Laboratory Technician 2 (Morgue Attendant)

State of Oregon - Clackamas, OR (30+ days ago)3.9

This is a permanent full-time position with the Department of State Police, in the Medical Examiner's Division in Clackamas, Oregon. This recruitment will be used to establish a list of qualified applicants and may be used to fill future openings.

Current OSP employees who meet the minimum qualifications of this position will be given preference in the selection process.

This position is represented by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME).

This position is responsible for all morgue operations that do not involve examining the bodies. This includes all receiving and releasing of human remains to funeral homes or investigators, proper chain of custody over property and its associated paperwork, all morgue equipment and maintenance coordination and other related duties. Cleaning of work areas as needed.

Medical Examiner's Division Overview
The Medical Examiner Division is responsible for supervising 36 County offices in the investigation of unattended, unusual, and traumatic deaths. Reports from each of these counties are typed or e-mailed for import into a master computer program, then printed and filed. Personnel work closely with approximately 250 physician/medical examiners and 700 deputy medical examiners. Records of alcohol and drug tests, as well as copies of every county's medical examiner death certificate, investigation report and autopsy report (if one was done) are kept in this office. All medico legal autopsies in Northwestern Oregon are done currently by four State office forensic pathologists. The teaching program provides regular lectures on legal medicine and death investigation to many groups, including medical school physicians, law students, police officers and emergency medical technicians. Most drug analysis on fatalities are done at Oregon State Police Forensic Lab, Toxicology Section. The services provided in the Medical Examiner Division include a staff of eleven full-time permanent employees and a biennial budget of approximately $4.5 million.
Duties & Responsibilities
Receive, maintain and organize storage and disposition of all toxicology and histology specimens
Receive/release all human remains to funeral homes. Confirm proper identification of remains being released
Clean and maintain all morgue equipment by exercising maintenance agreements or contact repair personnel as needed
Clean and maintain organization of non-examination areas and body coolers.
Assist in backing up pathology assistance with autopsy technician duties when workload demands require additional personnel
Order/re-order all morgue and cleaning supplies per administrators instructions
Inventory of all morgue equipment, instruments and supplies
Qualifications, Required & Requested Skills

Two years of experience performing routine, standardized analytical tests and laboratory procedures in accordance with well-defined written instructions and high school courses in chemistry, biology, mathematics, or any course which included laboratory work; OR

A Bachelor's degree in Biology, Chemistry, Microbiology, or a closely related field.

NOTE: An Associate's Degree in Laboratory Science may substitute for one year of the required experience.

Transcripts will be required to receive credit for education coursework at the time of interview if using education to meet minimum qualifications for this position.

Preferred Skills:
Experience with chain of custody procedures.
Experience working with biohazards with respect to handling, PPE requirement and clean-up.
Ability to lift 50 or more pounds and ability to move inert bodies weighing 300 pounds or more using proper body mechanics and teamwork.
Experience working with funeral homes, LEAs, medical personnel, external partners, relatives of decedents and the general public.
Knowledge of HIPAA laws and experience maintaining confidentiality of records.
Additional Information
TO APPLY, follow the "Apply" link above.

Employee is required to maintain a drug/alcohol free workplace in accordance with the 1988 DrugFree Workplace Act and Department Policy.

"In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire." Please note, this employer will not sponsor applicants for H1-B visas.


Selection Process: The selection process consists of a review of your application and an evaluation of your education, experience and training. Resumes will not be reviewed unless we request them. Please note that your responses will also be evaluated for grammar, spelling and punctuation. Qualified applicants whose background most closely matches the needs of the position will be invited to interview.

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Background check: Prior to being offered a position, finalists must pass a fingerprint-based security/criminal record background check, and some higher level positions may include a thorough background investigation. Conviction of a crime will not automatically preclude appointment. Adverse background data may be grounds for immediate disqualification.

Veterans' Preference:
The Oregon State Police respects, values and seeks applicants who have served in the United States in the Armed Forces. U.S. Armed Forces Veterans wishing to claim veterans' preference points must attach their documentation to this application or submit it prior to the interview. Only DD214 Member Copy 4, Service Copy 2, Service Copy 3, or a copy of a letter from the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs indicating you are receiving service-connected compensation are accepted to verify character of service. Other copies will not be accepted and points will not be awarded. Further information about Veterans' Preference Points please navigate to the following link: (Download PDF reader)

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The Oregon State Police is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer committed to workforce diversity and inclusion.
Core benefitsMedical, vision and dental insurance Comprehensive medical, dental and vision plans for the employee and qualified family members $5,000 in employee basic life insuranceRetirement benefits
Membership in the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS)/Oregon Public Service Retirement Plan (OPSRP) Employer paid defined benefit and defined contribution programs**Effective November 1, 2016, SEIU represented employees who are Public Employee Retirement System (PERS) participating members will have their base salary increased by 6.95%. Upon becoming a PERS participating member, SEIU employees pay the employee 6% contribution to PERS.
Paid leaves and other benefits
Sick leave earned at the rate of 8 hours per a month with no maximum accumulation Vacation leave earned at a minimum rate of 8 hours per month with accrual rate increases at 5-year increments 24 hours personal leave earned each fiscal year Ten paid holidays a yearThe state also provides access to an innovative Employee Assistance Program that offers work-life counseling, along with homeowner, legal and family resources.

Optional benefits
Term life (employee, spouse or domestic partner, and dependents Long-term and short-term disability Accidental Death and Dismemberment Long-term care (self and eligible family members) Flexible spending accounts Option to enroll in the Oregon Savings Growth Plan, a deferred compensation program offering a wide variety of investment options.
The following information describes typical benefits available for employees. Actual benefits received may differ by position or branch of government or be prorated for other than full time work.