Forensic Investigator

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Job Opening: Forensic Investigator
Department: Medical Examiner
Pay Rate: $22.52 per hour
Shift: Rotating 12hr shifts to include: Weekdays, Weekends & Holidays (will revert to 8 hr shifts with increase in staffing levels)

The Office of the Medical Examiner

The office of the Medical Examiner is a 24-hour environment, that is responsible for determining the cause and manner of deaths that fall under its jurisdiction. The Medical Examiner’s Office investigates deaths that are due to Homicide, Suicide, Accident, Death in police custody, Sudden Unexplained Infant Death and other deaths deemed suspicious in nature.

The Forensic Investigator is an entry level class of the series. Incumbents work under immediate supervision of the Chief of Forensic Investigations and undergo training to eventually perform investigative work independently.


High School Diploma

At least 1 year work experience in investigating deaths that fell under the jurisdiction of the Medical Examiner or Coroner’s Office

Ability to pass security background check

Preferred Qualifications

Associates Degree or higher with major course work in Criminal Justice, Criminology, Mortuary Science, Crime Scene Investigation or Medical Terminology

A Bachelor’s degree in the field with experience in a Medical Examiner or Coroner’s office

1 year work experience or practical internship experience

Work experience can be substituted for education requirement on a year-by-year basis

Responsibilities include but are not limited to

Determine if deaths fall under the jurisdiction of the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner

Conduct telephone and scene investigations, interview witnesses, obtain information from first responders such as police, fire, and healthcare workers

Knowledge of Anatomy and Physiology

Use digital photography to document death scenes and trauma to the body

Use medical terminology to write investigative reports and scene narratives

Use computer to input data into a Case Management System

Responsible for locating and notifying next of kin which includes direct interaction with distraught families

Must be able to stand for long periods of time, lift and move bodies approximately 100 pounds or more, be exposed to unpleasant smells, hazardous chemicals, biological fluids, and extreme weather conditions when conducting scene investigations

Must be able to work any shift as necessary in a 24-hour period, including weekends and holidays. Initially work hours will include 12 hours but as staffing increases will be reduced to 8 hour shifts

Must be COVID-19 vaccinated and follow mask mandates. Those who are not COVID-19 vaccinated may be required to submit to weekly COVID-19 testing

Must submit to a drug test upon hire and random drug testing throughout your employment


Must be able to obtain ABMDI registry level certification within two years of hire. If already ABMDI certified, must maintain certification throughout the entire employment


To apply, please fill out our online application form.

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         Media, PA 19063
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           Monday - Friday
  •   610-891-4000

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