Company: Maricopa County, AZ
Location: Phoenix, AZ


Position Overview

The Forensic Tech Intern learns to perform specialized work in assisting pathologists with the post mortem examination of decedents, collection of samples, and maintaining records.

Position Qualifications

We recognize your time is valuable, so please apply if you meet the following required qualifications:


  • Currently enrolled in a bachelor’s degree program or a graduate from an accredited college or university with a degree in a life science, nursing, or criminology-related field.

Other Requirements:

  • Successful candidate will be required to complete a post-job offer medical evaluation in order to use N95 respirators.

Our Preferred Candidate has:
Preferred education/experience/training/certifications

  • Two (2) years of completed college-level courses in anatomy and physiology.
  • Experience working with decedents or relevant experience working in emergency medical services.
  • Experience working or volunteering in a medical examiner or coroner’s office.
  • Experience with data entry.
Essential Job Tasks

  • Trains on processes and principles of death investigation.
  • Inventories and records clothing, personal effects, and valuables.
  • Collects, preserves, labels, and records tissue samples and bodily fluid specimens for toxicology, histology, and microbiology.
  • Weighs and measures body and internal organs as they are removed and makes a record of weights and measurements.
  • Documents exam related information into the Department’s case management system.
  • Cleans and disinfects examination tables, instruments, equipment, and examination rooms.
  • Transport of decedents to and from the body storage cooler using pallet jack and proper lifting mechanics.
  • Takes photographs and fingerprints.
  • Stocks examination suites with required PPE, instruments, and supplies

Working conditions:

Ability to work with decedents in a decomposed state and work in malodorous conditions.
Maricopa County is an EEO/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer.

Selection Procedure

The hiring authority will select the successful candidate based on departmental needs.

All offers of employment made to new hires and rehires at Maricopa County are contingent upon successful completion of a post-offer, pre-employment thorough background investigation. A background investigation is conducted on a current employee who changes to a Safety Sensitive Position or one having the potential for serious adverse impact on the integrity or efficiency of the County. These requirements do not pertain to employees of elected officials who undergo background investigation processes administered through their respective offices.

Typically successful candidates are hired at a salary rate, up to midpoint of the range, based on applicable experience, internal equity and budgetary allowances.