The Department of Fish and Game is seeking a Microbiologist, Senior to fill a current opening at our Fish Health Laboratory in Eagle.
Please note, that this position will be filled either at the Microbiologist or Microbiologist, Senior level depending on the qualifications of the applicant. It is recommended that if you feel that you meet the senior level qualifications for Microbiologist, to apply under both announcements.
You may view and/or apply to the Department of Fish and Game's current Microbiologist announcement, at the following link:
Microbiologist - Announcement #07411033591 ($16.34 - $21.79 per hour)
- The ideal candidate will master’s degree in microbiology, biology, or related science and one year of journey level supervised laboratory experience providing good knowledge of: standard testing, quality control, safety practices, and the application of the laws and regulations relative to a microbiology laboratory. The successful incumbent will work in a laboratory setting, collaborating with two other Microbiologists.
- The individual selected for this position will need the ability to learn to perform difficult and specialized analytical examinations and procedures, work with samples with unpleasant odors, and able to occasionally lift up items, up to 40 lbs.
- Perform necropsy and clinical tests on fish and fish tissues to determine the presence of pathogens that are bacterial, viral, and parasitic, interpret results and report findings.
- Maintain cell cultures and train others in techniques required to maintain healthy cells. Perform advanced test procedures and methods including polymerase chain reactions (PCR), deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) analysis, Enzyme-Linked Immuno-Sorbent Assay (ELISA), and agglutination tests.
- Develop project guidelines and protocols for trial tests and research projects.
- Order laboratory supplies and equipment for sampling and conducting tests. Monitor laboratory equipment, reagents, and protocols for quality control. Ensure laboratory meets quality assurance standards for lab inspections and American Fisheries Society recommendations. Calibrate and maintain laboratory equipment. Performs quality control testing on laboratory materials, equipment and protocols. Prepare reagents, and media.
- Train and assign work to microbiologists, hatchery personnel and others (e.g. graduate students, volunteers) in lab procedures and equipment usage. Promptly respond to hatchery personnel on test results and consultation. Train temporary laboratory technician.
- Preserve and mount specimens used in histopathological examinations, submit histological and other samples to university or other diagnostic labs.
- Prepare and submit reports to and work closely with Fish Pathologists on tests critical for diagnoses and treatments for the reduction of fish mortality. Assist fishery pathologist with necropsies and sample collection.
- Consult with department employees, other agencies and public organizations on fish disease issues. Provide analyses and consultation for federal or private programs and other laboratories on laboratory analyses, problem solving, and biosecurity.
- Completion of the core requirements of a bachelor 's degree in microbiology, medical technology, biology, or chemistry from an accredited college to include courses in bacteriology, immunology, and pathogenic bacteriology, and closely related classes in life sciences and approximately two years of journey level supervised laboratory experience providing good knowledge of: standard testing, quality control, safety practices, and the application of the laws and regulations relative to a microbiology laboratory OR Completion of a Master’s Degree in Microbiology, Biology, or related science including the above listed courses, and one year of journey level supervised laboratory experience providing good knowledge of: standard testing, quality control, safety practices, and the application of the laws and regulations relative to a microbiology laboratory.
- Experience operating, calibrating and trouble-shooting laboratory equipment, including microscopes, centrifuges and pH meters.
- Some knowledge of fish diseases.
- Willing to work in an environment that uses toxic chemicals, carcinogenic substances and infectious organisms.
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