2416 Laboratory Technician II

Recruitment #PBT-2416-075417


 2416 Laboratory Technician II

This is a Position-Based Test conducted in accordance with Civil Service Rule 111A.  The eligible list resulting from this examination may be used to fill future vacancies in this class.

General Job Description:

The Department of Public Health’s PH Laboratory is accepting applications for 2416 full time position in class Microbiology Technician II, Technician II. Under supervision, assists laboratory analysts in processing samples, performing laboratory examinations and quality control. Responsibilities include: assisting microbiologists in the execution and analyses of laboratory based tests; assisting with analytical and data-reporting operations; managing and processing human clinical specimens; maintaining and registering patient/laboratory information into an electronic information management system or database program; performing quality control protocols on general lab equipment; recognizing and reporting errors or discrepancies in the course of performing quality control operations and assisting in the rectification of the noted problems; and may provide technical training to new Laboratory Technician I staff. Work area may be somewhat disagreeable and may include exposure to unpleasant odors, heat, blood-borne pathogens such as HIV and Hepatitis B and C or other health hazards and performs related duties as required.

Location:  101 Grove Street in San Francisco

Shift:  Monday through Friday 8am - 5pm, some Saturdays may be required

Essential Duties:

Under general supervision of the Godfred Masinde, the Laboratory Technician II performs the following duties:

  • Unpacks and centrifuges specimens; separates plasma or serum from blood cells; and distributes into different tests and storage vessels.
  • Prepares and processes sputum, blood and other specimens for laboratory analysis and microbiological examinations; prepares media and reagents for bacteriological laboratory tests; prepares proper stains for microscopic analysis; process patient specimens for laboratory analysis.
  • Reads, records and evaluates the temperatures and water levels of incubators and refrigerators to ensure proper temperature and water ranges are maintained.
  • Conducts quality control and assurance of patient specimens for laboratory analysis and on performance of devices, laboratory equipment, supplies and machinery; records all quality control data for reporting and quality assurance.
  • Enters patient data and specimen information into computer system to prepare computerized worksheets and reports.
  • Acts as liaison between biomedical engineering personnel and laboratory technicians to ensure proper functioning of laboratory equipment.
  • Monitors and performs maintenance of laboratory equipment, including microscopes, centrifuges, rotators and incubators.
  • Assists, coordinates, and provides laboratory support for research projects.
  • May provide on-going technical guidance, instruction, and training to newly rotated laboratory personnel in the proper performance of routine procedures.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.

Distinguishing Features: The Laboratory Technician II is the journey level in the Laboratory Technician series. This class works under general supervision, performing complex and difficult laboratory assistance work. This class is distinguished from the Laboratory Technician I in that the latter class works under direct supervision, performing simple, routine, non-professional laboratory tasks.

Minimum Qualifications

1. Education: High school diploma or equivalent (GED or High School Proficiency Examination) AND

2. Experience: Requires one (1) year of experience, within the last five (5) years, working in a laboratory setting, assisting with the preparation of cultures, media, reagents and specimens for microbiological exams and laboratory analysis, dispensing of bacteriological cultures or other similarly related laboratory work experience equivalent to the duties performed by class 2402 Laboratory Technician I in the City and County of San Francisco.

3. Substitution:

Successful completion of fifteen (15) semester or twenty-two and one-half (22.5) quarter units, from an accredited college or university, which must have included one (1) college laboratory course in Chemistry or a Biological Science can substitute for six (6) months of the required experience; OR

Successful completion of thirty (30) semester or forty-five (45) quarter units, from an accredited college or university, which must have included two (2) college laboratory courses in Chemistry or a Biological Science, can substitute for the required one (1) year of experience.

Note:  One year of Experience = 2,000 hours

Applicants must meet the minimum qualification requirement by the final filing date unless otherwise noted.

Verification of Experience: http://sfdhr.org/getting-job#verification Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education and experience at any point during the recruitment and selection process. 

Verification of Education: If education verification is required, information on how to verify education requirements, including verifying foreign education credits or degree equivalency, can be found at http://sfdhr.org/how-verify-education-requirements

Note: Falsifying one’s education, training, or work experience or attempted deception on the application may result in disqualification for this and future job opportunities with the City and County of San Francisco.

How To Apply

Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are only accepted through an online process. Visit www.jobaps.com/sf to register an account (if you have not already done so) and begin the application process.

  • Select the desired job announcement
  • Select “Apply” and read and acknowledge the information
  • Select either “I am a New User” if you have not previously registered, or “I have Registered Previously”
  • Follow instructions on the screen

In line with the Official Public Health Order to slow the spread of COVID-19, “shelter-in-place” has been issued for all San Francisco residents that is expected to be in effect until further notice. As a result, Department of Human Resources (DHR)’s office (located at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103) is currently closed to the general public. If you have any questions, please feel free to email the Human Resources Analyst listed on this announcement.

Applicants may be contacted by email about this announcement and, therefore, it is their responsibility to ensure that their registered email address is accurate and kept up-to-date.  Also, applicants must ensure that email from CCSF is not blocked on their computer by a spam filter.  To prevent blocking, applicants should set up their email to accept CCSF mail from the following addresses (@sfgov.org, @sfdpw.org, @sfport.com, @flysfo.com, @sfwater.org, @sfdph.org, @asianart.org, @sfmta.com, @sfpl.org, @dcyf.org, @first5sf.org).

Applicants will receive a confirmation email that their online application has been received in response to every announcement for which they file.  Applicants should retain this confirmation email for their records.  Failure to receive this email means that the online application was not submitted or received.

All work experience, education, training and other information substantiating how you meet the minimum qualifications must be included on your application by the filing deadline.  Information submitted after the filing deadline will not be considered in determining whether you meet the minimum qualifications.

Applications completed improperly may be cause for ineligibility, disqualification or may lead to lower scores.

If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the exam analyst, Tara Stevens, by telephone at 415-554-2519, or by email at tara.stevens@sfdph.org

Selection Procedures

Minimum Qualification Supplemental Questionnaire (Weight: Qualifying):

Candidates will be prompted to complete a Supplemental Questionnaire as part of the online employment application. This Minimum Qualification Supplemental Questionnaire is designed to obtain specific information regarding an applicant's experience in relation to the Minimum Qualifications for this position. Applicants must also complete the official application. It is essential that applicants provide complete information in identifying their education, experience and training. The Minimum Qualification Supplemental Questionnaire will be used to evaluate if the applicant possesses the required minimum qualifications.

Written Examination (Weight: 100%):


Applicants deemed eligible will be invited to take a written multiple-choice examination designed to measure knowledge, skills and/or abilities in job related areas which may include but is not limited to the following:


Knowledge of: names, uses and care of standard laboratory equipment and supplies; laboratory methods and techniques, including the preparation of common media, reagents and other solutions; laboratory safety protocols; sterilization techniques; methods and procedures for handling and shipping hazardous materials; Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA) regulations and standards for protection of privacy and personal health information; medical and microbiological terminology; word processing, spreadsheet, and database computer software programs.


Skill and Ability to: communicate effectively orally and in writing; properly handle and dispose of chemicals and infectious materials; perform duties according to detailed instructions and established procedures; operate and work efficiently with and maintain laboratory equipment; prepare culture media, reagents, laboratory supplies; maintain records and reports; perform data entry; organize work and work-lists; provide technical training to new laboratory personnel.

A passing score must be achieved on the written multiple-choice examination in order to continue in the selection process. Candidates will be placed on the eligible list in rank order according to their written examination score. This is a standardized examination, and therefore, test questions and test answers are not available for public inspection or review.

Eligible List:
The eligible list resulting from this examination is subject to change after adoption (e.g., as a result of appeals), as directed by the Human Resources Director or the Civil Service Commission.

The duration of the eligible list resulting from this examination process will be of Twelve (12) months, and may be extended with the approval of the Human Resources Director.

Upon approval of the Human Resource Director (see Civil Service Rule 111A.26.5), the eligible list resulting from this announcement may be used by other departments that also use this classification or a similar classification.  To find other Departments which use this classification, please see http://www.sfdhr.org/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentID=21246.

Search that document by title or job code to see which departments use the classification.

The certification rule for the eligible list resulting from this examination will be Rule of Three Scores.  Additional selection processes may be conducted by the hiring department prior to making final hiring decisions.

Conviction History

As a selected candidate for a job, 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 (or arrest, in limited circumstances) conflicts with the specific duties and responsibilities of the job for which you are a selected candidate. 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, such as:

  • Candidates for positions with the Unified School District and the Community College District may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under the California Education Code.
  • Candidates for positions with the Recreation and Park Department may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under California Public Resources Code 5164.

Having a conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job with the City.

If you are a selected candidate, the hiring department will contact you to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.

Disaster Service Workers

All City and County of San Francisco employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the City 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.


Statement on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion: At the City and County of San Francisco, we share a commitment to a diverse, inclusive and equitable community. Each member of our organization is responsible and accountable for what they say and do to make San Francisco an inclusive and equitable place to live and work by employing fair and just practices to and for all.


Licensure/Certification/Registration: Valid licensure/certification/registration as a requirement to perform the job must be kept current throughout length of employment. Failure to demonstrate/show proof of possession of required valid licensure/certification/registration may result in dismissal and/or termination of employment.

Note on ICARE: Willingness to uphold/abide by ZSFG’s ICARE (I-Introduce, C-Connect, A-Ask, R-Respond, E-Exit) philosophy for employee and patient interactions: https://zuckerbergsanfranciscogeneral.org/about-us/.


Note on Electronic Health Record (EHR): The Department of Public Health (DPH) is implementing a unified Electronic Health Record (EHR) system and DPH employees must demonstrate competency in the use of the system that is appropriate for their classification as a condition of employment.


Note on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): Some positions in the Department of Public Health will require the use of personal protective equipment (PPE), including but not limited to gloves, gowns, eye and face protection, and face-fitting respirators. The requirement for the use of PPE may come on short or no notice. Facial hair or any condition that interferes with a face-fitting respirator’s seal (i.e. comes between the sealing surfaces of the respirator and the wearer’s bare skin) is not permitted when face-fitting respirators are worn, including during initial or periodic respirator fit-testing.


Employees who choose not to shave and do not have either American Disabilities Act (ADA) or Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Accommodations do not have the right to alternate work assignments or the option of using a loose-fitting Powered Air Purifying Respirator (PAPR) in place of a FaceFitting Respirator.


Medical Examination/Drug Testing: Prior to appointment, at the Department's expense, applicants may be required to take a tuberculosis (TB) screening test, a medical examination and/or drug test.


Terms of Announcement: Applicants must be guided solely by the provisions of this announcement, including requirements, time periods and other particulars, except when superseded by federal, state or local laws, rules or regulations. Clerical errors may be corrected by the posting the correction on the Department of Human Resources website at: www.jobaps.com/sf.


The terms of this announcement may be appealed under Civil Service Rule 111A.35.1. The standard for the review of such appeals is ‘abuse of discretion’ or ‘no rational basis’ for establishing the position description, the minimum qualifications and/or the certification rule. Appeals must include a written statement of the item(s) being contested and the specific reason(s) why the cited item(s) constitute(s) abuse of discretion by the Human Resources Director. Appeals must be submitted directly to the Executive Officer of the Civil Service Commission within five business days of the announcement issuance date.


Copies of Application Documents: Applicants should keep copies of all documents submitted, as these will not be returned. http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#copies.


Reasonable Accommodation Request: Applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum eligibility requirements for this announcement can find information on requesting ADA Accommodation at: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#applicantswithdisabilities .


General Information: Concerning City and County of San Francisco Employment Policies and Procedures can be obtained at: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20.


Right to Work: All person entering the City and County of San Francisco workforce are required to provide verification of authorization to work in the United States. http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#identification


Veteran’s Preference: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20veteranspreference


Seniority Credit in Promotional Exams: Information regarding seniority credit can be found at http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#senioritycredit


Exam Type: Entrance

Issued: May 28, 2021

Carol Isen

Human Resources Director

Department of Human Resources

Recruitment No.: PBT-2416-075417

Department of Public Health

DPH/TS/(415) 554-2919

DHR Pos. No.: 01116320, 01133234, & 01107353


All employees hired on or after January 10, 2009 will be required (pursuant to San Francisco Charter Section A8.432) to contribute 2% of pre-tax compensation to fund retiree healthcare. In addition, most employees are required to make a member contribution towards retirement, ranging from 7.5%-13.25% of compensation. For more information on these provisions, please contact the personnel office of the hiring agency.

For more information about benefits, please click here.


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