Job Descriptions

The statements contained in the job description are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this position. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all job requirements or duties performed. The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.

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Title: Morgue Technician
Department: Administrator/Controller Updated: 01/2018
Division: Medical Examiner FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
Bargaining Unit: CASUAL Wage Range: Not Available

Under direct supervision of Pathologist or Chief Forensic Investigator - provides technical morphology lab services for forensic autopsy cases and general support to pathologist and other technical staff.  Position requires the performance of standard and/or routine autopsy and related procedures under guidance of Chief Forensic Investigator; receiving and releasing bodies under established protocols and procedures; the use of standard photographic and x-ray techniques and procedures under guidance; and the maintenance of laboratory equipment, facilities and supplies.


·         Receives bodies of deceased persons, ensuring appropriate confidentiality.

·         Collects, inventories, and preserves valuables, personal belongings, and evidence and materials for case documentation and for legal chain of evidence, as applicable.

·         Assists with the conduct of autopsies, as appropriate to the position, to include laying out supplies and instruments, handling, preparing, and recording description of the body, flushing blood and body fluids from body, performing prosection and evisceration, and labeling specimen containers, prepares and organizes specimens for storage.

·         Takes photographs and x-rays of cadavers or carcasses.

·         Disinfects bodies, facilities and equipment after cases.

·         Cleans and maintains laboratory equipment, facilities and related materials, maintains and stocks inventory and supplies, prepares autopsy chemicals.

·         Performs data entry on computer as appropriate; prepares applicable reports.

·         Releases bodies and valuables to authorized persons.

·         Practices safety, environmental and/or infection control methods.

·         May perform general clerical work, including but not limited to: maintaining records; investigate and sign cremation permits, and other related duties.

·         May make court appearance in Medical Examiner cases as assigned.

  • Other duties as assigned.



The Medical Examiner shall determine the qualifications of the Medical Examiner Morgue Technician and shall be solely responsible for determining the duties assigned to the Medical Examiner Morgue Technician.

Reports directly to the Chief Forensic Investigator, in absence of CFI reports directly to Medical Examiner.




·         Must possess a high school diploma (GED acceptable).

·         Five years of experience (or 2,000 hours) working in one or more of the following fields: Medicolegal death investigation, law enforcement, EMS or funeral service.

·         Writing, reading, mathematical principles; proficient computer skills-Microsoft Office Suite, Outlook; exercise sound judgment and decision making in accordance with policies and procedures; ability to research and problem solve independently; knowledge of County operations and functions; ability to prioritize and time manage; handle stressful situations, provide effective and friendly customer service; support the County's mission and values; ability to think critically where necessary.    

·         Knowledge or understanding of basic administrative tasks: operate standard office equipment; document management; prepare and maintain records, various correspondences and reports; answer general inquiries and refer as necessary; answer telephone calls, process mail, order supplies/equipment; prepare meeting agendas, attend meetings, record/transcribe/distribute minutes; entering, transcribing, recording, storing or maintaining information in written or electronic form with speed and accuracy; maintain calendars, arrange meetings, schedule rooms and equipment as necessary.  

·         Ability to communicate effectively and efficiently with management, co-workers and clients; obtain and communicate accurate information; apply common sense understanding to complex instructions and respond accordingly;  communicate complex ideas through graphs, charts, presentations, reports or other professional correspondence.



·         Ability to demonstrate predictable, reliable, and timely attendance.                 

·         Ability to read, write & communicate in English; follow written and verbal instruction and understand basic mathematics and figure checking.              

·         Ability to interpret and apply procedures, rules, technical information, instructions, manuals to complete tasks accurately and on schedule.                                     

·         Ability to learn from directions, observations, and mistakes; and apply procedures using good judgment.                                                                        

·         Ability to use discretion and maintain sensitive and confidential information.     

·         Ability to work independently or part of a team; ability to interact appropriately with others such as County officials, employees, vendors and the general public.

·         Ability to work under supervision, receiving instructions/feedback, coaching/counseling and/or action/discipline.                                            

·         Adaptability to change in the work environment, managing competing demands and ability to deal with frequent changes, delays or unexpected events.

·         Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services including customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction

·         Proficient skills using Microsoft Office programs including, but not limited to: Word, Excel, Access, and Outlook required.  Proficiency may be tested.      


  • Prior to starting employment, the candidate must complete a satisfactory background check.  The background check is understood to encompass all forms of pre-employment screening, including but not limited to: drug screen, physical, criminal background, driving record, sex offender registry, education, training and licensing verification, employment history, credit check, and professional and personal references.
  • Must possess a valid State of Michigan operator license and maintain this license throughout employment in this position.

·         Must have dependable transportation and maintain throughout employment in this position.

·         Must possess certification through the St. Clair County Medicolegal Death Investigator training course or obtain certification within 6 months of hire.



The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job with or without accommodations.  Reasonable accommodations will 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:

·         Must be able to lift a minimum of 100 pounds alone at waist high level and carry a distance of 50 yards without pausing.

·         Speak to others to convey information effectively.

·         Read, interpret and understand procedures, rules, technical information, instructions and manuals.

·         Hear and understand information presented through spoken words and sentences.

·         Specific vision requirement includes close vision, distance vision, color and depth perception.

·         Use hands to operate a computer, handle materials and operate equipment.

·         Push or pull carts, reach with hands and arms forward, above and below shoulder level.

·         Lift, move or carry objects, equipment and supplies.

·         Sit, bend, stoop, crouch, crawl and kneel in an ergonomically correct manner.

·         Stand and walk, climb stairs.

·         The noise level in the work environment is moderate with many interruptions.




Disclaimer: The statements contained in this job description are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this position.  They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all job requirements or duties performed.  The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.




It is the policy of St. Clair County not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, disability that does not prevent performing essential job functions or because he or she is a protected veteran.


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Port Huron, MI 48060

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