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Embalmer and Crematory Operator

Job Details

25-Shawnee County Care Center - Topeka, KS
2 Year Degree


We are looking for a Embalmer and Crematory Operator who shares our Core Values of Excellence, Trust, Care and Growth to assist families in honoring their loved ones.

Working under a care center model this position will prepare decedent for services and /or interment and will be responsible in asisting with for the overall function, operation and maintenance of an onsite crematory. The major objectives are to provide the highest quality services to satisfy the needs of any client family and the preservation of public and employee health. This position highlights the fact that you will only be requried to work every third weekend, with no on-call schedule, or overnight removals. 


You will coordinate delivery of decedent and cremated remains to and from funeral homes, maintain clean and safe work areas and perform other duties as assigned. The major objectives are to provide the highest quality services and products and to satisfy the needs of all client families. Geographic boundaries for this position may encompass more than one location in a given area of multiple company operations. 


Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities

  • Demonstrate Core Values of Excellence, Trust, Care and Growth in performing all aspects of position.
  • Maintain a positive work environment by behaving and communicating in a manner so that you get along with families, co-workers and management.
  • Remain up-to-date on Navigator reading as assigned.
  • Wear and use the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) at all times during the performance of the job duties that require such equipment.
  • Comply with the rules, regulations, policies, and procedures as outlined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Newcomer Funeral Service Group Policies and Procedures.
  • Perform embalming of decedent and cosmetology according to industry standards and practices, technical, safety and sanitary requirements, and home office direction.
  • Dress and position decedent in casket or alternative container and deliver to visitation area if requested by client family.
  • According to company standards, maintain record of embalming of all deceased persons for future reference and medical and legal purposes.
  • Maintain all embalming instrumentation and equipment as specified by manufacturer’s instruction.
  • Maintain clean preparation area and equipment and comply with all governing rules and regulations regarding sanitation and hazardous waste.
  • Treat decedent with respect and decorum
  • Ability to assist as needed with the direction of funeral service, if licensed as a funeral director.
  • Where applicable, be certified to operate crematory retort and follow standard procedures and record keeping.
  • Light housekeeping to keep the facilities and grounds in perfect order. This includes keeping work areas tidy, picking up litter on the grounds and general straightening up.

The above duties are neither intended to be an all-inclusive list of duties and responsibilities for this position, nor are they intended to be a listing of prerequisite skills and abilities.  The purpose is to describe the general nature of the position.

Educational, Licensure and Skill Requirement

  • A two-year college degree or completion of a specialized course of study or job specific skills acquired through on-the-job training or apprenticeship program
  • A high school diploma or GED
  • Possess a valid Drivers’ License and meet the driving performance standards as determined by management. MVR’s may be reviewed annually for compliance, and any conviction or at-fault accidents should be immediately reported to management.
  • Ability to obtain certification as a crematory operator
  • Must be able to effectively communicate with all levels including management, associates, home office and families.

Essential Physical Responsibilities

•    Ability to tolerate exposure to hazardous substances subject to government requirements; exposure to high heat and noise levels; occasional lifting, pushing and pulling, with assistance, of objects up to approximately 600 pounds; manual dexterity required for clerical tasks; occasional stooping, bending, pushing, pulling and carrying objects weighing up to approximately 30 pounds for short distances.  
•    Ability to travel by standard methods of transportation.  

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