Public Health Microbiologist I
Company: Orange County
Location: Santa Ana
Posted on: May 3, 2021
PUBLIC HEALTH MICROBIOLOGIST I
This recruitment is open to the public for a minimum of five (5)
business days and will remain open on a continuous basis until
11:59 p.m. (PST) on the day the needs of the County are met.
Applicants are encouraged to apply immediately.
This recruitment is being held to establish an Open eligible list
to fill current and future vacancies within the Health Care Agency.
This recruitment may also be used to fill positions in similar
and/or lower classifications throughout the County of Orange.
The County of Orange Health Care Agency (HCA) is a dynamic
organization dedicated to creating and supporting an environment
that promotes the achievement of optimal individual, family and
community health. Under the leadership of the Agency Director, a
new and dynamic executive team with an organizational structure
comprised of seven (7) service areas - Administrative and
Financial, Strategy and Special Projects, Behavioral Health,
Correctional Health, Office of Care Coordination, Medical Health
and Public Health - is committed to meeting the health needs of the
diverse Orange County community.
The Public Health Laboratory provides specialized laboratory
testing for assessing, investigating, and analyzing health needs of
Health Care Agency is recruiting for a Public Health Microbiologist
I to perform standardized microbiological testing in areas, such as
bacteriology, mycobacteriology (TB), parasitology, virology and
water quality for the detection of communicable disease causing
agents. The incumbents will be critical in maintaining the quality
of testing that Orange County Public Health Laboratory provides to
a variety of clients and programs.
DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS & CORE COMPETENCIES:
The ideal candidate will be detailed- oriented and an excellent
team player who is committed to providing a high level of
microbiological testing, analysis and identification. The
incumbents will have the ability to follow policies and procedures,
adhere to safety rules and precautions, and conduct technical
laboratory testing and analysis of a standardized and generally
recurring nature using well defined procedures.
In order to be considered for a Public Health Microbiologist I
position, candidates must attach a copy of their Public Health
Microbiologist certificate issued by the California Department of
Public Health to their application.
In addition, the ideal candidate will possess the following core
* Technical Knowledge | Technical Experience
* Knowledge of microbiological and serological concepts,
principles, and techniques that can be applied to public health
* Utilizing traditional microbiological and molecular methods to
test and analyze communicable disease organisms such as Hepatitis,
HIV, Tuberculosis, Salmonella, Gonorrhea, and Influenza.
* Applying universal precautions to laboratory hazards associated
with laboratory testing
* Understanding and following policies, processes and procedures
involving the handling and acceptability of specimens containing
agents of concern such as: blood, sputum, stool, urine and
* Conducting different microbiological testing/examination methods
and interpreting results for accurate identification of agents
* Operating technical laboratory equipment, performing routine
functional checks, and maintaining proper documentation
* Performing and recording quality control activities, following
appropriate regulations, and adhering to quality assurance program
* Utilizing the Laboratory Information System at different phases
of the testing process
* Communicating professionally with clients when giving/explaining
laboratory results and answering technical questions
Planning and Organization
* Prioritizing work and meeting established deadline by setting
objectives and goals to achieve maximum productivity
* Developing and maintaining effective systems to manage multiple
tasks and track information
Click here to learn more about the minimum qualifications for the
Public Health Microbiologist I classification as well as the
physical and mental requirements and the environmental and working
Human Resource Services (HRS) will screen all application materials
to identify qualified applicants. After screening, qualified
applicants will be referred to the next step and notified of all
further procedures applicable to their status in the
Application Screening (Refer/Non-Refer)
Applications and supplemental responses will be screened for
qualifications that are highly desirable and most needed to
successfully perform the duties of this job. Only those applicants
that meet the qualifications as listed in the job bulletin will be
referred to the next step.
Structured Oral Interview (Weighted 100%)
Applicants will be interviewed and rated by an oral interview panel
of job knowledge experts. Each applicant's rating will be based on
responses to a series of structured questions designed to elicit
the applicant's qualifications for the job.
Based on the Department's needs, the selection procedures listed
above may be modified. All candidates will be notified of any
changes in the selection procedures.
Once the assessment process has been completed, HRS will establish
an eligible list of candidates. Candidates placed on the eligible
list may be referred to a selection interview to be considered for
present and future vacancies.
Email is the primary form of notification during the recruitment
process. Please ensure your correct email address is included in
our application and use only one email account.
NOTE: User accounts are established for one person only and should
not be shared with another person. Multiple applications with
multiple users may jeopardize your status in the recruitment
process for any positions for which you apply.
Candidates will be notified regarding their status as the
recruitment proceeds via email through the GovernmentJobs.com site.
Please check your email folders, including spam/junk folders,
and/or accept emails ending with "governmentjobs.com" and
"ocgov.com." If your email address should change, please update
your profile at .
Frequently Asked Questions
Click here for additional Frequently Asked Questions.
For specific information pertaining to this recruitment, please
contact Evelyn Zhao at or (see below) EEO INFORMATION
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