Forensic Technician

Ramsey County Saint Paul, MN
Basic Function

To assist the forensic pathologists in the performance of autopsies; to clean and maintain the morgue; to be responsible for the chain of custody of evidence that is collected; and to perform other duties as assigned.

If an internal candidate is selected, salary will be set in accordance with personnel rules, i.e. promotion, transfer, or voluntary reduction.

All interested applicants must meet the minimum qualifications for this exam by, May 29, 2018.

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Examples of Work Performed

* Prepare for autopsies by setting up instruments, equipment, and bodies.

* Assist the forensic pathologists with autopsies by removing internal organs for pathological examinations; collecting tissue and body fluid samples; collecting finger and palm prints; taking and developing x-rays; removing jaws and teeth for identification purposes; and removing foreign objects or projectiles and transporting the samples to the proper laboratory for further study.

* Label, organize, and store all retained specimens to ensure their proper retention; review specimens and destroy outdated ones by following the proper procedures for the disposal of anatomical waste.

* Collect evidence at the direction of the Physician and secure the evidence for disposition at a later date; responsible for the chain of custody for said evidence.

* Process bodies upon intake by taking height and weight measurements, collecting biological specimens, and inventorying personal property of deceased.

* Attend to the care and disposition of bodies by returning the internal organs to the body cavities, sewing shut the incisions, washing and drying the external surfaces, and releasing the body to the designated funeral home.

* Maintain records relating to autopsies.

* Clean and maintain instruments, equipment, and rooms in the morgue area, including sanitizing autopsy rooms and the walk-in cooler and freezer.

* Inventory supplies to ensure that sufficient quantities are maintained.

* Take digital photos and transfer to computer as instructed by Physicians.

(The work assigned to a position in this classification may not include all possible tasks in this work and does not limit the assignment of any additional tasks in this classification. Regular attendance according to the position's management approved work schedule is required.)

Essential Functions: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

Minimum Qualifications

Education: Two year Associate Degree in Law Enforcement, Forensics, or Healthcare field.

Experience: Should have experience in working with deceased individuals in a morgue-like setting that should include the routine drawing of postmortem specimens, setting up for a forensic-type autopsy that would include the processing procedure for an assault victim, assisting a pathologist in the performance of a forensic autopsy including the removal of organs and the preparation of the body following the autopsy for release. Should have knowledge of chain-of-custody procedure and experience in the releasing process for forensic specimens.

Substitution: Two additional years of experience may substitute for education.

Other: Valid driver's license for the class of vehicles to be driven and basic computer skills.

Exam/Screening Process Information

Examination/Screening Process: The examination/screening process will consist of the following sections with each section weighted as indicated:

* Training and Experience Rating........Wt. 100%

Note: The Training and Experience Rating will be based on the Supplemental Questionnaire that you need to complete as part of your application. Not all applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will pass the Training and Experience Rating. Please be sure to be complete in your answers and do not mark "see resume" or "see work history." Failure to clearly and completely outline your training and experience could adversely affect your examination score and rank on the eligible list for this classification.

Examination/Screening Process: The examination for Forensic Technician will consist of a training and experience rating, comprised of the questions in the attached supplemental questionnaire. The rating on this supplemental questionnaire will depend on the answers provided. A candidate must pass the training and experience rating in order to be advanced in the process.

Eligible List: The names of all applicants who pass the examination/screening process and file a properly completed application shall be placed on the eligible list for employment as an This list will be certified to the appointing authority which may use this list to fill a vacancy. Forensic Technician Candidates will remain on the list for three months or until hired, whichever occurs first. A notice will be sent to applicants at the time the eligible list is posted, informing them that the list has been posted and their rank on the list.

Veteran's Preference: This is a classified position requiring an open, competitive selection process. Veteran's Preference points will be applied after a candidate passes the examination process. Applicants who are eligible for veteran's preference should update their veteran's DD214, and other supporting documents, and submit them as an attachment at the time of application.

Criminal Background Checks: All employment offers are conditioned upon the applicant passing a criminal background check. Convictions are not an automatic bar to employment. Each case is considered on its individual merits and the type of work sought. However, making false statements or withholding information will cause you to be barred from employment, or removed from employment.

E-Verify Participation

Ramsey County participates in the federal E-Verify program. This means that Ramsey County will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with information from each new employee's Form I-9 to confirm work authorization. If the Government cannot confirm that you are authorized to work, Ramsey County is required to give you written instructions and an opportunity to contact DHS and/or the SSA before taking adverse action against you, including terminating your employment. Employers may not use E-Verify to pre-screen job applicants and may not limit or influence the choice of documents you present for use on the Form I-9.

Equal Opportunity Employer. Ramsey County provides equal access to employment, programs and services without regard to race, color, creed, religion, age, sex (except when sex is a Bona Fide Occupational Qualification), disability, marital status, sexual orientation or gender identity, public assistance or national origin.

For further information regarding this posting, please contact or by phone at (651) 266-2725.

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