Public Health Laboratory Technician - Experienced

  • Contra Costa County, CA
  • Martinez, California
  • Dec 17, 2023
Full Time Public Health Sciences and Laboratory
  • Salary: $53,010.24 - $64,434.36 Annually USD

Job Description

The Position


The Board of Supervisors have authorized the following future salary increases for this classification:
5% on July 1, 2024 | 5% on July 1, 2025

Why join the Contra Costa Health Services?

The Contra Costa County Health Services Department is offering an excellent career opportunity for qualified individuals interested in the Public Health Laboratory Technician - Experienced position. The Public Health Division currently has one (1) vacancy in the Public Health Laboratory located in Martinez, CA.

Under direct supervision, Public Health Laboratory Technician - Experienced level classifications assist certified Public Health personnel in the collection and processing of specimens for microbiology, parasitology, immunology, virology, mycobacteriology, mycology, food, and water testing and does other related technical work as required.

The Contra Costa Public Health Laboratory is a California State and Federally certified facility that provides high complexity testing services in the areas of bacteriology, parasitology, mycobacteriology, mycology, immunology, and virology. Microbiological examinations of food and water are also provided in support of Environmental Health Programs.

We are looking for someone who is:
  • A strong communicator. You will be responsible for communicating effectively with laboratory staff, members of the public, and other County staff
  • Focused. You will be responsible for maintaining and safely operating laboratory equipment and supplies
  • Detail oriented. You will be responsible for learning and following professional hand washing techniques
  • Customer service oriented. You will be responsible for providing and promoting excellence in customer service for both internal and external customers
What you will typically be responsible for:
  • Specimen collection and processing
  • Assisting Public Health Microbiologists in performing microbiological, immunological, virological, mycobateriological, mycological, food, and water testing
  • Preparing and delivering supplies from the main laboratory to branch Public Health laboratories and clinics
  • Receiving and storing laboratory supplies; assisting in maintaining an appropriate inventory
A few reasons you might love this job:
  • You will work in an engaging and fast-paced environment
  • You will work with a cohesive team with a supportive administration
  • You will have a chance to make a real difference in the community
A few challenges you might face in this job:
  • You will need to manage multiple assignments at once
  • You will have a high-volume workload
Competencies Required:
  • Decision Making: Choosing optimal courses of action in a timely manner
  • Fact Finding: Obtaining facts and data pertaining to an issue or question
  • Environmental Exposure Tolerance: Performing under physically demanding conditions
  • Professional & Technical Expertise: Applying technical subject matter to the job
  • Safety Focus: Showing vigilance and care in identifying and addressing health risks and safety hazards
  • Action & Results Focused (Taking Initiative): Initiating tasks and focusing on accomplishment
  • Attention to Detail: Focusing on the details of work content, work steps, and final work products
  • Displaying Ownership and Accountability: Holding self and others accountable for measurable high-quality, timely, and cost-effective results
  • Handling Stress: Maintaining emotional stability and self-control under pressure, challenge, or adversity
  • Self-Management: Showing personal organization, self-discipline, and dependability
  • Interpersonal Savvy: Considering and responding appropriately to the needs and feelings of others in different situations
  • Coaching & Developing Others: Supporting others in stretching and expanding their capabilities
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The eligible list established from this recruitment may remain in effect for six (6) months.

Minimum Qualifications

License: Possession of a valid California Motor Vehicle Operator's License. Out of State valid Motor Vehicle Operator's license will be accepted during the application process.

Education: A college level biology or chemistry course or any closely related physical science college level course.

Experience: Six (6) months of full-time or its equivalent experience collecting and processing specimens in a public health, clinical or environmental laboratory.

Selection Process

1. Application Filing and Evaluation: All applicants will be required to complete a supplemental questionnaire at the time of application. Applications will be evaluated to determine which candidates will move forward in the next phase of the recruitment process.

2. Virtual Oral Assessment: Candidates who possess the minimum qualifications will be invited to participate in an online video assessment. The assessment will measure candidates' competencies as they relate to the job. In the assessment, candidates must achieve an average passing score of 70% or higher on each of the competencies, as well as an overall passing score of 70% or higher. These may include but are not limited to Decision Making, Professional & Technical Expertise, Action & Results Focused, Displaying Ownership and Accountability, and Self-Management. (Weighted 100%).

The online assessment is tentatively scheduled to take place via computer (remotely) on a periodic basis until the position is filled.

The virtual oral assessment will be administered remotely using a computer or mobile device such as a tablet or smartphone. You will need access to a reliable internet connection to take the assessment, as well as a computer or mobile device with a camera.

The Human Resources Department may change the examination steps noted above in accordance with the Personnel Management Regulations and accepted selection practices.

For recruitment questions, please contact Health Services Personnel, Recruitment Team at . For any technical issues, please contact the GovernmentJobs’ applicant support team for assistance at +1-855-524-5627.


After you receive a conditional job offer, you will be fingerprinted, and your fingerprints will be sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction conflicts with the specific duties and responsibilities of the job for which you have received a conditional job offer. If a conflict exists, you will be asked to present any evidence of rehabilitation that may mitigate the conflict, except when federal or state regulations bar employment in specific circumstances. Having a conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job with Contra Costa County. If you accept a conditional job offer, the Human Resources department will contact you to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.


All Contra Costa County employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law. Employment with the County requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.


It is the policy of Contra Costa County to consider all applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, ancestry, medical condition, genetic information, military or veteran status, or other protected category under the law.

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Closing Date/Time: Continuous

Job Address

Martinez, California United States View Map