Laboratory Assistant II (#RH4902)
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$21.28-$25.87 Hourly / $3,688.72-$4,483.67 Monthly / $44,264.75-$53,804.08 Yearly


Under general supervision, operates and maintains complex laboratory equipment, draws blood, performs routine laboratory assignments; and does related other work as required in accordance with Rule 3, Section 3 of the Civil Service Rules.


This is the journey level in the Laboratory Assistant series. Employees work under the supervision of a licensed Clinical Laboratory Technologist. Working hours may vary as employees are rotated through different shifts, each starting and ending at varying times.


  • Prepares and calibrates reagents; prepares and matches blood specimens with test request forms; enters patient identification information into computer.
  • Maintains laboratory equipment following manufacture's instructions; monitors performance of equipment, recalibrating and replacing worn seals electrodes, etc. as needed.
  • Maintains and performs quality control; reports unusual results or discrepancies to licensed technologist.
  • Performs venipuncture and skin puncture for the purpose of drawing blood; administers oral solutions to patients.
  • Performs routine laboratory assignments; prepares and stains slides; aliquots urine specimens; centrifuges blood and other specimens.
  • May assist Medical Technician.


Experience: One year performing duties equivalent to a Laboratory Assistant I in San Joaquin County.

Certification: Possession of a State of California Phlebotomy Certification as a Certified Phlebotomy Technician I.

NOTE: Any phlebotomist who has on-the-job experience as of April 19, 2003 has until April 9, 2006 to meet the California requirements of forty (40) hours lecture/practical draws and exam for California certificate prior to hire. Current employees must meet the same criteria as of April 9, 2006 and provide evidence of Certification as a Certified Phlebotomy Technician I.


Phlebotomy methods and techniques; methods and materials used in a medical or science laboratory; basic laboratory testing procedures; universal laboratory precautions; use and care of common types of laboratory equipment; general hospital procedures.


Operate and maintain complex laboratory equipment; perform venipunctures and skin punctures; accurately label samples and record information; operate computer, associated software and peripheral equipment; understand and follow oral and written instructions; establish and maintain effective working relationships with others; follow general office procedures; read job related material; maintain accurate records; maintain safe working conditions by complying to established safety policies and procedures.


Mobility-Frequent operating keyboard, standing for long periods, walking; occasional sitting for long periods, pushing/pulling, bending/squatting, driving, climbing stairs. Lifting-Frequent lifting 5 pounds or less; occasional lifting 5 to 30 pounds. Vision-Frequent overall vision, eye/hand coordination, reading/close-up work, field of vision/peripheral; occasional color perception, depth perception. Dexterity-Frequent reaching, grasping, repetitive motion, writing; occasional holding. Hearing/Talking-Constant hearing normal speech; frequent hearing on the telephone, talking in person, talking on the telephone; occasional hearing faint sounds. Emotional/Psychological-Frequent decision-making, concentration, working alone; frequent public contact, occasional exposure to trauma, grief, death, exposure to hazardous materials. Special Requirements-May require working weekends/nights; working alone; Environmental Conditions-Frequent exposure to noise; occasional exposure to dirt, dust, smoke, fumes, poor ventilation, cold, heat (indoor), hazardous materials.

San Joaquin County complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and, upon request, will consider reasonable accommodations to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions.

CLASS: RH4902; EST: 7/11/1984; REV: 3/9/2005;