DEPUTY CIVILIAN CORONER
$25.09 - $26.57 / Year
Under direction of the Sheriff-Coroner, the deputy civilian coroner will perform examinations and investigations into determining the cause, manner, and circumstances related to the death of deceased persons.
The knowledge, skills and abilities for this position are acquired through a combination of education and experience equivalent to graduation from high school and one (1) year experience working with deceased persons, evidence, inventory control, inventory management, or related. Associate or bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, mortuary science, or human anatomy and physiology or related field and inventory management/control, death care or funeral industry, investigations or law enforcement, paramedic or other relevant experience preferred. Successful applicant must attend Coroner Basic Course within six (6) months of appointment. Other qualifications will be considered on a case by case basis.
Successful applicant must attend Coroner Basic Course within six (6) months of appointment and complete 16 hours of continuing education every 2 years thereafter per Montana Code Annotated. A valid driver’s license is required and no felony convictions.
- Preforms death investigations by scientific, thorough and systematic on-scene and telephone inquiries to determine cause and manner of death;
- Conducts professional forensic preliminary examinations of deceased persons;
- Locates signs of trauma;
- Identifies factors that would indicate time of death;
- Inquiries into the cause, manner, and circumstances of human deaths;
- Establishes the identities of deceased persons;
- Complete death certificates;
- Observes, records, and preserves objects and personal property related to deaths, including but not limited to medication containers and suicide notes;
- Notifies next of kin;
- Provides notice of human deaths to county attorney and law enforcement agencies;
- Completes reports and forms required to finalize cases;
- Provides information concerning the circumstances of death to relatives;
- Inventories personal effects recovered from bodies, including but not limited to jewelry or wallets;
- Coordinates the release of personal effects to authorized persons;
- Removes or supervises removal of bodies from death scenes;
- Facilitates the disposition of unclaimed corpses and personal effects;
- Testifies at inquests, hearings, and court trials;
- Performs other duties as assigned.
- Knowledge of Montana Code Annotated related to duties and responsibilities of Coroner, Coroner’s Office procedures;
- County policies and procedures;
- Crime scene protocols;
- Medications, firearms;
- Understand the importance of confidentiality and the sensitivity of the information gathered;
- Record-keeping associated with storing and safeguarding evidence;
- Policies, procedures and protocols for maintaining evidence;
- Basic law enforcement terminology;
- Administrative and clerical procedures and systems;
- Ability to use physical and chemical methods to process evidence according to prescribed standards;
- Apply rules, regulations, and policies according to applicable standards;
- Operate computer hardware and related software, including word processing, spreadsheet software;
- Use photographic equipment according to prescribed standards;
- Proficient phone and email etiquette;
- Apply rules, regulations, and policies according to office standards;
- Generate written reports according to prescribed standards;
- Maintain records according to prescribed standards;
- Maintain detailed logs and records;
- Combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions;
- Arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules;
- Read and understand information and ideas presented in writing;
- Communicate effectively orally and in writing with partners and colleagues;
- Establish effective working relationships with fellow employees, supervisors, and citizens.
- Must be able to lift, carry, drag, or push/pull an average body weight of 100 to 200 lbs. or more, both alone and with help.
- Must be able to operate a cot/gurney and transport bodies in and out of the morgue facility without assistance.
- Duties are generally performed in an office environment where hazards and discomforts are controlled and modifiable.
- Must be able to access off-site locations in various weather conditions.
- This position requires the ability to bend at the waist, kneel, reach over the head, talk, hear, and see.
- Position requires knowledge and use of typical office equipment (copy machines, telephone, computer and transcription machine), evidence collection kits, and cameras.
- Requires frequent contact with fellow employees and citizens.
Day Shift, On Call, and After Hours
Application Special Instructions:
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February 18, 2022