to maintain confidentiality


  Application Process
-Submit a Cover Letter and Resume to analvare@franklincountyohio.gov
-Pass a background check if selected
-Face to face interview





 
Forensic Technician/ Death Investigator
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Reports to: Chief Investigator, Deputy Chief Investigator, Forensic Pathologists.
Department: Investigations/Morgue


Position Description:
Under general supervision, receives and records reports of death; visits death scenes; conducts investigations; examines cadavers; prepares reports; prepares, secures and transfers valuables/evidence/specimen/ histology samples. Working conditions are in an office environment, morgue, histology laboratory and outside with exposure to temperature variations, damp-wet surfaces, hazardous-toxic atmosphere, decomposing cadavers, infectious diseases, hazardous materials and unfavorable fumes, vapors or odors; must have valid Ohio Drivers license. Shifts may be fixed or rotating at management’s discretion.  

Major/Essential Functions:
Perform medicolegal death investigations in Franklin County as authorized by the Ohio Revised Code, Section 313. Such investigations involve taking reports of death; determine jurisdiction; obtain circumstances of death from law enforcement, hospital staff, family, etc.; data entry, respond to scene of death; conduct scene investigation; photograph scene; examine cadaver for wounds and other evidence related to death; collect and secure evidence from body/scene as instructed by pathologist; arrange for transportation of body to morgue; inform next of kin what procedures are to follow and what steps they should take; prepare and submit death investigation report to pathologist/Coroner.
  • Locate and notify next of kin.
  • Obtain medical records, law enforcement reports and other information as needed.
  • Assist/direct/insure proper identification of human remains.
  • Prepares for examination by taking processing photographs, fingerprints, X-Rays, evidence collection and documentation, and other duties as needed. Accept and release bodies.
  • Ensures safe and effective working environment by maintaining clean work areas, equipment and instruments.
  • Take incoming requests for autopsies from regional counties as needed. 
Occasional Duties:
  • Assist with educational activities.
  • Assist with inventory of supplies, evidence, and tissue specimens.
  • Special projects as assigned.
 
Qualifications:
The ideal candidate is a graduate from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice, Law Enforcement, Biological Science, Nursing or another related field, and one year experience in death investigations; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Must secure and maintain a favorable background investigation from Ohio BCI and the Franklin County Sheriff’s office; must acquire and maintain valid Ohio driver's license. Ability to effectively respond to inquiries, conflicts and public relations issues; ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing; ability to maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, County employees, government agencies, outside organizations, the news media, and the general public. Knowledge of ORC 313 and related sections; knowledge of crime scene investigation procedures; knowledge of evidence collection and transfer techniques; knowledge of human anatomy; knowledge of criminal justice system; knowledge of medical terminology; knowledge of health and safety standards and practices. Skill in identifying trauma wounds; skill in operating camera. Ability to secure work area; ability to operate personal computer, facsimile, copier, digital cameras, GPS.

Preferred Qualifications:
2+ years’ experience and Registered or Board Certified Medicolegal Death Investigator.  

Physical Demands: 
Physical requirements include lifting-carrying of 100-150 lbs. constantly; visual acuity, speech and hearing; hand and eye coordination and manual dexterity necessary to operate computer keyboard. Subject to smelling, handling, walking, sitting, standing, bending, reaching and twisting to perform the essential functions.


Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter to Amanda Alvarez, Chief of Investigations, through our employment system. The employment system will remain open until filled.