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Title:  Forensic Autopsy Technician - Temporary

Application Deadline Date:  02/05/2023
Req ID:  46158
Department:  Health

Burlington, VT, US

Position Type:  Temporary
Schedule Type:  Part-Time
Hourly Rate:  $23.55


The Vermont Department of Health (VDH) is currently seeking a per-diem Forensic Autopsy Technician. The primary responsibilities of the Forensic Autopsy Technician are to assist the forensic pathologist before, during and after autopsy and maintain the OCME morgue. This position will also perform clerical duties and as necessary, perform back up support and duties assigned by the Assistant Medical Examiner Coordinator (AMEC).

Responsibilities of the Forensic Autopsy Technician will include:

  • Managing movement and storage of bodies before, during, and after postmortem examination.
  • Assisting the forensic pathologist by set up before and clean up after the autopsy, and during autopsy by rendering assistance with documentation, dissection/evisceration and specimen collection as directed by the forensic pathologist
  • Assisting in the collection and preservation of clothing, physical and biological evidence for forensic analysis, including forensic toxicology, clinical chemistry, serology and microbiologic testing as directed by the forensic pathologist and in accordance with established procedures.
  • Assisting other forensic consultants in forensic examinations, such as dental or anthropology examinations
  • Maintaining inventory supplies in the Medical Examiner's office including supplies for the morgue, disaster trailer and Medicolegal Death Investigators
  • Filing tissue blocks and slides and responding to requests from attorneys, families and others for recuts, DNA samples and other testing requests
  • Perform clerical tasks as assigned which may include triaging phone calls, filing, special assignments and projects


Ideal candidates will have working knowledge of modern forensic and pathological laboratory principles and procedures and medical nomenclature and anatomy. Ideal candidates will also have clerical aptitude, the ability to learn laboratory procedures, and multi-task in a fast moving environment, and have good organizational skills to manage supplies and facility.

Who May Apply

This position, Forensic Autopsy Technician - Temporary (Job Requisition #46158), is open to all State employees and external applicants. This is a temporary position. Temporary work is typically for variable hours, and is not expected to be full-time. The State does not guarantee 40 hours of work per week.

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Please note that multiple positions in the same work location may be filled from this job posting.
Resumes will not be accepted via e-mail. You must apply online to be considered.


AHS BACKGROUND CHECKS:  Candidates must pass any level of background investigation applicable to the position.  In accordance with AHS Policy 4.02, Hiring Standards, Vermont and/or national criminal record checks, as well as DMV and adult and child abuse registry checks, as appropriate to the position under recruitment, will be conducted on candidates, with the exception of those who are current classified state employees seeking transfer, promotion or demotion into an AHS classified position or are persons exercising re-employment (RIF) rights.

Environmental Factors

Duties are performed in an office and laboratory setting, specifically at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner's administrative and morgue facility. Work requires physical ability to assist with autopsies. Some travel may be required; a valid Vermont driver's license or access to some private means of transportation is desirable. Duties may involve unusual and irregular work hours, including evenings and weekends.

Minimum Qualifications

Associates degree with coursework in anatomy


6 months or more of experience as an Advanced Emergency Medical Technician/Paramedic


6 months or more of experience observing or assisting with autopsy examinations and/or work experience as an autopsy technician in a hospital morgue or Medical Examiner's office.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The State of Vermont celebrates diversity, and is committed to providing an environment of mutual respect and meaningful inclusion that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The State does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion or belief, national, social or ethnic origin, sex (including pregnancy), age, physical, mental or sensory disability, HIV Status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital, civil union or domestic partnership status, past or present military service, membership in an employee organization, family medical history or genetic information, or family or parental status. The State’s employment decisions are merit-based. Retaliatory adverse employment actions by the State are forbidden.

Nearest Major Market: Burlington Vermont