Relief Coroner

Job Summary

Location: Fort Liard
Department: Justice
Job ID: 24794
Wage: $42.77 - $51.08
Employment Type: On Demand, Regular
Closing Date: Open until filled

Limited Competition

This job opening is limited to residents living within 25 kilometres of Fort Liard, NT.

Department Information

The mandate of the Department of Justice is to administer justice, including policing, community justice, victims services and corrections in the Northwest Territories. This mandate will be carried out in a manner which respects community and indigenous values and encourages communities to assume increasing responsibilities.

Job Information

The Relief Coroner role is in Fort Liard, NT. You will report to the Deputy Chief Coroner, however, they may receive direction from the Chief Coroner, Deputy Chief Coroner or Coroner. The Relief Coroner provides frontline services at the scenes of deaths. The Relief Coroner works alongside and in cooperation with investigative partners such as the RCMP, local health authorities, and funeral homes.

The Relief Coroner prepares investigative reporting, completes body removal, conducts external examinations, and oversees the collection of toxicological samples.

You must be aware of the working conditions that may be associated with the position, which includes:

Physical effort of accessing, retrieving, and transporting a deceased person

Searching of scenes which include a variety of settings (water, remote wilderness)

External examinations on remains that may require pushing, pulling, or lifting

Exposure to communicable diseases, bodily fluids, odors

Investigations in all weather conditions

Exposure to graphic details and situations which may arise at any time, day, or night



Proficient oral, written, and electronic communications skills

Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment

Ability to accept direction

Ability to work effectively independently and as part of a team

Proven evaluation, analytical and problem-solving skills

Knowledge and understanding of Coroners Act, NWT Evidence Act, Vital Statistics Act, Public Health Act

Demonstration and comprehensive knowledge of Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (ATTIPP), relevant GNWT legislation, relevant regulations and policies, and procedures

Ability to interact with the public in a courteous, prompt manner

Ability to identify issues and weigh facts to draw supportable and appropriate conclusions

Proven ability to listen, understand and respond in a helpful and responsive manner

Proven knowledge of community life in the North and cross-cultural issues

Ability to research, read, understand and explain medical terms

Ability to operate confidentially while carrying out the duties of the Relief Coroner

Ability to commit to actively upholding and consistently practicing personal diversity, inclusion, and cultural awareness, as well as safety and sensitivity approaches in the workplace

Typically, the above qualifications would be attained by:

Equivalent combinations of education and experience will be considered. The incumbent must be eligible to receive a statutory appointment as a Coroner to perform duties of this position.

GNWT Inquiries

Inquiries Only:

Fort Smith HR Client Service Centre
Department of Finance
Government of the Northwest Territories
BOX 876
Tel (867) 872-6500
Fax (867) 872-3298

Note: If you do not receive electronic notification confirming receipt of your application, please follow up via telephone.

More Information

Relief Worker

This job opening is for a Relief position where there are no established hours of work on a daily, weekly or monthly basis and may be required to report to work on an as and when required basis for facilities where services operate on a daily basis throughout the entire year.

Affirmative Action

Candidates must clearly identify their eligibility in order to receive priority consideration under the Affirmative Action Policy.

Criminal Records Check

Candidates must provide a satisfactory criminal record check. Failure to provide a satisfactory check may deem you disqualified from the competition.

Diversity and Inclusion

The Government of the Northwest Territories is an inclusive workplace.  If you have a disability and you require support during the hiring process, you are encouraged to identify your needs if you are contacted for an assignment or interview so that you may be accommodated during the hiring process.


Eligibility lists may be created from this competition to fill future term and indeterminate positions.


Equivalent combinations of education and experience will be considered.

Job Opening Information

Job Opening ID # 24794     

Closing Date: Open Until Filled

Salary Information

The salary for this position starts at $42.77 per hour plus a pro-rated annual Northern Allowance.