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Job Listing for Medicolegal Investigator at Weld County Coroner's Office (CO)

Position Medicolegal Investigator
Agency Weld County Coroner's Office (CO)
Position Type
Salary Not listed
Closing Date Feb 08, 2019
Country United States of America
State CO


DESCRIPTION: Join an expanding team in one of the nation's fastest growing counties.
Conduct investigations of unattended deaths in the Coroner's
jurisdiction; notify and interact extensively with families; present cases
to the forensic pathologist; prepare detailed reports regarding the
manner and cause of death; sign death certificates, as required.
The position requires shift work; some on-call required, but new staffing
limits call exposure. May act as a resource or expert in medicolegal
death ivestigation, providing technical guidance to police prosecutors
and less experienced staff.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to
perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements
listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or
ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to
enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential
functions. Other duties may be assigned. (any one position may
not include all of the duties listed nor do the listed examples
include all duties which may be found in positions of this class.)
• Respond to and investigate death scenes within Weld County. Conduct
a complete medicolegal investigation, including photographing the scene
and removing the body or bodies from the scene.
• Conduct a thorough head-toe examination of the body under field
conditions and be able to identify post-mortem characteristics, signs of
disease, and identifying features.
• Estimate date and time of death.
• Interview witnesses, family members, physicians, employers and
others associated with the deceased.
• Obtain statements, documents, and related factual evidence. Write
complete, accurate, unbiased reports.
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• Input information into database. Efficiency in Microsoft office products
is essential (Word, Outlook, Excel).
• Prepare death certificates.
• Examine, understand, and interpret records, including medical records
needed in a death investigation.
• Properly notify next-of-kin. Provide information and assistance to
• Present cases to the forensic pathologist at autopsy.
• Interact with other government agencies, such as police/sheriff, fire,
EMS, OSHA, FBI, school districts, hospitals and organ donation teams.
• Maintain certifications by fulfilling all ongoing, required training.
• High School Diploma or GED required; college degree in any field
• Basic medical terminology course or equivalent training required.
• Medicolegal death investigation work experience as a deputy
coroner/medical examiner or completion of a qualified coroner
reserve/intern program,
• At least three (3) years of full-time experience as a paramedic,
• At least three (3) years of full-time experience as a licensed health
care provider in an emergency department or intensive care unit.
• Basic to intermediate medical terminology.
• Basic to intermediate anatomy and physiology.
• Basic understanding of the mechanisms associated with death from
myocardial infarction, CVA, organ failure, sepsis, accidental and
trauma, asphyxiation and other common causes of death.
• Basic understanding of common prescription, non-prescription and
illicit drugs.
• Evaluate information from medical records and clinician interviews.
• Submit concise and coherent reports in oral and written form.
• Establish and maintain cooperative professional work relationships with
persons from a variety of organizations and agencies.
• Comfortably assist persons bereaved by the death of a loved one and
professionally manage emotional situations related to death.
• Understand one's own limitations in dealing with stressful situations on
a frequent basis.
• Be able to concentrate on more than one task at a time and to make
independent decisions.
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Certificates, Licenses, Registrations
• Must have own transportation to and from work, with required liability
insurance and a valid driver's license.
• Must possess or obtain within one year of employment a Medicolegal
Death Investigator's certification acceptable to the Weld County
Coroner's Office.
Physical Demands:
Acceptable eyesight to perform investigator duties.
Appropriate voice skills to be clearly understood on telephone, radio, and
in public contacts. Acceptable hearing to hear well on telephone, radio,
and public contacts. Able to sit, stand, or walk for long periods of time,
to walk up and down stairs, and to get into and out of vehicle
repeatedly. Must be able to lift, carry, drag, or push, an average body
weight of 150 to 200 lbs., both alone and with help. Able to climb
ladders or stairs or climb up to and down from higher levels using
unconventional methods. Must have fine and gross motor skills, hand
dexterity, full use of fingers, hands, and arms, and good grip strength to
perform investigative duties. Able to work in hazardous or dangerous
work areas or situations. Capable of working under stressful situations
and while fatigued. Able to wear personal protective equipment, as