Volunteer

What is a volunteer?

A County volunteer is an individual who: (a) performs voluntary service in a County department for civic, charitable, or humanitarian reasons and without promise or expectation or receipt of compensation for services rendered; (b) offers such voluntary service freely and without pressure or coercion, direct or implied, from the County; and (c) is not otherwise employed by the County to perform the "same type of services" as those for which the individual proposes to volunteer.

Through the leadership of the Board of Supervisors and support from department administrators, the County volunteer program has come to play a vital role in the enrichment of public services. The program promotes volunteerism as an opportunity to improve program efficiency, enhance productivity, and engage community involvement.

The Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner is mandated by law to inquire into and determine the circumstances, manner, and cause of all violent, sudden, or unusual deaths occurring within Los Angeles County.  Volunteers enhance and supplement the service delivery but do not substitute for nor displace regular staff or their responsibilities.

Although the volunteer position does not lead to permanent employment, the position offers participants an excellent experience in working within the largest county coroner’s office. It also provides an opportunity to explore career options, gain knowledge and skills that complement their academic studies, build resumes and network with professionals in the death investigation environment.

Adult Volunteer

Age definition for an adult volunteer is 18 years of age with no maximum age limit.

Youth Volunteer

Individuals between the ages of 14 and 17 may serve as County volunteers. Written consent by a parent or legal guardian is required for such youth volunteers. Based on the volunteer position and/or responsibilities, departments may raise the minimum age requirement as they deem appropriate. No one under the age of 18 is permitted in the service area where autopsies are performed.

How do I become a volunteer for the Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner?

Thank you for your interest in the volunteer opportunity with the Department of Medical Examiner–Coroner. Participants who want to become a volunteer for the Department can see available opportunities below. Please visit our website often to check if any new volunteer opportunities open up. For any questions, you may e-mail the volunteer coordinator.

2 Available Open Volunteer Opportunities:

Public Services Division:

Minimum Requirements:

  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Dependable
  • Follow all dept. policy & procedures
  • Work 3 days a week (4-6 hours a day)
  • Ability to work independently
  • Computer skills
  • Filing skills
  • Flexibility and willingness to work on variety of tasks
  • Good communication skills.

 

Office is open for volunteers to work Monday – Friday between 7am – 5pm. Volunteer(s) will be assigned to various sections of public services to provide clerical support.

Example of Duties:

Records Unit:

  • File
  • Answer phones
  • Type letters
  • Pull cases
  • Deliver cases to Medical Division
  • Make copies of reports

 

Property Unit:

  • Clerical Support (Typing and mailing out letters, filing)

 

Outside experiences can include: 

  • Clerical support
  • Customer service

 

Application Information:

Please email your resume, application form and cover letter or letter of interest to: volunteer e-mail.

Selected candidates will be invited for an interview.

Note:

  • The cover letter or letter of interest is an opportunity for applicants to describe career and academic goals and to elaborate upon personal interests/accomplishments related to the volunteer opportunity. The applicants must include preferred start and end dates for the volunteering along with alternate dates, number of hours that can be scheduled on a weekly basis and days/timeframes available to schedule volunteer hours.
  • The resume must include relevant education, work experience and community involvement.
  • Cover letters or letters of interest and resumes will assist in matching applicants with projects as they become available for placement.
  • Please note that ALL information provided is subject to VERIFICATION at any point during the review process, including after a selection has been made.

FORENSIC LABORATORIES DIVISION OPEN VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY

 

CLOSING DATE: Until needs met

 

Volunteering will start in August.

 

 

Minimum Requirements:

Completion of, or, at least entering junior year in college, with plans to earn a graduate degree in a scientific discipline (majoring in Chemistry, Biology or a related field) or with career goal in the field of Forensic Science.

 

Volunteer Programs:

 

  1. School Year Program must be 10 hours/week for the 1st 12 weeks.
      • Volunteers that participate in the School Year Program will have an opportunity to apply for the Summer Only Program working in Toxicology, DNA, or GSR/Toolmarks.
  2. Summer Only Program  must complete 160 hours within an 8-week period (20 hours /week).  Need to have completed 120 hours in the school year program above and be selected.

 

Lab is open for volunteers to work Monday – Friday between 7am – 5pm.

 

Example of Duties:

  • Make evidence collection kits for the department (Hair, fingernail, and sexual assault kits).
  • Research cold cases to help figure out who evidence belongs to.
  • Medical Evidence in-take and disposal.

 

Application Information:

Please email your resume, cover letter or letter of interest and unofficial transcripts to: volunteer@coroner.lacounty.gov .

Selected candidates will be invited for an interview.

Note:

  • The cover letter or letter of interest is an opportunity for applicants to describe career and academic goals and to elaborate upon personal interests/accomplishments related to the volunteer opportunity. The applicants must include preferred start and end dates for the volunteering along with alternate dates, number of hours that can be scheduled on a weekly basis and days/timeframes available to schedule volunteer hours.
  • The resume must include relevant education, work experience and community involvement.
  • The unofficial transcript(s) must include all undergraduate and any graduate coursework, except coursework in progress.
  • Please note that ALL information provided is subject to VERIFICATION at any point during the review process, including after a selection has been made.