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Forensic Autopsy Technician - Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (2523)

Recruitment: RTF0128976-01128081

Published: November 19, 2022

Accepting applications until: November 29, 2022


Jason Wong -
Stella Choi -

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Department: City Administrator
Job class: 2523-Forensic Autopsy Technician
Salary range: $82,368.00 - $100,100.00
Role type: Permanent Civil Service What does this mean?
Hours: Full-time
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The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) provides forensic science services to the public and agencies of the City and County of San Francisco.  We investigate sudden, unexpected, and violent deaths.  We also track the health and healthcare provided within the community.  We work to offer compassion to families through times of great sorrow and stress. And we complete investigations as neutral forensic scientists, so our work must be accurate and complete.

Role description

Appointment Type: Temporary Provisional. This is not a permanent appointment. A provisional appointee must participate and be successful in a Civil Service examination for this classification and be selected through an open competitive process in order to be considered for permanent appointment. Provisional appointments may not exceed three (3) years.

Application Opening:  Friday, November 18, 2022
Application Deadline:  No earlier than Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Compensation: $39.6000 - $48.1250 (hourly) / $82,368 - $100,100 (annual)

Recruitment ID: TPV-2523-128977

Under supervision of the designated board-certified forensic pathologist, and following published protocols, the 2523 Forensic Autopsy Technician assists in the performance of forensic autopsies that are under the jurisdiction of the Medical Examiner; assists in the collection, processing and preservation of legal evidence, clothing, toxicology and biologic samples for forensic testing; maintains, cleans and decontaminates the autopsy facilities and equipment; maintains supplies; inventories, properly stores and releases correctly identified cases; and performs related duties as required.

Essential Functions

1)      Assists the board-certified forensic pathologist in performance of medico-legal autopsies; assists the forensic pathologist and/or other forensic consultants in forensic examinations, such as dental or anthropology examinations.

2)      Assists in the collection and preservation of clothing, physical and biologic evidence for forensic analysis, including forensic toxicology, clinical chemistry, serology and microbiologic testing; packages and prepares evidence and specimens for storage or transport within a legal chain of custody; ensures proper biohazard waste disposal according to protocol.

3)      Assists in the identification of deceased persons, including those that are badly decomposed; takes readable fingerprints from cadavers.

4)      Registers the storage position of all deceased persons, and inventories those cases stored; confirms the identity and legal release of all deceased persons in accordance with departmental policies.

5)      Maintains the autopsy suite and related facilities, supplies and equipment in a manner that ensures a safe worksite, free of biohazards; orders and stocks necessary supplies for the proper function of the facility.

6)      Testifies in criminal courtroom proceedings as necessary.

7)      Performs related duties as assigned.

How to qualify

One (1) year of experience or formal training in a hospital or mortuary facility assisting in the care and handling of bodies as an autopsy assistant or technician.

Special requirements: Nature of duties may require sustained physical effort involving manual skill, dexterity, hand/eye coordination, standing for long periods of time and ability to lift and carry equipment and supplies. Work environments entail exposure to deceased persons with severe traumatic injury, decomposed bodies and infectious cases, biohazards such as AIDS, tuberculosis, meningitis, hepatitis or any other human infectious agent; exposure to potentially toxic chemicals, live steam and frequent use of personal protective equipment and respirators. This work requires strict compliance with the department policies pertaining to blood-borne pathogen exposure prevention, biohazard exposure prevention, toxic chemical exposure prevention, evidence handling policy and security requirements on evidence, standards and information. Because of the special and privileged information available about potentially sensitive matters, confidentiality is required. Inappropriate release of information could lead to a criminal charge of impeding an investigation.

Verification: Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education and experience at any point in the application and/or departmental selection process. Written verification (proof) of qualifying experience must verify that the applicant meets the minimum qualifications stated on the announcement. Written verification must be submitted on employer’s official letterhead, specifying name of employee, dates of employment, types of employment (part-time/full-time), job title(s), description of duties performed, and the verification must be signed by the employer. City employees will receive credit for the duties of the class to which they are appointed. Credit for experience obtained outside of the employee’s class will be allowed only if recorded in accordance with the provisions of the Civil Service Commission Rules. Experience claimed in self-employment must be supported by documents verifying income, earnings, business license and experience comparable to the minimum qualifications of the position. Copies of income tax papers or other documents listing occupations and total earnings must be submitted. If education verification is required, information on how to verify education requirements, including verifying foreign education credits or degree equivalency, can be found at

Note: Falsifying one’s education, training, or work experience or attempted deception on the application may result in disqualification for this and future job opportunities with the City and County of San Francisco.

What else should I know?

How to Apply:  Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are only accepted through an online process. Visit and begin the application process.

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NOTE:  Make sure your application and any attachments to the application submitted at the time of filing are complete and accurate and include details on all experience, education, training and other information that qualifies you for this recruitment.  Failure to submit a complete and accurate application at the time of filing may result in your ineligibility for this recruitment or inability to receive full credit for scoring purposes.  Any new information concerning work experience, education, training and other information that is submitted after the filing deadline may not be used for scoring or considered to determine whether you meet the minimum qualifications. Applications completed improperly may be cause for ineligibility, disqualification or may lead to lower scores.

Late or incomplete submissions will not be considered. Mailed, hand-delivered or faxed documents/applications will not be accepted.

Applicants may be contacted by email about this recruitment and, therefore, it is their responsibility to ensure that their registered email address is accurate and kept up-to-date. Also, applicants must ensure that email from CCSF is not blocked on their computer by a spam filter. To prevent blocking, applicants should set up their email to accept CCSF mail from the following addresses (,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, and

Applicants will receive a confirmation email that their online application has been received in response to every announcement for which they file. Applicants should retain this confirmation email for their records. Failure to receive this email means that the online application was not submitted or received.

Contact Information: If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact Senior Human Resources Analyst, Stella Choi at 

Selection Procedure:  The selection process will include evaluation of applications in relation to minimum requirements. Depending on the number of applicants, the Department may establish and implement additional screening mechanisms to comparatively evaluation qualifications of candidates. If this becomes necessary, only those applicants whose qualifications most closely meet the needs of the Department will be invited for an interview.

Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed to advance through all of the steps in the selection process.

Terms of Announcement:  Applicants must be guided solely by the provisions of this announcement, including requirements, time periods and other particulars, except when superseded by federal, state or local laws, rules or regulations. Clerical errors may be corrected by the posting the correction on the Department of Human Resources website at

Additional Information Regarding Employment with the City and County of San Francisco:

CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT:  All City and County of San Francisco employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Someone is fully vaccinated when 14 days have passed since they received the final dose of a two-shot vaccine or a dose of a one-shot vaccine. Any new hire must present proof of full vaccination status to be appointed. Any new hire who will be routinely assigned or occasionally enter High-Risk Settings, must provide proof of having received a COVID-19 booster vaccine by March 1, 2022, or once eligible.

The City and County of San Francisco encourages women, minorities and persons with disabilities to apply. Applicants will be considered regardless of their sex, race, age, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition (associated with cancer, a history of cancer, or genetic characteristics), HIV/AIDS status, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, military and veteran status, or other protected category under the law.