Public Health Microbiologist II - Extra-Help

  • Sonoma County, CA
  • Santa Rosa, California
  • Dec 21, 2020
Variable Shift Clerical and Administrative Support Public Health
  • Salary: $35.28 - $42.87 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 be filled at either the Trainee or I level. If you are interested in applying at the I level, you will need to apply to the separate, concurrent recruitments being conducted for each level.

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

Public Health Microbiologist II positions performdifficult public health laboratory tests expertly; analyze and interpret laboratory data; make serological examinations to assist in the detection, definition, and control of disease; keep records and make reports; provide staff direction; and observe proper safety precautions and procedures. These positions may also assist in laboratory research by performing varied and specialized examinations using new procedures and apparatus.

The ideal candidates for this position will possess:
  • One year of experience workingas a Microbiologist in an approved Public Health Laboratory and a valid certificate as a Public Health Microbiologist as issued by the California State Department of Public Health
  • Knowledge of common causes of disease,methods of transmission and control of communicable diseases,and the use oflaboratory equipment and its care
  • The ability to quickly and accuratelyperform difficult and complex laboratory tests and analyses
  • The ability to keep records, make reports, and follow oral and written instructions
  • The ability towork cooperatively and provide effectiveleadership to others
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

Education: Graduation from a four-year college or university with a degree in Medical or Public Health Bacteriology, Microbiology, or equivalent subject or subjects, as may be determined by the State Department of Public Health.

Experience: One year of experience as a Microbiologist in an approved Public Health Laboratory.

License: Possession of a valid certificate as a Public Health Microbiologist issued by the California State Department of Public Health.

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

Thorough technical knowledge of: the bacteriological, seriological, virological, mycological, parasitological, and other microbiological principles, techniques, equipment and terminology used in the laboratory diagnosis of disease; chemical principles, techniques and terminology used in the examination of body fluids, food and water.
Knowledge of: the common causes of disease and of the methods of transmission and control of communicable diseases; laboratory equipment and its care.

Ability to: perform difficult and complex laboratory tests and analyses with speed and accuracy; keep records and make reports; analyze situations accurately and to adopt an effective course of action; follow oral and written instructions; work cooperatively and effectively with others.

Knowledge of and ability to: observe 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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