FORENSIC TECHNICIAN I

Los Angeles County Human Resources - Los Angeles County, CA4.2

Full-time$48,000 - $63,000 a year
EducationSkills
DEPARTMENT OF MEDICAL EXAMINER-CORONER

EXAM NUMBER:
P4887D-R

FILING START DATE:
December 17, 2018 at 8:00 a.m. (PST)

This examination will remain open until the needs of service are met and is subject to closure without prior notice

TYPE OF RECRUITMENT:
Open Competitive Job Opportunity
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DEFINITION:
Under supervision, assists the pathologist in performing autopsies; prepares bodies of deceased persons for autopsy examination and final disposition; receives, identifies and releases bodies; and does other work as required.

CLASSIFICATION STANDARDS:
Positions allocable to this class have responsibility to assist in performing autopsies utilizing basic knowledge of tests, procedures and equipment used in assisting the pathologist at the Department of Coroner but may be limited in performing specialized procedures and techniques. This class is characterized by the quantity and diversity of autopsies performed on decedents. This class requires incumbents to lift and move heavy equipment and decedents while preparing for and assisting in autopsies and other job-related duties.

Essential Job Functions
Prepares decedents for post-mortem examinations by removing specified decedent or specimen from crypt storage area and placing it on the autopsy table, verifying decedent's identity from a toe and ankle tag, setting up the necessary equipment instruments and solutions in order to ensure compliance with Federal and State laws, County ordinances, safety guidelines, and departmental policies.

Assists the pathologist in performing autopsies by opening the cranium, thoracic and abdominal cavities using tools (e.g., scalpel, bone cutter, autopsy saw, lopping shears, etc.); excising and dissecting organs and specimens (e.g., liver, bile, stomach) using instruments (e.g., scissors, knives, weight scales, etc.); obtaining blood samples and other body fluids for toxicological examinations; recording weights of organs and body fluids; prepares specimens for cultures; files pathologic specimens; suturing and cleaning bodies; and returning decedents to crypt storage area under close supervision in order to ensure compliance with Federal and State laws, County ordinances, safety guidelines, and departmental policies.

Assists in performing minor laboratory work by preparing specimens for examination and assuming responsibilities for the proper storage of specimens in order to ensure compliance with Federal and State laws, County ordinances, safety guidelines, and departmental policies.

Assists the pathologist in identifying, gathering, and properly storing physical evidence (e.g., clothing evidence, gunshot residue, appliances, ligatures, garrotes, prescription drugs, narcotics and paraphernalia, trace evidence, foreign objects, etc.) by maintaining a proper chain of custody (e.g., ensuring that evidence is not contaminated, using appropriate storage and labeling, limiting access to evidence, etc.) to ensure the integrity of the collected evidence in compliance with the Federal and State rules regarding evidence collection, safety guidelines, and departmental policies and procedures.

Cleans and maintains the autopsy room, equipment, and tools by sterilizing instruments, removing soiled linens, stocking clean linens and other necessary supplies to ensure proper and safe functioning of the autopsy room and equipment in order to ensure compliance with Federal and State laws, County ordinances, safety guidelines, and departmental policies.

Transports decedents to Coroner or other designated facilities by operating a wide-range of field/special response unit vehicles to drive to a variety of death scenes (e.g., hospitals, nursing homes, automobile accidents, etc.) and recover, lift, secure, and transfer the decedents in order to ensure compliance with Federal and State laws, County ordinances, safety guidelines, and departmental policies, as needed.

Takes custody of the decedent's personal effects (e.g., money and valuables) by creating a written inventory of decedent's collected property in the presence of a witness, storing them at the Department of Coroner or securing them at the death scene in order to safeguard or properly transfer the possession of said property to the decedent's next of kin in compliance with Federal and State laws, County ordinances, and departmental policies and procedures and under close supervision.

Interacts with a variety of individuals (e.g., coworkers, supervisors, families, law enforcement agencies, government officials, medical professionals, other scientific investigatory agencies, members of the public, etc.) to collaborate with other Coroner staff and law enforcement agencies and provide general information to families and members of the public in order to represent the Department in a professional, sensitive, and empathetic manner and facilitate communication and cooperation between the Department and interested parties.

Prepares a variety of written documents (e.g., evidence and personal effects logs, receipts, etc.) by compiling and organizing the necessary information and composing the text in a logical manner using appropriate computer software programs (e.g., word processing) in order to facilitate accurate and effective communication, reporting, and record keeping within the Department in compliance with Federal and State laws and departmental policies and procedures and under close supervision.

Complies with all applicable health and safety standards (e.g., using personal protective equipment and ensuring it is in good working condition, following appropriate blood-borne pathogen practices, handling of chemical and biological materials properly, etc.) by following the applicable guidelines (e.g., CAL-OSHA) and reporting defects or problems so they can be appropriately addressed or repaired in order to maintain a clean, safe, and professional work environment.

Provides testimony in judicial proceedings by conveying procedural and/or technical information related to procurement of evidence and/or property during the autopsy with professionalism and clarity in order to accurately represent the findings determined by the Department, as needed.

Requirements

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:
One year's experience handling, transporting, and preparing deceased person for post-mortem examinations and subsequent release at the level of Forensic Attendant* -OR- An Associate of Science (A.S.) Degree or higher in Mortuary Science.

LICENSE:
A valid California Class C Driver License or the ability to utilize an alternative method of transportation when needed to carry out job-related essential functions.

PHYSICAL CLASS:
4 - Arduous. Involves frequent heavy lifting over 25 pounds, often combined with bending, twisting, or working on irregular surfaces; and occasionally requires extraordinary physical activity.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENT INFORMATION:
  • Experience at the level of Forensic Attendant in the County of Los Angeles is defined as transporting and preparing decedents for post-mortem examinations and for release to mortuary subsequent to examination.
In order to receive credit for an Associate's degree or higher, you MUST include a legible copy of the official diploma, official transcripts, or official letter from the accredited institution, which shows degree has been conferred with the area of specialization at the time of filing or within fifteen (15) calendar days from application submission by either uploading the required documents as attachments or via email to awong@hr.lacounty.gov. These documents should clearly indicate the degree received in English language, the date when the degree was conferred, and should be in either Microsoft Word, Adobe Acrobat, or JPEG file format and must be less than 5.0 MB in size per document.

Please note if applicants do not submit a copy of their official diploma, transcript, or official letter from the accredited institution at the time of filing or within fifteen (15) calendar days from application, their application will be considered as incomplete.

SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONNAIRE:
As part of this application process, applicants will be required to complete a supplemental questionnaire to document specific education and work experience.

IMPORTANT NOTES:
Please note that ALL information included in the application materials is subject to VERIFICATION at any point during the examination and hiring process, including after an appointment has been made.

FALSIFICATION of any information may result in DISQUALIFICATION.
Utilizing VERBIAGE from Class Specification and Minimum Requirements serving as your description of duties WILL NOT be sufficient to meet the requirements. Doing so may result in an INCOMPLETE APPLICATION and you may be DISQUALIFIED.
Additional Information

EXAMINATION CONTENT:This examination will consist of TWO (2) parts:
Part 1: A multiple choice test weighted 50%, which will assess goal orientation, learning potential, service professionalism, and conscientiousness.

THE MULTIPLE CHOICE TEST IS NOT REVIEWABLE BY CANDIDATES PER CIVIL SERVICE RULE 7.19.

Candidates must meet the Minimum Requirements and achieve a passing score of 70% or higher on Part 1 in order to proceed to Part 2.

Part 2: A structured interview weighted 50%, that will assess professional/technical knowledge, oral communication, problem sensitivity, decision making, and interpersonal skills .

Candidates must achieve a 70% or higher on each weighted part of the examination to be placed on the eligible register.

Notices of Non-acceptance and Final Result Letters will be sent via mail (USPS). Multiple choice test scores and structured interview results cannot be given over the telephone.

TRANSFER OF SCORES:
Applicants that have taken identical tests for other exams within the last 12 months will have their responses for the identical test part(s) automatically transferred to this examination.

This examination contains test parts that may be used in the future for new examinations. Your scores will be transferred to the new examination and may not be allowed to re-take any identical test parts for at least 12 months.

SPECIAL INFORMATION:
The County of Los Angeles is a Fair Chance employer. Except for a very limited number of positions, you will not be asked to provide information about a conviction history unless you receive a contingent offer of employment. The County will make an individual assessment of whether your conviction history has a direct or adverse relationship with the specific duties of the job, and consider potential mitigating factors, including, but not limited to, evidence and extent of rehabilitation, recency of the offense(s), and age at the time of the offense(s). If asked to provide information about a conviction history, any convictions or court records which are exempted by a valid court order do not have to be disclosed.

TEST PREPARATION:
Study guides and other test preparation resources are available to help candidates prepare for employment tests. An interactive, Online Test Preparation System for taking practice tests may be accessed on the Department of Human Resources website at http://hr.lacounty.gov/. Please click on "Find A Job" and then "Job Search Toolkit". Test preparation information is located under the "Employment Test Assistance" section.

You can also access test preparation for the computerized portion of the test by going to http://www.shldirect.com/practice_tests.html. While the guides will help in preparing for the test, we advise you to review all related materials that you deem necessary.

ELIGIBILITY INFORMATION:
The names of candidates receiving a passing grade in the examination will be placed on the eligible register in the order of their score group for a period of twelve (12) months from the date of promulgation.

Applications will be processed on an as-received basis and promulgated to the eligible register accordingly.

VACANCY INFORMATION:
The eligible register resulting from this examination will be used to fill vacancies in the Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner as they occur.

AVAILABLE SHIFT: ANY

APPLICANTS AND FILING INFORMATION:
Applications MUST be filed online only. Applications submitted by U.S. Postal Mail, fax or in person will not be accepted. We must receive your application by 5:00 p.m., Pacific Standard Time on or before the last day of filing.

To apply for this examination, click on the green "APPLY" button located on the upper right corner for this posting. You can also track the status of your application using this website.

Fill out your application and supplemental questionnaire completely. The acceptance of your application depends on whether you have clearly shown that you meet the minimum requirements. Provide any relevant education, training and experience in the spaces provided so we can evaluate your qualifications for the job. For each job held, give the name and address of your employer, your job title, beginning and ending dates, number of hours worked per week, and description of work performed. If your application is incomplete, it will be disqualified.

SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER:
Please include your Social Security Number for record control purposes. Federal Law requires that all employed persons have a Social Security Number.

COMPUTER AND INTERNET ACCESS AT PUBLIC LIBRARIES: For candidates who may not have regular access to a computer or the internet, applications can be completed on computers at public libraries throughout Los Angeles County.

NO SHARING OF USER ID AND PASSWORD: All applications must file their application online using their own user ID and password. Using a family members or friends user ID and password may erase a candidates original application record.

ADA Coordinator Email: adarequests@hr.lacounty.gov
Teletype Phone: (800) 899-4099
Alternate Teletype Phone: (800) 897-0077
California Relay Services Phone: (800) 735-2922
Department Contact Name: Annie Wong
Department Contact Email: awong@hr.lacounty.gov