Title: Forensic Autopsy Technician- Northern District
State Role Title: Laboratory & Research Spec I
Hiring Range: $20/hr- $23/hr
Pay Band: 3
Agency: Virginia Department of Health
Location: CHIEF MEDICAL EXAMINER-NO
Agency Website: www.vdh.virginia.gov
Recruitment Type: General Public - G
The Virginia Department of Health, Office of Chief Medical Examiner – Northern District in Manassas is actively seeking to recruit a Forensic Autopsy Technician.
This is a wage position and averages up to 29 hours per week, not to exceed 1500 hours in a year and is not eligible for benefits.
This position is responsible for assisting the Assistant Chief Medical Examiners (Forensic Pathologists) in the completion of autopsies, including the initial incisions necessary for removing and weighing organs, collecting body fluids and tissues for retention and applicable testing, and collecting and preserving evidence. This position will be responsible for retrieving, admitting, and releasing bodies in accordance with policies, procedures, and regulations. Other characteristic duties include preparing bodies for examination by weighing and photographing bodies and completing x-rays. This position along with other forensic technicians are responsible for cleaning the morgue facility, ensuring morgue equipment and vehicles receive proper maintenance and is required to instruct internal and external personnel on morgue procedures.
Must be able to communicate effectively verbally and in writing.
Must have general working knowledge of anatomy, evidence collection, chain of custody, autopsy assistance, morgue operations, and confidentiality through direct experience or equivalent education.
Must have experience with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook), database usage and data entry with strong keyboarding skills.
Required to push/pull/maneuver weights up to 500+ pounds, with and without assistance, stand for long periods of time, traverse uphill, rocky or otherwise unstable terrain.
Must be able to respond to mass disaster scenes and other out-of-district assignments for up to a 2-week rotation.
Basic photography skills: to include knowledge of digital photography with a digital camera and the ability to save images on various types of media (CD, USB, digital server).
Previous experience with human remains in a hospital, morgue, funeral home or medical examiner’s facility.
Demonstrated knowledge in forensic sciences, health sciences, or related field, or equivalent combination of relevant training and experience preferred.
Training as an autopsy technician or medicolegal death investigator is preferred.
Experience with obtaining/maintaining/shipping collected specimens for analyses, consultations, etc.
Training and experience in digital radiography and digital dental radiography preferred.
Knowledge of OSHA regulations for biohazard and chemical work environments preferred.
Technical experience in the health sciences, funeral director experience, forensic anthropology, medicolegal death investigation or equivalent training/experience preferred
You will be provided a confirmation of receipt when your application and/or résumé is submitted successfully. Please refer to “Your Application” in your account to check the status of your application for this position.
VDH accepts only on-line applications. Faxed, mailed, or e-mailed applications will not be considered.
Applications are accepted until 11:55 p.m. on the job closing date. Applications and/or resumes should include
relevant work history which indicates your qualifications for this position.
Employment is contingent upon satisfactory results of a state and federal criminal history background check
and the Department of Social Service’s Child Abuse and Neglect Central Registry check, U.S. HHSIG Exclusion
List check, employment reference check and E-Verify. Other financial, credit, driving, background checks or
completion of Statement of Economic Interests may be required for certain positions.
It is the policy of the Commonwealth and VDH that all aspects of human resource management be conducted
without regard to race (or traits historically associated with race including hair texture, hair type, and
protective hairstyles such as braids, locks, and twists); sex; color; national origin; religion; sexual orientation;
gender identity or expression; age; veteran status; political affiliation; disability; genetic information; and
pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions. VDH employees have a shared Code of Ethics, which can
be found in the bottom banner of our website: www.vdh.virginia.gov.
If you have been affected by DHRM Policy 1.30 layoff and possess a valid Interagency Placement Screening
Form (Yellow Card) or a Preferential Hiring Form (Blue Card), you must submit the card before the closing date
for this position. The Card may be submitted with the state application as an attachment.
As a V3 (Virginia Values Veterans) employer VDH Welcomes Veterans to apply!
Supplemental Questions: You may be required to respond to position-specific questions at the end of this
application. This information will help us evaluate your credentials and qualifications for the job. Failure to
respond to any questions may disqualify you from further consideration
Name: Jessica Vaughan
In support of the Commonwealth’s commitment to inclusion, we are encouraging individuals with disabilities to apply through the Commonwealth Alternative Hiring Process. To be considered for this opportunity, applicants will need to provide their Certificate of Disability (COD) provided by a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor within the Department for Aging & Rehabilitative Services (DARS), or the Department for the Blind & Vision Impaired (DBVI). Veterans are encouraged to answer Veteran status questions and submit their disability documentation, if applicable, to DARS/DBVI to get their Certificate of Disability. If you need to get a Certificate of Disability, use this link: Career Pathways for Individuals with Disabilities, or call DARS at 800-552-5019, or DBVI at 800-622-2155.