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The Alameda County Public Health Lab is recruiting for a *provisional Laboratory Technician              


We are looking for a passionate, enthusiastic lab technician to support our professional microbiologists and to help ensure the safety of our communities.


$70,843.50 – $84,942.00 Annually

Plus, excellent benefits!


This is a provisional recruitment.

*Provisional Appointments:  For a provisional appointment, a civil service exam is not required. However, incumbents remain at-will until successfully competing in the civil service examination process.


Public Health Laboratory

The Alameda County Public Health Laboratory provides laboratory support, technical assistance, and research required for the diagnosis, investigation, and control of a wide range of infectious diseases for the development and maintenance of high-quality laboratory services for Alameda County. The Public Health Lab is under the Division of Communicable Diseases Control and Prevention. The team consists of the laboratory director, laboratory supervisor, senior microbiologists, microbiologists, lab technicians, and office staff. The public health lab is located in Oakland, CA.

To learn more about our lab, please visit our website: Public Health Lab



The laboratory technician, under the supervision of the Alameda County Public Health Laboratory Supervisor, will receive training to utilize cutting edge technologies to perform clinical diagnostic testing and improve laboratory testing capabilities.

Essential Duties:

NOTE: The following statements reflect the general duties considered necessary in order to describe the principal functions of the job as identified and shall not be considered as a detailed description of all the work requirements that may be inherent to the job.

  • Assist accessioning, processing, and storing of laboratory specimens for testing and shipping.
  • Check-in and process samples for testing using pipetting devices and finely graduated glassware.
  • Dissecting/preparing tissue samples and slides for rabies testing.
  • Performing microbial analysis on water samples.
  • TB/Mycology specimen processing, slide prep, and media inoculation.
  • Maintain QA and QC records for the laboratory, when necessary.
  • Organize and maintain archive repositories for different sample types.
  • Operate autoclaves, dishwashers and/or drying ovens to clean instruments and used glassware in order to prepare them for re-use in the lab procedures.
  • Clean, package, and sterilize glassware and other equipment for use in the lab.
  • Autoclave and disinfect laboratory materials containing potentially infectious agents; dispose those materials following autoclaving/decontamination procedures
  • Prepare reagents and media for use in diagnostic testing.
  • Perform data entry for patient information, routing samples for testing, and tracking.
  • Use of Microsoft Word suite programs such as Microsoft Word and Excel, when needed
  • Other duties as necessary in the laboratory or office when deemed necessary.

Preferred Qualities:

  • Attention to detail and application of laboratory safety practices.
  • Ability to learn and apply concepts to the job at hand.
  • Familiarity with:
    • Laboratories, sterile technique, and microbiological concepts
    • Standard precautions for working with potential infectious clinical specimens




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EDUCATION: Satisfactory completion of four college-level courses, including two courses in chemistry and two courses in biology or an equivalent natural science from an accredited college or university; AND,

EXPERIENCE: The equivalent of one-year full-time experience as a laboratory assistant in a physical/biotechnology, medical or public health setting.

SUBSTITUTION: An AA degree in a Natural Science from an accredited college may substitute for six months of the experience.



Please submit a County of Alameda Job Application, resume and cover letter to:

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Alameda County HCSA is enriched with a diverse workforce. We believe the best way to deliver optimal programs and services to our communities is to hire and promote talents that are representative of the communities we serve. Diverse candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.



In addition to a competitive salary, employees also enjoy an attractive benefits package with the following elements:

For your Health & Well-Being

  • Medical and Dental HMO & PPO Plans
  • Vision or Vision Reimbursement
  • Basic and Supplemental Life Insurance
  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance
  • Flexible Spending Accounts – Health FSA, Dependent Care and Adoption Assistance
  • Short and Long -Term Disability Insurance
  • Voluntary Benefits – Accident Insurance, Critical Illness and Legal Services
  • Employee Assistance Program

For your Financial Future

  • Retirement Plan – (Defined Benefit Pension Plan)
  • Deferred Compensation Plan (457 Plan or Roth Plan)
  • Annual Cost of Living Adjustments as determined by bargaining units
  • May be eligible for Public Service Loan Forgiveness
  • May be eligible for up to $1,200 in annual County allowance

For your Work/Life Balance

  • 12 paid holidays
  • 4 Floating holidays and 7 Management Paid Leave days
  • Vacation and sick leave accrual
  • Vacation purchase program
  • Catastrophic Sick Leave
  • Employee Mortgage Loan Program
  • Group Auto/Home Insurance
  • Pet Insurance
  • Commuter Benefits Program
  • Employee Wellness Program
  • Employee Discount Program
  • Child Care Resources

*Benefit rates are dependent upon the management employee’s represented or unrepresented classification.

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About Alameda County Public Health

Public Health Department

Alameda County Public Health Department has an array of programs and services designed to protect the health and safety of County residents. The backbone of Public Health includes assessments of the health status of residents, disease prevention and control, community mobilization and outreach, policy development, education, and assurance of access to quality medical and health care services.

To be effective, we actively seek community involvement - partnerships with grass roots and corporate entities, with individuals and groups. In fact, partnering is a key component of our mission.

Alameda County Public Health Department covers:

13 cities: Albany, Emeryville, Alameda, Piedmont, Oakland, San Leandro, Hayward, Union City, Fremont, Newark, Dublin, Pleasanton, Livermore, and unincorporated areas. City of Berkeley has its own health department.
1.67 million residents.