Public Health Microbiology Trainer

Public Health Foundation Enterprises, In
North Richmond, California, US
May 08, 2021
May 20, 2021
Employment Type
Full time
Salary Type

The Public Health Microbiology Trainer is responsible for both providing both didactic and laboratory bench training to develop and maintain the workforce for the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Laboratories and California Public Health Laboratory Network. Training includes conducting a series of courses to meet the State of California requirements for Public Health Microbiologist certification and related topics to maintain laboratory workforce safety, shipping certification and competency requirements and developing new training for COVID-19 laboratory testing. The scope of training includes Laboratory Safety, Virology (including COVID-19), Serology, Molecular Testing, Bacteriology, Mycobacteriology, Mycology, Parasitology, Environmental Microbiology, and Laboratory Regulations.

Part-time and full-time positions available.

To be considered, please provide a resume and 3 professional references.

  • Works closely with internal and external partners to develop and present curricula required for workforce training.
  • Develops lectures and laboratory training modules.
  • Recruits subject matter experts as volunteer speakers and bench trainers.
  • Identifies needed training supplies.
  • Develops assessment tools.
  • Provides timely and appropriate feedback to trainees.
  • Serves as or identifies and recruits subject matter experts for all training components and provides technical expertise for developing new training components, including COVID-19.
  • Works with staff to develop and update appropriate instructional materials for local and statewide use.
  • Applies knowledge of biosafety to implement appropriate safeguards for required in-person instruction modules.
  • Develops distance learning modules for COVID-19 and other training subjects and assists with their implementation and evaluation.
  • Builds a library of recorded laboratory procedure training videos.
  • Develops mentoring strategies.
  • Participates in the review and updating of training policy and procedures.
  • Manages and organizes electronic training document sites to be accessible to trainees and instructors.
  • Provides laboratory orientation and ensures compliance with laboratory procedures and policies.
  • Maintains technical knowledge, expertise and troubleshooting skills by review of the literature, consultation with peers, internet searches and other activities as directed.
  • Orders media, PPE and other laboratory supplies required for training.
  • Provides training program reports and documents as requested to CDPH and Public Health Laboratory leadership to meet agency and grant requirements and deadlines.

  • Perform other duties as required by the Branch Chief

Required knowledge, skills and abilities
  • Thorough knowledge of microbial and viral diseases and their prevention and control
  • Knowledge of the principles and techniques for laboratory training and technical assistance
  • Effective interpersonal skills to interact with diverse groups
  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing with professionalism, diplomacy, and discretion
  • Effective organizational and time management skills
  • Skill in MS Office presentation, word processing, spreadsheet, and calendar applications and online meeting platforms
  • Ability to organize and deliver effective presentations in person and online
  • Ability to understand and accurately perform agency and grant documentation requirements
  • Ability to multi-task and work effectively under pressure
  • Ability to know when to seek counsel on issues outside one's own abilities and knowledge

Preferred knowledge, skills and abilities
  • Knowledge of COVID-19 transmission, prevention and control
  • Experience in drafting training outlines and developing progress reports
  • Experience working for a public health program, funded prevention agency or community-based organization
  • Experience working with online learning software, designing effective lessons and learning assessments
  • Skill in video learning content creation and editing.

  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Familiarity with occupational and environmental health issues, including how to perform risk assessments and convey safety information
  • Experience with health education approaches and techniques, including designing communications conveying complex results interpretable by a variety of audiences
  • Ability to develop relationships with and work with stakeholders
  • Ability to work with technical staff
  • Ability to present results orally and in written form to both a scientific and a lay audience
  • Knowledge of public health practices and the application of health education principles and skills for the promotion of health and the prevention of disease and disability
  • Knowledge of educational resources and how to utilize them
  • Knowledge of current developments in public health such as COVID-19 and other emerging pathogens

  • Possession of Bachelor's degree in a related area, required.
  • Advanced degree in public health, science, communications, or related field, preferred.
  • At least 4 years of relevant work experience.
  • Experience as a trainer in a public health field or working in a public health, clinical or environmental laboratory preferred.

  • Public Health Microbiologist certificate, required.

  • Stand: Frequently
  • Walk: Frequently
  • Sit: Frequently
  • Handling/Fingering: Frequently
  • Reach Outward: Frequently
  • Reach above Shoulder: Frequently
  • Climb, Crawl, Kneel, Bend: Occasionally
  • Lift/Carry: Frequently - Up to 25 lbs, Occasionally - Up to 50 lbs
  • Push/Pull: Frequently - Up to 25 lbs, Occasionally - Up to 50 lbs
  • See: Constantly
  • Taste/Smell: Not applicable


Not Applicable = Not required for essential functions

Occasionally = (0 - 2 hrs/day)

Frequently = (2 - 5 hrs/day)

Constantly = (5+ hrs/day)


General Office Setting, Laboratory setting, Indoors Temperature Controlled. Essential workforce training may be up to 40 hours per week on site.


It is the policy of Heluna Health to provide equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information or any other protected characteristic under applicable law.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor's legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

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