Employment Opportunities

Thank you for your interest in the Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office and forensic pathology. Due to legal requirements regarding confidentiality and the nature of death investigations and post mortem examinations, we do not allow job shadowing, volunteers,or internships at this time.

Medical Examiner

A medical examiner is licensed physicians who has specialized training and board certification in the field of Forensic Pathology. If you are interested in becoming a Medical Examiner, the first step is to become a physician. You should consult with career counselors at your University for the best approach given your interests.

Medical Examiner's Office Staff

A Medical Investigator I responds to scenes to investigate the circumstances surrounding deaths under the jurisdiction of the Medical Examiner's Office. A Medical Investigator II responds to scenes and assists the forensic pathologist with autopsies. A Medical Investigator III serves as a lead worker over Medical Investigators. The Pathology Assistant assists the physicians at autopsies, assuming technical responsibility for histology, cytology, radiology, photography and evidence collection.The Investigation Assistant performs a variety of technical and administrative duties to support the Investigation Division. The Management Assistant performs a variety of technical and administrative duties to support the business operations. If you are interested in becoming part of the team please review the job description for the minimum qualifications we seek when establishing an eligibility list to hire for this position.

Where to Apply

Snohomish County Employment Opportunities are posted online. If the position you seek is not currently accepting applications you may consider completing a job interest card to receive email notification about new job openings as they occur. The Medical Examiner's Office fills all of its collective bargaining unit openings from eligibility lists. An individual must apply and successfully pass all phases of the recruitment and examination process to be placed on an eligibility list.

Snohomish County only accepts job applications on-line. You may register for a Snohomish County Online Application Lab to receive free training and assistance to help create an on-line job application. We wish you much success in your career planning.

Student Information

We wish you much success in your career planning. Our office has prepared a handout “FAQ for Students (PDF)” for students seeking additional information about death investigations and careers in pathology. We hope you find this information useful.