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Medicolegal Investigator

  • Type:Part Time
  • Posted Date:01/09/2019 2:28 PM
  • Deadline to Apply:01/22/2019 5:00 PM



Lafourche Parish Coroner’s Office


To conduct investigations into the circumstances of death in cases reported to the Lafourche Parish Coroner's Office.

 Positions in this class are allocated to the Lafourche Parish Coroner's Office. Forensic Investigators are responsible for conducting investigations regarding the mode of death (e.g., suicide, homicide, or natural causes). The investigative work performed is distinguished from that of other law enforcement officials or medical personnel, which focus on criminal evidence, violations of law, or the biological cause of death. Positions in this classification are not sworn peace officers.

 This is the: entry level class in the Coroner's Office Investigator. After 1 year to up to 2 years, the investigator will attend the Medicolegal Course(s) prescribed.

 This is a part-time position, without benefits. Salary will be dependent on credentials and experience.

 The complete Medical Examiner Investigator series includes the following:


 The examples of functions listed in this class specification are representative but not necessarily exhaustive or descriptive of any one position in the class. Management is not precluded from assigning other related functions not listed herein if such functions are a logical assignment for the position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable an individual with a qualified disability to perform the essential functions of a job, on a case-by­ case basis.

 Essential Functions:

 Inquiries into the manner, circumstances, and mode of any violent, traumatic, or unusual deaths occurring within the geographic boundaries of the Parish of Lafourche.

  1. Conducts visual inspection of the deceased and makes written notes of the bodies' condition (i.e., degree of rigor mortis, lividity, visual bruises or lacerations, temperature, purge, clothing, position).
  2. Interviews and solicits statements from relatives and persons last in attendance or present at the time of death.
  3. Searches for and impounds physical evidence which may have contributed to the death (i.e., drugs, weapons, suicide notes).
  4. Works closely with law enforcement officials to identify the unknown dead.
  5. Locates and notifies next of kin.
  6. Secures and inventory the decedent's property.
  7. Documents information gathered during the field investigation and utilizes toxicology reports, autopsy reports and decedents medical history in order to write a report of all deaths investigated for the Lafourche Parish Coroner's Office case files.
  8. Prepares written authorizations needed for the legal disposition of the decedent's body and property.
  9. Prepares preliminary reports for the Office Administrator.
  10. Prepares detailed descriptions of the unknown dead.
  11. Answers inquiries regarding information obtained during field investigations and information contained in the Coroner's Office case files.
  12. Cooperates with other government officials.
  13. Provides courteous, high quality service to members of the public by personally responding to requests for service or making appropriate referral.

    Non-Essential Function:

  1. Acts as community liaison giving orientations and conducting projects to the community as specified.


 Knowledge of:

 Methods of collecting and preserving evidence

  • Post-mortem changes to establish mode of death
  • Techniques of interviewing and investigation
  • Department and Parish policies and procedures
  • Anatomy, Physiology, and Toxicology
  • Medical terminology and their standard abbreviations
  • Pharmacology, therapeutic dosages, length of drug action, and contradictions
  • Applicable State and loc8l laws pertaining to Coroner investigations
  • Telephone, office, and online etiquette
  • Parish customer service objectives and strategies

  • Skills and Abilities to:

  • Effectively maintain interpersonal and public relations
  • Effectively communicate in both oral and written English
  • Read and follow street maps
  • Research and analyze data or information
  • Communicate effectively with a variety of individuals representing diverse cultures and backgrounds and function calmly in stressful situations, which require a high degree of sensitivity, tact and diplomacy
  • Treat Parish employees, representatives of outside agencies and members of the public with courtesy and respect
  • Assess the customer's immediate needs and ensure customer's receipt of needed services through personal service or making appropriate referral
  • Provide prompt, efficient and responsive service
  • Exercise appropriate judgment in answering questions and releasing information; analyze and project consequences of decisions and/or recommendations
  • Establish effective working relationships with management, employees, employee representatives and the public representing diverse cultures and backgrounds
Desirable Traits


Communicates Effectively, Knowledge Worker, Customer Focused, Values and Respects Others, drives to Excel, Teamwork and Collaboration, Continuous Learning, Demonstrates Ethical Behavior, Supportive of Change

 Education and/or Experience

 Education, training, and/or experience that demonstrate possession of the knowledge, skills and abilities listed above. Examples of qualifying education/experience:

 I. One(1) year paid experience as a full-time Medical Examiner Investigator, Deputy Coroner, Forensic Autopsy Assistant, Forensic Embalmer or Forensic Technician in a Coroner or Medical Examiner's facility; OR,

  1. Two (2) years paid experience as any of the following: Paramedic, or Registered Nurse, with current certification, OR
  2. Possession of an associate degree or completion of 60 semester units from an accredited U.S. college or university.Coursework must have included credits in medical terminology, anatomy, biology, chemistry, investigations, forensics, and/or physiology.


 Required licenses, ce1iifications and registrations must be maintained throughout employment in this class.


 A valid Louisiana driver's license, which must be maintained throughout employment in this class, is required at time of appointment, or the ability to arrange necessary and timely transportation for field travel.


Medicolegal Death Investigation Course within 36 months



Working Conditions

 Office environment; exposure to computer screens. You must be able to respond to scenes within the allotted time period which is within 1 hour unless down the bayou (Fourchon) or unless you’re on another scene at same time.

 Essential Physical Characteristics

 The physical characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this classification. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable an individual with a qualified disability to perform the essential functions of a job, on a case-by-case basis.

 Must be able to 1) traverse through rough terrain to reach scene of death, 2) manipulate 100 pounds, and 3) enter and egress various forms of transportation (e.g., helicopters).

 Frequent: repetitive use of hands to operate computers, printers and copiers. Occasional: walking, standing, bending and twisting of neck, bending and twisting of waist, squatting, simple grasping, reaching above and below shoulder level.

 Background Investigation

 Must have a reputation for honesty and trustworthiness. Felony convictions will be disqualifying. Misdemeanor convictions may be disqualifying depending on type, number, severity, and recency. Prior to appointment, candidates may be subject to a thorough background investigation which may include a psychological, truth verification or other examination or test.

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  3. Bring Application to Office (123 Texas Street, Raceland, LA 70394) or Email ( Fax (985-537-3021) ADA/EOE

PLEASE NO phone calls or have friends’ call on your behalf!  We will contact you for interview.

 Deadline to apply: January 22, 2019

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