The St. Louis County Government Department of Public Health is looking for two Forensic Investigators to join their team. The Office of the Medical Examiner is responsible for investigating all sudden, unexpected, suspicious, unnatural or violent death or deaths that represent a threat to public health. The Investigators will evaluate and investigate reportable deaths according to defined policies and procedures to meet state and local laws.
The estimated starting salary for this position is $25/hour but the final salary will be determined based on the qualifications and experience of the selected candidate.
Examples of Duties
Essential Function Examples
Assess death reports to determine the extent of investigation required to close any given case.
Perform scene investigations and determine associated facts related to death to assist in the determination of cause and manner of death.
Establish scientific positive identification of decedent, communicate with family members to notify them of decedent's death and determine disposition of remains.
Share investigative, forensic and medical information with involved agencies.
Perform other duties as required or assigned.
Candidates should possess a Bachelor's degree in a related field and one year of related experience or have an equivalent amount of training and experience.
SELECTION AND APPOINTMENT: A selection committee will evaluate the qualifications of each applicant which will include recentness and appropriateness of the applicant's education and experience, answers to the supplemental questions, results of employment references investigated and any other appropriate information available.
The selection committee will admit to the interview only those persons who possess the most job related qualifications and may establish admittance criteria beyond the minimum qualifications stated above. The interview will comprise 100% of the applicant's earned grade. A candidate must earn a qualifying grade of 70 or more on the interview to be eligible for appointment. After initial interviews with the selected candidates are conducted, an email will be sent to the address on file with instructions on how to complete and submit a Conviction Questionnaire. Candidates have 3 days to complete the required questionnaire.
The five top ranking candidates, based on the final grade, will be certified to the Department Director/Appointing Authority who will make the final decision.
All applicants conditionally offered a merit position will be required to submit to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Screening will be performed by a reputable clinical laboratory. The cost of screening will be covered by the County. Additionally, new employees will have 30 calendar days, after their first day of employment, to attest to their COVID-19 vaccination status. Instructions on how to submit this attestation will be provided once employment has begun. County employees are not required to be fully vaccinated, but those who are not fully vaccinated must submit to weekly COVID-19 testing until they are fully vaccinated or St. Louis County geographically reaches a 70% vaccination rate and a moderate transmission level of COVID-19 as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
St. Louis County offers its employees many excellent benefits with paid medical insurance, 20 days PTO (paid time off) the first year and increasing with seniority and 11 paid holidays. Employees hired full time will participate in the St. Louis County retirement plan where employees contribute 4% of their salary to the defined benefit plan with vesting after 7 years. Other benefits include: paid life insurance, a credit union, 457 Deferred Compensation Plan, pre-tax premium pay plan, dependent care and medical expense reimbursement plans, and short and long term disability insurance.