Dane County Medical Examiner Department is recruiting for a full-time (1.0 FTE) Medicolegal Investigator.
This is a rotating 12 hour shift that will include weekends, nights and holidays.
The eligibility list from this recruitment may be used to fill future vacancies for the next six (6) months.
Commitment to Equity & Inclusion
As an employer, we strive to provide a work environment where diversity and differing opinions are valued, creativity is encouraged, continuous learning and improvement are fostered, teamwork and open/honest communication are encouraged, and meeting customer needs through quality service is a shared goal. All employees must be able to demonstrate multicultural competence – the awareness, knowledge, and skills needed to work with others who are culturally different from self in meaningful, relevant, and productive ways. Applicants from traditionally underrepresented populations including women, racial and ethnic minorities, and persons with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.
Under general supervision, investigates deaths, determines jurisdiction, and reports case and scene findings to assist the Medical Examiner in determining the cause and manner of death.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
Investigates death scenes, takes telephone reports of deaths where appropriate and reports findings to the pathologist to assist in the determination of Cause and Manner of death in accordance with Wisconsin State Statutes. Examines evidence at scenes to establish an initial assessment of the cause and manner of death natural, suicide, accidental, homicidal or undetermined. Assists in the identification of the decedent by examining the body and the scene of the death, and gathering additional information as needed. Collects and preserves physical evidence in accordance with established chain of custody procedures. Notifies the next of kin personally or in conjunction with law enforcement, judicial agencies, or chaplain services. Supervises and assists with the removal of a decedent from a scene and the transport and accession at the morgue. Obtains personal data and medical history on cases from hospital personnel, health care personnel, and interviews with family, neighbors, friends and others. Testifies in civil and criminal court cases on results of investigations and other expert information. Prepares death certificates for certification by pathologists. Prepares disinterment permits, subpoenas and other legally binding documents for embalming and cremation. Establishes and maintains effective working and public relations with various local and state law enforcement agencies, federal officers, county departments and the public. Assists at select autopsies with photographic duties, collection and documentation of evidence recovered at postmortem examination. Attends select autopsies and participates as required under pathologist’s supervision. Performs other duties as required.
Education, Training and Experience:
Any combination of training or experience equivalent to an associate degree in police science, forensic science, medicine or nursing, crime scene investigation, anthropology, medicolegal death investigation, biology, anatomy, pharmacology, funeral sciences or other related field of study or two (2) years of experience either performing criminal or civil investigations including the writing of investigative reports. An equivalent combination of education and work experience that satisfy the requirements of the job may be sufficient.
Possession of or eligibility for a valid Wisconsin driver's license; access to reliable personal motor vehicle transportation; availability to work evenings, weekends and holidays.
Background Check Statement: Some positions may require a criminal background check which can include fingerprinting due to the nature of the job’s responsibilities. Wisconsin’s Fair Employment Law, s. 111.31 – 111.395, Wis. Stats., prohibits discrimination because of an arrest or conviction record. However, Dane County may disqualify an applicant if the position’s responsibilities are substantially related to the applicant’s criminal history (e.g., the nature of the crime and its relationship to the position, whether hiring, transferring or promoting an applicant would pose an unreasonable risk to the business, its employees, customers and vendors, etc.) Management reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.
Physical and Environmental Work Requirements:
Ability to see and hear within normal ranges with or without adaptive devices. Ability to lift 50 pounds unassisted and heavier loads with assistance. Ability to sit, stand, bend, stoop, crouch, pull and push. Ability to use hand, arm and wrist motions. Ability to work in harsh weather conditions.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Considerable knowledge of Chapter 979 of the Wisconsin State Statutes concerning the investigation of death. Considerable knowledge of causes and manners of death and their manifestations with regard to the body, scene and history. Considerable knowledge of investigative techniques, principles, and practices used in the research of cause and manner of death. Considerable knowledge of the morphological aspects of the causes of death with special attention to autopsy. Working knowledge of medical terminology and medicine as it pertains to death and varying forms of trauma. Ability to communicate with survivors of the decedent. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other public agencies and the general public. Ability to interpret a death scene, identify items of evidence and assess the condition of the body. Ability to take proper photographs of scene, body and evidence for documentation. Ability to physically remove a body from the scene of death and supervise the transport of the body to the morgue insuring the preservation of any trace evidence. Ability to secure facts through investigation and inspections and to analyze and interpret these facts effectively. Ability to prepare and present accurate, objective, and thorough reports. Ability to respond to calls in a timely fashion. Oral and written communication skills.
Job Type: Full-time
Pay: $41.61 - $55.41 per hour
- Dental insurance
- Health insurance
- Paid time off
- Retirement plan
- Vision insurance
- 12 hour shift
- Day shift
- Evening shift
- Night shift
- Overnight shift
- Weekends as needed
Work Location: Multiple locations