Forensic Investigator, District 21 ME Office (Ft. Myers, FL)

The Rebecca A. Hamilton, M.D., P.A./District 21 Medical Examiner Office, in Fort Myers, is seeking applicants for the position of a Forensic Investigator (medicolegal death investigator). The District 21 Medical Examiner’s Office is N.A.M.E. accredited and a private medical examiner’s office. Qualifications include Associates Degree or higher with major course work in Criminal Justice, Criminology, Mortuary Science, Medical Technology, Biology or another related field, autopsy experience, strong communication skills and a minimum of three years work experience investigating deaths, crimes or accidents. A medical background is highly desirable. Responsibilities include determining the jurisdiction of medical examiner cases, conducting death scene investigations, interacting with law enforcement/medical personnel/families of the deceased, and assisting physicians with autopsies. Continuing education and certification by the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigation will be required. Drug-Free Workplace; successful completion of criminal history background investigation; must possess a valid Florida Driver’s license which must be maintained during employment.

Must be able to stand for long periods of time and lift and move bodies over 100 pounds; constant exposure to conditions such as radiation, hazardous chemicals, noise, wet, slippery floors/surfaces, odors, and weather; constant communication with staff and outside agencies; communication includes verbal and written; visualize and otherwise identify, observe and assess. Manual and finger strength and dexterity are sufficient to operate surgical instruments. Willingness to work flexible hours, including weekends, holidays and shift work. The hourly base minimum is $20.00 per hour and will be commensurate with experience and education.

Please forward your resume and cover letter to Patricia Wheaton Operations Manager District 21 Medical Examiner’s Office 70 South Danley Drive Fort Myers, FL 33907 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Opening Date: September 11, 2019

Closing Date: October 11, 2019

District Medical Examiner, Florida ME District 1 (Pensacola, FL)

This position is responsible for performing the duties of the Medical Examiner for District 1 of Florida, which is Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, and Walton Counties, Florida.

Qualifications:

Minimum Education and / or Experience:

Graduation from an accredited medical school and board certification in forensic pathology by the American Board of Pathology. Approximately five to ten years of experience in a responsible position involving practice in the field of forensic pathology. Must possess a licensure to practice medicine and certification by the American Board of Pathology in the field of anatomic pathology and forensic pathology at the time of appointment and must maintain such licensure and certification as a condition of employment.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Knowledge of principles and practices of forensic pathology, laws, rules, and regulations governing forensic services. Ability to run the Office of the Medical Examiner; communicate effectively orally and in writing; establish and maintain positive working relationships with members of law enforcement agencies; ability to testify effectively as an expert witness.

Working Conditions:

The primary Office of the Medical Examiner is located in Pensacola, Florida with a satellite office in Okaloosa County, Florida. The staff currently includes the Chief Medical Examiner, one Associate Medical Examiner, and twelve non-physician employees. Included in these employees are Medical Examiner Investigators, Office Manager, and other support staff. There is a possibility of the addition of one Associate Medical Examiner dependent upon circumstances. During the calendar year 2018, the Medical Examiner’s Office handled 1,172 cases and the total number of autopsies were 616. To date, there have been 882 total cases with 562 autopsies for 2019.

Duties as a Public Official:

Florida’s district medical examiners are public officers of the State and are subject to the provisions of the Code of Ethics for Public Officers and Employees, Chapter 112, Part III, Florida Statutes. District medical examiners are also bound by provisions in Chapter 406, Florida Statutes, and Rule 11G, Florida Administrative Code.

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Associate Medical Examiner, District 18

Brevard County, Florida is located halfway between Jacksonville and Miami. The County extends 72 miles from north to south and averages 26.5 miles wide on the Florida east coast along the Atlantic Ocean. Brevard County is home to approximately 600,000 residents, making it the tenth (10th) largest county in Florida. The County has a total area of 1,557 square miles, with 1,016 square miles of which is land and 541 square miles is water. Brevard County is comprised of the Palm Bay–Melbourne– Titusville, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area. Influenced by the presence of the John F. Kennedy Space Center, Brevard County is also known as the Space Coast.
Learn more about Brevard County by visiting: www.brevardfl.gov.

Brevard County is seeking TWO Associate Medical Examiners to perform the forensic functions of the Medical Examiner’s Office providing proper investigations of deaths and determining accurate cause and manner of death, which includes evaluation of current and anticipated inquiries for the County. The Medical Examiner’s Office operates with a staff of eleven in District 18. This office handles approximately 1,000 cases annually.

EXAMPLE OF DUTIES: (Note: The listed duties are illustrative only and are not intended to describe each and every function that may be performed. The omission of specific statements does not preclude management from assigning specific duties not listed here if such duties are logical assignments to the
position.)

  • Performs autopsies and physical examinations for all types of death occurring with the district as prescribed by Florida Statute 406.11 and rules of the Medical Examiner Commission.
  • Prepares clear, concise narrative description of autopsy findings.
  • Provides expert witness capabilities for all forensic criminal and civil actions associated with cases investigated and any other forensic needs within the County.
  • Rotates on-call scene response duties with other staff as required.
  • Develops and promotes cooperation with all elements of the criminal justice system as requested or necessary at the time of scene investigation, autopsy and post autopsy conferences and in anticipation of future inquiries and evaluations.
  • Follows established policies and operational procedures for handling potentially infectious and lethal autopsy gases, hazardous chemicals and equipment to assure optimal protection of personnel.
  • Provides family conferences in person and by telephone to family members of the deceased to increase the level of understanding of causes of death, manner of death and physiologic and psychological mechanisms involved.
  • Provides educational and informational opportunities through talks and lectures to law enforcement, medical and paramedical groups and other criminal justice and related agencies.
  • Promotes a spirit of teamwork to maintain good communication between all members of the Medical Examiner’s Office.

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Chief Medical Examiner, District 19

Job Vacancy Announcement – Chief Medical Examiner for District 19, Florida

This position is responsible for performing the duties of the Chief Medical Examiner for District 19 of Florida, which is St. Lucie, Indian River, Martin, and Okeechobee Counties, Florida.

Minimum Education and / or Experience:
Graduation from an accredited medical school and board certification in forensic pathology by the American Board of Pathology. Must possess a license to practice medicine in the State of Florida and certification by the American Board of Pathology in the field of anatomic pathology and forensic pathology at the time of appointment and must maintain such licensure and certification as a condition of employment.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Knowledge of principles and practices of forensic pathology, laws, rules, and regulations governing forensic services. Ability to run the Office of the Medical Examiner; communicate effectively orally and in writing; establish and maintain positive working relationships with members of law enforcement agencies; ability to testify effectively as an expert witness.

Working Conditions:
The Office of the Medical Examiner is located in Ft. Pierce, Florida on the main campus of Indian River State College.

Duties as a Public Official:
Florida’s district medical examiners are public officers of the State and are subject to the provisions of the Code of Ethics for Public Officers and Employees, Chapter 112, Part III, Florida Statutes. District medical examiners are also bound by provisions in Chapter 406, Florida Statutes, and Rule 11G, Florida Administrative Code.

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