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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Job Details for 2324 - EO Autopsy Technician/Morgue Assistant

Job Description

GRADE: 109

Under general supervision performs work of moderate difficultly in assisting the Forensic Pathologist in the set-up, collection of samples, and follow up of autopsy and autopsy-related activities; performs related work as required.

An employee in this class assists with the efforts of the Forensic Pathologist through assisting in autopsies and maintaining the cleanliness of the laboratory. The position provides clerical support for work performed in-house regarding autopsy related documents. Work is performed under general supervision of the Chief Forensic Pathologist.

The list of duties and responsibilities is illustrative only, and is not a comprehensive listing of all the duties and responsibilities performed by positions in this class.

• Sets-up and prepares of all instruments, paperwork, and materials necessary for ancillary testing prior to the start of the autopsy
• Assists with prosection of the cadaver and collection of body fluids for toxicological testing
• Communicates autopsy results to deputy coroner staff
• Packages and submits evidence and/or samples to the appropriate jurisdiction or laboratory
• Cleans and sterilizes the morgue facilities and instruments
• Maintains the inventory balance for the morgue facility, catalogs and organizes autopsy specimens and evidence
• Coordinates necessary morgue maintenance, launders supplies
• Assists with the intake and release of remains
• Provides clerical support and assistance with special projects within the office
• Maintains regular attendance and punctuality

• Adjusts work assignments and schedules in the event of an emergency to participate in emergency preparedness, response, and recovery activities as assigned.
• Depending on assignment may maintain required emergency management training, licensure and/or certifications.
• Performs related duties as required or assigned within job classification.

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 essential functions.

Knowledge of:
• Basic knowledge of human anatomy and standard autopsy procedures
• Standard laboratory operating procedures and standards
• Routine collection of specimens and laboratory testing techniques
• Accurate record maintenance
• Ordering, stocking and inventory procedures
• Current office practices, procedures and equipment
• Coroner’s Office policies and procedures
• Applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, regulations, codes, and/or statutes

Skill in:
• Data recording and report preparation
• Interpreting and applying complex written and verbal instructions
• Using computer hardware and software including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, email, etc
• Applying an acquired knowledge of procedures, rules, regulations and services applicable to the assigned office

Ability to:
• Maintain records and files
• Operate standard office equipment
• Prepare simple reports
• Manage projects and multiple priorities simultaneously
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with department and division staff, other departments and others, such as vendors
• Communicate and use interpersonal skills to interact with coworkers, supervisor, the general public, etc. to sufficiently exchange or convey information and to receive work direction
• Ensure compliance with applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, and regulations and statutory requirements
• Convey excellent oral and written communication
• Work effectively under stress
• Maintain confidentiality


Completion of a High School Diploma or General Equivalency Diploma equivalent; and one (1) year of experience in a morgue, mortuary or similar setting, or, an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, walk, climb stairs, and use hands and/or arms to lift, carry, push or move a minimum of 50 lbs.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The work will occur in an office environment. While performing the duties and responsibilities the employee maybe exposed to noxious odors, unsanitary conditions, chemicals, and other related conditions and situations.