Laboratory Manager I (#MGBB01)
$61,138.00 Yearly Min / $81,517.00 Yearly Mid / $101,896.00 Yearly Max

Laboratory Manager II (#MGBB02)
$69,883.00 Yearly Min / $93,177.00 Yearly Mid / $116,471.00 Yearly Max

Description of Occupational Work

This class series uses two levels in the Agricultural, Natural Resources and Sciences occupational group, Sciences occupational series and describes laboratory management work for a variety of areas such as microbiology, chemistry, environmental science and materials research.

Essential Functions

Essential functions are fundamental, core functions common to all positions in the class series and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties for any one position in the class. Since class specifications are descriptive and not restrictive, incumbents can complete job duties of similar kind not specifically listed here.
  • Plans, organizes and supervises professional and technical staff.
  • Sets priorities and mediates conflicting priorities; schedules and operates laboratory functions, ensuring cost effective and accurate results.
  • Develops, recommends and implements laboratory objectives and policies; oversees and participates in the development of modified/new methods, techniques and procedures.
  • Assigns, oversees and reviews analytical work conducted by staff.
  • Ensures all work is completed according to various state and federal laws, rules and regulations.
  • Prepares activity and/or statistical reports.

Levels of Work

Laboratory Manager I

This level is administrative and supervisory work in the area of complex chemical/biological testing and analysis.

  • Reports to a technical or administrative superior.
  • Supervision is exercised over at least two or more merit full time positions per the Merit Rules. The elements of supervision include planning, assigning, reviewing, evaluating, coaching, training, recommending hire/fire and discipline.
  • Supervises and participates in the response to unique or emergency testing.
  • Prepares budgets and cost justifications regarding capital improvements and staffing.
  • Contacts include active and potential laboratory users, project engineers, scientists, supply and vendor representatives, and peers throughout state and federal agencies.

Laboratory Manager II

This level is managerial work, directing the operation of multiple and diverse analytical chemistry laboratories. Laboratory work supports statewide and regional environmental and public health/safety programs.

  • Reports to an administrative superior.
  • Manages all activities associated with planning, coordinating, implementing and evaluating the work of multiple laboratory units.
  • Plans and directs programs for development and improvement of laboratory services, protocols, methods and procedures particularly as required by changing state and federal laws, rules and regulations.
  • Develops, recommends and implements long-term objectives including services offered and the required supporting resources.
  • Provides agency liaison, interacting with laboratory users and various state and federal agencies to review laboratory capacities, on-going projects and completed work.
  • Contacts include working closely with professionals of various other disciplines, such as medical, engineering, life and physical sciences to plan, coordinate and review analytical projects/programs.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

The intent of the listed knowledge, skills and abilities is to give a general indication of the core requirements for all positions in the class series; therefore, the KSA's listed are not exhaustive or necessarily inclusive of the requirements of every position in the class.
  • Knowledge of principles, practices and theory of chemical and/or biological analysis, including emerging technologies.
  • Knowledge of complex testing and analysis.
  • Knowledge of supervisory principles and practices.
  • Knowledge of state and federal fiscal cycles, rules and regulations.
  • Knowledge of state and federal laws, rules, regulations, policies and procedures.
  • Skill in sample isolation and identification.
  • Skill in the operation, maintenance and manipulation of complex laboratory equipment.
  • Ability to develop and defend the results analytical methods unique to a specific situation.
  • Ability to set priorities, recognize and mediate conflicting priorities, schedule and operate laboratory functions, ensuring cost effective and accurate results.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.

In addition to the above knowledge, skills and abilities, the Laboratory Manager II requires:

  • Knowledge of principles, practices and theory of environmental/analytical chemistry, including emerging technologies.
  • Knowledge of principles and practices of applied research.
  • Knowledge of other scientific/engineering disciplines as they relate to the objectives and services of an analytical chemistry laboratory.
  • Knowledge of health/safety/OSHA practices and regulations applicable to an analytical chemistry laboratory.
  • Ability to recognize the laboratory needs of local, state, interstate and federal agencies so as to promote the laboratory services.

Job Requirements

JOB REQUIREMENTS for Laboratory Manager I
Applicants must have education, training and/or experience demonstrating competence in each of the following areas:
  1. Possession of a Bachelors degree or higher in Life or Physical Science or related field.
  2. Three years experience in using laboratory equipment and instrumentation including calibration and maintenance.
  3. Three years experience in conducting data review to ensure numerical input, calculations, formulas and interpretation of output is accurate, instruments were operating according to specifications, analytical procedures were followed and documentation is complete.
  4. Three years experience in selecting and modifying laboratory test methods and procedures.
  5. Six months experience in narrative report writing.
  6. Knowledge of laboratory management which includes overseeing and directing the development, implementation and evaluation of laboratory services; planning short and long range goals and objectives; developing and implementing policies and procedures and ensuring compliance with laboratory regulations, standards, policies and procedures. Provides advice to other agency organizational units through consultation.
  7. Knowledge of staff supervision acquired through course work, academic training, training provided through an employer, or performing as a lead worker overseeing the work of others; OR supervising staff which may include planning, assigning, reviewing, and evaluating the work of others; OR supervising through subordinate supervisors a group of professional, technical, and clerical employees.