Public Health Microbiologist I - Extra-Help

  • Sonoma County, CA
  • Santa Rosa, California
  • Dec 21, 2020
Variable Shift Clerical and Administrative Support Public Health
  • Salary: $30.85 - $37.50 Hourly USD

Job Description

Position Information

TheCounty of Sonomais seeking qualified candidates tofillmultipleextra-help, temporaryPublic Health Microbiologistpositionsin the Public Health Laboratory of the Department of Health Services. These positions may also be filled at either the Public Health Microbiologist Trainee, I, or II level. If you are interested in applying at the Trainee or II level, you will need to apply to the separate, concurrent recruitments being conducted for each level.

Please Note: The Public Health Microbiologist I level requires current possession of a valid Public Health MicrobiologistCetificateissued by the California State Department of Public Health.

Public Health Microbiologist Ipositions perform theless difficult laboratory work, receive training in more complex laboratory work, and acquire the experience and expertise to become qualified as aPublic Health Microbiologists II. These positions analyze and interpret laboratory data; makeserological examinations to assist in the detection, definition, and control of disease; keep records; and make reports. They may also assist in laboratory research by performing varied and specialized examinations using new procedures and apparatus.

The ideal candidates for thisposition will possess the ability to:
  • Skillfully perform public health laboratory tests
  • Analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action
  • Follow oral and written instructions, keep records, and make reports
  • Work cooperatively and effectively with others, and observe proper safety precautions and procedures
About the Public Health Laboratory

The Public Health Laboratory is an appointed LRN Reference Laboratory for testing of bioterrorism specimens in the catchment area of Sonoma, Mendocino, and Lake Counties. The Public Health Laboratory also provides laboratory services and consultation to Public Health programs and laboratory services to clinical laboratories through reference work and training. Private medical providers are offered support for the diagnosis and control of communicable diseases. Additionally, the Public Health Laboratory is aliaison to the California State Microbial Diseases Laboratory (MDL), State Viral and Rickettsial Disease Laboratory (VRDL), and National Centers for Disease Control.

About Sonoma County

When you join the County of Sonoma, you have the freedom to explore your career and the beauty of our county. Please visit and for additional information about our picturesque coastline, majestic redwoods, historic towns, fine dining, award winning wineries, and the variety of entertainment and cultural activities.


Extra-help employees relieve or augment permanent staff. Temporary, extra-help employees are not in the classified civil service and do not have property rights to permanently allocated positions. In addition, they do not receive most employee benefits such as: long-term disability insurance coverage; accrual of vacation; participation in the County retirement program; or eligibility to take promotional examinations. Temporary, extra-help employees are limited in their employment to a maximum of one calendar year. These employees must be off of work for three months before they can be re-employed on an extra help basis.Extra-help employees who meet the eligibility requirements may qualify for aCounty contribution towardmedical coverage.

This employment list may also be used to fill future extra-helppositions as they occur during the active status of the list.

Minimum Qualifications

License: Possession of a valid certificate as a Public Health Microbiologist issued by the California State Department of Public Health. The minimum requirements for admission to the State examination for certification as a Public Health Microbiologist are:

A Baccalaureate or higher degree with a major in Medical or Public Health Microbiology, or equivalent major as determined by the State Department of Public Health from an accredited college or university; licensure as a Clinical Laboratory Technologist training equivalent to at least three months as a trainee in Public Health Microbiology.

License: Possession of a valid driver's license at the appropriate level including special endorsements, as required by the State of California, may be required depending upon assignment to perform the essential job functions of the position.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Considerable technical knowledge of: the bacteriological, semiological, mycological, parasitological, and other microbiological principles, techniques, equipment, and terminology used in the laboratory diagnosis of disease.

Working knowledge of: chemical principles, techniques and terminology used in the examination of body fluids, foods and water; the common causes of disease and of the methods of transmission and control of communicable diseases; laboratory equipment, equipment use and maintenance, and laboratory safety procedures.

Ability to: perform public health laboratory tests skillfully; analyze situations accurately and to adopt an effective course of action; follow oral and written instructions, keep records, and make reports; work cooperatively and effectively with others, observing proper safety precautions and procedures.

Selection Procedure & Some Helpful Tips When Applying

  • Your application information and your responses to the supplemental questions are evaluated and taken into consideration throughout the entire selection process.
  • You should list all your employers and positions held within the last ten years in the work history section of your application and should be as thorough as possible when responding to the supplemental questions.
  • You may include history beyond ten years if related to the position for which you are applying. If you held multiple positions with one employer, list out each position separately.
  • Failure to follow these instructions may impact your competitiveness in this process or may result in disqualification.
Please visit Getting a Jobwith the County of Sonoma to review more detailed information about the application, examination, and department selection processes.

The selection procedure will consist of the following examination:

AnApplication and Supplemental Questionnaire Appraisal(pass/not pass) will be conducted to evaluate each applicant's combination of educational coursework, training, experience, knowledge, and abilities which relate to this position to ensure satisfaction of the minimum qualifications for this position.Candidates who possess the minimum qualifications for the position will be placed on an extra-help employment list and referred to the department.The department may contact candidates from the employment list who possess the most appropriate job-related qualifications for further consideration.


A background investigation is required prior to employment.Candidates referred to departments for a selection interview are typically required to sign authorization and release forms enabling such an investigation.Failure to sign prescribed forms will result in the candidate not being considered further for that vacancy.Reference information will not be made available to applicants.

Additional requirements, such as successful completion of a physical exam, drug screen, etc., may apply, depending on the duties and responsibilities of the position.If you receive a conditional job offer for the position, the requirements upon which the offer are contingent will be outlined in the conditional job letter. You may also review the Job Classification Screening Schedule to determine the requirements for this position.


Applications are accepted on-line at . Paper applications may be submitted by person, fax (707-565-3770), email, or through the mail. All applications and appropriate supplemental information as outlined in the job bulletin must be RECEIVED by the time and date specified on the first page of this job announcement. Continuousrecruitmentsmay close without notice at any time that a sufficient number of qualified applications have been received. Applications received after the recruitment closes will not be accepted.

The County of Sonoma prioritizes and is committed to continuously providing a workplace where equal employment opportunity is afforded to all people.Please view the County's Equal Employment Opportunity Policy for further information.

HR Analyst: DP
HR Technician: KC

Job Address

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