Under general supervision the Forensic Morgue Technician assist pathologists with forensic post-mortem examinations to include collection of toxicological specimens, evisceration, and preservation of legal specimens and clothing in accordance with instructions delegated by standard operating procedures.
- Responds to emergency/disaster situations and functions as essential personnel during emergency operations.
- Assist pathologists with forensic post-mortem examinations to include collection of toxicological specimens, evisceration, and preservation of legal specimens and clothing in accordance with instructions delegated by standard operating procedures.
- Performs x-rays as needed for forensic studies.
- Works the morgue control desk as needed to include releasing decedents and personal property to establishments bearing authority from next of kin.
- Accepts, preserves and is accountable for clothing, property and valuables belonging to decedents.
- Records and reconciles decedent inventory on a daily basis.
- Maintains the safety, sanitation and custodial conditions of the morgue.
- Participates in special studies of the morgue as directed by the Director of Morgue & Histology Services.
- Provides assistance to other Medical Examiner staff as needed or requested by the Director of Morgue & Histology Services or Morgue Services Supervisor.
- Performs other duties as assigned
Harris County is an Equal Opportunity Employer
If you need special services or accommodations, please call (713) 274-5445 or email.
Must take the HRRM"Clerical Skills Test"andscore a minimum of 85% with a typing speed of 30 WPM and 90% accuracy.
Online testing is available, please seeGeneral Informationtab below.
- Associate of Arts/ Science degree or equivalent (60 college hours) from an accredited college or university in Biological Sciences, Criminal Justice, Forensic Science, Physical Anthropology, or a related field.
- Must have good written and oral communication skills.
- Must maintain the confidentiality and integrity of applicable information.
- Basic computer skills to include standard Microsoft Office applications.
- Must maintain a valid Driver's License for the duration of employment.
- This position will have exposure to blood / bloodborne pathogens.
Mustprovide a handwritten assignment of any topicincluding handwritten numbersalong with the application.
Physical and Environmental Requirements:
- Physical strength to move and lift decedents weighing over 200 pounds from stretcher to autopsy table and storage using acceptable techniques.
- Must possess the ability to physically and psychologically work with death and human remains in various stages of decomposition, disease, and trauma.
- Requires a full range of motion and finger dexterity for grasping, holding, and pushing to handle a variety of tools for evisceration and suturing of decedents.
- Must be able to stand for long periods of time and tolerate unpleasant odors from decomposed decedents.
NOTE: To qualify for this position, required education, experience, knowledge and skills must be clearly stated on your application's employment history. Resumes are welcome, but we do not useany information provided on your resume to qualify and refer you to the Hiring Department for consideration.
Please include a copy of your transcripts with the application. An official transcript will be required prior to hiring.
- Bilingual in English and Spanish.
- 9:00a.m - 6:30 p.m / 40 Hours per week.
- Includes weekends and holidays.
- Weekend rotation is 4 weekends on/ 4 weekends off.
- $19.88/ Hourly
- Based on 26-Pay Periods
Online testing is available for this position. Click on the link below and follow the online instructions for testing.
Due to a high volume of applications positions may close prior to the advertised closing date.