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Public Health Microbiologst II

Recruitment #0622-RH4212-TM


This examination is being given to fill one part-time vacancy in the Public Health Services Department and to establish an eligible referral pool which may be used to fill future part-time vacancies. Public Health Services Department
Location: 1601 E Hazelton Ave, Stockton, CA
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Pre-Employment Drug Screening and Background: Potential new hires into this classification are required to successfully pass a pre-employment drug screen and background check as a condition of employment. Final appointment cannot be made unless the eligible has passes all phases of the pre-employment process. The County pays for the initial drug screen.

Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of an application. A completed application must be postmarked or received online by the final filing deadline.

NOTE: All correspondences relating to this recruitment will be delivered via e-mail. The e-mail account used will be the one provided on your employment application during time of submittal. Please be sure to check your e-mail often for updates. If you do not have an e-mail account on file, Human Resources will send you correspondences via US Mail.


  • Performs immunology, microbiology, serology, hematology, DNA, biochemistry and other examinations on blood, tissue, saliva and other specimens for the detection and identification of bacterial, viral and other communicable disease agents.
  • Performs microscopic examinations on a wide variety of substances to detect and identify bacteria, fungi, ova, parasites and other visible organisms.
  • Performs examinations on food, water, and other substances to detect health hazards and/or identify illness-causing agents.
  • Accurately reads the results of laboratory tests.
  • Processes and reads hematocrit and/or other specimens in support of clinical and program operations.
  • Prepares slides and cultures; removes fluid, tissue and/or other specimens from animal carcasses for testing.
  • Prepares and packages specimens for submission to other laboratories; identifies and confirms the identity of cultures received from other laboratories.
  • Uses appropriate safety precautions and personal protective equipment as required.
  • Performs proficiency tests on simulated specimens; assists in the research, planning, and evaluation of alternate methods and new testing procedures.
  • Assists with the training of laboratory personnel, including other microbiologists.
  • Orders and/or prepares testing media, stains, and reagents and ensures their quality prior to use.
  • Assists with the collection and analysis of laboratory data; keeps records and prepares reports.
  • Reviews professional literature and relays pertinent information.
  • Serves as the primary on-call microbiologist on a rotating basis.

    Experience:  One year of experience as a certified Public Health Microbiologist in a public health or medical laboratory.

    Certificate:  Possession of a valid a Public Health Microbiologist certificate issued by the State of California.

    Special Requirement:  Must provide satisfactory evidence of the knowledge and skills necessary to perform the full range of complex examinations applicable to the San Joaquin County Public Health Laboratory, including those pertaining to bioterrorism and emergency response.  Individuals not fully capable of serving as the primary on-call microbiologist will be hired as a Public Health Microbiologist I until they meet the promotional requirements for Public Health Microbiologist II.


    Bacteriological, serological, mycological, parasitological, virological, and other microbiological principles; techniques, equipment, and terminology used in the examination of body fluids and tissues, food, and water; safety precautions and procedures appropriate for a public health laboratory; current trends and concepts in public health microbiology; causes and methods of transmission of a wide variety of communicable diseases; principles of epidemiology; appropriate public health responses to bioterrorism threats; how to utilize computers to facilitate standard business activities, including word processing, data entry, and spreadsheet calculations.


    Perform a variety of standard and routine public health laboratory tests and examinations, including those pertaining to bioterrorism and emergency response; operate and care for laboratory equipment; understand and follow detailed oral and written directions; observe proper safety laboratory precautions and procedures, including universal precautions; use a variety of office equipment, including computer hardware and software; analyze complex situations accurately and take effective action; communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with those contacted during the course of the work.


    Mobility-Frequent sitting or standing for long periods of time while working with equipment or operating a data entry device; frequent walking short distances; Lifting-Occasional lifting of 30 lbs. or less; Vision-Constant use of good overall visual capabilities, particularly close focus; frequent use of color perception and hand/eye coordination; frequent reading and/or close up work; Dexterity-Frequent holding, pinching, grasping and writing; Hearing/Talking-Frequent hearing and talking in person and on the telephone; Special Requirements-Requires working occasional weekends/nights/holidays; occasional overtime; duties include stand by and call back assignments; Emotional/Psychological-Frequent concentration and decision-making; occasional emergency situations and public contact; Environmental Conditions-Frequent exposure to noise; frequent risk of exposure to hazardous materials, fumes, poor ventilation, and indoor cold/heat; occasional exposure to variable weather conditions.


    Part-Time Employee Benefits: Part-time employees who meet the appropriate eligibility criteria may receive health insurance benefits and step increases.


    Apply Online:   

    By mail or in person:  

    San Joaquin County Human Resources

    44 N. San Joaquin Street Suite 330

    Stockton, CA 95202                                  


    Office hours:               
    Monday – Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm; excluding holidays.

    Phone:  (209) 468-3370 


    Job Line:

    For current employment opportunities please call our 24-hour job line at (209) 468-3377. 

    When a final filing date is indicated, applications must be filed with the Human Resources Division before 5:00 p.m. or postmarked by the final filing date. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of an application. Applications sent through county inter-office mail, which are not received by the final filing date, will not be accepted. (The County assumes no responsibility for mailed applications which are not received by the Human Resources Division).  

    San Joaquin County Substance Abuse Policy: San Joaquin County has adopted a Substance Abuse Policy in compliance with the Federal Drug Free Workplace Act of 1988. This policy is enforced by all San Joaquin County Departments and applies to all San Joaquin County employees.

    Equal Opportunity Employer:  San Joaquin County is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Employer and is committed to providing equal employment to all without regard to age, ancestry, color, creed, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation or belief, pregnancy, race, religion, sex, or sexual orientation.  For more information go to

    Click on a link below to apply for this position:

    Fill out the Supplemental Questionnaire and Application NOW using the Internet.
    View and print the Supplemental Questionnaire. This recruitment requires completion of a supplemental questionnaire. You may view and print the supplemental questionnaire here.
    View and print the official application form as an Acrobat pdf file. scannable paper application A San Joaquin County application form is required for this recruitment. You may print this Acrobat PDF document and then fill it in.
    Contact us via conventional means. You may contact us by phone at (209) 468-3370, or by email, or apply for a job in person at the San Joaquin County Human Resources Division.

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    San Joaquin County
    Human Resources Division  Stockton, CA 95202
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