Public Health Laboratory Technician, Sacramento, California

Created 06/11/2021
Reference 434113
Country United States
State California
City Sacramento
Salary $44,516.16 - $54,120.96 Annually
The Position

This is a continuous filing exam. Next filing cut-offs are at 5:00 pm on:

6/23/21, 7/7/21, 7/21/21

Under general supervision of certified Public Health Microbiologists, perform para-professional tasks in the Public Health laboratory to support the professional microbiologists in performing a variety of procedures used to detect and identify infectious diseases.

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Examples of Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of

  • Principles, techniques and terminology used in a laboratory for performing bacteriological, serological, mycological, virological, parasitological and chemical tests
  • Aseptic laboratory techniques
  • Laboratory hazards
  • Proper safety precautions and procedures
  • Use and care of laboratory equipment
  • Quality assurance and quality control procedures
  • Proper methods of disinfection
  • Confidential requirements of HIPAA
  • Security requirements of high-risk agents and forensic materials
  • Proper collection and transport procedures for human specimens
  • Common bacteria and parasites associated with disease processes
Ability to

  • Apply proper laboratory techniques with speed and accuracy
  • Follow written and oral instructions
  • Keep accurate, clear and concise laboratory records
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships
  • Prepare complex laboratory reagents and solutions
  • Add, subtract, divide, and multiply all units of measure, and compute percentages
  • Read, write, and speak English at a level necessary for satisfactory job performance
  • Analyze laboratory problems accurately and take effective action
  • Operate laboratory equipment
  • Work with infectious agents safely using aseptic laboratory techniques
  • Evaluate human, animal or environmental specimens to confirm proper collection and transport procedures have been followed

Employment Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications

Experience: One year of para-professional laboratory experience performing bacteriological, biochemical, chemical, public health or related examination procedures.


Education: A minimum of twenty four (24) semester units or thirty six (36) quarter units in college laboratory courses such as chemistry, biology, bacteriology, or laboratory instrumentation.

Note: If the word "experience" is referenced in the minimum qualifications, it means full-time paid experience unless the minimum qualification states that volunteer experience is acceptable. Part-time paid experience may be accumulated and pro-rated to meet the total experience requirements.

Note: If the minimum qualifications include an educational or certificate/license requirement, applicants must submit proof of requirements with the application. Failure to submit proof of requirements may result in disqualification from the examination. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable. For guidelines on submitting acceptable proof of educational requirements, please click here or speak to someone in our office before the cut-off date listed in this notice.

Special Requirements

Physical Requirements : Persons appointed to this position must be able to:

  • Use hands to hold, shake, twist laboratory equipment during analysis
  • Distinguish visually colors, shapes, sizes, and numbers
  • Distinguish visually measurements as small as millimeter and a milliliter
  • Carry a variety of laboratory equipment weighing up to 25 pounds
  • Sit and/or stand for extended periods of time
Additionally, the use of contact lenses is prohibited in the laboratory. Persons appointed to this position cannot be in such health that an infection may be unusually hazardous, and/or at increased risk of acquiring infection.

FBI Security Risk Assessment :
Authorization to access any select agent or storage location is required and must be maintained. All candidates who have accepted a conditional offer of appointment within this class shall be required to pass an FBI Risk Assessment in accordance with the requirements of the Bioterrorism Preparedness Act. All such candidates shall be fingerprinted in conjunction with the Risk Assessment.

Criminal History Check :
The County may access criminal history information on all candidates who have accepted a conditional offer of appointment for this class consistent with the provisions of Board of Supervisor Resolution No. 82-602 and applicable federal and state law. The County shall not consider for employment any candidate who has been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor that relates to or impacts the candidate's ability to perform the job duties of this class unless it is determined that mitigating circumstances exist. For purposes of accessing criminal history information, the candidate will be fingerprinted. A subsequent arrest notification may be obtained.

Probationary Period

The probationary period for this classification is six (6) months.

Application and Testing Information


Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply immediately. All applicants must complete and submit an online County of Sacramento employment application by 5:00 PM on the posted cut-off date. Click here to apply.

County of Sacramento
Department of Personnel Services
Employment Services Division
700 H Street, Room 4667
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone (916) 874-5593; 7-1-1 California Relay Service

Inter-Office Mail Code: 09-4667

  • Employment applications and all documentation requested in this announcement must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on the cut-off date.
  • Employment Services is not responsible for any issues or delays caused by an applicant's computer or web browser. Applicants will be automatically logged out if they have not submitted their applications and all documentation prior to 5:00 p.m. on the cut-off date.
  • Your application should highlight all relevant education, training, and experience, and clearly indicate how you meet the minimum qualifications for the position as of the cut-off date.
  • Application information must be current, concise and related to the requirements in this job announcement. You may only apply for this recruitment once. Duplicate and incomplete applications will be disqualified.
  • A resume may be included with your application, however it will not substitute for the information requested on the application.


Applicants are required to provide a full and complete response to each supplemental question. The Supplemental Questionnaire is located in the tab marked "Supplemental Questions". Please be descriptive in your response.

Note: Responses of "See Resume" or "See Application", or copy and paste of work experience are not qualifying responses and will not be considered.
  • Supplemental Questionnaires must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on the cut-off date. Employment Services is not responsible for any issues or delays caused by an applicant's computer or web browser. Applicants will be automatically logged out if they have not submitted their applications and all documentation prior to 5:00 p.m. on the cut-off date.
  • The supplemental questions are designed to elicit specific information regarding a candidate's experience, education, and training. Responses should be consistent with the information on your application and are subject to verification.
  • Please provide place of employment, pertinent dates, and concise, descriptive and detailed information for each question.
  • If a job included responsibilities applicable to several questions, separate the different functions of the job to answer all the questions completely.
  • Resumes or referral to the application or other questionnaire responses will not be accepted in lieu of completing each question.
  • If you have no experience, write "no experience" for the appropriate question.
  • For many individuals, it is more efficient to develop responses to the supplemental questions in a word processing document and then paste them into the final document to be submitted. Changes or corrections to your Supplemental Questionnaire cannot be made once your application packet has been submitted.
  • If the Supplemental Questionnaire is used in the Formula Rate exam, failure to complete all of the questions or incomplete responses will result in a lower score. While scoring the Supplemental Questionnaire, the candidate's application and/or attachments will not be reviewed , therefore, a candidate's responses to the questions should be accurate, thorough, detailed, and complete.


All candidates meeting the minimum qualifications by the cut-off date will have their Supplemental Questionnaire scored in the Formula Rate Examination.

This examination will evaluate the relevance, level, recency, progression and quality of candidate's education, training and experience. The candidate's application or other materials will not be included in this examination. Therefore, the candidate's responses to the supplemental questionnaire should be thorough, detailed and complete. The score from the Formula Rate Examination will determine the ranking on the eligible/employment list for this job.

All candidates competing in the testing process will receive written notice of their examination results by email. Notices can also be accessed in their inbox. Applicants achieving a passing score will be placed on the eligible list in rank order. The rank is determined by the test score attained from the examination.


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Employer Sacramento County, CA

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