• Kitsap County
  • Bremerton, Washington
  • Mar 17, 2020
Full Time Criminology and Forensics Public Health
  • Salary: $190,000.00 - $240,000.00 Annually USD

Job Description


Kitsap County Coroner's Office is seeking a seasoned professional to serve the county as the nextForensic Pathologist! The ideal candidate will have experience working in a Coroner's Office or Medical Examiners Office as a Forensic Pathologist.

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Position Information
Performs investigations to determine cause(s) of sudden, unexpected, violent, suspicious or unnatural deaths using forensic medical knowledge, expertise and techniques. This position is at-will.


Required Education and Experience
  • Certification as a forensic pathologist by the American board of pathology; or a qualified physician eligible to take the American board of pathology exam in forensic pathology within one year of being appointed. A physician specializing in pathology who is appointed to the position of forensic pathologist and who is not certified as a forensic pathologist must pass the pathology exam within three years of the appointment. Licensed as a Physician and Surgeon by the State of Washington. If not currently licensed by the State of Washington, Licensure must be obtained prior to the start of employment.
Preferred Experience
Experience working in a Coroner's Office or Medical Examiners Office as a Forensic Pathologist.

Driving Requirements
  • The successful incumbent must meet the driving requirements of this position and submit a copy a current driving record/abstract (from state of residency) to review for eligibility to drive for Kitsap County prior to employment.The successful incumbent must obtain a valid Washington State Driver's License prior to hire and maintain a satisfactory driving record as outlined in the Kitsap County Vehicle Use Policy. This position is categorized as Category 1: Driver operates County-owned vehicle and a Category 2: Driver operates a personal vehicle as an essential function for official County business.
Criminal Conviction Standards:
  • The successful incumbent will or may have unsupervised access to children under 18 years of age, a vulnerable adult, or a vulnerable person, or access to a secured/confidential facility or computer system(s). As a result, Kitsap County will be conducting an extensive criminal background check by law enforcement agencies, which may include fingerprinting.
    • Please review the following list of disqualifying crimes and negative actions to determine if you meet our standard for this position:
Required Licenses, Certificates, Examinations/Tests and Other Requirements
The incumbent is responsible for obtaining and maintaining all the following required licenses, certifications and other requirements.

Prior to employment, the successful candidate must:
  • Submit official certification.
  • Pass all job-related examinations/tests necessary to demonstrate required knowledge, skills and abilities, as determined by the hiring authority at time of job posting.
  • Pass a medical evaluation that includes a physical, audiometric testing, respirator testing, andpsychological exam.


Perform autopsy examinations; transcribe findings.
  • Confer with attorneys and provide accurate testimony in court.
  • Participate in regular review of cases accepted by the deputy coroners following death investigations, including decisions about jurisdiction and type of examination.
  • Provide technical support and training for those staff performing forensic autopsy technician duties.
Knowledge/Skills/Abilities (May vary by position)
  • Autopsy procedures and practices, and human anatomy
  • Equipment and supplies necessary to maintain and operate a morgue facility
  • Pathology laboratory practices and procedures
  • The use of and operation of photograph and x-ray equipment
  • State and local laws regarding deaths and human remains
  • Methods, techniques, equipment and practices of handling deceased individuals
  • Approved methods and procedures for evidence collection and processing
  • Standard safety procedures
  • Standard office practices and chain of custody procedures
  • Appear for scheduled work with regular, reliable, and punctual attendance.
  • Communicate Effectively, orally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with other staff, the citizens and representatives of other agencies.
  • Physically perform assigned duties and essential functions of the position.
  • Perform autopsies
  • Testify in court
  • Execute the policy directives of the governing authority in an effective and timely manner
  • Understand the problems surrounding the notification of the next of kin and application of methods of assistance
  • Direct the development and implementation of office procedures and standards and evaluate their efficiency
  • Plan, direct, and evaluate the work of subordinates
  • Understand and follow written and verbal instructions
  • Work effectively and productively with others
  • Communicate effectively verbally and in writing to audiences of various social, cultural, ethnic, educational, and economic backgrounds
  • Effectively coordinate, perform, and complete multiple duties and assignments concurrently, and in a timely manner
  • Meet the travel requirements of the position
  • Physically perform the essential job functions of the classification
  • Successfully complete all required background investigations
  • Travel to death locations, if needed
  • Take calls from home after regular office hours.Ability to make independent judgments and initiate appropriate action.
  • Ability to safely drive Coroner's Office vehicles.

Additional education, licenses, certifications and other requirements determined to be necessary to meet the business needs of the employing unit may be required.


  • Who May Apply: This position is open to the general public. Applications will be screened for qualifications and completion of all the required materials and forms. The most competitive applicants may be contacted for further steps in the selection process, which may include testing for office and computer skills.
  • This position is classified as exempt from overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
  • This position is classified as "at will."Incumbent's continued employment is at the discretion of the Coroner.
  • Non-represented and covered under the Kitsap County Personnel Manual.
  • Kitsap County is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, family or medical care leave, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws, regulations and ordinances. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements. If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or the recruiting process, please contact our Human Resources Office.
This position is open until filled.
Closing Date/Time:

Job Address

Bremerton, Washington United States View Map