Forensic Pathologist

Ada County, Boise, ID, US


POSITION GENERAL SUMMARY: Responsible for carrying out the statutory functions of the Coroner of Ada County; investigates sudden, unattended, unexpected or violent deaths within Ada County. 

Essential Functions: 

  • Examines human bodies in order to determine the cause and manner of death using various sources of information as well as the performance of autopsy; 
  • Determines the cause of all violent, sudden, accidental, traumatic or unusual deaths; unattended deaths; deaths in which a criminal act is suspected and other deaths as provided in Idaho statutes; 
  • Reviews cases and provides input based on medical judgment to determine if an autopsy needs to be conducted; 
  • Inquires into the cause, manner and circumstances of human deaths and establishes the identities of deceased persons; 
  • Performs pathological and toxicological analyses and prepares documents for permanent records; 
  • Completes death certificates, including the assignment of cause and manner of death; 
  • Observes and records the positions and conditions of bodies and related evidence; 
  • Collects and documents any pertinent medical history information; 
  • Observes, records and preserves any objects or personal property related to deaths, including objects such as medication and suicide notes, DNA evidence, fingerprints, trace evidence fibers, etc.; 
  • Assists law enforcement agencies in search operations, excavations and recovery of bodies; 
  • Examines scenes of death/crime; 
  • Assists in directing emergency responses to disasters that require coroner services; 
  • Provides assistance to law enforcement agencies and organ procurement agencies in cooperation with the Coroner; 
  • Provides expert testimony in criminal proceedings related to deaths and consults with and advises the Prosecutor's office; 
  • Formulates policy in regard to medical operations, directs its execution and evaluates work; 
  • Communicates standards and protocols to the Coroner; 
  • Represents the county in various activities and interacts with the general public and other agencies. 


  • Keeps informed of new and improved methods in forensic pathology and medicine and instructs staff in such methods; 
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Job Requirements: 

  • Must be licensed as a physician to practice medicine in the State of Idaho or be eligible for medical licensure in the State of Idaho; 
  • Must be a pathologist certified by the American Board of Pathology in anatomic pathology or board eligible in forensic pathology within (6) months of hire; 
  • Forensic pathologists in fellowship training may be considered eligible in lieu of above; Knowledge of anatomy, pathology, anthropology and other related disciplines for identification and investigative purposes; 
  • Knowledge of firearms and other instruments of death; 
  • Knowledge of vehicular crash analysis; 
  • Knowledge of rules of evidence and court procedures; 
  • Knowledge of the methods and techniques of criminal investigation and crime scene processing; 
  • Knowledge of federal, state and local laws related to the operation of the county coroner's function; 
  • Skill in performing autopsies and examination of human bodies; 
  • Ability to operate scanning/imaging and or photographic, audio-visual, x-ray and related equipment; 
  • Ability to find, gather and collect information and data; 
  • Ability to compile, code, categorize, calculate, audit, verify information or data; Ability to maintain composure and respond effectively and efficiently in stressful, emergency, volatile, or crisis situations; 
  • Ability to deal with people in a manner which shows sensitivity, tact and professionalism; 
  • Ability to work effectively with co-workers, supervisors and members of other agencies; 
  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing, particularly as a witness in a courtroom; 
  • Ability to use a computer with word processing, spreadsheet and database software; 
  • Ability to follow safety procedures and perform the duties of the job without endangering self or others; 
  • Adhere to NAME autopsy performance standards and requirements. 


  • This position is considered safety sensitive and the incumbent is subject to random drug testing; 
  • Must have the ability to obtain and maintain a valid Idaho driver's license.


Annual Salary: $345,000 

Ada County recognizes that employees are our most valuable asset. We are proud to offer a comprehensive benefits package to benefit-eligible employees designed to support the health, wellness and long-term financial stability of our employees and their families. 


  • Low-cost medical, dental, vision premiums and deductibles 
  • Post-employment health savings account 
  • Retirement and Investments Plans: 
  • PERSI retirement benefits 
  • 457(b) post or pre-tax investments options with up to 3% employer match 401(k) 

Wellbeing Program: 

  • Employee Assistance Program for short-term counseling on work, family, finances, and personal concerns. 
  • Free ACHD Commuter ride vanpool program 
  • Free bus pass 
  • Paid-leave: 
    • 11 paid holidays per year 
    • 8 weeks paid Parental Leave 
    • Approximately 96 hours of vacation accrual for full-time employee 
    • Approximately 96 hours of sick accrual for full-time employee 
    • 5 days paid bereavement leave 
    • Life & Short-Term Disability Insurance 
    • Basic Life Insurance employer paid if benefit eligible 
    • Short Term Disability employer paid if benefit eligible 

Optional Benefits: 

  • Pre-tax Flexible Spending Account and Dependent Care Account 
  • NCPERS Decreasing Term Life Insurance 
  • Supplemental Employee, Spouse, Child Life Insurance 
  • Supplemental Long-Term Disability Insurance 
  • AFLAC 

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How to apply

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