FORENSIC TECHNICIAN Rotating Shift 24/7 (MED EXAMINER’S OFFICE)

Cook County Offices Under The President

Job Summary
Under general direction of a Forensic Technician Supervisor, performs duties related to the intake, autopsy, release, specimen/evidence preparation and toxicology analysis functions of the Medical Examiner in accordance with all applicable Standard Operating Procedure (SOPs).
Typical Duties
Receives transported bodies by police and other agencies, identifies bodies, attaches identification markers and transports bodies to refrigerated storage area. Examines bodies for personal effects, conducts inventory of all clothing and personal property, completes property inventory sheet, places clothes in bags for police and funeral directors to pick up and secures items in the presence of the police or other transporter.  Prepares records for all bodies received, logs any information concerning bodies received/released via case management system. Maintains pertinent and confidential reports and files electronically and/or paper format.  Transports body to and from autopsy rooms for other departments (e.g. Radiology, Photography, Investigations).  Under supervision of examining pathologist, places bodies on autopsy tray, undresses and cleans bodies prior to examination, measures and weighs bodies and organs assists with taking radiographs and photographs of bodies.  Assists with autopsies as directed under supervision of examining pathologist. Opens bodies and removes organs or organ blocks by making Y-incision using surgical tools. Assist in recovering bullets and other evidence from bodies, weigh and record organs, places organs in plastic bag and places plastic bag inside body cavity. Closes bodies by sewing incision and prepares fingerprint cards.  Assists in obtaining specimens for toxicologic and bacteriologic studies. Prepares specimens for medical consultants and DNA analysis (i.e. stock tissue, brain, heart and bones). Prepares specimens in pre-labeled specimen containers. Stores and disposes specimens and maintains thorough records of disposed specimens.  Inventories, labels and places specimens in the refrigerator/freezer per protocols. Registers specimens and assigns tox orders to specimens reflecting pathologist orders and prepares and transports specimens when needed for send out to contracted/other labs.  Run carbon monoxide (CO) analysis and report results.  Record freezer and refrigerator temperature and understand proper temperature ranges.  Completes death certificates and related forms upon receipt from the forensic pathologists. Enters Death certificate information into Illinois Department of Public Health Vital Records Electronic Death Registry when required.  Processes visual identification by next of kin on a computer monitor.  Prepares bodies for County burial by placing the deceased in the burial shell, attaching identifying tag to burial shell and securing lid.  Releases bodies to family designated funeral directors.  Performs casework review/peer review for analyses.  Assists the compliance officer to generate accurate analytical results with appropriate statistical data and assists with proficiency testing and office accreditation.  Responds to all telephone inquiries from general public, police and undertakers and refers calls to appropriate parties in the Medical Examiner’s Office.  Performs miscellaneous duties such as unloading trucks and transporting supplies to and from work and storage areas, preparing blood cards and other administrative functions.  Maintenance and upkeep of specimen storage areas, other storage areas and autopsy rooms; and maintenance, upkeep, cleaning, sterilization, and securing of laboratory and autopsy equipment.  Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

Possession of a High School Diploma or General Education Development (GED) test certificate SUPPLEMENTED WITH Four (4) years full-time work experience in a funeral home, morgue, body transport service, or Medical Examiner’s/coroner’s office is required.  *(Must bring proof of graduation at time of interview.)  OR
Graduation from an accredited university or college with an Associates Degree SUPPLEMENTED WITH Two (2) years full-time work experience in a funeral home, morgue, body transport service, or Medical Examiner’s/coroner’s office is required.  *(Must bring original transcripts at time of interview.)  OR
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree in Science; Criminal Justice; or Forensic Science is required *(Must bring orginal transcripts at time of interview).
AND

Must work in a morgue environment which requires close proximity to deceased human remains and exposure to unpleasant sights, smells, blood and other body fluids.
Must work rotating shifts to provide 24/7 coverage including holidays and weekends.
*Degrees awarded outside of the United States with the exception of those awarded in one of the United States’ territories and Canada must be credentialed by an approved U.S. credential evaluation service belonging to the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) or the Association of International Credential Evaluators (AICE).  Original credentialing documents must be presented at time of interview.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other Characteristics
Ability to handle work of a detailed and confidential nature.  Ability to acquire new skills through on-the-job training.  Ability to follow specific verbal and written instructions.  Ability to write and print legibly and spell correctly and comprehend written documents. Skill and accuracy needed in the use and maintenance of files and records.  Good communication skills; ability to gather information from others and make inquiries; ability to convey information and explain or describe basic office policy and procedure to others in person or by telephone.  Cooperate with all members of their section and other sections to allow for efficient, thorough, and cooperative performance of work in the spirit of the Medical Examiner’s mission.  Ability to work in a morgue environment which requires close proximity to corpses and exposure to unpleasant sights, smells, blood and other body fluids.  Ability to lift and transport bodies to and from various locations. Ability to pull or push up to 250 pounds.  This position requires various types of physical exertion, including, but not limited to pulling, pushing, standing, lifting and moving objects of moderate to heavy weight.

Physical Requirements

Very Heavy Work

Very Heavy work involves exerting in excess of 100 pounds of force occasionally, or in excess of 50 pounds of force frequently or in excess of 20 pounds of force constantly to lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects.

The duties listed are not set forth for purposes of limiting the assignment of work.  They are not to be construed as a complete list of the many duties normally to be performed under a job title or those to be performed temporarily outside an employee’s normal line of work.

VETERAN’S PREFERENCE
When applying for employment with Cook County Government, preference is given in the application process to honorably discharged Veterans who have served in the Armed Forces of the United States for more than 180 consecutive days, or during War Time.   To take advantage of this preference a Veteran must:
MEET THE MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS FOR THE POSITION.
IDENTIFY THEMSELVES AS A VETERAN ON THEIR EMPLOYMENT APPLICATION BY ANSWERING YES TO THE QUESTION “Are you a military veteran?”
ATTACH A COPY OF THEIR DD 214, DD 215 or NGB 22 (NOTICE OF SEPARATION) AT TIME OF APPLICATION FILING.  IF YOU HAVE MULTIPLE DD 214S, 215S, OR NGB 22S, PLEASE SUBMIT THE ONE WITH THE LATEST DATE. COAST GUARD MUST SUBMIT A CERTIFIED COPY OF THE MILITARY SEPARATION FROM EITHER THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (BEFORE 911) OR THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (AFTER 911).
VETERAN MUST PROVIDE ORIGINAL APPLICABLE DISCHARGE PAPERS AT TIME OF INTERVIEW.
Benefits Package
Medical, Dental, and Vision Coverage
Basic Term Life Insurance
Pension Plan and Deferred Compensation Program
Employee Assistance Program
Paid Holidays, Vacation, and Sick Time
You May Qualify for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF)
For further information on our excellent benefits package, please click on the following link:
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*Must be legally authorized to work in the United States without sponsorship.

*This position requires successful completion of post-offer tests, which may include a background check, drug screen and medical examination.

Falsification of any information in the application process will result in disqualification, dismissal after hire, and/or placement on the County’s Ineligible for Rehire List for a period of two (2) or five (5) years. For current County employees, such falsification may result in discipline, up to and including termination, and placement on the County’s Ineligible for Rehire List for a period of two (2) or five (5) years. See Cook County Code of Ordinances, Article II, Sections 44-54 Unlawful Practices Relating to Employees and Employment – Penalty, 44-56 Political Discrimination; Cook County Employment Plan, Section V.N. Pre-Interview License and Certification Verification; Supplemental Policy No. 2014-2.13 Ineligible for Rehire List; and Cook County Personnel Rules 3.3(b) (7) (8) (18).
COOK COUNTY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

NOTE: As an internal candidate, should you be offered the position, salary allocations shall abide by the Cook County Personnel Rules.

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