Laboratory Assistant, Senior
Salary: $15.25-$18.62 hourly / $2,653-$3,239 monthly / Range:
DEFINITION: Under general direction, performs routine
administrative and planning tasks for the Public Health Laboratory;
serves as a technical expert to other Laboratory Assistants
performing water quality testing in the Public Health Laboratory;
leads other Laboratory Assistants in their duties by providing day
to day direction, prioritizing work assignments, and reviewing work
for quality; performs related duties as assigned.
DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: This classification is distinguished
from the Laboratory Assistant by its responsibility for providing
day to day direction to staff involved in water quality testing and
assisting the Public Health Laboratory Supervisor with
administrative tasks related to the lab such as supply planning and
ordering, and performance and staffing issues. The Public Health
Laboratory Supervisor is distinguished by the responsibility for
providing overall professional and administrative direction to all
sections of the Public Health Laboratory.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:
1. Performs bacteriological examinations of drinking, recreational,
and waste water; reads and records test results; maintains quality
control records; makes records and notations of invalid specimens to
satisfy state inspectors; notifies specimen submitter of failure to
pass established EPA and State standards.
2. Provides training to other Laboratory Assistants and other
temporary or extra-help staff assigned to water testing; assigns
tasks and priorities; reviews work of other staff in the water
testing lab for completeness and correctness; ensures that staff
follow applicable safety and quality procedures; acts as supervisor
over staff involved in water quality testing during weekend and
night testing when Public Health Laboratory Supervisor is
3. Coordinates with Environmental Health Services staff to plan for
testing during storm events or other peak water testing periods;
plans for staffing needs, including the use of Environmental Health
staff to assist during peak testing periods; plans for lab supply
needs and ensures proper supply levels for special projects.
4. Orders supplies for all specialties of both main and branch
public health laboratories, such as food microbiology, sexually
transmitted diseases, TB, and rabies; researches pricing to obtain
best price and/or verifies pricing from vendors is correct; enters
orders into order/inventory control program; conducts inventory of
supplies and plans for upcoming requirements.
5. Confers with Public Health Laboratory Supervisor to resolve
staffing or performance issues; provides supervisor with input for
performance evaluations; makes recommendations regarding merit
increases, disciplinary issues, and process changes.
1. Two years of experience providing laboratory testing assistance
to professional microbiologists; or,
2. two years of experience performing duties equivalent to a
Laboratory Assistant with Santa Barbara County; or,
3. a combination of training, education, and experience that is
equivalent to one of the employment standards listed above and that
provides the required knowledge and abilities.
Additional Qualifications: Occasionally, on an as needed basis,
incumbents must be able to work outside of normal hours including
evenings and weekends.
Knowledge of: common laboratory equipment, methods, and procedures;
metric system weights and measures; current state water regulations
that apply to collection, transport, and testing; water bacteriology
test methods including water quality control procedures; laboratory
safety procedures and policies; names and purposes of most public
health laboratory test kits, reagents, and equipment; laboratory
testing procedures sufficient to plan for supply needs; standard
Ability to: operate and maintain laboratory equipment; maintain
accurate records; complete work according to industry and safety
protocols; work independently; perform basic mathematical
computations including addition, subtraction, multiplication, and
division of whole numbers and fractions; train and direct staff;
monitor compliance of other staff with laboratory safety and testing
procedures; use standard computer software; learn laboratory
computer applications; communicate effectively both orally and in
writing; develop and maintain effective working relationships.