Laboratory Technician I
Food Safety Net Services - Phoenix, AZ

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The function of this job is to assist in the analytical and microbiological testing of food products, ingredients, and environmentals with primary functions in media and reagent preparation, autoclave, sterilization protocols, sample setting, sample log-in, and glassware maintenance. The position entails responsibility for learning the application and evaluation of approved microbiological techniques and methodologies used in sample prep, sterilization and in the preparation of media and reagents for the analytical testing of food products/environmentals. The position will work with the laboratory staff and has the authority to provide assistance in the daily maintenance of sample preparation, setting media, reagents, and glassware as well as learning the skills necessary to assist in daily testing as needed.


  • Prepare and set up samples for analysis
  • Follow assigned series of processes, procedures or techniques in accordance with the Food Safety Net Services Methods Manual, Quality Manual, Chemical Hygiene Plan, Safety Manual, and approved laboratory procedures
  • Maintain laboratory condition, to include equipment, supplies, quality assurance programs, and accurate records throughout all procedures
  • Prepare and maintain bacteriological media and chemical solutions, utilizing proper labeling, handling, storage, use, and disposal of solutions, including autoclaved and hazardous waste
  • Perform all activities in a neat, safe, hygienic, and efficient manner
  • Share information in an open, timely manner, maintaining customer satisfaction, and appropriate confidentiality
  • Responsible for the safety of oneself and others working within their area
  • Responsible for the completion of required training

All employees hired directly into a technician level will have 90 calendar days from date of hire to be proficient in the noted areas.

  • Ability to multitask/quickly move from one task to the next
  • Ability to repeat tasks with accuracy
  • General knowledge of all FSNS safety protocols and general OSHA laboratory safety guidelines (Established by completion of Initial Safety Orientation Checklist)
  • Working knowledge of ISO 17025 Quality procedures general to their primary job/area of responsibility
  • Ability to perform laboratory opening and closing procedures
  • Demonstrate proper operation of sterilizer equipment (large autoclave and Market Forge)
  • Demonstrate proper media preparation and sterilization per FSNS procedures
  • Demonstrate working knowledge of LIMS functions around media preparation/QC and autoclave run entry
Main Lab:
  • Demonstrate performance of serial dilutions and media used
  • Demonstrate knowledge of methods and how to set the samples for different clients
  • Demonstrate proficiency in setting LCS testing
  • Demonstration of good aseptic technique
  • Demonstrate proper use of pipettes
  • Demonstrate knowledge of retain and disposal process
  • Demonstrate an understanding of decontamination of the work area between reports
  • Logging in and workflow approval of samples in LIMS
  • Receiving samples
  • Knowledge of courier procedures
  • Separation of RTE and Raw samples
  • Working knowledge of LIMS
  • Ability to answer customer phone calls

  • Perform other duties as assigned
Courier Duties (IF ASSIGNED):
  • Will report to the Laboratory Supervisor or designee for assigned duties and conduct all responsibilities outlined in the Courier job description
  • Specific duties will be assigned
Branch Safety Officer Duties (IF ASSIGNED):
  • Will report to the Corporate Safety Officer for assigned duties and conduct all responsibilities outlined in the corporate safety manual
  • Specific duties will be assigned

  • This job has no supervisory responsibilities

  • Training in general laboratory practices preferred
  • One or more years experience in a commercial food-testing laboratory preferred
  • Familiarity with aseptic sampling technique
  • Familiarity with autoclaves and sterile dispensing equipment
  • Basic knowledge of concepts and practices of a testing laboratory
  • Or equivalent combination of education and experience

To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following:

  • Analytical - Collects and researches data
  • Problem Solving - Gathers and analyzes information skillfully
  • Technical Skills - Strives to continuously build knowledge and skills
  • Customer Service - Responds promptly to customer needs; Responds to requests for service and assistance
  • Interpersonal Skills - Maintains confidentiality; Listens to others without interrupting; Keeps emotions under control
  • Oral Communication - Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations
  • Written Communication - Edits work for spelling and grammar
  • Teamwork - Gives and welcomes feedback; Contributes to building a positive team spirit; Puts success of team above own interests
  • Ethics - Treats people with respect; Works with integrity and ethicality; Upholds organizational values
  • Organizational Support - Follows policies and procedures; Supports organization's goals and values
  • Judgment - Exhibits sound and accurate judgment
  • Motivation - Sets and achieves challenging goals
  • Planning/Organizing - Uses time efficiently
  • Professionalism - Approaches others in a tactful manner
  • Quantity - Meets productivity standards; Works quickly
  • Safety and Security - Observes safety and security procedures; Reports potentially unsafe conditions; Uses equipment and materials properly
  • Attendance/Punctuality - Is consistently at work and on time
  • Dependability - Follows instructions, responds to management direction; Takes responsibility for own actions
  • Initiative - Seeks increased responsibilities; Asks for and offers help when needed
  • Innovation - Generates suggestions for improving work
Language Skills:
  • Ability to read and comprehend simple instructions, short correspondence, and memos in English
  • Ability to write simple correspondence in English
  • Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations to customers, clients, and other employees of the organization in English
Mathematical Skills:
  • Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals
  • Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs
Reasoning Ability:
  • Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out detailed but uninvolved written or oral instructions
  • Ability to deal with problems involving a few concrete variables in standardized situations
Computer Skills:
  • To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of Microsoft Office Products software

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Regularly required to stand, sit, walk, use hands and arms, talk and hear
  • Occasionally lift up to 25 pounds
  • Color vision and depth perception

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Potential exposure to odors, fumes, airborne particles, hazardous chemicals, and microbiological pathogens
  • Noise level varies from quiet to loud
  • Temperature varies from hot to cold
  • Interactive and fast-paced team oriented tasks
  • Required to wear appropriate protective clothing
  • Required to use appropriate protective equipment
  • Responsible for the safety of oneself and others working within their area

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