Forensic Morgue Assistant (#MGBZ03)
$26,309.00 Yearly Min / $32,886.00 Yearly Mid / $39,463.00 Yearly Max

Summary Statement

A class incumbent is responsible for providing a wide variety of assistance to Medical Examiners in the conduct of autopsies and/or external body examinations and inspections.

Nature and Scope

Class incumbents report to the Deputy Chief Medical Examiner and are responsible for providing the full range of assistance during the conduct of autopsies and/or external body examinations and inspections. Incumbents assist the medical examiners by placing bodies on the autopsy table, refrigerating, tagging, weighing and measuring bodies, and recording required data as necessary. A significant aspect of the work involves exposure to extremely unpleasant sights, sounds, and odors.  Incumbents are further exposed to disease and hazardous body fluids, gases, and chemicals in the autopsy/examination room.

Essential Functions

Essential functions are fundamental, core functions common to all positions in the class series and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties for any one position in the class. Since class specifications are descriptive and not restrictive, incumbents can complete job duties of similar kind not specifically listed here.

  • Tags, weighs, refrigerates and prepares necessary paperwork on bodies undergoing autopsies and/or external body examinations/inspections.
  • Photographs bodies for identification.
  • Insures that all specimen bottles are properly labeled and specimen log is correctly completed.
  • Assists in autopsies to include ensuring that organs are placed in containers and sent to the appropriate lab.
  • May be required to perform closure of the body by replacing body parts and suturing the body.
  • Cleans the autopsy room, table, and equipment, refrigeration facilities and other related areas in preparation for the next autopsy.
  • Prepares the toxicology request, body sheets, and maintains a log book.
  • Ensures that the decedent's clothing and personal effects go to the funeral home with the body. 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

The intent of the listed knowledge, skills and abilities is to give a general indication of the core requirements for all positions in the class series; therefore, the KSA’s listed are not exhaustive or necessarily inclusive of the requirements of every position in the class.

  • Knowledge of autopsy procedures, equipment and reports.
  • Knowledge of basic weights and measurements.
  • Knowledge of forensic and medical terminology.
  • Skill in use of autopsy equipment such as tables instruments, specimen containers etc.
  • Skill in accurately recording data relative to autopsies to include anatomical diagrams.
  • Skill in forensic photographic techniques to include operation of a variety of equipment.
  • Ability to withstand adverse and unpleasant working conditions consisting of abnormal sights, sounds, and odors.

Job Requirements

JOB REQUIREMENTS for Forensic Morgue Assistant
Applicants must have education, training and/or experience demonstrating competence in each of the following areas:

  1. Knowledge of collecting, tagging, securing, and preserving forensic samples, specimens, or other evidence in accordance with infection control laws, rules, regulations, standards, policies and procedures.
  2. Knowledge of forensic photography which includes scene, autopsy, and macro imaging documentation as well as awareness of legal developments relating to digital and multimedia evidence.
  3. Knowledge of medical and biological terminology.
  4. Knowledge of weighing and measuring devices.
  5. Knowledge of record keeping.
  6. Possession of a valid Driver's License (not suspended, revoked or cancelled, or disqualified from driving).