Public Health Microbiologist

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Butte County Environmental Health
Oroville, California, US
Jul 15, 2021
Jul 29, 2021
Employment Type
Full time
Salary Type

In addition to one regular help position, Public Health is looking to fill an extra help position.

* The regular help position is full-time working hours from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday in Chico.

* Extra Help means this may be a part-time or full-time, non-permanent position. The number of hours worked per week may vary and depend on the needs of the department.For terms and conditions concerning Extra Help employment with Butte County, see Section 6.13c of the Butte County Personnel Rules.

Under general supervision, performs technical and specialized duties in microbiological, biological and biochemical analysis to detect and identify microbial agents; studies growth, development and general characteristics of micro-organisms, analyzes test results, and reports findings.

FLSA: Non-Exempt

Essential Job Functions

Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include any of the following tasks, knowledge, skills and other characteristics. The list that follows is not intended as a comprehensive list; it is intended to provide a representative summary of the major duties and responsibilities. Incumbent(s) may not be required to perform all duties listed, and may be required to perform additional, position-specific tasks.

* Carries out responsibilities in accordance with state and federal laws and regulations, and county policies and procedures; assures the quality and accuracy of the laboratory tests.
* Examines laboratory samples and specimens; isolates and identifies bacteriological specimens; directs and conducts the testing process to diagnose pathogenicity mechanisms, microbial agents and communicable diseases; conducts tests and examinations for bacteriology, mycology, serology, parasitology, mycobacteriology, and virology.
* Determines absence or presence of disease threat, and the nature of any abnormal conditions.
* Assists in validation of the microbiology laboratory by following state guidelines.
* Validates microbiology test methods; monitors and validates the calibration of microbiology instruments; monitors and tests laboratory environment.
* Assures sterilization and cleanliness of work area, instruments, equipment and the laboratory environment.
* Prepares samples for shipment to outside contract laboratory for reference testing.
* Consults with, and serves as a resource and technical authority to local physicians, clinical and hospital personnel.
* Prepare written reports of investigations conducted.
* Conducts laboratory inventory to include monitoring expiration dates; orders supplies; researches product information; assures adequate stocks of supplies and products.
* Performs other related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

* Bachelor's degree in Biology, Microbiology, or Chemistry, and one (1) year of experience in public health clinical and laboratory work.
* Must be licensed as a Public Health Microbiologist by the State of California, and remain active with all annual licensing requirements.
* Must possess a valid State of California driver's license.

Environmental Factors and Conditions/Physical Requirements

* Work is performed in a laboratory environment, full manual dexterity and visual acuity required.
* May be required to lift and carry items weighing up to 30 pounds.
* May be exposed to potential physical harm from hazardous chemicals, infectious diseases, blood-borne pathogens, toxic materials, toxic gases, electrical hazards, dangerous tools and equipment.