Under general supervision, performs microbiological and related biological and biochemical examinations; directs the work of Laboratory Assistants and in the absence of the Laboratory Director, supervises the laboratory; does other work as required.
Performs examinations and control tests including mycobacteriological, mycological, parasitological, serological and bacteriological examinations to determine the absence or presence and the nature of disease or abnormal conditions; conducts quality control tests on media and reagents; prepares and examines specimens for rabies; may test milk and water samples and prepare culture media, stains and reagents; if certified or licensed may draw and examine blood and make qualitative determinations of blood, urine and other body fluids; prepares specimens for mailing to reference laboratories; sets up and cares for laboratory equipment and apparatus; keeps records and makes reports; checks and requisitions equipment and supplies; confers with medical personnel; assists in directing and training technical and professional personnel.
Training and Experience:
Any combination of training and experience, which would demonstrate possession of the required knowledge and abilities, is qualifying. A typical way to obtain these knowledge and abilities would be:
Possession of a valid Public Health Microbiologist Certificate issued by the California State Department of Health Services.
Possession of a valid California Class C Driver's License (or) the employee must be able to provide suitable transportation which is approved by the appointing authority.
A valid Certificate of Proficiency in Dairy Bacteriology and Milk Analysis issued by the California State Department of Food and Agriculture may be obtained during employment if necessary.