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Job Details
Company Name : King County
Company Location : Seattle, WA 98104
Job Position : Forensic Anthropology Technician
Job Category : Jobs in Washington

Job Description :


Public Health Seattle and King County is looking for a Forensic Anthropology Technician with the Medical Examiner’s Office. This position will perform field, laboratory, and office activities in support of the Forensic Anthropologist and will work with them to provide anthropological services across the state of Washington. While individuals with forensic anthropology casework experience are encouraged to apply, so are people who have the skill sets noted below.

As the only jurisdiction in the world named after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., one of the most influential civil rights leaders in our nation’s history, King County is a vibrant international community with residents that represent countries from around the world. It is a region with increasing diversity that cherishes the traditions of many cultures.

We have a deep commitment to equity and social justice and advancing practices, strategies, and policies that promote fairness, justice, and opportunity for all – in our workplaces and our communities. With this commitment, King County has adopted a pro-equity agenda to advance regional change and ensure that residents from vulnerable communities are incorporated into our emergency planning and public outreach efforts.
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Job Duties

  • Liaise with jurisdictions that utilize state forensic anthropology services.
  • Clean and prepare full and partial skeletons for analysis by the forensic anthropologist, including the maceration of fleshed remains.
  • Photographically document skeletal remains, including bones, antemortem changes of interest, and signs of injury.
  • Take skeletal and dental X-rays using appropriate placement and composition.
  • Make initial assessments of skeletal material as necessary.
  • Coordinate case intake from investigating agencies, coroners, and medical examiners.
  • Maintain chain of custody for secure storage, tracking, and release of remains.
  • Prepare paperwork and enter data into the case management system.
  • Attend scene response as necessary, including participation in the field search, recovery, and documentation of human remains.
  • Manage missing and unidentified persons cases, coordinate with state agencies, and enter data into local and national databases.
  • Inventory and order supplies and materials.
  • Maintain equipment.
  • Assist pathologists and autopsy technicians as needed.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

  • Knowledge of human osteology, including whole bone and fragment identification.
  • Knowledge of forensic anthropological procedures.
  • Skill in the production of quality photographs and radiographs.
  • Ability to problem-solve.
  • Ability to prioritize tasks to meet deadlines.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks at the same time.
  • Ability to learn procedures to maintain chain of custody.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality at all times.
  • Ability to develop and maintain working relationships with co-workers, representatives of law enforcement and medicolegal offices, and members of the public from diverse cultures and socioeconomic backgrounds.
  • Ability to work with a computerized case management system.
  • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively.
  • Proficiency with business applications, such as Microsoft Office.

Supplemental Information

Forbes recently named King County as one of Washington State’s best employers.

Together, with leadership and our employees, we’re changing the way government delivers service and winning national recognition as a model of excellence. Are you ready to make a difference? Come join the team dedicated to serving one of the nation’s best places to live, work and play.

Guided by our “True North”, we are making King County a welcoming community where every person can thrive. We value diversity, inclusion and belonging in our workplace and workforce. To reach this goal we are committed to workforce equity. Equitable recruiting, support, and retention is how we will obtain the highest quality workforce in our region; a workforce that shares and will help advance our guiding principles-we are one team; we solve problems; we focus on the customer; we drive for results; we are racially just; we respect all people; we lead the way; and we are responsible stewards. We encourage people of all backgrounds and identities to apply, including Native American and people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ+, people living with disabilities, and veterans.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement:
King County Executive Branch employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If you are the successful candidate for the position you applied for, the County will send you a conditional offer letter.

As a condition of employment, prior to a final offer of employment, you will be required to:

  • submit proof of vaccination, or
  • have an approved request for medical or religious exemption and an approved accommodation. Philosophical, political, scientific, or sociological objections to vaccination will not be considered for an exemption or accommodation.

People are considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 two weeks after receiving the final dose of a vaccination approved by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The Executive Branch includes employees in the Executive branch, the Assessor’s Office, Elections, the King County Sheriff’s Office, and the Executive Office.

King County is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Employer:

No person is unlawfully excluded from employment opportunities based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation and pregnancy), age, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or other protected class. Our EEO policy applies to all employment actions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, selection for training, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, termination, rates of pay or other forms of compensation.

To Apply:

If you are interested in pursuing this position, please follow the application instructions carefully. If you need this announcement in an alternate language or format, would like to request accommodation or assistance in the application or assessment process or if you have questions please contact the recruiter listed on this job announcement.

Application Process:

The following items are required to be considered for this vacancy:

  • Job Application.
  • Supplemental Questions.

Your application may be rejected as incomplete if you do not include the relevant information in the application. Cover letters and/or resumes are not accepted in lieu of a completed application. Applications and/or Supplemental Questionnaires that state “see my resume” or “see my personnel file” are considered incomplete and will not be accepted.

  • The selection process may include but is not limited to: evaluation of application materials and supplemental questions, interviewing, and testing. For more information on our selection process, please refer to
  • Regular and reliable attendance, effective communication skills, and development of effective working relationships are requirements of all Public Health positions.
  • Staff may be required to play an active role in the event of a public health emergency, which may include changes in responsibilities, work location and working hours.

Necessary Special Requirements:

  • The selected candidate will be required to pass a thorough background investigation.
  • Employees are required to protect the privacy and security of protected health information as defined in State and Federal Law.
  • Employees are required to adhere to OSHA/WISHA guidelines including but not limited to completing required training on time.

Work Schedule: This position is non-exempt from the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act and is eligible for overtime. Typical hours are Monday – Friday 7:00-4:00.

Work Location:

The home base for this position is King County Medical Examiner’s Office located in Harborview Medical Center – 908 Jefferson St. Seattle, WA 98104.

Union affiliation:
This position is represented by – WSCCCE L1652-Medical Examiner)


If you have questions regarding the recruitment or hiring process, please contact Sarah Dunkinson, Human Resource Analyst at [email protected] or 206-848-0260.

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