Crematory Operator

Job Summary

The position is responsible for the overall function and maintenance of an onsite crematory. Specifically, the position will operate the crematory, coordinate delivery of decedent and cremated remains to and from funeral homes, maintain clean and safe work areas and perform other duties as assigned by the Manager. 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 each area of multiple company operations.

Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Demonstrate Core Values of Excellence, Trust, Care and Growth in performing all aspects of position.
  2. Maintain a positive work environment by behaving and communicating in a manner so that you get along with families, co-workers, and management.
  3. Perform daily scheduling and activities for the crematory.
  4. Operate and maintain on-site crematory. Daily monitoring and tracking of crematory activity, environmental and air quality issues. Process and package cremated remains.
  5. Coordinate and transfer of decedent and cremated remains to and from chapels and crematory.
  6. Maintain required records and documents with a high degree of attention to detail.
  7. Perform routine maintenance and care of crematory related equipment and operate to manufactures recommendations.
  8. Maintain inventory of crematory supplies.
  9. Ensure the physical crematory area, facility, garage, and preparation room are clean of debris and maintained in a neat, orderly manner.
  10. Where applicable perform dressing, cosmetology, casketing of decedent for service according to industry standards and practices, technical, safety and sanitary requirements, and corporate direction.
  11. Wear and always use the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) during the performance of the job duties that require such equipment.
  12. 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.
  13. Treat decedent with respect and decorum.
  14. Remain up to date on company learning, policies, and procedures as assigned.
  15. Maintain clean operating area and equipment and comply with all governing rules and regulations regarding sanitation and hazardous waste.
  16. 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.

Educational, Licensure and Skill Requirements

  • A high school diploma or GED
  • A minimum of three months of similar or related experience
  • 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. 

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.