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LABORATORY TECHNICIAN I Agricultural Chemistry

CONTRACTUAL

Recruitment #19-001888-0001

GRADE

7

LOCATION OF POSITION

Maryland Department of Agriculture, Annapolis, Maryland 21401

Main Purpose of Job

The main purpose of the position is the preparation and reduction of the Program's inspection samples to the appropriate size for laboratory analysis. Secondary duties will encompass the ordering of solvents, and supplies used for routine laboratory analysis as a backup for simple, routine laboratory analysis.

POSITION DUTIES

Prepare routine, non-pesticide inspectional samples through reduction (riffling) and grinding to the appropriate particle size. Ensure that numbers on the samples and sample type match the inspectional paperwork before grinding.

Prepare routine bacteriological media used for growth and identification of microorganisms isolated from animal feeds.

Ensure that solvents, and routine laboratory supplies are kept at an adequate quantity to ensure that the laboratory can operate without interruption.

Ensure that steps are taken to prevent contamination from sample to sample of the same type (feed to feed, etc.).

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

General Option Education: Completion of 60 credits from an accredited college or university including three courses in chemistry or biology.

Experience: Two years of experience as a laboratory assistant or technician.

Notes:

1. Additional experience in a laboratory applying chemical or biological techniques may be substituted for the required education at a rate of one year of experience for each 30 credits of the required college education.

2. Candidates may substitute an Associate’s or higher degree in chemistry or biology for the education or experience requirements. Agricultural Chemistry Option Education: Completion of 60 credits from an accredited college or university including four courses in chemistry or biology. Experience: Two years of laboratory experience applying chemical or biological analysis techniques.

Notes:

1. Additional experience in a laboratory applying chemical or biological analysis techniques may be substituted for the required college education at the rate of one year experience for each 30 credits of the required college education.

2. Candidates may substitute an Associate’s or higher degree in chemistry or biology for the education or experience requirements.

3. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a non-commissioned officer in Medical Laboratory or Histopathology classifications or Medical Laboratory specialty codes in the field of work on a year-for-year basis for the required experience.  

DESIRED OR PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

At least 6 months of experience grinding samples for laboratory analysis.

LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS AND CERTIFICATIONS

Not Applicable.

SELECTION PROCESS

Please make sure that you provide sufficient information on your application to show that you meet the qualifications for this recruitment. All information concerning your qualifications must be submitted by the closing date. We will not consider information submitted after this date. Successful candidates will be ranked as Best Qualified, Better Qualified, or Qualified and placed on the eligible (employment) list for at least one year.

BENEFITS

Contractual employees who work for an agency covered under the State Employee and Retiree Health and Welfare Benefits Program, have a current employment contract and work 30 or more hours a week (or on average 130 hours per month) may be eligible for subsidized health benefits coverage for themselves and their dependents. As a contractual employee, you will be responsible for paying 25% of the premiums for your medical and prescription coverage, including any eligible dependents you have enrolled. The State of Maryland will subsidize the remaining 75% of the cost for these benefits. You can also elect to enroll in dental coverage, accidental death and dismemberment insurance, and life insurance, but will be responsible to pay the full premium for these benefits.

Leave may be granted to a contractual employee who has worked 120 days in a 12 month period. This leave accrues at a rate of one hour for every 30 hours worked, not to exceed 40 hours per calendar year.

FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS

Resumes will NOT be accepted in lieu of completing the online or paper application.

Online applications are STRONGLY preferred, however paper applications will be accepted from candidates who may not have internet access.  All paper applications must be received by 4:30 PM on the closing date, no exceptions.  (Postmarks not accepted.)  

If you are submitting additional information, such as transcripts, the preferred method is to upload them online with your application.  If you are unable to upload, you may mail, hand-deliver or fax (HR Fax # 443-602-9831).  Mailing Address: Maryland Department of Agriculture, Human Resource Office, Room 304, 50 Harry S. Truman Parkway, Annapolis, MD  21401.

For questions concerning this recruitment, please contact: Hazel Day at 410-841-5840 or hazel.day@maryland.gov

TTY Users: call via Maryland Relay

As an equal opportunity employer, Maryland is committed to recruiting, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State’s diversity. People with disabilities and bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply. We thank our Veterans for their service to our country.