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SCI Shared Resources, LLC Crematory Operator in Whittier, California

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Ensure that human remains are transported properly to the crematory, are received and logged into the crematory log book, are cremated strictly according to state and federal laws, and that the ashes are carefully and completely processed and placed into the correct urns.


Must be able to perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodations.

  • Properly identify human remains against the paperwork and logbook to ensure that the correct body is cremated and is placed in the correct urn.

  • Occasionally greet families who want to witness the cremation and answer their questions. Ensure that health and safety rules are strictly maintained.

  • Perform cremation of human remains by preheating the retort; pushing the container with the body inside it into the retort; positioning the container inside the retort; closing the retort doors and pushing the igniter button; monitoring the internal retort temperature by watching the gauges to insure overheating does not occur; and ensuring that the human remains are completely cremated.

  • Using Personal Protective Equipment, process cremated human remains to ensure that no ashes remain in the retort, that they are all placed carefully in the correct urn, and that cleanliness around the retort is strictly maintained.

  • Carefully complete the crematory logbook with all of the required data.

  • At the end of each day, ensure that all urns with cremated remains are transported to the Interment Office.

  • Ensure that all work areas, working conditions, and work habits are performed in accordance with Company, state, and federal rules and regulations by understanding the importance of health and safety. Report unsafe equipment and conditions to management.

  • Be prepared for unannounced visits by state inspectors who audit the crematory process twice a year by scrupulously following rules and regulations, maintaining detailed records and logbooks, and keeping the crematory very clean.

  • Keep immediate supervisor promptly and fully informed of all problems and significant matters, and take prompt corrective action as needed.

  • Participate in training and skill development opportunities to improve competency and customer service.

  • Report to work on time and maintain standard attendance.

Experience and Education:

  • Stable experience in work involving communication, driving, customer service, and/or following directions

  • High School Diploma or GED

Special Skills

  • Must possess valid Crematory Operator training certificate

  • Possession of Crematory Manager license preferred

  • Ability to operate crematory under limited supervision

  • Valid CA driver’s license

  • Drive Company vehicles and follow driving directions

  • Good verbal and written communication skills

  • Compassionate personality to relate with the bereaved

  • Problem solving skills

  • Ability to multitask and set priorities, and have a mind for detail

  • Current HBV vaccination

Working Environment

Drive Company van from mortuary to crematory; move containerized human remains from van into the crematory; using safety precautions for protection from human diseases, move container into the retort for cremation; work inside the crematory where the temperature can increase from warm to hot, and where dust and fumes must be tolerated; must be flexible to work occasional overtime and outside of normally scheduled hours.

Physical Requirements

Must be able to physically bend, reach, kneel, stoop, lift, carry, push or pull up to seven bodies/caskets per day, weighing up to 200# out of refrigerated storage at the mortuary and drive them to the crematory several miles away; must have good driving record; must be able to physically and emotionally handle the requirements of constantly being around and moving human remains from a temperature controlled environment to the crematory. Must constantly think about and comply with health and safety regulations, and practice good hygiene.

Equipment / Machines Operated

  • Personal Protective Equipment

  • Heavy oven gloves, heat reflective jacket, respirator mask, face shield, rubber gloves, smock

  • Company vehicle

  • Mortuary first call cot, roller tables

  • Caskets and cardboard boxes

  • Crematory retort, pulverizing processor

  • Urns, very detailed logbooks

Postal Code: 90601

Category (Portal Searching): Operations

Job Location: US-CA - Whittier