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Title:  PH Laboratory Technician I - Limited Service

Application Deadline Date:  08/21/2022
Req ID:  27485
Department:  Health

Colchester, VT, US

Position Type:  Limited Service
Schedule Type:  Full Time
Hourly Rate:  $18.01


The Vermont Department of Health Laboratory is seeking an individual to perform technical support duties for the microbiology test areas.  This position is a grant funded position for a three-year duration with a possible extension.
This limited-service position expires 7/31/24.  

Who May Apply

This position, PH Laboratory Technician I - Limited Service (Job Requisition #27485), is open to all State employees and external applicants. It is a Limited Service position, which is non-tenured and authorized for a specific period of time. Limited Service positions are established for specially funded projects or programs. 
If you would like more information about the duration of this position or other details, please contact
Please note that multiple positions in the same work location may be filled from this job posting.
Resumes will not be accepted via e-mail.  You must apply online to be considered.


AHS BACKGROUND CHECKS:  Candidates must pass any level of background investigation applicable to the position.  In accordance with AHS Policy 4.02, Hiring Standards, Vermont and/or national criminal record checks, as well as DMV and adult and child abuse registry checks, as appropriate to the position under recruitment, will be conducted on candidates, with the exception of those who are current classified state employees seeking transfer, promotion or demotion into an AHS classified position or are persons exercising re-employment (RIF) rights.

Class Definition

Professional technical laboratory work within the Health Department laboratory involving most aspects of technical support for all test areas. May perform duties for both chemistry and microbiology at any time. Work is performed under the direct supervision of the Program Chief or higher level technical and scientific staff member. Promotion to a higher level technician position requires completion of any required in-service training and satisfaction of the qualifications.

Environmental Factors

Must be able to work in laboratory conditions with exposure to noxious or harmful fumes, chemicals and blood borne or other infectious pathogens. Manual dexterity and good vision are required for certain tests and in order to use equipment. The ability to lift moderate weight is required.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree or higher in a physical or biological science, which include 18 credits or more in chemistry or microbiology.


Two (2) years or more of full-time college coursework or an associate's degree or higher in a laboratory science, which includes one (1) or more math courses.


One (1) year or more of environmental, clinical, or food testing laboratory experience.

Preferred Qualifications

Preferred candidates will possess a Bachelor's degree in a physical or biological science which includes 18 credits or more in microbiology.  Working knowledge of sterilization processes, specimen accession, media preparation, glassware washing, laboratory safety, and equipment preventive maintenance is highly desirable for this position.  The ideal candidate is a self-motivated, high attention to detail individual with a minimum of one or more years of experience in an environmental, clinical, or food testing laboratory performing test support duties.
•    The ability to work independently and as part of a team
•    To read, learn, and follow procedures
•    To operate laboratory equipment
•    To keep accurate and detailed records
•    Ability to enter data into the Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS)
•    The ability to communicate orally and in writing
•    The ability to work in conditions with exposure to noxious fumes, chemicals, and bloodborne or other infectious pathogens.

Total Compensation

As a State employee you are offered a great career opportunity, but it's more than a paycheck. The State's total compensation package features an outstanding set of employee benefits that are worth about 30% of your total compensation, including:
  • 80% State paid medical premium
  • Dental Plan at no cost for employees and their families
  • Flexible Spending healthcare and childcare reimbursement accounts
  • Two ways to save for your retirement: A State defined benefit pension plan and a deferred compensation 457(b) plan
  • Work/Life balance: 11 paid holidays each year and a generous leave plan; many jobs also allow for a flexible schedule
  • Low cost group life insurance
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Incentive-based Wellness Program
  • Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program
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Equal Opportunity Employer

The State of Vermont celebrates diversity, and is committed to providing an environment of mutual respect and meaningful inclusion that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The State does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion or belief, national, social or ethnic origin, sex (including pregnancy), age, physical, mental or sensory disability, HIV Status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital, civil union or domestic partnership status, past or present military service, membership in an employee organization, family medical history or genetic information, or family or parental status. The State’s employment decisions are merit-based. Retaliatory adverse employment actions by the State are forbidden.

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